Randy Carlyle is out in Anaheim and Bruce Boudreau is in... well that didn't take long. Bruce gets a nice two day break and now he's right back at it on the left coast. Carlyle typically had a team that could score and so this would seem to be a good fit for the old Bruce but not sure if he's going to try to be new Bruce with the Ducks. It's hard to say what you should expect here, the Ducks are 29th in the league in scoring and bound to improve but it's really been the goaltending that has let them down as Hiller has been garbage. So inevitably things have to get better here but not sure if Bruce will really open up the offence.
Ryan Getzlaf knew Randy Carlyle's job was on the line so he came out with a big performance with 1+2=3 & six shots... and then Carlyle got canned anyway. Getzlaf has a seven game point streak going with 1+9=10.
Stefan Elliott scored last night and now has points in each of his three NHL games (2+1=3). He played less than 17 minutes last night but his 1:39 on the PP ranked second on the team. He might be the Avs best PP QB option already and that's even when Erik Johnson returns, so keep an eye on this or go grab him now if you can't contain yourself.
I wasn't fully aware how good Dan Hamhuis has been lately, he has points in four of his last five and 2+10=12, plus-8 & 32 shots over his last 14 games. He hasn't produced like this since... actually, he's never produced like this.
Jimmy Howard stopped 22 of 23 for his sixth straight win last night. He was really flashing the leather and is looking very confident. The Wings are doing a great job of limiting the shots against as Howard has faced an average of 24.6 shots/60mins this season.
Dwayne Roloson gave up four goals on 35 shots last night for his fourth loss in the last five games. He's been playing like a p.o.s. this year and has given up 4+ goals in nine of his 15 games this year... that's brutal. I don't like to write this guy off as he has a tendency to bounce back but I'm getting there.
Steven Stamkos scored again last night and has a four game goal streak and five game point streak (5+2=7) going. His PIM contribution lately has been refreshing as he has 22 of them in his last nine games.
Corey Perry has goals in four straight and points in seven straight (5+5=10).
Ryan O`Reilly with 1+2=3 & plus-3 last night. He's on pace for 50+ points but his contributions have been pretty sporadic and he'll give you assists and not much else.
No points last night for my new favourite player (not really) Jared Spurgeon but he did play 23 minutes and 6:20 on the PP.
Kyle Turris is expected to make his season debut tonight but no doubt Dave Tippett will only give him around 10 minutes of ice-time.
Heading back down to the AHL is Alexander Urbom.