Tomas Kaberle provided immediate returns for the Habs as he had 2A (one PPA) yesterday. He saw 17 minutes of ice-time and led the team with 6:23 on the PP.
Milan Lucic with the stat-line of the night, if just for how rare it is... three assists, four minor penalties (eight PIMs), five hits and no shots.
Richard Bachman stopped 26 of 27 for the victory in his first ever NHL start. This guy had great numbers in the NCAA and was 2.20 & .927 in the AHL while playing for Gulutzan last season but he's struggled to start this season in the AHL (3.13 & .887 through 15 games). As jsuites pointed out yesterday, if you give less weight (due to small sample size) to his numbers this year then there is a lot to like about this kid.
This snuck up on me a little... Jiri Hudler with two goals last night and he now has 4+7=11 & plus-9 over his last 10 games. He seems to be getting comfortable on L2 & PP2 with Zetterberg & Filppula.
Jordin Tootoo returned from a two-game suspension to record two points on two shots last night. He's actually been pretty effective lately with 4+4=8 over his last eight games.
A pair of assists last night for Michael Del Zotto and he has seven helpers and a plus-4 over his last seven games. He's back in Torts' good books and seeing a lot of ice-time this year, so give him a look in assists-only leagues.
Tim Thomas was pulled after allowing three goals through the first two periods last night. There is no indication that this was due to an injury, so just an odd Keenan-esque early pull by Claude Julien in a 3-3 game. Tuukka Rask mopped up and stole the victory from Thomas, which burns me a little.
Carl Hagelin scored twice and was a plus-3 last night while playing a season high 13:29. It's been an encouraging start to his NHL career but he's been strictly used on the 3rd/4th line so we'd be more encouraged if he was promoted.
Ray Emery is expected to get another start tonight, this would be his third in the past four games for Chicago.
As always, if you're looking for a durable workhorse goalie then Miikka Kiprusoff is your guy. He's finished each of the past 10 games for the Flames and after last night's 21 save shutout, he's now 6-0-1, 2.14 & .914 over his last eight games. He's well on his way to his seventh straight season with 70+ games & 35+ wins.
Jarome Iginla continued his hot streak with two goals last night to give him 4+5=9, plus-6 & 21 shots over his last five games.
Brian Elliott with the 24 save shutout of the Sharks and there is not much more to say about this guy, he's been unbelievable this year. It's not like the Blues have been spot-starting him against weak opponents either, he has wins against SJ x2, DET x2, VAN x2, PIT & PHI.
A pair of PPGs last night for Kyle Brodziak and he's just begging you to snatch him up off the waiver wire with 6+3=9 over his last 10 games. Most of his production this year has been at evens and from L3, so he's earned everything he's got.
Danny Briere with two points last night to give him 2+5=7 over his last five games.
Your notable healthy scratch from last night was Magnus Paajarvi.