More magical stuff from Devils rookie Adam Henrique as he had three points last night including a PPA & SHG. That's 3+9=12 over his last nine games and 7+15=22 in his last 20. Zajac's return could really rock the boat but this kid is looking like the real deal. I'm hating myself for not seeing this coming but I don't think anybody could have.
Zach Parise with three points as well and he has 3+8=11 & 32 shots over his last eight games... so
your our patience is finally being rewarded. Dude has just three PPPs all season, you think he's due for a little more luck in that area?
The Devils picked up Kurtis Foster from the Ducks... they have a major need for a dman who can play on the PP, so Foster could get a decent look but he's a major injury risk and has high scratch potential. If it's free to add him and you have an extra spot, then give him a go but I wouldn't go out of your way. Don't get me wrong, this is a great opportunity for Foster but there is a reason that this guy is on his fifth team in the past four seasons. Matt Taormina & Mark Fayne were the two dmen seeing the most PP time last night, so they'll likely be relegated to 2nd unit duty.
Dwayne Roloson returned after three games off and lasted all of 21 minutes after giving up three goals on 12 shots. You gotta believe that Steve Yzerman will find himself a new goalie shortly.
Terry Murray was gassed by the Kings yesterday... he's a stifling coach, to both the opposition and his own team, so this can only be a positive if you own Kings skaters. The interim, John Stevens, had some pretty strong offensive clubs while he was in Philly so he should help but if they're serious about bringing in Darryl Sutter then this situation could actually get worse... well not really possible, but I'm going for the dramatic here. Let's see how this all plays over the next week before jumping to conclusions.
2+1=3 from Steven Stamkos last night and he moves into a tie for the league lead with 18 goals. Tampa has a minus-22 goal differential and yet Stamkos leads the team with a plus-9 (next best is plus-3). Throw in 30 PIMs in 30 games and this dude is such a stud.
Four goals in the first 17 games for Ilya Kovalchuk and now five in his last seven.
Johan Hedberg wasn't great (32/36) but picked up the win last night and he's been pretty solid for the entire season (9-5-1, 2.37 & .913). Definitely a good insurance play and maybe even a speculative one as well.
I can't believe this guy keeps finding NHL work... Antti Miettinen signed with Tampa yesterday after being a KHL bust this season. He'll need to clear waivers, so we'll see if anyone bites but if not then Tampa gets themselves a guy who has seen a lot of top 6 minutes and PP time and topped out at 44 points... not my cup of tea.
As has been speculated for weeks, Nikita Filatov is headed back to the KHL for the rest of the season. He'll be a RFA after this season and the Sens will likely retain his right but I have a hard time seeing him returning next year... maybe a few years down the road when he's matured both mentally & physically. So I would go ahead and drop him for now... dammit.
The Predators have demoted Jonathon Blum to the AHL... he's been a major disappointment to me as well. His ice time has been sliding for weeks and this is likely just a wake-up call, I'd expect him back in Nashville soon.
The Hawks have sent Ben Smith down.