Hagelin took a bone-crushing hit from Kaberle but picked up an assist on the play last night
OK, so Carl Hagelin picks up a point in his fourth straight game to start his NHL career last night and yet he's never seen more than 11 minutes in any game so far. It's early and he's still just playing on the Rangers 3rd/4th line with no PP time but this streak has to get your attention.
This kinda snuck up on me a little... Michael Del Zotto seems to be back in Torts' good books as he's seeing a lot of minutes and logging solid PP time. It hasn't been overwhelming production from him (on pace for 34 points) but he has a PPA in three straight games.
Milan Michalek with another score last night to give him 15 on the season. His sh% is high (20.3%) but the rest of the numbers don't seem to indicate that he's just riding a wave of good fortune here (only four of his goals have come on the PP)... so this run could be somewhat sustainable, until, of course, he gets injured.
So Nikita Nikitin... this guy has turned himself into a beast in Columbus, 1+2=3 with five shots in 27 minutes last night and 1+7=8, even & 20 shots in 10 games with the CBJs. He plays in all situations and has logged 23+ minutes in eight of his 10 games with his new team.
Kyle Turris made his season debut last night and led the team in shots with four in nearly 12 minutes of ice-time but he didn't see any PP time. Give him a little time but also remember that Tippett is his coach and neither seems to be a big fan of each other.
So Cory Schneider was pulled after the 1st period when he allowed three goals on just five shots. This opened the door for Luongo to re-establish himself and I'm not sure that he did that by stopping 12 of 15 and taking the loss. But it should be enough for him to get the next start.
Goal number 10 on the season for Jason Chimera and he has four in his last five games.
Not to be out done by Chimera, the equally astonishing run for Eric Nystrom continued as he potted his ninth of the season and he has 4+2=6 over his last six games.
Two assists for Eric Staal last night and he has points in three straight and modest 2+7=9 & minus-1 over his last 11 games.
Andrew Raycroft stopped 33 of 35 for his second straight win... well, isn't that special.
Radek Dvorak with 3+3=6 in his last six games... yes, this dude still plays in the league, shocking, I know. I'm gonna say go ahead and avoid him.
Simon Despres with an assist, plus-2, two PIMs, one shots, three hits & one block in a 10 minute NHL debut last night.
Blake Comeau picked up an assist in the 1st period and that seemed to jog his memory that putting up some points is cool... so he added his first goal of the season in the 3rd period.
Colin Wilson with just his second multi-point game of the season with 1+2=3 last night and he doesn't have a point-streak longer than three games, so while he's on pace for close to 50 points, he hasn't been getting a lot of attention for it.
The curse may be in effect for Craig Smith as he hasn't scored since he missed that empty netter against Toronto eight games ago but he registered PPAs thrice last night and has 6A in the past seven games.
Erik Cole with 1+1=2, plus-2 & four shots last night and since an early season slump he has 8+7=15 & 72 shots in his last 19 games... that's a 65 points & 300+ shots pace over 82 games.
Just a headsup... the points haven't really been there for Habs rookie Raphael Diaz (on pace for just 18 points) but he's seen his ice-time & PP time increase a little lately and played a robust 27:48 last night.
Everyone can step off the ledge as Alex Ovechkin saw 19 minutes of ice-time last night, just one shot but he seemed to be fired up as he recorded 10 hits. Give Dale Hunter some bloody time, he'll get these guys going.
While OV looked fine last night, Alexander Semin was another story as he played just 12 minutes and had one shot.
The Joakim Lindstrom Experience in Denver is over as he's rejoining Skelleftea... he makes a killer FA add in your SEL pool. I'd grab him but I really don't want to drop Andreas Dackell.