Ray Whitney asking the guys what they're doing for his upcoming 40th birthday.
Well, that was fast. Claude Giroux surprised a lot of people last night when he was inserted in the lineup so quickly after being diagnosed with a concussion. He then proceeded to set the world on fire with 1+3=4, 2 PPP, plus-1 and 4 SOG. He even threw in 8 FOW for good measure. I'm sure there are a lot of owners who didn't dress him this week and I feel your pain.
James van Riemsdyk has been ice cold lately. No goals in his last nine games and just 2 assists in that span. Reminds me a lot of last season where the kid just disappeared for stretches.
The Ray Whitney show just keeps on going. Another PPG and an assist for the soon to be 40 year old. To quote a sportscaster from somewhere "you can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him".
Eric Staal is back to his old tricks putting up no points and a minus-3. That's three straight point-less games for the former NHL star.
Another 1+1=2 for Viktor Stalberg to give him 2+3=5 over a three game points streak with 4 PIMs thrown in for some icing.
Speaking of goalies, Brian Elliott lost for the first time in what seemed like years. He made a particularly stupid play on the second goal for the Avalanche basically passing the puck to Cody McLeod to put it past him. He should have got the primary assist. Hey, good news for Jaroslav Halak owners.
Three straight wins for Jean-Sebastien Giguere and his peripherals are ridiculous with .931 sv% and 1.87 gaa. It's a shame that he's really only playing because Semyon Varlamov is dealing with a minor injury.
38 saves and another win for Roberto Luongo and he's now 7-0-1 in his last eight.
Danny Cleary with an assist and he's rolling right now with 4+6=10 over his last nine games. He had just 7 points in his previous 23. He still won't give you much on the PP but ride him while he's hot.
Henrik Sedin with an assist and he's got 1+15=16 over the last nine games. Damn that's a lot of assists.
Logan Couture with two goals on 7 shots last night. He's playing at a 66 point pace which would be an improvement of 10 points from last season.
Joe Thornton with two assists and 5 shots last night and he's on a four game point streak with 1+4=5 over that span.
Also on a four game points streak is Patrick Marleau with 3+2=5 over that span.
Brent Burns with his first multi-point effort since October and he really needed the 1+1=2. Hopefully he can build on that.
Martin St. Louis returned last night and scored a goal while wearing the college hockey cage. I love that look.