I made the tough call of shipped out James Neal for Tomas Vokoun before the start of the season. Since then lots of hang banging on my part. Neal had 1+1=2, 2 PIM's and a huge nine shots last night. He's now playing at a point-a-game pace (36 in 36) and has 11 points in his current 8 game point streak.
Like Neal, Evgeni Malkin kept his streak alive with two assists. He's got a whopping 18 points in the eight game streak and is now third in the league with 42 points.
The Pens put 52 shots on Justin Peters and the Canes last night. The kid did alright to stop 48 of them.
Jarome Iginla scored a goal last night (and the winner in the SO). That gives him 17 points in his last 13 games. He had only 12 in his first 24 games of the season so it's nice to have Iggy back to his old self.
Steve Mason had a good game. He stopped 25 of 26 but lost in the SO. If this convinces you to start him you're a braver man than I.
Miikka Kiprusoff bested Mason and improved his numbers to 17 wins, a 2.41 gaa and .917 sv%. Nice improvements on last year's numbers so far.
Mikhail Grabovski picked up two grapes but is still just playing at a 49 point pace. A bit disappointing after 58 last year. Maybe this will be the jump start he needs.
Cody Franson picked two assists... which is good since he was scoreless in the five before that. He doesn't have a long leash in Toronto so some big games with Liles out could really help his chances for more PT.
After three assists last night we'll take this opportunity to point out that we tabbed Raphael Diaz as an 'under the radar' breakout pick in the FSR. The big game means he's now playing at a 25 point pace. Not too bad for the 25 year old rookie.
Carey Price has been absolutely stinky the last four games (four losses, 16 goals allowed) so it was nice to see him stop 33 out of 35 shots and grab the win against the Sens last night. I still think he's one of the best in the biz and I wouldn't be afraid to pick him up... especially in a keeper league.
I just dropped Mathieu Garon in a league so it makes perfect sense he posted a beautiful 31 out of 32 shot win over the Flyers. If you have to pick, you want to own Garon over Rollie, since Garon has started nine in a row. He may suck but at least he's playing.
We're contractually obligated to mention any great game by Evander Kane. He scored two last night (to give him 50 for his career). Remember Cam predicted a 70 point season for Kane. He's on pace for 64 right now, which is more than I was expecting.
Ondrej Pavelec picked up the win with 32 saves on 33 shots last night. He's been great the last 10 games (other than that seven goal game against the Wings).