Two more goals for the amazing Ryan O`Reilly last night as he's gone from checker to Sakic in the past week. This gives him 4+5=9 & plus-7 over his last five games. I'm still not convinced that this isn't just a mirage and things are about to dry up but the kid is on a real roll.
It's been O'Reilly with Hejduk & Gabriel Landeskog lately and the rookie chipped in 2A, plus-2, two PIMs, five hits & six shots last night. His production has slowed down a little (one goal in his last 19 games) but he's a plus-9 over his last five games and is still on pace for 200+ hits & 250+ shots.
I don't see a lot of offensive upside with Ryan McDonagh but he plays a ton (25+ minutes typically) and is seeing some PP time so he's bound to put up some points just by the law of large averages. He has 1+5=6 over his last six games and he sports a sparkling plus-12 rating on the season, so definitely worthy of your consideration in mid/deep leagues.
David Booth with 1+2=3 on five shots last night and while this guy hasn't been great in Vancouver (5+7=12 in 18 games), there are some encouraging signs lately with 3+2=5, plus-4 & 21 shots over his last five games. He typically shoots the puck a lot and he's starting to do just that with the Canucks.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 25 of 27 to beat Detroit last night and he's now gone six straight games without allowing more than two goals. He's been up & down this year but hopefully this latest hot patch is more the norm and shows that he's starting to get comfortable. But really, just staying healthy is huge for this guy and there have been no incidences yet.
I hadn't realized that Anders Lindback had two starts (three appearances) and two wins last week while Rinne rested. Unfortunately he lost on Saturday while giving up three goals on 14 shots, so don't expect him to get the next start.
The Leafs are expected to go back with Jonas Gustavsson tonight after Reimer made his return on Saturday. Not sure what that really indicates but it's worth noting.
Rather quietly Henrik Zetterberg may be thawing out as he has 2+6=8 over his last seven games. He's still on pace for sub-50 points, so he has a ways to go to erase his terrible start.
Even with Erik Johnson returning, Stefan Elliott kept his place in the Avs lineup but saw his TOI drop to 8:57. He did lead the team with 3:38 of PP time but he'll need an injury to someone ahead of him or he's likely heading back to the AHL soon.
Minnesota's Casey Wellman scored on Friday night and added two points last night, so he's worth checking out while he skates on the 2nd line with Cullen & Bouchard.
I can't believe I have to write this but Chris Higgins is on a little streak with 1+5=6 during his last four games. In general, I'd avoid this guy but right now he's clicking with Booth & Kesler on the 2nd line and seeing some time on PP2.
Perhaps the Ducks need to give Jonas Hiller a little break, they've rolled him out in 14 of the past 15 games and he's won only two of them while being beaten for 4+ goals in eight of 14.
The Habs have sent Aaron Palushaj back to the AHL... try not to be too disappointed.