John Tavares with three points last night and I gotta give it up to this guy as I told somebody a few months back that I couldn't see him going on a 2nd half tear but the kid is really producing with 8+14=22 over his last 20 games and will likely top 70 points before it's all over. I've always been high on him but thought he would struggle without a lot of help on Long Island but what he's doing is very impressive.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 30 of 32 to beat Nashville and is now 5-0-3, 1.80 & .934 over his last nine games... he's really earning the extra starts he's been getting lately.
Jamie Benn with a trio of points and he's been stuffing the stat sheet during his eight game point streak with 7+4=11, 10 PIMs & 36 shots... hopefully you climbed aboard early as we've been talking him up all year and pretty much every day for the past three weeks.
Chris Kunitz had two goals versus Edmonton the other day and now 3A against Ottawa last night... nice job padding the stats against the weak sisters. Same for Tyler Kennedy with 1+4=5 over the past two games but he's been surprisingly productive for a while with 9+7=16 over his last 19 games... he's really stepped up since the Pens big guns went down injured.
Jordan Staal has four points in the past two games but he's been steady lately with 3+3=6 over his last five games
I really liked the trade deadline moves for Dmitry Kulikov's value and he's starting to come through for me with 1+3=4 over his last six games.
Only 14 goals this year for Joe Pavelski but he can play on my team anyday as I love this guy... he puts a lot of rubber on net (top 15 in the league with 232 shots) and after dropping four assists last night, he's on pace for 60 points which would mean an increase in his points/gm for the fourth straight season.
Braden Holtby stopped 24 of 26 to beat Montreal and record his fifth straight win... expect the team to keep riding him but he's got a tough stretch... @DET, @NJ & @PHI over the next three.
Marcus Johansson with two goals last night and he has 2+3=5 with 12 shots during a four game point streak. He's played 17+ minutes in each of the last five games and is really starting to look comfortable (playing with Ovechkin certainly helps).
Another young Swede, Jacob Josefson of the Devils, also had a GWG last night... he's still finding his way as that was only game #15 for him but he's had goals in back-to-back games now and is starting to get a regular shift from Lemaire.
Matt Moulson with 1+2=3 last night, he's reached the 30 goal plateau for the second straight season and has equaled the 48 points he had last year. He should easily surpass 50 points in what has been a bit of a surprise breakout season as I really had my doubts about the validity of last year and whether he could repeat it.
Al Montoya was rocked for five goals on 36 shots before being pulled while facing the Rangers, the team that originally drafted him. This was only the second time (in 14 games) this season he's been beaten four or more times so he has nothing to be ashamed of.
Artem Anisimov has 2+3=5 & 19 shots over his last five games and rather quietly has himself on pace for 42 points & almost 200 shots while playing all 82 games, which is not a bad season for a guy who ranks 15th on the team in average PP TOI (1:56/gm).
The Leafs have called up Nazem Kadri and he'll likely see regular action the rest of the way filling in for Colby Armstrong, who is done for the year. Kadri's having a nice season in the AHL with 17+24=41 in 44 games (3rd in points/gm amongst rookies) but only has 6A in his 17 NHL games so far this year.
Wojtek Wolski was a healthy scratch last night, not really surprising as he's seen a lot of games with around 10-12 minutes of ice-time lately so it doesn't seem like Torts is really blown away by his contributions.