Scott Clemmensen stopped 25 of 26 to beat the mighty Canucks last night. His numbers are nothing special (2.78 & .904) but he has now only lost once in regulation in 11 games this year (5-1-3). With Theodore & Markstrom hurt, it's his net for a while, let's see what he can do with it.
Marcus Johansson with a pair of goals and he's been coming on lately with 3+3=6 over his last six games and 3+8=11 over his last 15 games. He's at a 50 point pace right now.
Scott Arniel was gassed by the CBJs yesterday... he should feel fortunate that he lasted this long. There were no real redeeming qualities about his team this season as they were bad both offensively & defensively (27th in the league in both). Todd Richards takes over on an interim basis and from his time in Minnesota, we learned that he's not likely to improve the offence much but they should be able to improve a little defensively. Not sure if Richards will lean on Steve Mason or go in another direction in goal. Also hoping this means Derick Brassard can be freed from the doghouse and Ryan Johansen can play more than 12:57 a night.
On a related note, Mark Dekanich made his first AHL start of the year over the weekend after dealing with ankle & groin injuries. Not sure what the plan is but a lot of us are hoping that he'll get a shot in the CBJs net and has the stuff to steal some starts.
Yank-city for Tomas Vokoun last night after four goals on 27 shots in LA. The west coast has not been kind to him as San Jose beat him four times on Saturday.
Jonathan Bernier with a rare win last night as he stopped 20 of 22 to pick up his first W since Nov 22nd. Unfortunately, he usually has to wait about two weeks for his next start. Can the Kings please trade this guy already?
The jinx is broken as Dmitry Kulikov scored last night, his first point in 14 games. He's still on pace for 40 points.
Those expecting a return to earth for Jason Garrison have had your wish granted as he has just 3+2=5 over his last 21 games.
Marcel Goc with two points last night, including the GWG, and he has 2+2=4 in the three games since returning from a concussion... enjoy it while it last, cause it won't.
Five game suspension for Brad Marchand, that's tough cause he's having a killer season but seems fair for his dangerous hit.
The Oilers are bringing Magnus Paajarvi back up to the big leagues after 1+8=9 in his last seven games in OKC and Gilbert Brule is tagging along, assuming he clears waivers. Let's hope MPS has his confidence back, cause I'm still a believer.