Ilya Kovalchuk with another deuce last night and he has four straight games with two points (5+3=8). They mentioned on the broadcast last night that the coaches have told Kovy to shoot more and I'd say the message has been received as he has 29 shots over his last four games. He's on pace for 322 shots this year after falling to 245 last year, his lowest total since his rookie season.
On a night with just four aggregate goals, have to give the fantasy line of the night to Zach Parise for his GWG, four PIMs, five shots & four blocks. He also extended his point streak to five games (2+6=8).
A 30 save shutout of the Penguins last night for Tomas Vokoun, so he bounced back nicely after giving up four goals in each of his previous two games. He has given up two or less in six of his last eight games, 5-2-1, 1.88 & .938 over that stretch.
Just came across this yesterday... TJ Brodie is averaging 2.59 of PP time over his last five games (4th on CGY) and has 1+3=4 & plus-5 over his last five games. He's been getting a lot of ice-time lately, we'll see if that changes when Giordano returns.
He's still prone to the odd implosion, like Tuesday night where he relieved Brodeur and gave up four goals on nine shots, but overall Johan Hedberg has been pretty steady this year. He improved his record to 12-7-1 by stopping 22 of 23 for the win in Edmonton last night.
Taylor Hall's goal streak ended at four last night but it's now a five game point streak and he has 7+5=12 & 49 shots in the 12 games since returning from his shoulder injury.
Corey Potter was second to only Hall in PP time last night (5:38) and he had a PPA to give him 1+6=7 over his last nine games. With all the injuries on the Oilers blueline, this guy has stepped up and has logged 20+ minutes in seven straight games... give him a look.
Ales Hemsky had a nine game slump with nothing but now has 1+3=4 over his last four games. He's on pace for just 35 points this year, dude has to finish better than that (assuming good health), right?