Two points yesterday for Pavel Datsyuk and he has 1+7=8 during a six game point streak. I was playing around with some numbers yesterday and this guy is easily the league's top scorer when looking at the past 60 days, with 11+25=36 over his last 27 games. The next highest was Evgeni Malkin with 32 pts in 25 games.
The official scorer in Carolina must have been in a crusty mood last night as there were six goals in the Bruins-Hurricanes game but he only gave out a total of four assists. Justin Faulk didn't leave it up to the scorer as he put it in himself to up his run to 3+3=6 over his last eight games and one of my new favourites, Jay Harrison, notched the GWG to give himself 5+2=7 over his last seven.
Mike Cammalleri made a (personally) triumphant return to Calgary last night as he scored a PPG. He started the night on L2 but was playing with Iginla by the end of the night.
John Tavares with a nice clean 2A, plus-4 & four shots last night to extend his point streak to eight games where he is 4+11=15, plus-7 & 32 shots... is there anybody hotter right now?
A goal last night for Kyle Okposo gives him five in his last six games and points in seven of his last eight (5+3=8).
It has been a pretty weak season from Andrew Ladd so far but he's showing some signs of coming around with four goals & 26 shots over his last seven games.
David Backes dropped the PIM-bomb last night with 21 against Minny. He also added an assist later to give him a very productive 10 game stretch where he has 3+7=10 & 34 shots.
Josh Harding started for the third straight game as Backstrom is still under the weather but it probably feels like four straight as he faced 49 shots last night. He only allowed two goals but took the SOL. Harding has been fantastic this year and sits 6th in the league with a .929 sv% and boasts a career .918 sv% through his first 102 NHL appearances.
A little hot patch for Martin Erat lately as he has 2+4=6 & plus-4 over his last four games. He's on pace for this typical 59 points, this would be the eighth straight season that he's had between 49 & 59 points.
Sean Couturier still can't get a sniff of PP time but he scored again last night to give him goals in four straight games. I'd love to see what this kid could do in a more offensive role.
Wayne Simmonds teamed up with Couturier last night and now has 2+4=6 over his last six games.
Michael Grabner with a pair of goals on five shots last night, and he has three goals & 13 shots over his last three games. I'm not expecting it but perhaps he's going to heat up like he did for a large stretch of last season.
I even put Bobrovsky in my lineup yesterday assuming he'd start after back-to-back strong outings but the Flyers went back to Ilya Bryzgalov for some strange reason. Bryz wasn't terrible (21/24) but they shouldn't be expecting him to get the job done these days as he's held the opposition to two goals or less in just two of his last eight outings.
When you put nine shots on net something has to go in... that was David Perron's strategy last night and it was effective in breaking his 13 game goal scoring slump. He's been playing at a 60 point (per82) pace since his return.
Craig Smith was a healthy scratch last night for the Preds.
The CBJs have claimed Colton Gillies off waivers from Minny... that's interesting.