It ain't showing off if you stop the puck
Martin Brodeur stopped 36 of 38 last night and has now won six of his last seven games. In fact, he's been very steady over his last dozen appearances as he hasn't given up more than three goals in a game and is 8-3-1, 1.80 & .928. I'm pretty convinced he'll make a nice stretch drive add for teams that need help in net and should come relatively cheap.
One of the biggest surprises for me this season has been the production of Ryan O`Reilly, I really didn't think he had it in him and the kid has kept it up all season. 3A last night gives him 5+10=15 over his last 15 games. He is on pace for 62 points this season, not bad for a guy who totalled 52 over the previous two years.
Win number five in a row for Joey MacDonald as he stopped 20 of 21 last night. Jimmy Howard is expected to be ready for Sunday and no, MacDonald has not played his way into the #1 job... not happening.
The Habs flipped Hal Gill to the Predators for Blake Geoffrion and 2nd rounder. No real fantasy impact among the players involved as Geoffrion is a prospect of questionable stock, he had a strong senior year in college but I'm not sure he has a lot of scoring upside in the NHL. Otherwise, this should open up some more regular ice-time for guys like Yannick Weber & Raphael Diaz in Montreal. Not sure about Nashville but I think this could drop Roman Josi's ice-time a little and may mean that Ryan Ellis is scratched more often... keep an eye out for that.
Man, a year passes fast as Scott Gomez scored again last night... oh actually he has picked up the pace as we only had to wait four games between goals for his second of the season. At this rate, he could end up with a whole three goals this season!!!
Brent Burns with a goal last night and he has 2+8=10 & 10 PIMs over his last eight games.
Another solid outing for Gabriel Landeskog with 1+1=2, plus-2, four shots & three blocks last night. He has 5+5=10, plus-4 & 41 shots over his last 11 games. The production has been a little sporadic this season but the effort & ice-time have been there every night... and the shots have been fantastic as he is the runaway leader amongst rookies and ranks top 25 in the league.
The goals have been hard to come by for Blake Wheeler but the points are aplenty as he had 1+2=3 last night and has 1+6=7 over his last six games. He is three points away from matching his career high of 45 points that he recorded as a rookie with the Bruins.
The Avs recalled Mark Olver yesterday and he made a memorable season debut with 1+1=2 & plus-2 last night. This guy has showed some skills during his college days but missed the first half of this season due to a concussion.
AHL movement... the Hawks have swapped Andrew Shaw for Jimmy Hayes, with Hayes joining the big club. Chris Tanev is up with the Canucks, the Islanders have brought up Kevin Poulin while Nabokov deals with an illness and the Avs Tyson Barrie heads back to the minors to make room for Olver while Cedrick Desjardins fills in for Giguere.