Hagelin gives the fans a curtain call last night
Impressive Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin with a pair of points last night and he has done that in back-to-back games. There is so much to like about this kid as his ice-time has steadily increased during the season but he is still not seeing much PP time (so room for growth) and he has found a regular spot on a scoring line with Richards & Callahan.
Life is good for Steve Downie in Denver, despite me trying to throw cold water on his long-term value due to the trade, he now has 2+5=7 & plus-7 over his last three games.
Old-time hockey between the Devils & Rangers last night and by "old-time" I mean 1999 as the Rangers won despite recording just 15 shots, likely cause the Devils could only manage 13 of their own. Henrik Lundqvist gets the shutout and is now 10-2-0, 1.23, .954 & four shutouts over the last month or so... insane.
Probably should have had Craig Smith as a loser at the deadline as the additions of Kostitsyn & Gaustad won't help his ice-time but he's already been losing lately with no points in his last 11 games.
Some interesting words from Sens GM Bryan Murray, as he sees new acquisition Matt Gilroy as a #4/5 dman... I was thinking more #6/7. People that have seen this guy play more than I have don't think very much of him, so let's see what The Paulrus thinks. Murray also said that Robin Lehner will continue to start while Anderson is out and Alex Auld is expected to be the backup when Anderson gets healthy, so it seems like the plan is to keep Ben Bishop in the AHL for the rest of this season.
I'm not a big fan of the Leafs acquisition of Carter Ashton, don't think he has a lot of offensive upside. I was started to come around on him after he started the year with 11 goals in his first 13 games in the AHL but since then he has eight goals in his last 43 games.
Others are pretty excited about Marc-Andre Gragnani joining the Canucks but this is a guy that has been a healthy scratch in 12 of the last 13 for Buffalo so I have a hard time seeing that he's going to step into a big role on the best team in the league. He'll be a depth guy that will likely only see the ice if there are injuries to a few of the top guys, so I'd wait for that to happen before getting your hopes up.
Taylor Hall with 1+1=2, GWG, four PIMs & three shots last night to give him 3+3=6 & 21 shots during a four game point streak.
2A for Patrik Berglund last night and he has started to wake up after sleep-walking through the first half of the season as he has 7A over his last seven games.
A pair of PPG for Jason Arnott last night and the old man just keeps on ticking. His production has been pretty sporadic this year and his ice-time is relatively low but he might help you as he sees a decent amount of PP time.
A nice PIM-bomb last night from David Clarkson as he dropped 19 on the Rangers to break the 100 PIM barrier. 30 goals & 150 PIMs has a nice ring to it.
With Ericsson hurt, the Wings have called up uber-prospect Brendan Smith from the AHL and plan to get him in a few games down the stretch. This guy looks like he's going to be a fantasy stud in a few years, so worth keeping an eye on.