Fantasy line of the night goes to Olli Jokinen with the hat trick (and assist, and GWG), and he's on fire with 4+6=10, plus-5, six PIM and 23 SOG in his last seven games.
Jarome Iginla fired seven SOG and ended up 1+1=2 with a plus-2 rating last night. Iggy has a tidy 3+2=5 and 17 SOG in his last three games, so his trademark second half surge is nicely underway.
What happens when the Bruins get skunked six zip? Well for starters, 80 wonderful penalty minutes, including 17 for Milan Lucic, who is now on pace for a tantalizing 31+34=66 and 175 PIM. Last season, those totals would have ranked him 8th overall in PIM and tied for 10th in goals. And the kid is still only 23 years old. Jumpin' Jehosaphat.Buffalo missed the convert attempt against the Bruins, but you've gotta think this 6-0 shutout of the champs is a huge building block for The Team Most Likely to Have a Second Half Surge and Almost But Not Quite Make the Playoffs...otherwise titled the New Jersey Devils 2011 Award.
Leading the Sabres rout was Jason Pominville with two goals, plus-3 and four SOG, and Tyler Ennis with 1+1=2. Despite mixed results, Ennis owners have to be happy with the PP1 assignment over the last few games. Christian Ehrhoff had his fourth goal and joined Pommer at plus-3.
But the real story here has to be Ryan Miller. The Bs didn't lay down - Milller faced 37 shots on his way to the shutout. Mr. Silver Medal now has wins in four of his last five, rocking a 0.95 GAA and .969 SV% in that span. That's more like it. Small sample size, yeah, but for Miller owners it's like a chicken nugget to a starving pitbull.
Tuukka Rask was pulled 1:32 into the second after allowing three goals on ten shots. Tim Thomas didn't fare much better, stopping only 12 of 15 shots. The guys in my keeper league are enjoying this, as I burned two starts by having both goalies active last night. Super.
The Detroit Red Wings have lost exactly three times at home this year. Unreal. The Oilers were the latest victims last night, although the magical Sam Gagner still managed a couple more goals. Check this out: nine days ago, Gagner had 5+16=21 in 41 games. He now sits at 13+23=36 in 47 games.
Johan Franzen snagged his 21st, and maybe he's heating up again with 2+1=3 in three games. Despite his recent cold snap, Mule is still on pace for 31+34=65, and he's currently 5th overall in league +/- at plus-25. Nice.
The Wings continue to demonstrate their confidence in Ty Conklin, as Joey MacDonald got the W in his second straight start. If you're looking for wins, MacDonald is a nice short-term add in all leagues right now...a Steve Mason owner's wet dream.
Miikka Kiprusoff earned his 24th win of the year, good for 5th overall in the league. He's having a great rebound year with 2.38 GAA and .920 SV% peripherals overall.
Corey Perry with the GWG and his 23rd of the year and his owners are hoping for a repeat of last year's second half. This was only his second point in seven games though, as don't hold your breath.
Although Joe Thornton managed to fire an uncharacteristically high six shots last night, there were no goals forthcoming. But old Joe did manage a couple of assists to get to 35 apples on the year.