James Neal may have an odd skating style, but he is probably the hottest player in the NHL.
Second consecutive 4-point game for James Neal last night as he posted four assists. He has a ridiculous 5+9=14 and 25 shots over his previous SIX games. This guy has been a real revelation for a lot of fantasy hockey teams but he won't come nearly as cheap next season.
Evgeni Malkin scored two goals to give him a five game goal scoring streak and a six game point scoring streak. He's 7+7=14 with 12 PIM over those six games. He's just five points shy of triple digits.
Alexander Radulov had a goal on two shots and was minus-2 in 15:54 of ice time last night. His goal was a rebound goal, so nothing fancy, but it probably made all of you who used all your FAAB money or waiver priority to get him feel better.
The official scorer in Pittsburgh couldn't find any phantom assists to give to Sidney Crosby so he came away with nothing. He did play over 19 minutes, so that's the good news.
Kris Letang with two apples and that gives him five of those in his five games since returning from the C word.
The great eight, Alex Ovechkin had a goal on 6 shots last night. That gives him goals in three straight.
Ilya Bryzgalov continues to round out into playoff form as he stopped 30 of 31 shots for the win. His once horrific stat line has turned into: 31-14-7, .911 sv%, 2.45 gaa, with 6 shutouts. It's really been an astounding transformation.
Four straight games with no points for Steven Stamkos as he watched Malkin move 11 points ahead of him for the lead in scoring. Malkin is also just five goals behind him for the Rocket Richard trophy, so this guy needs to wake up.
Cory Schneider got the win last night for the Canucks, stopping 25 of 26 shots. He's started 3 of the last 4 games over Roberto Luongo. I wonder if they're thinking of leaning on him come playoff time.
In another barn burner of a game, the Blues and Kings failed to score in regulation and overtime. Your shutouts go to Brian Elliott (37 saves) and Jonathan Quick (35 saves). Quick got the SOW, making Elliott SOL.
Paul Stastny scored a goal to give him goals in three straight. In his first 42 games he had 11+12=23 and minus-6. Since then, in 31 games he's put up 9+18=27 and plus-4, so it's been quite the turnaround.
Raffi Torres put up a goal and an assist and he's been halfway decent recently going for 5+2=7 with 14 PIM over his last eight games.