Ryan Miller continues his loco run with a huge win over the Caps by stopping 44 of 45. I didn't recall a lot of regulation losses for him lately but hadn't realized he has been this good... 14-1-4, 1.80 & .941 over his last 19 games. He is leading the Sabres and many fantasy teams to the promised land right now.
The hottest line in hockey, apologies to Malkin & Neal, was at it again last night as Drew Stafford scored twice on five shots and has 6+8=14, plus-11 & 26 shots over his last eight games. Tyler Ennis with another couple of assists to give him 5+9=14 over his last nine games.
We're going to give the fantasy line of the night to Frans Nielsen for his 2+1=3, plus-4 & three shots. He also won five draws and lost 12 others but since FO% isn't a stat in most leagues then who cares if he was 5 for 500, right? Frans is doing his best to hurt the Islanders draft position as he has 4+4=8 over his last five games, of which the Isles have won four.
Ryan McDonagh with two assists last night and he is right on the cusp of our breakout barrier for dmen with 29 points. Coming out of college I never really thought this guy had a lot of offensive upside but I should have know there is just something about those Badger dmen. Add to it that he's logged major minutes and racked up a plus-26, 110 hits & 174 blks and we have ourselves a pretty useful fantasy blueliner here.
Two shutouts in a row is sweet but Brian Elliott figured three on the trot would be sweeter... so he made it so. He stopped all 24 shots from Nashville and now leads the league with nine clean sheets. The Cock said that Halak was in on Thursday no matter what but I want to see if Elliott can run the table and finish the year with eight straight shutouts, don't you?!?
Josh Bailey had 3A for the Islanders last night and has himself a five game point streak (1+6=7).
Seven games and counting for Brian Rolston's point streak with another assist last night... he has 3+9=12 & plus-9 in his last seven.
Converting that Rolston assist into a goal was a guy I don't usually have a lot of time for... Benoit Pouliot. Rather amazingly he has put together a nice little run with 5+7=12 & plus=10 over his last 10 games. Prior to that he had just one point in a 17 game stretch but that's in the past.
The juice is loose as Jussi Jokinen had two points last night and is good for 2+5=7 over his last five games.
Adam Larsson was a healthy scratch last night for the first time in his NHL career. Not much production from him lately and he has really seen his ice-time dive as the season goes on, perhaps the 82 game sked is getting to him.
The Wild signed 2010 2nd rounder Jason Zucker after his sophomore season at Denver U, he finished with 22+24=46 in 38 games this season and had similar numbers his freshman season, so there are impressive credentials here. He'll likely get in to a few NHL games before the season is over.