Man, Big Buff looks like he can stand to lose a few lbs.
Whole lotta games going on last night. Fourteen in total. Only the Blues and the Coyotes were off. I'll try my best to hit on everything noteworthy, but help a brother out and leave it in the comments if I missed something.
The 22 year old Cam Atkinson went a little nuts last night and had a hat trick, plus-3, and 7 shots. After being useless when he broke camp with the team and right after his February call-up (4 points in 21 games), the kid has 3+4=7 and plus-6 over his last five games.
Rick Nash tallied twice last night to give him 29 on the season. He'll try his hardest to score number 30 tomorrow night and avoid just his third season (out of 10 total) finishing under the mark.
Mike Cammalleri scored twice giving him 20 goals and 40 points for the season. He's finishing in a bit of a flurry with 6+4=10 over his last nine games. He did miss some time in between this run due to injury.
After Curtis Glencross scored in seven straight games, he made it 11 straight without a goal (as Cam predicted) but he broke that streak last night as he finally scored.
Anze Kopitar put up three assists for the second game in his last three. He's also on a five game point scoring streak with a sexy 1+10=11 including 4 PPP.
I guess I should mention this, so I will. Willie Mitchell had three assists including two on the PP. The usual low scoring d-man matched his career high with 23 points and is actually a point per game over his last five (1+4=5).
Goal, assist and 2 PIM for Dustin Brown and he's staying productive with 3+4=7 over his last five games.
I saw some talk on Twitter yesterday about how Jonathan Quick should win the Vezina based on his similar peripheral stats to Henrik Lundqvist and the fact that he has no offensive support. That's why I was glad to see Quick lose a game last night where his team scored 5 goals. I'm obviously biased, but it's so difficult to make the argument for anyone not named Henrik.
This is more what we had in mind for you this season, Ryane Clowe. He had 1+1=2, plus-1 and 12 PIM last night. He has 4+2=6 over his last six games.
It's been a rebound year of sorts for Joe Thornton. He put up just 70 points through 80 games last season. After his two points last night he's got 77 points through 81 games this season. He even chipped in 7 PIM for good measure. The disconcerting thing is his usual high PPP production is severely down from 33 to 23 this season. Can we blame his teammates for this?
Anton Khudobin was called up to make the start and responded with a tremendous 44 save win against the Senators last night. That's a three game winning streak in the NHL if you go back a season and a half ago.
Jason Spezza scored to run his streak to six games. He's got 5+4=9 for the streak. His 84 points in 79 games probably would have been considered an off year for him the three seasons after the lockout, but it looks damn good after three disappointing ones.
Lets give the line of the night to Kris Letang with 1+1=2, 4 PIM, and plus-3. That's a nice follow-up to the three assists he had in the previous game. I guess he's feeling fine.
Pascal Dupuis made it 16 straight games with a point as he gave us one apple. Only four of the 16 games have been multi-pointers, so it's not as ridiculous of a streak as you might think, but it's still very impressive for a guy who never had more than 48 points in a season.
Here's a pretty sick stat that I just noticed. Over the last 30 games, Evgeni Malkin has only been held without a point four times. He had a goal and an assist last night to extend his point streak to 7 games. He has 4+8=12 for the streak. It's been said that a 50 goal season (he's never done it before) is very important to him, so you can expect about 20 shots from him on Saturday. It's basically just not fair at this point.
Chris Kunitz has really been flying under the radar this season, but it may be his best in the NHL. His 2 points last night (goal and assist) give him 59 points on the season, just one shy of his career high for points. His 229 shots are also a career high. He'd never even topped 200 in the past.
This season has been largely disappointing for Brian Boyle after coming out of nowhere to score 21 goals last season. He's trying his best to make it up to us at this point as he had two assists last night and has 4+2=6 with 6 PIM over his last eight games.
The 21 year old Jake Gardiner has been looking good lately. He made it a three game point streak last night with his 1+1=2 and plus-3. He's got 3+6=9 over his last 11 games.
Phil Kessel chipped in an assist and had a ridiculous 10 shots on goal. He has 1+4=5 and 21 shots over his last three games.
What a night for Dustin Byfuglien as he had 1+2=3 and plus-2. Big Buff has 1+5=6 during a three game point scoring streak. And Cam said this guy was hurt. Psssh.
Andrew Ladd scored to make it 4 goals in 4 games. He even threw in 17 PIM for you the one game he didn't score. What a nice guy.
Zach Bogosian made it two straight games with a goal and an assist. He has 2+5=7 over his last four games in a last ditch attempt to get you to draft him next season.
With two assists, John Tavares made it four straight games where he recorded an apple (6 total). More importantly, he topped the 80 point barrier as he's now at 81. Is it just me or could you smell this type of production coming a mile away?
Michael Grabner scored two different times in the final ten minutes of the game to put the Islanders ahead. Still, this gives him just 19 goals after he put up 31 last season. Maybe just a sophomore slump? His shots are down from 228 to 169 in the same amount of games, so that's at least part of the problem.
That's five shutouts and 43 wins on the season for Pekka Rinne as he shut down the uninterested Stars. Looks like he'll be in the running for the Vezina again this season but he probably doesn't have the peripherals to win it.