I can't tell for sure, but I think Tarasenko is pleased with his first NHL goal. - Dilip Vishwanat
A look at Saturday's NHL games.
Teemu Selanne might never retire. The guy is simply unreal. At 42 years old, he gets the fantasy line of the night with 2+2=4, 4 PIM, 5 shots, and plus-1. He was quoted after the game as saying that he's far from feeling good. The whole league is on notice.
A couple of super rookies had super games in their NHL debuts. Vladimir Tarasenko scored two filthy goals on his first two NHL shots and Jonathan Huberdeau put up a dreamy fantasy line: 1+2=3, plus-2, 2 PIM, 5 shots, and 2 hits. Both of these guys are the real deal, they just need a fair share of playing time.
Brian Campbell doubled his powerplay goal total from last season in just one night when he scored twice with the mad advantage last night. Campbell was one of the best in the league in powerplay assists with 30, so this was a pleasant surprise for his owners. He doesn't shoot very much so I'd consider this an anomaly.
Alex Kovalev seemed washed up in 2010-2011, which is why no one could have expected very much from him this season. He turned back the clock last night with 1+2=3, 2 PIM, 3 shots, and plus-2. Please don't go running to your waiver wire for him unless you're in a very deep league.
The lockout must have really helped these old guys as another one, Jaromir Jagr, gave us a great effort with his four point night (2+2=4, 3 shots, plus-1). He wasn't even drafted in a few of my leagues but he looks like he might have some good chemistry with Loui Eriksson.
Radim Vrbata exclaimed that last year's breakout of 35+27=62 was no fluke as he scored two goals and added an assist. He's literally the only goal scorer on that entire team.
Very encouraging to see Chris Stewart score two goals in the opener for the Blues. A lot of people picked him to score 40 goals last season but instead he gave us a disgusting line of 15+15=30. I have low expectations here but there's reason to get a little excited.
T.J. Oshie scored a shorthanded goal and added two powerplay assists en route to his three point night. Nicely done.
All in a night's work for Milan Lucic. He scored a goal on three shots, had 4 hits and dropped the PIM bomb with 12. Looch!
The lone shutout of the night goes to Jaroslav Halak. He only had to stop 14 shots and I seem to remember plenty of games last season just like this one. It's nice to be playing net for the Blues organization.
Sergei Bobrovsky got the start over Steve Mason and promptly help beat the Predators in their own building. He stopped 32 of 34 shots through regulation and overtime. He even stopped 5 of the 6 shootout attempts he faced. This was a promising effort for a guy that you either drafted in the bench rounds or is still sitting on your waiver wire. He's worth a look.
Ben Scrivens got the start over James Reimer last night and he played very well stopping 21 of 22 shots for the W. He had a shutout going for most of the game but that was broken up with just 6 minutes remaining. He'll likely get the next start over Optimus-Reim so Scrivens is also worth a look for those in goalie need.
There looks to be some nice chemistry on the Dany Heatley - Mikko Koivu - Zach Parise line as they had two points each last night. You can't always assume that guys are going to play well together but this line might just have the perfect amount of Canadian, Finnish, and American that you need to succeed.
It was a bad day to be one of the top goalies in the league. Jonathan Quick was torched for 5 goals on 22 shots. Cory Schneider will have some work to do in order to get back to those sexy peripheral levels as he gave up 5 goals on 14 shots (ouch) before getting the yank. Can they really start Roberto Luongo tonight? Cam Ward also got pulled after a first period in which he allowed 4 goals on 12 shots. Another victim of the yank was Jimmy Howard who let in 5 goals on 23 shots. Braden Holtby managed to stay in the whole game but he was lit up for 6 goals on 34 shots. I hope you drafted his crutch, Michal Neuvirth.
It looks as if Marian Hossa isn't feeling any ill effects from the concussion as he went off for 2+1=3 on 4 shots, 2 PIM, and plus-2. After the condition he was in the last time we saw him on the ice, this was a nice thing to see even if you don't own the guy in any leagues.
The reigning Norris Trophy winner is at it again as Erik Karlsson put up 1+2=3, plus-2 and gave us a zesty 6 shots on goal. He led the Senators in ice time with 25:35. I cant think of a good reason as to why he won't win the scoring race among defensemen again this season.
It was probably smart to to buy low on Martin St. Louis on your draft day as he was coming off his first season below 80 points in five years. He's going to be a point per game player again this year. He gave you two powerplay goals on five shots and threw in an assist for good measure.
Teddy Purcell's breakout season of 65 points didn't really garnish much respect on draft day. I routinely saw him going in bench rounds. Well he's trying his best to prove you wrong with three apples in the opener.
Ilya Kovalchuk put up an assist but the more important part to take from that game is that he played an obscene (for a forward) 24:37 of ice time. I'm not the biggest Kovalchuk fan but when you're playing so many minutes, you're bound to score a point per game.
Fresh off his 6-year, $30 million contract, Alexander Edler had a goal and an assist, both on the powerplay. I'm a big fan of this guy and I see a nice bounce back season coming.
Up from the AHL: Mattias Tedenby