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A look at Sunday's NHL games
So Roberto Luongo got the start last night for the Canucks, probably not a big deal as he likely would have started the second night of back-to-backs anyway. He was decent last night stopping 30 of 32 but took the SOL... that's likely not good enough to get the next start, so expect Schneider to get the net on Wednesday.
Fantasy line of the night & season so far goes to Thomas Vanek as he went off on the Flyers for 2+3=5 and nine shots. Apparently he's really missing long-time linemate Derek Roy... Cody Hodgson will do just fine, thanks.
Feel good story here as Josh Harding posted a 24 save shutout over Dallas in his first start since being diagnosed with MS. Nobody, not even Harding, is sure how he'll be affected but this guy is a quality goalie and we're willing to give him the benefit of the doubt until the results say otherwise.
Time to hit the Panic Button in Manhattan as Henrik Lundqvist was pulled yesterday after allowing four goals on 18 shots and took his second straight loss to start the season. All goalies are going to have multiple rough two-game patches during the season, just so happens that Hank's is to start the year (against Bruins & Penguins). If there is any way you can snag this guy in any of your leagues then do it.
Mike Smith gave up four goals on opening night and another six-pack last night to Chicago. Does this guy forget that he's playing for Phoenix?
Steve Ott offered a buffet of peripherals in his Sabres debut with a PPG, two PIMs, three shots, four FOWs & five hits.
Zack Kassian with the Hulk Hogan hat-trick (let's go with that) as he scored a goal and then bloodied Ben Eager in a fight last night. Dude was pretty fired up leaving the ice so it should be pretty clear that he enjoys the sight of blood.
Alexander Edler is off to a fine start with goals in each of his first two games and 2+1=3 & four PIMs so far.
Dallas went with 28-year-old rookie tender Cristopher Nilstorp in game #2 and he was solid stopping 31 of 32 but received the grand total of nil goal support and was bettered by Harding. This rookie has made great strides this season, which is his first in NA. Keep a close eye on him as you know Lehtonen will come down with an injury shortly.
Reports have Scott Gomez being close to inking a deal with the Sharks after skating with them yesterday.
The Ducks have promoted backup goalie Viktor Fasth from the AHL.