This shot took about .0001 seconds for Tarasenko to get off. - Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
A look at Monday's NHL games.
Well, if you were looking for an encore from Vladimir Tarasenko, you surely got one in the form of a goal and two assists last night. If you watch these games, he looks flat out dangerous with the puck. He's got a super fast release and a deadly shot. We may be looking at the beginnings of the next superstar in the NHL. And when you add that to what a great team the Blues already were, that's scary.
People seem to forget that Andy McDonald is usually close to a point per game player when healthy. Well, he's healthy right now so you should take advantage at least until his next inevitable injury. He's playing with super rookie Tarasenko at even strength and on the powerplay. He had a goal and an assist on 5 shots last night.
We'll give the fantasy line of the night to Kevin Shattenkirk as he had 2 assists, plus-1, 4 PIM, 2 shots, and 2 blocks. That's four assists in two games for the young blue-liner.
Patric Hornqvist with a great game as he had 1+2=3 including a PPG and a PPA.
Start the goaltending controversy in St. Louis. Despite pitching a shutout in the opener, Jaroslav Halak was pulled midway through the game after allowing 3 goals on 11 shots. Brian Elliott was perfect in relief stopping all 13 shots the rest of the game and through overtime. He also stopped both shootout attempts he saw. Safe to assume he gets the nets tonight.
Tuukka Rask stopped 26 of 27 shots for the shootout win, and you're certainly not regretting taking him early in your draft as he's 2-0-0 with a .958 sv% and 0.96 gaa. Can't get much better than that.
Last year's AHL MVP, Cory Conacher is feeling right at home on a line with Stamkos and MSL as he had two apples yesterday. That's 1+3=4 over his first two games. If there's one concern, it's that he isn't playing on the PP with those guys, so he likely won't be very productive in that realm.
Little guy Martin St. Louis had 1+1=2 in the same game. He's got 5 points in the first two games and he will continue to make you look like a genius for drafting him.
Second straight game with a PPG for Nazem Kadri. Do you think he can stick with the Leafs this year? I still have my doubts.
Well, your top goalie through the first two games is Craig Anderson as he took home the shutout yesterday stopping all 31 shots the Panthers threw at him. He's a blistering 2-0-0 with a .983 sv% and 0.50 gaa. Just give him the Vezina now.
Two goals for Ryan Getzlaf last night as he put forth his second straight multi-point effort. It's a contract year for him so if you got him later than the third round in your draft, it's going to be a steal.
Don't look now but Daniel Winnik had three points (1+2=3 on 3 shots and plus-3) and he's got 5 points on the season. His career high is 26 points so I'd say he's playing a bit over his head.
Mirroring Winnik was Saku Koivu as he, too, had 1+2=3 and plus-3. This is just another old guy benefitting from time to rest those legs.
It was easy to discount Curtis Glencross last season after he shot close to 25% for the season but the fact is, the guy can score and he's playing top minutes. He had 2+1=3 on 4 shots and he's a good bet to get you close to 20 goals this season.
Small trade as the Blackhawks acquired Henrik Karlsson from the Flames for a seventh rounder. Karlsson is 29 years old so he's not really much of a prospect anymore but he does give the Flames some depth at the goalie position.