A fantasized look at last night's NHL action
The Rangers decided to try out Marian Gaborik on the top line with Richards & Nash and I'd say things went pretty alright as Gabby recorded the hat-trick including the GWG in OT. Now Torts isn't likely to keep these guys together permanently but it's a nice default position to have.
More successful line juggling here as Randy Carlyle experimented with James van Riemsdyk on L2 with Grabovski & Kulemin and JVR notched 2+1=3. The line combined for three goals and eight points in a win over the Penguins... Randy might have to try that one again.
Zack Kassian is flashing his immense fantasy hockey potential early in the season with a goal in regulation, the deciding goal in the shootout (a sweet one at that), two PIMs, three shots & four hits. This guy could be a fantasy monster if he puts his mind to it and lining up with the Sedin's, as he did last night, certainly will help.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson with a massive game, get this... 2+1=3, GWG, two PIMs, plus-3 & six shots. He was bossing the AHL this year (7+14=21 in 20 games) prior to the lockout ending, so he's just continuing along that path to NHL greatness.
There was some doubt about whether Steve Sullivan would even play last night but holy smokes did he ever with a hat-trick vs the CBJs. Stevie isn't much a sniper these days as he hasn't cracked 20 goals in a season since 2007 but I'll take a little of whatever remedy the trainers slipped into his waterbottle last night.
The much maligned James Reimer got the start last night for the Leafs and was very solid stopping 28 of 30 in the win over the Pens. I'd guess the Leafs go back with Scrivens tonight but Reimer may have earned himself another start in the near future... this job is a toss-up.
It was a sweet & sour night for Evgeni Malkin as he had a PPG & 10 PIMs at the death last night but also contributed a minus-3 and was 2/8 at the dot.
It's official, Scott Gomez is a Shark. His role is a bit of a mystery at this point but he'll likely fill in on a scoring line if injuries come up and see some time on PP2. He was pretty horrendous in Montreal the past two years but prior to that he was a consistent producer that you could count on for around 60 points and 200+ shots, so lets hope this whole experience is a wake-up call.
Up from the AHL: Brad Malone.