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A fantasized look at the NHL action from Tuesday night
Enjoy it while it lasts... Andrei Markov with another two PPPs last night and he has 4+3=7 (all on the PP) over his last five games. His partner, Raphael Diaz, also had two PPA and now has 7A (five on the PP) this season. You assume P.K. Subban will find his way onto the PP when he returns but it would be tough to break up this duo right now.
The GAL's were at it again for the Habs as Alex Galchenyuk had 2A and Brendan Gallagher had 1+1=2 last night. Both saw 11 minutes or less last night but are making a strong case to stay with the Habs and stay together.
Matt Frattin with a pair of nice goals last night, including the buzz-beater in OT, and he now has 3+2=5 in three games since his recall. The Leafs aren't going to hand him anything, he's going to have to work his bag off for it and so far he's left them with no choice but to give him more ice-time.
Nathan Horton has a four game point streak going with 3+2=5 & plus-4 during the stretch. He is also averaging 3:39/gm on the PP but doesn't have a PPP yet, so there are numerous ways that this streak could continue.
Fourth straight start for Michal Neuvirth last night but he couldn't hold a two-nil lead and ended up with the loss vs Ottawa. Lots of people are following the Caps crease conflict closely so thought we should mention this. It's a toss-up which way Oates goes for the Caps next game but I wouldn't be surprised if he goes back to Holtby.
Keaton Ellerby attemped to "Go-Clowe" last night but came up short with just 19 PIMs. That puts him just a single penalty minute behind Clowe's 37 in the PIM race. Ellerby wasn't afraid to mix it up back in Jr. but he hasn't really shown that side so far in the pros... until now. Give him a look if you need a tough stay-at-home dman.
Cory Conacher with another two points last night and he now has points in five of six games this year with four of those being multi-point efforts. He can play a little feisty as well as he had 114 PIMs in the AHL last year, he's chipped in with six PIMs so far this year.
Phil Kessel picked up an assist last night but is still goalless on the season through six games. Don't panic here as he's playing a ton (nearly 22 mpg) and is tied for 2nd in the league with 27 shots... they will start to go in and we'll all have a good laugh about you wetting yourself over this.
James Reimer picked up the win last night for the Leafs stopping 29 of 32 and he's now started three of the last four. He is starting to take hold of the Leafs #1 job but I would say that his grasp is a greasy one.
Wild rookie Jonas Brodin saw over 20 minutes of ice-time last night and picked up his second point in his third NHL game. I'm not a big fan of this kid but the Wild are head-over-heels in love with him.
The Sabres announced yesterday that Mikhail Grigorenko was not going back to Jr. and he played his magical sixth game of the season last night. Ironically he only played 10 mins last night but recorded his first NHL goal. I like this kid long-term but I don't think he'll have much of an impact this season.