Roberto Luongo is making the decision in Vancouver more difficult. - Rich Lam
A fantasized look at last night's NHL games.
Lets give the fantasy line of the night to tough guy Chris Neil for contributing a goal, 11 PIM, 2 shots, 4 hits, and plus-2. He may be turning 34 this year but he's still as fiery as ever.
Erik Karlsson chipped in with one assist and 5 shots last night. He's tied for the second in league (yes that's the league, not among defensemen) in shots with 27. He also played just under 30 minutes last night.
Craig Anderson remained undefeated in regulation (5-0-1) as he stopped 30 of 31 shots for the win. His peripherals are the shiniest in the league at .967 sv% and 0.99 gaa.
It was the first time Corey Crawford or the Blackhawks didn't see two points last night as he took the SOL. Still, he's impressed at 5-0-1 with .931 sv% and 1.79 gaa. What I like most is that he hasn't given up more than 2 goals in any game this season even with three of them reaching overtime.
Another goaltender who remains undefeated in regulation with good peripherals is one Roberto Luongo. He shut out the Avalanche on 24 shots last night. He's at 1-0-2, with a .938 sv% and 1.61 gaa. The trade situation may be affecting Cory Schneider more than Bobby Lu as he's at 2-2-0 with ugly peripherals of .897 sv% and 3.13 gaa. The Canucks have said that they won't be pressured into a trade and at this point I can't even think of a trade that makes sense. This may be a goalie split for the rest of the season.
In the extremely cold category there's Paul Stastny. After putting up no points and minus-1 last night, he has just 1 assist and is minus-4 in 6 games on the season. Yikes.
Another goal for Zack Kassian last night as he played a healthy 17:37 minutes. He has a goal in 5 of the last 6 games but hasn't made it into the assist column on the season.
Nail Yakupov scored an OT PPG last night, knocking the puck out of mid-air and into the net. He's got 4 goals in his last 5 games.