Jarome Iginla can't buy a goal this year. Five more shots (and four hits) yesterday and he's up to 19 shots in five games. Add nine PIM and a plus-2 to the equation and at least he's helping you elsewhere. The goals and points will come.
Faring better on the scoresheet lately is Milan Lucic. He notched his third of the year and now has 3+2=5 in five games. His three goals have come on only nine shots though, so mind the correction.
Johnny Boychuk had a nice game, with one assist, three shots, three hits and two blocks against Detroit. With three assists in five games, he is looking to improve on his measly 1+5=6 lockout season totals.
We have a new candidate for assist of the year - check out Pavel Datsyuk robbing Patrice Bergeron blind, undressing Zdeno Chara, and dishing a beauty feed to Henrik Zetterberg for Z's fifth goal in six games.
Stephen Weiss' stats have been underwhelming thus far, but he collected his second goal of the year on a feed from Johan Franzen. Franzen hasn't been doing any better, with only three assists in six games so far.
This was the first time Tuukka Rask allowed more than one goal this year, and despite letting three in, his peripherals are still a jaw-dropping 1.41/.951.
I didn't see the Oilers-Capitals game, but on paper it seems the goaltending was pretty lopsided. Braden Holtby stopped 28 of 30, as his owners got just what they needed - a start against Edmonton. For the Oilers, Jason LaBarbera could only manage 16 saves on 20 shots. Yeesh. Things are not going to get any easier for the Oil, as they visit the Penguins tonight. I have Dubnyk benched. It's for the best.
Troy Brouwer had his first goal and point of the year, and although he's been held off the scoresheet lately, the TOI and PP minutes have been there, so expect a few more to start going in. He's had 21 hits in six games, good for sixth overall in the league, so no problem there.
Brooks Laich also scored his first of the year,. He's a three-time 20 goal scorer, but this year is averaging only 0:31 on the PP, a far cry from the 2-3 minutes he was getting a couple of years back.
Pointless for the third straight game was Mike Green, and he was also held without a shot in two of those games. Makes one wonder about injuries, as he showed last season he can still produce when healthy. But hey, it's only three games.
Love seeing Josh Harding doing well these days - another game, another win, another 1.00 GAA. That's three in a row now, but it's worth noting he faced only 57 shots in that span, or an average game for Robin Lehner. With the injury to Niklas Backstrom, Darcy Kuemper has been called up and may play tonight against the Leafs. Next up for Minny is the Lightning on Thursday and the Panthers on Satuday. Unclear at this point if Backstrom or Harding will get those deluxe starts.
I'm sure we're not the first to say this, but Jonas Brodin is a must-add in all but the shallowest of leagues. He played 26:51 last night with 2:31 on the PP. At even-strength, he and Ryan Suter have been on the ice together 34.31% of the time this season (thanks Leftwinglock.com). Jared Spurgeon is still the PP1 option with Suter for now, but Brodin keeps producing; another assist last night and he's up to 2+3=5, plus-3, four PIM and two PPP in six games on the year.
Great news for Mathew Dumba owners, as he played in his third straight game and is seeing time on PP2 with Brodin. Dumba's ice time has increased in each of his four games this year. He saw 15:30 and 2:35 PP last night.
Zach Parise didn't score, but still managed five shots. Parise's game-by-game shot totals are nuts: 5, 7, 5, 4, 6, 8, and he trails only Ovechkin in that category. He played 23:40 last night with 5:22 on the PP. That is what you want.