Alex Ovechkin fired four goals past Bishop (4G, 6SOG, 2Hits). He is now on pace for 71G and a staggering 430SOG.
Honorable mention goes out to Nicklas Backstrom (1G, 4A, 2PIM, 2SOG, 1 Hit).
Ryan Miller and Robin Lehner with identical stats as each stopped 35-36 shots. Miller took the victory in the SO and improved his SV% to .920. As mentioned before, until he is traded he cannot be counted on for the wins but his SV% is holding strong.
Cam Atkinson (2G, 2A, +2, 4SOG, 1Hit, 1BS) on just over 17 minutes TOI. Was that his breakout game?
Martin Jones stopped all 31 shots he faced for his second consecutive shutout and third straight win since getting the callup. I would grab him if you can but chances are he has already been plucked off the waivers. I don't know what it is the Kings are doing but they know how to bring their goalies up through the ranks it seems.
Welcome back Pavel Datsyuk (1G, 1A, 4SOG, 1BS). You know what he brings to the table. I also wanted to mention Gustav Nyquist who was held pointless but he did register 5SOG while playing just over a minute more on the PP then Datsyuk. Interesting stat but I don't expect that to repeat itself.
Henrik Lundqvist allowed 3 goals on 25 shots in the loss to the Predators. The game before, he allowed 4 goals on 36 shots in a losing effort. And the game before that he allowed 4 goals on 24 shots in a losing effort. His shaky start to the year has been documented enough to the point his owners might finally start thinking about moving him. Jump on that opportunity if you can because Lundqvist is an elite goaltender and he will turn it around eventually thus, closing the door on any opportunity you had at acquiring him. Start inquiring now!
Brian Elliott improved to 5-1-1 on the year by stopping 20-21. In 10GP he has allowed 17GA or 2.04GAA and .919SV%. Behind a Hitchock team Elliott, as well as Halak stand to benefit from having their numbers padded by a well coached team. If Elliott were traded, I might be concerned where he ends up as chances are he wouldn't have the same support in front of him as he does now.
Patrick Kane (1G, 2A, +2, 4SOG) helped power the Blackhawks to victory over the Stars last night. This after a 3A performance a few nights ago. In fact, Kane is now on an incredible streak of points in 18 of his last 19 games with 10G and 19A over that span putting him on pace for 42G and 57A for 99 points.
Honorable mention to Antti Raanta who stopped 27-29 shots and improved his record to 4-0-1, 2.14GAA and .924SV%. With Crawford on the shelf for a few weeks, grab Raanta if you can as he looks to make his mark in the NHL.
Antoine Vermette (2G, +1, 2PIM, 4SOG, 1Hit, 63% FO) to give him 9G and 9A in 30GP. He has a nice little 4 game point streak going on.
Jarome Iginla made his much anticipated return to the Saddledome to take on his old team the Calgary Flames. He was held off the scoresheet but did register 4SOG and 2 Hits on over 21 minutes TOI, including 2 minutes on the PP. If I owned Iginla in any of my leagues I probably would have dressed him for this one as you would think he would be fairly jacked entering the game. But it was all for not at the end of the day.
I could mention many Oilers here as 6 different players registered two points on the night. But I am going to mention Jordan Staal (1G, 4SOG, 4 Hits) and Eric Staal (1G, 3SOG, 1Hit). Why? If you don't know by now the Staals (mainly Eric) are notorious for their slow starts. Once the holidays pass and we enter January, Eric is known for heating up and going on a tear. Jordan has also been warming up a bit lately so it wouldn't hurt to buy low now if you can as we head closer to January.
Calvin de Haan was called up not long ago and has gone pointless in the 6 games he has played for the Islanders. The former 12th overall pick has had a tough go of it trying to live up to his expectations and up until this point, he hasn't been doing much in the AHL either. Some of it due to injuries. But look at the opportunity being given to him right now. He played over 25 minutes last night registering 2SOG, 4 Hits and 4BS. His TOI per game is up to 20:51. In 6GP he has 20 Hits and 12 BS. So although he is not contributing with points, for those of you in multi-cat leagues, his Hits and BS shouldn't go unnoticed if he sticks with the team. And it looks like he is doing everything he can to make his case to stay.