Thursday's Daily Dosage
With several of my least favorite teams in action on a light NHL schedule, I just couldn't get into any of the fare that was presented last night. No doubt Chicago fans had an enjoyable evening, while the only 2 teams I had any mild interest in Toronto and Minnesota were rather lackluster in their efforts, though Toronto did carry a large part of the offensive zone possesion in their game, they were unable to solve the Kings keeper.
Cody Franson who's been money on the power play this season, tied with Erik Karlsson and Keith Yandle with 11 power play assists, finally added his first goal of the season, and yes it came on the power play.
Drew Doughty with his 6th goal, and 3rd on the power play, gave poolies his usual multi cat goodness, adding a plus-1, 2 PIM, 6 hits and 2 blocks.
Jeff Carter potted a goal and added an assist
Mike Richards added 2 assists
Tyler Toffoli with an assist has 3 game point streak 2G plus 2A over that span. Calder like production from the rookie who had cooled a bit after a very hot start.
Jonathan Bernier could manage only 20 of 23 shots (.870 SV%). His phenomenal start to the season is now nearing a distant memory, having allowed 22 goals over his past 6 starts while picking up only one W in that span.
Drew Doughty 6 (power-play) (Assists: Mike Richards 20, Jeff Carter 6)
Kyle Clifford 3 (Assists: Tyler Toffoli 7, Mike Richards 21)
To be completely honest I have no idea who Alex Grant is, he scored his 2nd goal in his 2nd NHL game on his 2nd career shot on goal. something tells me he will regress from his current point per game 100 % shooting percentage, so I'm not going to delve too deeply into a 24 yr old former 4th round pick.
Corey Perry continued his assault on the twine, potting a goal on 7 shots, increasing his goal scoring streak to 7 games, and points streak to 9 consecutive. Perry has an Alexander Steen like 9 goals over those nine games to go with 3 assists.
Jason Pominville got Minnesota's only tally on 3 shots.
Josh Harding 29 of 31 .936 SV%
Jonas Hiller 23 of 24 .958 SV%
Ray Emery was less than stellar allowing 6 goals on 18 shots he was replaced early in the 3rd
Steve Mason faired only slightly better, allowing one power play goal on the 5 shots he faced.
Patrick Sharp the streaky sniper is on a roll of late tallying his fourth goal, a power play marker, in his past 3 games.
Sharp also pitched in with 2 assists (1PPA) on 4 shots. Giving him 8 points 4 goals plus 4 assists over that 3 game span.
Marian Hossa also pitched in with 3 assists though he didn't have a SOG.
Kris Versteeg after the trade from Florida had 4 points through his first 4 games back in a Hawks uniform. He then went 6 games without registering a point. now at the 15th game played for Chicago Versteeg seems to have found his game, with 6 points, 2 goals plus 4 assists, over his last 5 games.
Shaw scored his 10th goal and is on a 5 game point streak (3G+2A) this multi cat performer has surprised me with his scoring accruing 20 points thru 32 games, including 7 points (3G+4A) on the power play while giving you nearly 1 PIM, 3 hits, and 2 SOG per game. Not a bad return on a player taken late in most drafts.
Kris Versteeg 5 (Assists: Brandon Saad 13, Marian Hossa 12)
Jonathan Toews 13 (Assists: Patrick Sharp 17, Marian Hossa 13)
Brent Seabrook 3 (Assists: Michal Handzus 4, Kris Versteeg 12)
Patrick Sharp 15 (power-play) (Assists: Patrick Kane 25, Marian Hossa 14)