Light Wednesday night schedule with only 3 games
here's what I saw...
Tomas Tatar attempted to defeat Philly on his own, scoring a pair of goals, one on the power play, on 6 shots, with 4 hits. The 22 yr old winger, in his first full season now has 11 points in 21 games. that may not inspire much confidence, until you see 8 of those 11 points have come over the past 10 games. With Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Bertuzzi all missing games, Tatar is getting his opportunity and making the most of it. Last night saw him skate a season high 16:13 with 6:09 coming on the power play.
Johan Franzen with a goal, extends his points streak to 5 games (3G+5A) Franzen is on a roll and looks healthy.
Since returning from his mystery injury Nov. 12, he has 14 points (6G+8A) in 11 games, on 36 shots and registering a plus-7. Detroit will rely heavily on the streaky winger who saw a season high 20:51 TOI, including 6:40 in power play time, for the near future with their top two offensive options, Datsyuk and Zetterberg sidelined.
Jimmy Howard (6-8-3) was lit up for 5 goals on 33 shots (.848 SV%)
Detroit gave him a two-goal lead deep late into the second period, but Howard couldn't hold it. Howard, who looked to be one of the safer fantasy goalies heading into the season, has had some rough outings lately and the results are just not there.
Steve Mason (10-8-1) continues to give his club a chance, stopping 32/35 in a resurgent season thus far, while his win loss record is relatively unimpressive, his 2.14 GAA and .932 SV% are.
Sean Couturier with a big game, posted a 2 goals and 2 assists, 1 on the power play, on 3 shots assist on a 4 point night, giving him 4 goals and 2 assists over his previous 4 games, I think it qualifies as a hot streak.
Cam was real high on Couturier coming out of Junior and while he's played fairly well as a bottom 6 defensive forward his first 2 seasons, he's never been able to score on a consistent basis. The 20 year old center won't do a lot for you in the peripheral categories, but if he is hanging out on the wire he might be worth a flier, his ice time is trending up to nearly 20 min a night and there is lots of potential there, still not being utilized much on the power play but if he can continue to contribute, it should come.
Got nothing else to say concerning The Flyers, who on the whole I find to be a loathsome team, so if you have any the stats are posted...
Matt Read 9 (Assists: Sean Couturier 9, Scott Hartnell 4)
Sean Couturier 4 (Assists: Matt Read 5, Steve Downie 14)
Scott Hartnell 6 (power-play) (Assists: Claude Giroux 15, Mark Streit 9)
Sean Couturier 5 (empty net) (Assists: Michael Raffl 2)
Peter Budaj (5-1-0) continues to get the job done in the backup role, stopping 31/34 (.912 SV%) in regulation and 2 of 3 in the shootout.
Corey Schneider (4-5-1) takes the shootout loss after failing to hold one goal leads twice late in the 3rd period. He failed to stop either of the 2 shootout attempts and a pedestrian 27/30 shots in regulation posting a .900 SV%.
My guess is next up is Martin Brodeur.
Patrik Elias with a goal on 3 shots, now has 15 points in 21 games, he's been in and out of the lineup with some injury issues and it has shown in his intermittent scoring. He can still get it done at 37, when he's playing, just wonder how solid he'll be going forward.
Michael Ryder pumped in his 7th goal on the season and added an assist on 5 shots, with 1 hit. Ryder has some ability to get hot for stretches if he's available and you have a streamable position he has goals in consecutive games now.. I know but it's a start.
Andrei Loktionov potted a goal and added an assist in Wednesday's loss to the Habs. Here is the RotoWorld analysis: The two-point effort matched the entirety of Loktionov's output for the month of November. As a light contributor who isn't particularly active in the defensive categories either, Loktionov probably only merits mild waiver wire interest for this performance. I'll agree he isn't known as a shooter or scorer, he is known to have some playmaking ability, been waiting for it to show up, it's a longshot that it does in NJ.
Reid Boucher made his NHL debut last night for a New Jersey team that has a need for exactly what he does best, score goals... He posted an assist.
Brian Gionta posted a goal and assist giving him five points (1G+4A) over the last four games. I'm not very high on him maintaining any type of sustained output skating with Danny Briere and Tomas Plekanec, there's just not much intimidating about that line.
Lars Eller with a goal has a 3 game point streak and 4 points in his last 5, after a hot start to the season the scoring for Eller has been sporadic, in fact this is the first point streak of any length since the opening week.
Andrei Loktionov 3 (Assists: Marek Zidlicky 11, Michael Ryder 5)
Michael Ryder 7 (Assists: Reid Boucher 1, Andrei Loktionov 4)
Patrik Elias 6 (Unassisted)
Brian Gionta 5 (Assists: Daniel Briere 5, Tomas Plekanec 10)
David Desharnais 3 (Assists: Brian Gionta 10)
Thomas Greiss (3-2-0) since i didn't see this game I have to assume that he was as awful as his stats indicate giving up 4 goals on only 18 shots, to suffer the loss.
Karri Ramo (4-4-0) won his second straight while giving up only one goal, stopping 29/30.
if you're banking on either of these guys you should rethink your strategy.
Keith Yandle scored his second goal in as many games. With 19 points (3G+16A) and 11 PPP (1 PPG+10 PPA) through 28 contests this season, he continues to be one of the more productive defensemen in the league.
Jiri Hudler is Top 20 in scoring, after picking up 2 assists on 1SOG and a plus-2, his 25 points (7G+18A) thru 27 games puts him in at number 20, you'd definitely like to see him shooting the puck more often as he is averaging under 1 SOG per contest, but Hudler shows no signs of slowing in his production.
Mark Giordano in his first game back since October 21, tallied a power play goal and an assist giving him 11 points through just nine games (3G+8A) if he's still available after being injured for so long, now would be a good time to scoop him up. If he can add to his totals in the next few games he's a sell high candidate.
T.J. Brodie had a goal and a powerplay assist on 1 shot with 3 blocks, after going the first 8 games of the season pointless, he's working at a slightly above .50 point per game pace with 10 points over the last 19, (3A+7G) with 4 PPP (1PPG+3PPA) his repertoire doesn't include any peripherals that help you so this is a points only add, if you can take the hits to +/- minus-7, and the negligible impact of any other cats
T.J. Brodie 3 (Assists: Matt Stajan 7, Jiri Hudler 17)
Mark Giordano 3 (power-play) (Assists: T.J. Brodie 7, Joe Colborne 5)
Lee Stempniak 5 (short-handed) (Assists: Matt Stajan 8, Mark Giordano 8)