Hags doing his best to ward off the sophomore slump. - Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
A fantasized look at some NHL news on a Monday morning.
It was the second straight game with two assists for Henrik Zetterberg and he's pushed himself to third in the league in scoring with 18 points. He's got five multipoint games and has scored in 10 of the 12 games this season. He also has 8 PPP and that's a great sign as he only had 14 all of last season.
No points and a minus-2 for Drew Doughty yesterday and you can certainly say he's disappointed up to this point. He has no goals, just 4 assists and stands at a minus-10 in 10 games. Based mostly off of his pedigree and his great post season, many thought he was a lock to bounce back from scoring just 36 points last season. I'm not so sure anymore.
Jimmy Howard made an incredible 45 saves on 47 shots yesterday to basically steal the game for the Red Wings. He's been underwhelming this season allowing 3 goals or more in 6 of his 11 starts, but winning on back to back days is a step in the right direction.
Sam Gagner's streak of points in 10 straight came to an end on Saturday but he was back at it yesterday. He went 1+1=2, 2 shots, and plus-2. Who cares if the goal was an empty netter? They all look the same on the scoresheet.
In alarming news, Thomas Vanek was held without a point last night. Evidently, they're sending out search parties to see if he was kidnapped.
Patrice Bergeron had a PPG last night which turned out to be the GWG as well. I've never been a big fan of his for the fantasy world but he does have 2+4=6 and just 1 PPP in 10 games this season. That just doesn't do it for me.
Carl Hagelin gets the line of the night with 2+1=3, 6 shots, plus-2. He had just two points coming into the game and looked an awful lot like a sophomore slumper but nothing like a three point night to boost those stats.
Dan Girardi must have known that he was a minus-3 coming into last night's game because he posted a plus-4 to put him in the good. Twos were wild as he also had 2 assists, 2 shots, 2 blocks, and 2 hits. This was his first game back after sitting out for two games with an injury.
Rick Nash had 1+1=2, 6 shots and plus-4 as he continues to adjust to the Broadway lights. He's got 3+6=9 in 11 games on the season but just one PPP. As soon as the Rangers can put together some semblance of a power play (they're converting at a 10% clip with 4 for 40 on the season) Nash's owners will see a value spike.
It's four straight games of no points for the honey badger, Cory Conacher. In his defense he was absolutely robbed by Henrik Lundqvist on a 2 on 1 last night. Still, the production disappearance has to be at least somewhat disconcerting.
The David Clarkson show continued as he had two goals last night. This dude just isn't going away. It still feels weird to look at the league leaders list and see him tied for second in goals with Patrick Kane and Patrick Marleau. Which one of these is not like the others?
Speaking of Patrick Kane, he scored again last night and he now has goals in five straight games and points in six straight. Dare I say, enfuego?
Corey Crawford barely broke a sweat as he made 17 saves for the shutout last night. He remains undefeated in regulation at 7-0-2.
Jonathan Toews had a goal and he's on a three game point scoring streak with 2+3=5. It's good to be a Blackhawk these days.