Craig Anderson is on top of the world. - USA TODAY Sports
A fantasized look at last night's NHL games.
Jiri Tlusty scored twice last night to make it consecutive two goal nights. He has goals in three straight and 5+4=9 over his last six. He's enjoying time on a line with Eric Staal and you should grab him while he's hot as he can be useful for a stretch.
Jussi Jokinen scored his first goal (and point) of the season last night. This is going to be his fourth straight season of a decline in production.
Wild game in Florida last night as the Capitals scored twice in the final 5 minutes to tie and ended up winning in a shootout. Mike Ribeiro continues to put up points as he had a goal and two assists. He has 4+5=9 with a scorching 5 PPP over his last five games.
Rookie Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and had 5 shots for his first multi-goal game of the season. After his three point game in the opener, he went five straight without a point. Since then he has 4+1=5 in six games. He played 16:34 last night and I think as the season goes on the Panthers will be looking to him for scoring more and more. Check your FA pool to see if someone was hasty and dropped him.
That's five straight games with a point as Alex Ovechkin had 1+1=2, 2 PIM and 3 shots. He's got 4+3=7 and 4 PPP for the streak.
The Canadiens were one of two teams who squandered a 3-0 third period lead only to win in a shootout last night (the other was the Rangers). P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist and he's a point per game player on the season with 3+3=6 in his six games since inking a contract.
Not coincidentally, Raphael Diaz is floundering since Subban's return. After his pointless night, he's got just one assist in those 6 Subban-filled games. See if you can get someone to trade for him based just off the 9 assists.
Victor Hedman had two goals last night and he's at 4+4=8 in 12 games this season. And this is without even a point coming on the PP. Imagine if they used him on the PP a bit more?
Two assists, 2 PIM, and 6 hits for Milan Lucic last night. He's got a three game point scoring streak going with 1+3=4, 6 PIM, and a crushing 14 hits.
Erik Karlsson scored a shorthanded goal and had 9 shots to pad his SOG league lead all while playing over 27 minutes. He's also pacing defensemen in goals with 6.
What a performance for Craig Anderson. He posted a 42-save shutout of the Sabres as he continues to make his case for some Vezina consideration. He's got a clean sweep going in all goalie cats. His wins (7) and shutouts (2) are tied for the league lead but he's got sole possession of the lead in both save percentage (.956%) and gaa (1.36). Amazing stuff.
Pekka Rinne made 25 saves for his second shutout of the season and I hope some of you bought low when he started slow.
Lets give the line of the night to Blake Wheeler for his 2 assists, 10 PIM, 4 shots, 2 blocks, and plus-2. He's been a very useful player this season and I'd bet he's meandering around in some of your free agent lists. Give him a look.
What's going on with Claude Giroux? He had an assist last night but he's only got two assists to show for his last five games and just 8 points in 14 games on the season isn't getting it done. He was widely taken top 5 in drafts so he must be killing a lot of fantasy teams.
Viktor Fasth made 28 saves en route to a 3-2 victory in the shootout. He's 6-0-0 on the season and an impressive 3-0 in shootouts.
The streak stands at seven games now for Patrick Kane after he had an assist in the SOL. Amazing that he's only failed to score in 1 out of 13 games on the season.
Ben Lovejoy enjoyed his first two points on the season with two apples last night. He even played a little bit on the PP (1:43). Still, I wouldn't rush out to grab him. He's not going to be providing much in the scoring categories.
Kari Lehtonen won his fifth straight making 35 saves on 36 shots. His 7 wins are tied for the league lead.
Derek Roy had an assist to keep his point streak alive at five. He's at 1+5=6 for the streak.
Also keeping his points streak alive (but at four) was teammate Jamie Benn. His assist gives him 4+3=7 on the streak.