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A fantasized look at the NHL action from Valentine's Day
All hail... Pekka Rinne is in the midst of a glorious run right now as he stopped 19 shots last night to throw down his third shutout in his last four games. He is a virtually unbeatable 6-1-0, 0.83 & .968 over his last seven games with his only loss coming at the hands of the Blackhawks (where he gave up three goals).
Carl Hagelin hit a season high in ice-time (21:51) & sogs (7) and scored for the third straight game (4+2=6 & 14 shots). He went scoreless in his first seven games his year but Torts didn't lose faith as his TOI has never dropped below 14 minutes in a game. He'll need more PP time if he's really going to be fantasy factor, he averages just 1:10/gm.
To beat the Caps you just have to stop two guys... Tampa failed in their task and the dynamic duo of Eric Fehr & Mathieu Perreault made them pay with a combined 2+3=5. Fehr struck for two goals and now has 3+2=5 & plus-4 over his last three games and his little sidekick had 3A for 1+4=5 & plus-4 over his last three games.
Troy Brouwer is a guy that I've been eyeing up lately as he's been playing mostly on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and on PP1 this year. He scored his third PPG last night and is on a nice little span with 5+2=7 over his last seven games. He has been an ok player the past couple of years as he is durable and plays physical but he has been given a boost this year by Adam Oates and is shooting more and seeing more PP time.
Dan Ellis kept all but one of 23 shots he faced out of the netting and he is off to a fine start this year with a 3-1-0 record and 1.75 & .943 ratios through his first five games. He has allowed one goal or less in four of five outings.
After sitting out three straight as a healthy scratch, Joe Corvo now has 2+3=5, plus-6 & 13 shots in his last four games. He played a season high 20:30 last night.
Zach Parise had just one point in his last eight games coming into last night but you knew something had to give as he's directing a lot of rubber to the net lately... nine more shots last night and one of them found it's way in. He now has 34 shots over his last five games.
Tyson Barrie led the Avs in ice-time last night with nearly 26 minutes (1:52 on the PP) and that helped him record his first point of the season (PPA). He has only seen action in five games so far as he's been getting a view from the pressbox quite a bit lately but maybe EJ's injury will free up some minutes for him.
Tampa swapped AHL tenders with Montreal as Dustin Tokarski goes to the Habs for Cedrick Desjardins. This is a bit of a curious move to me, both are having off-seasons in the AHL but does this mean that Bolts are giving up on Tokarski? He is four years younger (23) than Desjardins and looked like a decent prospect, leading them to the Calder Cup last year (12-2, 1.46 & .944). I guess this is a positive move for Tokarski as the Habs may be about done with Peter Budaj as their backup... we'll have to see how this shakes out.