Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
A fantasized look at some NHL news on a Monday morning.
Before I get into last night's games, I want to remind you that there are three early games on this Monday due to it being Presidents' Day in the US. Adjust your lineups accordingly.
Let's go cookie cutter and give the fantasy line of the night to Sidney Crosby as he had another three point game. He went 1+2=3, a PPG, 2 PIM, 4 shots, and plus-3. Sid the kid now has five 3-point games in his last nine and he's still the best player in the world for my money.
Benefitting from playing with said best player in the world is Pascal Dupuis. He had 2+1=3, 5 shots, 3 hits, and plus-2 on the afternoon.
That's two straight 2-point games for Christian Ehrhoff as he had two assists. He's now got a healthy 10 points on the season as he tries to rebound from an off year.
Thomas Vanek's vanishing act only lasted three games as he came through with a multi-pointer yesterday. His goal and assist ensured he stayed a point ahead in the Art Ross race.
Mike Richards put home a pair of powerplay goals and he's been on a useful run recently with 4+5=9 and 7 PPP over his last nine games.
Duncan Keith had two apples yesterday and he's got six assists to show for his last five games. I think we can all agree that his 2009-2010 campaign was an anomaly when he put up 69 points but he's certainly a threat for 50 most seasons.
The fastest skater in the league, Carl Hagelin put home another goal as he continues to give defenses fits. He's got goals in four straight to the tune of 5+2=7 with 18 shots for the streak.
Pavel Datsyuk rejoined the lineup, scored, and added an assist. This pushed his goal streak to four games.
Recording his first NHL win was Darcy Kuemper as he stopped 29 of 31 shots. I'm curious if people are leaning towards him a bit more than Matt Hackett to be the Wild's future. I still like Hackett here, but what do I know?
Richard Bachman's nightmare continued when he blew a 3-1 third period lead eventually losing in regulation 4-3. He's now 1-3-0 with a .857 sv% and 3.95 gaa. A Lehtonen injury was always going to be his big chance and he's blowing it.
Doubling his season point total was Alexander Burmistrov as he put up a goal an assist last night. Even with the extra two points, 4 points in 14 games just isn't getting it done. Hopefully this game can springboard him to relevancy again.
Speaking of irrelevancy, Olli Jokinen is at seven straight games without a single point. He had such a promising campaign last season but that's becoming a distant memory.
No points and a minus-1 for Dustin Byfuglien. He hasn't had a point since returning from his mystery injury. Maybe he's still bothered by it? He still played over 24 minutes.
Potting his first goal of the season was Henrik Sedin as he also added an assist to give him a 2-point game for the third time in the last four games. I would try to buy low on HSedin if I still could because it feels like he's about to go on one of those runs.
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