Henrik Zetterberg is trying to prove that he's still an elite point producer. - Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
A fantasized look at Friday's Night's NHL Games.
Oh what a game as Henrik Zetterberg did his best Vanek impression with a 5-point night. It's easy to give him the line of the night when you see the 3+2=5, 2 PPP, 8 shots, and plus-3. He's on a 6 game point scoring streak with 5+7=12 and 33 shots over that span. The high shot totals are nice to see as last season was the first time in three seasons that he didn't shoot the puck over 300 times.
Johan Franzen with a very un-Franzen like night with 3 assists but no goals. He's on a 4 game point scoring streak with 1+4=5 but the mule needs to start kicking in the goal scoring category.
In the "didn't see that one coming" category, Dan Ellis shutout the red hot Senators on 33 shots last night. Ellis has been great in both his starts while Cam Ward has been horrific in just about all of his. I'd say we can start to talk about a goalie controversy but we all know how loyal the Hurricanes are to Ward.
Braden Holtby did something last night that almost made me fall out of my chair. He won a game. There hasn't been much of that in the nation's capital. He'll likely get the start in the no longer compelling Ovechkin-Crosby rivalry game on Sunday.
If you saw this Cory Conacher outburst coming then you and I need to go to the nearest convenience store for some lottery tickets. After his 2+1=3 last night which included a PPG and the GWG, he now has multipoint games in five out of the seven games. Oh, and he's tied for fourth in the league with a plus-8. Ridiculous.
It seems that playing with the honey badger has revitalized Vincent Lecavalier's career as he, too, had a 3-point game last night. Which streak is more impressive for you? Is it the powerplay goals in three straight games? Or is it the 5-game point scoring streak where he has 3+6=9?
Is it possible for Steven Stamkos to be going under the radar? It seems like he is. He was the third Lightning player with a 3-point game last night and he's averaging 2 points a game with 14 points in 7 games, good for second in the league.
With Dustin Byfuglien out, Paul Postma got the call to man the point on the PP with Tobias Enstrom. Each of them had a goal and two assists but somehow Enstrom was a minus-3 and Postma was even. Postma has been a pretty decent point producer in the AHL (7+11=18 in 27 games before his call up) so if big Buff is out any length of time, Postma is an add you want to make.
Manning up and playing through his dreadful undisclosed injury last night was Martin Hanzal and he scored two goals on five shots. That's more like it, big guy.
The extremely underrated Radim Vrbata had a goal and an assist last night and he's got points in 5 straight contests to the tune of 1+4=5 with 4 PPP.
The Canucks basically had to go with Roberto Luongo last night following his shutout of the punchless Avalanche. This was a much more difficult contest and he responded by posting the SOW while allowing just one goal through regulation and overtime to the dangerous Blackhawks. For good measure, he was perfect through 4 shootouts attempts against. I can just feel the blood boiling amongst Cory Schneider owners.
Bobby Ryan is finally in the mix as he put up 1+2=3, a PPG, 4 hits, and plus-1. He's got a modest 3-game point scoring streak going with 2+3=5 after going without a point in his first three games.
Viktor Fasth got another start and won again last night. He stopped 26 of 27 shots against the Wild and Jonas Hiller owners have a reason to be nervous. Fasth has a sexy resume and he's a confident goalie. I'd make a speculative Fasth add right now, especially in mid to deep leagues.
The ageless one, Teemu Selanne with three apples last night. This was refreshing for his owners as he'd had just one assist in the last four games after his opening night outburst.
Youngster Kyle Palmieri scored twice on four shots as he is getting to play on a line with Selanne and Ryan. He has also seen time on the Corey Perry / Ryan Getzlaf line so the Ducks think pretty highly of him as they're giving him an opportunity to succeed.
Recalled: Andy Miele, Jamie Tardif
Reassigned: Chad Johnson, Mike Blunden