Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
A fantasized look at the NHL action from Tuesday night
Not sure what side of the bed I got up on - what does that even mean anyways??? - but I'm a little feisty today, so I'm going to go all Captain Negative on some dudes...
To call Jason Garrison a disappointment would mean that you had expectations that he could sustain some of his production from his one-hit-wonder 2011/12 season. We came in with low expectations for Garrison and he's missed the bar completely... just two points on the season, no PPPs, he's been dropped from the PP (less than a minute in each of the last five games), his shots are down and even his hits & blocks are crap. Dude is pretty much useless to you right now and I don't have a lot of hope for a turnaround.
Next on my firing line is Valtteri Filppula... he's never been a great fantasy option but did put up 66 points last year and typically plays with either Zetterberg or Datsyuk so you'd expect more than one friggin point in his last six games, no PPPs this year and he's been held off the scoresheet in 11 of 16 games so far this season.
Don't even get me started with Olli Jokinen... yikes. No points in his last eight, just four on the season and he's seeing his ES & PP time decline. People give him a lot of crap but he's exceeded the 50 point barrier in nine straight seasons so his 22 point pace (over 82 games) is very sad.
Never been a fan of Nick Leddy (maybe in assist-only leagues) but he's really worthy of my scorn this year as his TOI/gm has dropped from 22 last year to 15 so far this season. He has just one point in his last 10 games and his peripherals always suck. You can blame Johnny Oduya for stealing his ice-time.
Not even Logan Couture will escape my wrath today as he has just a single assist & nine shots over his last six games. I'm confident he'll snap out of it but this is disappointing.
Alright, I think I've got that out of my system, moving on...
Carl Hagelin kept the good times rolling with an assist in 21 minutes of ice to run his point streak to five games (5+3=8 & 21 shots).
Nothing spectacular but a solid return to MSG for Brandon Prust as he had 1A, plus-3, two shots & four hits. He's a rare tough guy who is durable and won't hurt you in a bunch of cats.
A goal, five hits & 13 FOWs last night for Vincent Lecavalier and he has a single point in five straight games. Vinny has turned into a beast this season as he's dishing out over three hits a game versus just 1.3/gm over the previous five years.
Benoit Pouliot likely just blew his cover as an undercover FA add with 3A last night so hopefully you already went there. He's been lining up with Lecavalier & St.Louis lately and has points in four straight (2+5=7 & plus-6). This is entirely driven by his linemates, so pray that he can stick.
Victor Hedman dropped the gloves, actually I'm not sure he even got his gloves off, with Nazem Kadri last night to add five PIMs to his total to go along with a PPA. The kid is having a beauty of a season with contributions across the board. This was his first PPP of the season, so he could pumped that up a little as his PP TOI is up about a minute from last season (2:02/gm)
2A last night for Colin Wilson and those of you that showed patience waiting for him to emerge are now being rewarded as has 4+9=13 over his last 10 games and leads the Preds in points.
Ray Emery was beaten for two late goals in the 3rd period but held firm in the shootout to run his winning streak to six games. Emery is a great add if he's still available in your league as the Hawks are rolling, Crawford remains out with a concussion and, even when he comes back, I think Emery can give him a run for the #1 job.
Have to show some love for my boy Tommy Wingels for his assist, five PIMs & five hits last night. He's not a regular in the penalty box but he's one of my favourite plugs cause he can chip in a few points while hitting everything that moves.
Patrik Berglund scored the only Blues goal last night and fitting that it be he as that's goals in four straight games. He's scoring on nearly 30% of his shots this season, so he has no chance of keeping this up.
To the Penthouse: Matt Pelech.
To the Outhouse: Andrew Ebbett.
This Pavel Datsyuk goal was not bad...