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A fantasized look at Wednesday night's NHL games
A couple of days ago Jakub Voracek gave you a bunch of assists and last night the guy gave you a bunch of goals. He recorded a hat trick including 2 PIM, 6 shots, the GWG, and plus-1. He's certainly among the hottest players in the league with 5+10=15 in his last nine games but if someone wanted to offer me a trade for him at this moment, I'd surely listen.
It's difficult not to give the line of the night to a guy who records a Gordie Howe Hat Trick so let's give it to Wayne Simmonds with 2+1=3, 5 PIM, 3 shots, and plus-2 all in just 10:43 of ice time. The dude is a major part of the Flyers' offense and he's shown that last season was no fluke.
Claude Giroux keeps buzzing along as he put up two apples last night. He's got three multipoint performances in his last four games.
Evgeni Malkin scored a powerplay goal and added a powerplay assist to go along with 4 PIM and 5 shots. Of his 20 points on the season, 13 of them have come with the man advantage which leads the NHL.
Geno's good buddy, James Neal mirrored him with a powerplay goal and powerplay assist of his own. He's now tied for the league lead in goals (12) with Thomas Vanek. He's still leading the league in the PPG department with 8.
A good way to follow up consecutive games in which you've allowed 5 goals is to post a shutout. Semyon Varlamov did just that last night as he made 33 saves for the SO.
David Jones had the lone goal in last night's game between the Avalanche and the Blues. He played just under 20 minutes and the guy has been useful over his last four games with 2+2=4. He's not as bad as he showed during his first nine in which all he had was a goal and no assists.
A goal and an assist for Jeff Carter last night and he's starting to produce a bit more with 4+2=6 over his last six games.
Jonathan Bernier made it three consecutive wins as he made 26 saves on 27 shots to beat the Flames. He's allowed just one goal in each of those victories. He's split the last six games with the 4-5-2 Jonathan Quick and you have to think he's earned himself another start.
Called up: Jacob Markstrom
Sent down: Nick Drazenovic