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A fantasized look at the NHL action from Friday night
Just three games in the NHL last night and a grand total of eight combined goals... so you should assume it was a night for the tenders...
Sugar Ray Emery stopped 26 of 27 to run his winning streak to seven games to kick off the season. Corey Crawford dressed as the backup and could see some action soon but it will be tough for the Hawks to deny Emery as he's in the zone right now.
Roberto Luongo with your shutout of the night as he stopped all 23 shots that the Preds could muster. His streak isn't as flashy as Emery's but he hasn't lost in regulation yet this season (5-0-3) and is top three in the league in both gaa (1.45) & sv% (.941).
Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't been lights-out or anything this year (.917) but he doesn't really have to be as he stopped 22 of 23 last night to pick up his league leading ninth win (tied with Price). He has kept it to two goals or less in six of his last eight games.
The Panthers didn't do Jacob Markstrom a solid as they gave him his first start of the year against the high-flying Penguins but he hung in there the best he could stopping 37 of 40 in the loss. Your guess is as good as mine where Kevin Dineen goes from here with his goalies.
Kris Letang has be relegated to PP2 duty lately but he don't care, he has just three PPP on the season but has been buttering his bread at evens with an assist in four straight games. Quietly he sits 2nd in scoring amongst dmen with 3+10=13 in 15 games, just one point back of Shattenkirk.
Brandon Saad hit the target last night for his third goal of the season. Hard to recommend him in single-year leagues as he's not producing much but it's an encouraging sign for you keeper league owners that Coach Q is insisting on keep him with Toews & Hossa on the top line.
Saad's pleasure is Viktor Stalberg's pain as while he scored last night on five shots, he's been bumped from the Hawks top 6 by the rookie and his numbers are down so far this year. His PP time is up but his shots/gm has declined from 2.7 to 2.1, so I'd be concerned.
You know what is pretty amazing?... how quickly Craig Smith went from hotshot rookie to complete shitshow. He started last season with .68 ppg & 2.8 spg prior to Jan 1st and since that time he's producing at just .27 ppg & 1.8 spg including 1+2=3 in 18 games to start this season.
Things aren't looking up for the Sharks as Martin Havlat doesn't have a point in his last nine, Logan Couture has just one in seven and Ryane Clowe has yet to find the back of the net in 16 games this year.
The Islanders placed Rick DiPietro on waivers, not cause they are getting rid of him but more likely so he can go to the AHL and work on his game where it won't hurt them. To steal a quote from Derek Dorsett, this guy is an "irrelevant (fantasy) player". The Isles have called up Kevin Poulin to take his place but it's not like he's killing it in the AHL as he's dead last in the league with a 3.22 gaa.