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A fantasized look at Monday night's NHL action.
Will Jakub Voracek ever stop putting up points? My magic 8-ball says no. It was another mulit-pointer for the 23-year old as he potted a powerplay goal and added an assist. He's got a blistering 5+9=14 with 6 PPP and 23 shots over a six game point scoring streak and a hotter player, you will not find.
Claude Giroux has finally arrived to 2013. After two assists last night, he has reached the 20-point mark. He's riding a five game point scoring streak with 3+7=10.
Nikolai Kulemin put up a very useful line of 1+1=2, 3 shots, 3 hits, and plus-2. With 12 points in 20 games on the season he's producing at a much better rate than last season (0.40 PPG). He has 1+3=4 over his last 4 games.
The fantasy line of the night easily goes to Roman Josi for his heroic 2+2=4, 6 shots, 4 blocks, and plus-3. He even scored the overtime winner. Many were high on Josi coming into this season as Ryan Suter's heir apparent. He responded with just one assist in his first 14 games. After this four point doozy he's got 6 points over his last 6. I'd want him on my team after a confidence booster like this. Feel free to run out and grab him.
Speaking of having 6 points over your last 6, that's just what Sergei Kostitsyn has after he grabbed two assists last night. He's been a decently productive player since he joined the Predators and there's no reason to think he won't be going forward this season.
It was a three point night for Michael Ryder (all coming of the assist variety) and don't look now but he's quietly on a six game point scoring streak with 2+7=9. I hope my man isn't trying to become a playmaker. You're a goal scorer, Mike.
Ben Bishop with a giant performance as he made 44 saves en route to a 2-1 shootout victory. It almost seems like his size is intimidating to opposing shooters as the Canadiens peppered him to no avail. The hope is that he gets traded to a club where he would start but there aren't a lot of teams looking for starting goalies (see: Luongo).
It felt like an eternity since Andrei Markov's name was on the scoresheet but he scored a powerplay goal last night. Amazingly, all 11 of his points on the season has come on the powerplay.
I fondly remember the days when Michal Rozsival was a productive defenseman for the Rangers but those days are long gone...or so I thought. After two assists last night, he's turning back the clock this season with 7 assists in 9 games. So what if he's been a healthy scratch for a bunch of games? He played over 20 minutes and assisted on the game tying and game winning goals last night.
Speaking of that game winning goal, Marian Hossa scored it. The overtime goal was his third GWG on the young season. He also added 5 shots, and I guess he's fine.
Three assists for Anze Kopitar and he has points in 9 of 11 games in the month of February to the tune of 3+9=12.
It hasn't been the most productive season for Dustin Brown so his 1+1=2, 4 shots, 4 hits, 2 PIM, and plus-2 was a welcomed site. He's got a modest 3-game point scoring streak going with 1+3=4, 4 PIM, and a bruising 16 hits over that span.
The Capitals gave Braden Holtby a 2-year extension worth $3.7M. He's started the lion share of games over Michal Neuvirth and with a new contract in his back pocket, he's got as firm a hold on the starting job as he's had all year.
Plenty of transactions yesterday. Here goes: