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A fantasized look at the NHL action from Tuesday night
Boss performance from Evander Kane last night with 2+1=3, GWG & seven shots. He now has a four game goal scoring streak (five goals), an eight game point streak (6+4=10) and a countless game streak of being totally badass.
Braden Holtby with your shutout of the night as he let none of the Canes 33 shots pass. He's now on a nice run with five wins, two shutouts, 2.30 & .929 over his last eight games.
Nicklas Backstrom started with just two assists in his first five games this year but after two more last night he now has 2+11=13 in his last 13 matches.
The thinking was that Marcus Foligno would benefit from having played under Ron Rolston in the AHL but that doesn't appear to be the case so far as he has no points and has seen TOI of 15, 9 & 10 minutes over the past three games.
Cory Conacher ran his point streak to six games (2+4=6) with another assist last night and extended his lead in the rookie scoring race to five points.
Lots of goals lately for Brad Marchand, ten on the season and seven in his last nine games, but I'd say he's been a bit of a disappointment from a fantasy perspective as he's averaging less than two shots per game, less than a hit per game and only has four PIMs so far (after 87 last season). In leagues that count sh%, he's killing it with 34.5% right now.
Tyler Seguin with 2A last night and after a slow start with just one assist in his first four games he now has 3+8=11 & plus-10 over his last 12 games.
Both starters in the Pens-Panthers game (Tomas Vokoun & Jose Theodore) needed relief and the Panthers bullpen was stronger as Scott Clemmensen entered and shut down the Pens in the third period by retiring 15 straight shots for the win.
Another goal for Paul Martin last night and he has 3+4=7 over his last five games and his four goals on the season are just two off his career high of six.
Fantasy line of the night material from Tomas Kopecky as he was 3+1=4 with four PIMs & four shots. He's converting on more than twice as many shots as he normally does so I'm going to chalk this up to good fortune.
Not sure if this is just a short-term thing but Bob Hartley doesn't appear to be feeling Roman Cervenka right now as he's seen less than 10 minutes of ice-time in each of the past three games including being a healthy scratch once during that stretch.
A few weeks ago I claimed that Kyle Chipchura had the game of his life with two assists & five PIMs but he topped that last night with two goals & a fight in just eight minutes of action. This guy should buy a lottery ticket as he has 4+2=6 over his last seven games while never seeing more than 12 minutes in a contest.
The Stars & Habs hooked up on a trade sending Erik Cole to Dallas in return for Michael Ryder. Cole had a great fantasy season last year with 35 goals, 241 shots & 186 hits but hasn't been able to get it going this year (just three goals) and has seen his ice-time cut by nearly three mpg. Ryder also had 35 goals last year and is off to a decent start with 6+8=14 in 19 games this year but Dallas likely saw a chance to sell high here and grab an asset for somebody that they weren't going to resign this summer. As for who this trade benefits more, I'd probably say Cole as a change of scenery might get him going (although Oilers fans would disagree) but then again Ryder could enjoy returning to Montreal and may be asked to play the chief sniper role for the Habs. So it could benefit both but these two are inconsistent so it's hard to say.
The Flyers have re-acquired Simon Gagne from the Kings for a pick. He hasn't been the same player since he left them back in 2010 as injuries have likely caught up with him but maybe a return to Philly will breathe new life into his tired bones... wouldn't be a bad risk to take given the price.
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