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A fantasized look at the NHL action from Monday night
Fantasy stat-line of the night goes to Kevin Bieksa as he scored, had five shots, four hits and five blocks. This was actually his first point of the season, so he is a little slow out of the blocks offensively but is always a strong source in the tertiary categories, assuming he's healthy.
Still just one point on the season for the Canucks prized Summer acquisition Jason Garrison. He's playing 22 mpg with over four mins on the PP but his numbers are down across the board, even hits & blks.
Sam Gagner with another assist last night to extend his point streak to nine games to start the season. Everyone was looking to the OKC boys to come out of the gate flying but it's been L2 for Edmonton with Gagner, Nail Yakupov & Ales Hemsky that has arguably been more potent this season. Yakupov had a PPA last night and he has a single point in seven of his last eight games (5+2=7).
Viktor Fasth stopped 25 of 26 to record his third straight win to start his NHL career. He's been very solid so far by only allowing four goals through his first three games. Jonas Hiller has given up 3+ goals in four of his five games this year so Fasth might be working his way in to a larger share of the net.
Cam Ward was beaten early last night by the Leafs but barred the door the rest of the way stopping 41 of 42 shots for the win. This was easily his best performance of the season and hopefully this means he's starting to shake the rust off.
A goal on five shots (and 14 FOWs) for Eric Staal as he extended his point streak to six games where he has 7+3=10 & 25 shots. He's doing it all at even-strength as his PPG last night was his only PPP during the run.
It took Jamie Benn until game #5 to hit the gas as after just a single assist in his first four games he busted out for 2+1=3 on a couple of nice snipes last night. He lined up with Jagr & Morrow in what has the making of a decent trio.
I told you to keep an eye on Dallas rookie dman Brenden Dillon before the season started and while the offensive production hasn't appeared yet, the physical play is on display as he has 16 PIMs & 26 hits through his first 10 games. His ice-time is slowly ramping up as he was second on the team with 21:01 last night.
P.A. Parenteau with a PPG last night and that gives him seven goals on the season already. He's known as more of a tablesetter and only had 18 goals in 80 games last year but is taking matters into his own hands so far.
The Avs John Mitchell has points in three straight after an assist last night. He'd be a decent FA add in deeper leagues as he's been seeing some PP time lately.
Martin Hanzal with points in three straight after his fourth goal of the season last night.
Ryan Whitney was a healthy scratch for the Oilers last night. Hopefully this is just a wake-up call for him as he has enough trouble staying in the lineup due to his numerous injuries, let alone being a scratch-risk.