Patrick Kane is really coming into his own this season. - Thearon W. Henderson
A fantasized look at some fantasy hockey news in the NHL.
Tyler Ennis has a goal in two straight games as he went 1+2=3, 6 shots, and plus-1 last night while playing over 22 minutes.
Thomas Vanek continued his assault on the NHL last night with two goals, the second of which came with two seconds left to send the game to overtime. He now leads the league in goals (10) and points (21).
Sidney Crosby with a goal and two assist and he's one of the hottest players in the league with points in 6 straight games good for 2+10=12.
The not-so-great 8, Alex Ovechkin finally managed a multipoint game as he had a goal and an assist last night. He actually has a powerplay point in three straight games so while there doesn't seem to be hope for the Capitals, there may be hope for Ovi.
Lets give the line of the night to the highly underrated Patrik Elias for his 1+2=3, 2 PPP, 3 shots, and plus-1. This is the second straight three point performance for Elias and he's now got 13 points in 10 games this season.
Rookie J.T. Miller had two goals last night for the Rangers. I wouldn't bet on a big scoring output from him this season as the 19-year old only had 20 points in 37 games in the AHL but he's one to keep an eye on.
Make it two consecutive 40+ save wins for Cam Ward after he stopped 45 of 47 shots for the OT win last night. Here's hoping he's shaken all the rust off and on his way to being a top tier NHL goalie again.
Brian Elliott has fallen on rough times and it's starting to feel like maybe last year was a flash in the pan. After getting shelled for 5 goals last night and a loss, his record stands at 3-4-0 with an unsightly .864 sv% and 3.30 gaa. Still plenty of time to turn things around but it's tough to do that when you're a backup goalie in a shortened season.
Speaking of flashes in the pan, Mike Smith was lit up for 6 goals on 22 shots before he was finally pulled. While his peripherals are pretty horrible (.863 sv% & 3.43 gaa) he has had some good performances. It's his job out there in the desert so he'll have plenty of opportunities to turn it around.
I'm so upset at myself for not having any stock in Patrick Kane anywhere. Go look at his game log and drool. He has a point in all but one game this season and he has multipoint performances in 7 out of 11 games. Last night it was 2+1=3 with both goals coming on the PP.
So it was something like 46th time's a charm for Phil Kessel as he finally scored a goal last night. It was a big goal, too, coming late in a tie game to give the Maple Leafs the win. As you all know, he's just been stupid unlucky as his 46 shots leads all forwards. He did lead the league until...
Erik Karlsson scored his fifth goal of the season and fired a ridiculous 11 shots on net or almost as many as the Predators last night (14). He now leads the NHL in shots. I wonder if that's ever been done before. I have to doubt it.
Cory Schneider started a game for the first time in 11 days and didn't seem rusty at all getting the win in Minnesota stopping 22 of 23 shots. It will be interesting to see who starts at home on Friday night.
Pekka Rinne with the 32 save shutout last night and he's won four straight giving up just three goals in that span. Finally, this is what we signed up for, Pekka.
Colin Wilson had two goals last night and he's got a three game point scoring streak going with 2+4=6 after starting the season super cold.
Speaking of cold, Shea Weber took 10 games to finally get on the board. It was an only an assist, though, but at least it came on the powerplay. Stay patient here. The points will come.