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A fantasized look at the NHL action from Thursday night
Andrew Ladd scored eight seconds into the game last night and added the GWG in the 3rd period for the Jets. He now has 8+3=11 in his last nine games and is just two goals back of Stamkos for the league lead with 12. Nice start for a guy with a career high of 29 goals. Take note of that 26% sh% before you go all in.
Question: Which stat-line is better?... Jeff Petry's 1+1=2, four PIMs, four shots, four hits & five blocks; or Gabriel Landeskog's 1+2=3, six shots, four hits & two blocks? I'm taking Landy since I drop Petry in a league this week, so it pains me to see this.
Purely peripheral here but nice numbers for Mark Fistric last night with four PIMs, five hits & six blocks. He's prone to the scratch but all he does is hit when he's in the lineup.
It was almost a show-stealer for Robin Lehner in his season debut as he stopped 44 shots but let one dribble past him in extra time for the OTL. As you should all be aware, he's been killing it in the AHL this season with a .938 sv%. Not sure where the Sens go from here but they have B2B games this weekend, so Lehner should get into another contest right away.
After winning four of five during a road trip, Ondrej Pavelec showed the Jets fans he can win at home as well as he stopped 22 of 23. So that's five wins with a 2.35 & .922 over his last six games.
Andrei Loktionov saw his ice-time rise up to 16 minutes last night and with a goal he now has a point in four straight games (2+2=4) for the Devils. He could use an upgrade from L3 and maybe some PP time, perhaps?... wouldn't hurt.
More from Hurricane Jiri Tlusty last night as after 2+1=3 he has 9+4=13 over his last 10 games.
Mathieu Garon has started three of the last four for Tampa but after allowing four goals on 42 shots last night, it might be time for the Bolts to switch things up.
I'm loving what I'm seeing from Cats rookie Drew Shore as he has 2+6=8 & 32 shots over his last nine games after a PPG in 21 minutes of ice-time last night. His fellow rookie Jonathan Huberdeau is pointless in his last four but has 23 shots during that stretch so keep the faith.
Nathan Gerbe played a season high 17:26 last night and finally broke the seal with his first deuce of the season. Things are looking up for him with the change from Ruff to Rolston.
Jamie Benn was so bad last night and that was a treat for his fantasy owners as he dropped a 17 PIM-bomb while chipping in with eight shots.
No joke... it's been so long since I wrote about Dany Heatley that I had to check how to spell his name... one 'n' or two? Meanwhile he put home two goals last night and now has three over his last 14 games. He also had four shots last night, the first time he's had more than three in his last 16 games. If you can't tell, I'm still not convinced.
Pair of A last night for Mikkel Boedker to give him 2+5=7 over his last six games. He's really emerged this year as he leads the Coyotes with 15 points after recording just 24 all of last season (82 games). It helps that he's on the ice about five minutes more per game than last season (nearly 19 mpg this year).
Jay Bouwmeester with a goal on five shots last night and he has a point in four straight (1+3=4)... he's turned things around under Bob Hartley offensively and is no longer the punchline of many jokes.
Rollercoaster day for Ryan O`Reilly as the Flames submitted an offer sheet but it took the Avs a matter of hours to match it and so now he'll have to reluctantly re-join the team that was playing hardball with him. I'm not a huge fan of this guy for fantasy purposes, definitely is more valuable in real hockey. He doesn't offer much in goals, plus/minus, PIMs & hits... and I feel like his 55 points last season might be at the top end of his range.
Mentioned the other day that Marcus Foligno's ice time was dipping under Ron Rolston and it took a plunge last night as he was a healthy scratch.
The Hurricanes state of emergency is over and Ryan Murphy has been returned to Jr. after a four game appetizer of what is to come. He had no points and was minus-4 but this little bit of experience will surely help him next year.