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A fantasized look at the NHL action from Tuesday night
The fans have spoken, "More Killorn" is what you're saying (actually maybe that was just me), so we've listened... 2A, two PIMs & six hits for our hero Alex Killorn last night as he rode shotgun on a line with St. Louis and either Stamkos or Lecavalier. He hasn't had a point streak longer than two games but is up to a solid 4+6=10 & 33 shots in 16 games on the year.
Martin St. Louis is in a good place right now, lucky he has Killorn setting him up, as he had 1+2=3 last night to extend his point streak to seven games where he has 3+9=12.
Your candidates for shutout of the night are: Pekka Rinne (32 saves @DAL), Devan Dubnyk (36 saves @COL) & Justin Peters (26 saves @WSH). All were special as it was Rinne's league leading 5th, Dubnyk was a surprise starter after leaving the last game with a neck injury and Peters shouldn't even be in the NHL.
Your candidate for piss-poor performance in front of your family & friends is James Reimer as he was pulled in the 3rd period after giving up four goals on 24 shots in Winnipeg. He has allowed 4+ goals in four of his last five outings.
For the third time in his last four games, Jacob Markstrom has given up a goal on the first shot he's faced... yikes. He gave up another later in the 1st period and a total of three on just 13 shots last night, so I'm thinking he's likely found rock bottom.
Derek Stepan with a shortie last night and he's been very solid lately with 4+4=8 over his last seven games.
Former Oilers 1st rounder Riley Nash tallied two goals last night for Carolina and is now 3+2=5 & plus-5 in his last five games but all of his points have come in two games with three donuts in between. Something is better than nothing but let's wait and see if this is anything more than a fluke.
Nik Antropov lightly seasoned the scoresheet like a fine cut of meat with 1+2=3, PPG, plus-2, two PIMs, three shots, one hit, two blocks & 6/8 draws. You might be thinking, "wow, I should look at picking this guy up"... the answer is no you shouldn't.
The resurgence of Chris Stewart continues as he had two more goals last night to give him 11 on the season and 4+5=9 in his last five games.
1+1=2 on five shots last night for Magnus Paajarvi, he's seen 16+ minutes in four of his last six games and has 3+2=5 with 18 shots during that stretch. He's been lining up with Gagner & Yakupov on the Oilers
3rd best line lately.
Was just discussing yesterday how Shea Weber's goals & PIMs were down this season and so he delivered with a PPG & 15 PIMs last night. He actually has 1+5=6 over his last four games and is right on his regular 82-game pace of 40+ points and 200+ shots... so don't be sourin' on him.