Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
A fantasized look at the NHL action from Saturday
OK, busy night, so lots to get to today...
Who better on St.Paddy's day to kick it off than wee Ryan O`Reilly as the luck of the Irish has been with him lately with 2+4=6 & 26 shots over his last six games.
Probably not Irish but with sufficient amounts of luck lately has been Sergei Bobrovsky as he shutout the Coyotes last night through 65 minutes and then stopped them twice to win the shootout. So far in eight games in March he is 6-0-1, 0.73 & .976 and has given up a goal or less in seven of eight... incredible.
night matinee for Devin Setoguchi with 2+1=3 & plus-4. He now has four goals during a three game streak and after starting the season with no goals & 13 shots in his first 10 games, he has nine goals & 42 shots over his last 17 games.
Matt Cullen now has 9A in his last nine games and is a not too shabby 59% at the dot during that stretch... so jsuites can put that in his pipe & smoke it since I stole this guy for a 4th round pick in the UDL.
23 save shutout for Marc-Andre Fleury yesterday, his first zero of the season but he has won four straight decisions. Pittsburgh goes crazy for St.Patty's day so expect MAF and the boys to be hitting E.Carson St. after today's game.
Gordie Howe Hat-trick plus yesterday for Nathan Horton with 1+2=3 & five PIMs. He's been disappointing this year, let's be honest, but maybe this will get him going.
P.A. Parenteau had a score yesterday to give him 4+9=13 over his last nine games.
Patrick Wiercioch has stepped up to fill the offensive void left by the injured Karlsson as he has 4+1=5 over his last six games.
You know the old saying, "Number four, Chris Phillips"??? Ok, doesn't have the same ring to it but he has turned into a bit of a fantasy monster lately with a goal yesterday and 1+4=5, plus-5, 21 PIMs & 14 hits over his last five games.
Told you about Tampa calling up the AHL's leading goal scorer, Tyler Johnson the other day... well he potted his first NHL goal last night and added an assist in just nine minutes of action.
Somebody give Alex Galchenyuk a four-leaf clover or something as he has no goals and just nine shots over his last 10 games. Not surprisingly his PP time has been dropping lately.
It hasn't been a thing of beauty but Evgeni Nabokov is now 5-1-1 (2.51 & .910) in his last seven games.
Good Irish lad TJ Brennan scored in his first game with Florida after being acquired in a trade with Buffalo. Keep an eye on him as he was 2nd on the team in ice-time with 23:41 last night and teamed up with Campbell on PP1.
Brad Boyes has a four game point streak going with 3+3=6 & 14 shots. He has already surpassed his 23 points from last season in 37 less games.
Was trying to get my paws on Bryan Bickell at the trade deadline but it didn't work out. So it stings when he throws down a trifecta of assists last night and puts up 4+4=8 over his last nine games. He helps out with some hits as well and that's a trait that I admire.
Chris Stewart kept his bizonkers two-point per game pace going as he has 7+7=14 over his last seven games.
Who is more responsible for the Blues turnaround... Stewart or Jake Allen? Allen won his fifth straight after being called up by stopping 27 of 28 to beat the don't call them mighty yet very mighty Ducks.
Pavel Datsyuk went glass twice using Justin Abdelkader as a backboard on a pair of goals. Afrogator has just three goals on the season but keep an eye on him if he sticks on the line with Datsyuk & Franzen.
Jimmy Howard was again solid by giving up two goals or less in his 7th straight game and is 4-1-2, 1.39 & .952 over that hot patch.
Hot patch? More like a hot mess for Roberto Luongo lately as he is 2-3-0, 4.14 & .848 over his last five games.
The play of rookie Matt Irwin (likely Irish) is one of the reasons that the Sharks have moved Brent Burns up front. Irwin scored on the PP last night and has a nice run going with 3+2=5, three PPG & 20 shots over his last three games. I don't think Burns really minds as he had 2A last night for 2+3=5 over three games as a forward.
The Sabres have sent Mikhail Grigorenko back to the Remparts of the Q just in time for the playoffs. This whole thing was a little bizarre in that they kept him but barely played him even as their season is going down the toilet. I'm still pretty high on this kid's long-term potential and the NHL experience should benefit him next season.
Called Up: Dana Tyrell