Nazim Kadri turned the trick last night, natural style, for his second hat trick of the season. He also added an assist, 4 shots, and finished plus-3 so lets give him the fantasy line of the night. With 39 points in 36 games, his stats are reaching heights that even the biggest Leafs fan optimist couldn't have ever dreamed of.
Getting the primary assist on all three of Kadri's goals was Joffrey Lupul. He even added a PPG to extend his goal scoring streak to 6 games. This was also his third straight game with the GWG. He's over two points per game for the streak with 8+5=13.
James Reimer made 31 saves for the shutout in that game. With the way Optimus Reim has been playing, I'll be shocked if the Maple Leafs pull the trigger on a trade for a goalie. He has just one regulation loss in his last 15 appearances. He's 10-1-4 with a .921 sv%, 2.44 gaa, and 2 shutouts.
Your second hat trick of the night went to Taylor Hall as he lit the lamp three times on five shots. He's now on a four game point scoring streak with 5+3=8.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is finally starting to come around. After putting up two assists last night, he, too, has points in four straight game with 7 assists.
No points for Nail Yakupov and that's 15 straight games without a goal. Hopefully he'll flourish next season with just a little less hype.
Semyon Varlamov has had a rough season. Coming into last night, he had just one win in his last 8 starts. He's trying to turn that around as he stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season.
Carey Price just OWNS the Rangers. He shut them out for the fourth consecutive time at the Bell Center. For Price, the Rangers were just what the doctor ordered as he only had one win to show for his last 5 starts.
Ville Leino (remember him?) scored two goals last night and had 17:32 of ice time. Since he returned from injury, he has 2+4=6 over 8 games. That's definitely worth noting for deep leaguers.
The oft-injured Mike Green put home the game tying goal with 40 seconds remaining last night. He also added a powerplay assist and 5 shots. It's comical to compare his last three seasons (including this one) to his previous three. You'd think he was a 30-something year old falling off the cliff but the guy's only 27.
Troy Brouwer had 1+1=2, 5 shots and 4 hits last night. He has 4+4=8 over his last 7 contests.
Two goals, 2 PIM, 3 hits, and 4 shots for a surging Shawn Matthias. He now has goals in three straight games.
Zach Parise scored a powerplay goal on 5 shots last night and also had an assist. He's feeling it the last few weeks with 8+8=16 over his last 12 games.
Not coincidentally, Mikko Koivu is also red hot. He extended his point scoring streak to 7 games as he recorded two assists. He has 3+8=11 for the streak.
Dustin Brown scored on the powerplay on 3 shots to extend his goal scoring streak to three games.
Tyler Toffoli put up an assist while playing just over 15 minutes and the youngster now has points in three straight games.
It wasn't a shutout but Antti Niemi owners will take it as the Finn made 27 saves on 29 shots to win his fourth straight game.
Joe Pavelski is on a four game point scoring streak after putting up 1+1=2 with 2 shots and 2 blocks last night. Prior to this streak he'd been cold as ice with just 3 points in 18 games. Super Joe is just trying to make his season look respectable at this point.
Devan Dubnyk stopped all 22 shots that the Canucks threw at him last night as he recorded the shutout. He's been better recently going 4-1-2 with two shutouts and peripherals of .941 sv% & 1.71 gaa over his last 7 games.
A couple of trades yesterday as the Blues sent two 2013 draft picks to the Sabres in exchange for Jordan Leopold and the Flyers sent one 2014 draft pick to the Red Wings in exchange for Kent Huskins. Leopold has some potential for fantasy relevance going forward but I honestly doubt it.