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A fantasized look at the NHL action from Friday night
Not to piss on anyone's parade but Colin Wilson's 2+2=4 last night wasn't the most impressive 4-point night I've ever seen... sorry, it just wasn't a thing of beauty, although his second goal was nice. He had been struggling with just one assist in his previous six games but this now gives him 7+11=18 in his last 17 games. Just beware as he's kinda allergic to peripherals, especially shots, PIMs & hits.
The Streakbuster Matt Duchene with a big 4-pointer last night as the Avs took down Goliath and ended their 24 game run. He is now over a point-a-game on the season (24 in 22 games) after being below half a pt/gm last year.
First goal of the season for Ryan O`Reilly last night to go along with an assist, nine shots and winning 11 of 16 draws. Let's give that the fantasy line of the night... done.
Ryan Getzlaf marked the occasion of his huge contract signing by extending his hot streak with two more points, giving him 7+13=20 over his last 12.
Attention deep-leaguers... Shawn Matthias is starting to show some confidence and after a goal last night he has 3+1=4 & 14 shots over his last five games.
Pekka Rinne (24 saves) and Viktor Fasth (29 saves) were your perfect goalies of the night. This was a big improvement for Rinne as he had given up 4+ goals in four of his last five games coming into last night. Meanwhile, Fasth has just one regulation loss on the season (10-1-1) but has only managed to insert himself into the lineup in four of the Ducks last nine games.
Something less than perfect was Corey Crawford last night as he gave up five goals on 19 shots and was pulled after two periods. Get worried, could be the beginning of a 24 game losing streak for the Hawks... karma is a bitch.
Solid evening for Michael Del Zotto with 1A, six shots, four hits & two blocks. Let's file that under "Something" since he's done pretty much nothing lately with just 2A over his previous 14 games.
Rick Nash now had goals in five straight and points in nine straight (7+7=14) dating back pre mysterious injury.
Robin Lehner picked up his first win of the season as he stopped 33 of 35 and while I wasn't a fan of the two lengthy goals he gave up in the 1st period, I was impressed with the way he bounced back after that.
After getting his first goal of the season in game #24, the Sens Zack Smith scored his second goal in game #25 last night. He played a season-high 20:01 and hopefully this is a sign that he's about to pick it up and get more involved. I was impressed with him last season as he appeared to be a solid #3C who could chip in with some points, PIMs & hits.
Rumours have the Bruins trying to bring Carl Soderberg to Boston once the SEL playoffs are finished . He led the league in goals and was 2nd in points this year (31+29=60 in 54 games) and while I've always been intrigued by this guy (had him ranked at #349 in our 2012 Fantasy Prospect Rankings) I'm a little wary as I question his drive. He's declined to make the jump to NA a number of times before and has spend most of his career in the Swedish 2nd tier... all I'm saying is keep your expectations in check.
Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen decided he wanted to play in Sweden during the lockout instead of the OHL but now that his SEL season is done he will report to Chicago of the AHL (not sure why he doesn't have to go back to Oshawa?). He was decent in the SEL this year with 17+6=23 in 50 games, not bad for a kid that just turned 20, so we'll see how he does in the A.