Derek Stepan kept his hot streak going with two points yesterday and he now has 6+9=15 & plus-11 with points in 10 of his last 11 games. If it wasn't for the shortened season, we'd be talking about Stepan's amazing breakout campaign as he's top 25 in league scoring.
Someone say breakout???... well Jiri Tlusty continued his emergence with another pair of goals and he's finishing the year off right with 4+3=7 during a five game point streak.
This has been a bounceback season for Alex Goligoski, even after starting the year slow. He has 3+20=23 over his last 34 games and is top 10 in scoring amongst dmen. His numbers are similar to what he put up in 2010/11 so it's looking like his disappointing 30 points in 2011/12 was the outlier.
This season hasn't been quite like what we're used to from Mike Richards during his days in Philly but it's certainly been an improvement from the 44 points he had in his disappointing debut season in LA (other than winning a Cup). He had two more points last night and is up to 32 points on the season with 4+6=10 coming in his last nine games.
Fedor Tyutin has been an underrated performer in the CBJs playoff push as he has 2+3=5 & plus-6 during a five game point streak.
Seems as though the buzz has worn off for Marian Gaborik as he has just one assist in his last five games.
Brian Elliott came back to earth yesterday as he was pulled after giving up four goals on 19 shots. Prior to that he was in some kind of dream-state where he thought he was Hasek and only gave up a total of eight goals over his previous eight games.
Jamie McGinn was 2+1=3 on five shots yesterday and while he's only on an 82-game pace for 41 points, his pace would give him 231 shots & 145 hits. A little more consistency and this guy would be quite useful.
If you're in a pinch this week then give Nick Bonino a look as he returned after missing 21 games last night and had 2A while centering L2... he's likely sitting on a lot of waiver wires right now.
The Flames are giving the kids a chance to play with eyes toward next year and so Mark Cundari made his NHL debut yesterday and made it memorable with 1+1=2, two PPP, two hits & three blocks in nearly 25 minutes of ice-time.
Joey MacDonald is single-handedly killing the Flames chances at a high draft pick as he stopped 34 of 35 yesterday for his fourth win in his last five games. He has a 1.78 & .944 ratios over that span.
Carl Soderberg with his first NHL point yesterday in game #2. He played 15 minutes on a line with Jagr & Kelly and saw 2:43 on the PP.
Demotion: David Savard.