It was essentially the final day of the regular season yesterday and things were wild & wacky as some teams were trying their bags off while others had already mailed it in. Hopefully the chips fell in your favour...
Mike Green gave us the fantasy line of the night and it may have been one of the very best all season with 2+1=3, two PPG, two PIMs, nine shots & four blocks. He has been excellent for the Caps going back the last month and heads into the post-season on a four game point scoring streak (2+5=7).
Jimmy Howard posted a 17 save shutout last night. He goes in on a four game winning streak and is 7-3-3, 1.44 & .942 in 13 games in April.
Not too dissimilar, Henrik Lundqvist had a 20 save shutout and is 10-3-1, 1.76 & .934 in 14 April games.
I'm also a fan of the finish for Braden Holtby as he stopped 32 of 34 in a win over Boston and is 9-1-0, 2.16 & .937 over his last 10 games.
Not heading into the playoffs on a hot streak is James Reimer as he was pulled last night and has now allowed 4+ goals in three of his last five starts.
Heading into the playoffs in a downright foul mood is Roberto Luongo as he was hung out by his team to the tune of six 3rd period goals in a crappy loss to Edmonton. Luckily, it will be Schneider's net once the second season starts.
Here's a potential playoff pool sleeper... Lars Eller with 1+2=3 last night to give him 2+4=6 during a three game point streak and he has 4+9=13 over his last 12.
The rookie scoring race went bizonkers last night as Jonathan Huberdeau likely thought it was in the bag following 3A but then Nail Yakupov had a 3rd period hat-trick and they finished in a tie for the title with 31 points. Justin Schultz also had three points in the 3rd and 1+3=4 overall to finish at 27 points and that would probably lock up the Calder if it weren't for his sour minus-17. Seven rookies have between 27 & 31 points, crazy.
Nice stat-padding performance from Radim Vrbata with 3+1=4 in a nothing game. This guy always come through in the clutch.
Just in case you thought the adrenaline was wearing off for Erik Karlsson, he played 27:46 in game two of his return last night and hit the net with seven shots.