Brad Marchand (1G, 3A, +3, 1SOG, 1Hit, 1BS) is on a 6 game streak now with 7G and 5A in that span. He showed an offensive spark last year with 36 points in 45 games and is now on pace for 52 points in 82GP. I think he will finish above that this year, surpassing his career high of 55 points. He is also on track to finish with a career high +33 but his PIMs look to be down as he is currently on pace for 73PIM. Projections are just that though and he could easily surpass this mark with a few marchandlike misconducts.
Honorable mention to Kyle Okposo (1G, 2A, +2, 2PIM, 6SOG, 1BS) who is also riding a 6 game point streak.
Columbus Blue Jackets 2 vs Carolina Hurricans 3
A third period come back which included 3 unanswered goals for the Canes here.
Eric Staal (2G, +2, 3SOG, 1BS) has a 6 game point streak going. I am seeing a pattern here...Regardless, the buy-low window is now closed. You were told back in December about his second half surges and for those of you that were able to acquire him, enjoy the ride.
Honorable mention to Anton Khudobin stopping 22-24 and improving to 11-3-0 and a 2.18GAA and .926SV%. I have read rumblings of the Canes willing to move Ward and if that happens, does that mean Khudobin is the man? He is playing like he wants the #1 job.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 24 shots he faced for the shutout. Ryan Miller also looked good in the loss stopping 31-33 shots. It now looks like it is no longer a question of "if" but "when" Miller gets traded. Yeah I saw the rumours of him potentially going to the Blues in exchange for Halak but I don't see it. Kaching if he did though! I still see Edmonton as a possible landing spot but who knows. Either way, whereever he ends up it will be a good move for him.
Honorable mention to the one and only Tanner Glass! He showed up for 1G, 1A, +2, 2PIM, 3SOG and 6 Hits...not to be outdone in the hit department though was Brooks Orpik who planted 9 Hits on the night. A good night for their poolie owners.
In one of my kepper leagues I have a GM coming after my Varlamov for a trade. Varly did me good last night stopping 41-44 shots for the win and first star honors. His record is now 26-9-5 with a 2.43GAA and .925SV%. With the direction the Avs are going and with his legal issues now behind him, he is going to be a highly sought after tendy for years to come. This is why I will not be trading him unless it is an offer that comes along that I simply cannot refuse. I've hung onto him for far too long to just trade him away now. Best to just sit back and be glad I was patient enough with at least one player!
Honorable mentions to Jamie Benn (1G, 1A, 8SOG) and Tyler Sequin (2G, 1A, 5SOG) doing everything they could but get the win. I am still not too sure what we have in Benn though. I don't own any of these guys in either of my pools so I don't pay too much attention to them to be honest. And I have never been too excited about Benn as many writers are. I hear the term "Superstar" used many times but I am still on the fence here. There is no questioning the talent level but is he superstar label worthy yet? His career high is 63 points in 71GP. He is currently on pace for 73 points in 82GP. But then again he is only 24 years old so who knows. But when it comes to Dallas, I am more excited about that kid they have in Nichuskin.
David Perron (3G, +3, 2PIM, 3SOG, 1Hit) with his second career hat-trick. Both of them have come against the Canucks. So for those of you looking as to when Perron plays the Canucks again, not until April 12th.
Honorable mention to Dan Hamhuis for dropping the gloves with Nail Yakupov. Not really a fight though but Hammy did get a few shots in for good measure. Not your everday scrappers.
The real honorable mention goes out to Jordan Schroeders return to the lineup (2G, 3SOG, 1Hit). He got some lucky bounces for the goals but he clearly had the mojo going after missing so much time due to injury. Don't look for him to keep this going though as players usually lose their steam after a few games as they work to get back into game shape. Not to mention the Canucks have looked horrible lately and if there is one team looking forward to the Sochi break, it is the Canucks.
Jonathan Quick with the shutout, his third of the season stopping all 23 shots he faced from the high scoring Sharks. A nice way to end a 3 game losing streak who now sports a 2.01GAA and .918SV%.
Honorable mention to Alex Stalock who had his shutout streak ended after 170:59 and setting a Sharks record in the process.
Brent Burns is now pointless in 3 straight and just 4 points in his last 10 games. Currently on pace for 49 points, 136SOG, 81 Hits and 13 BS in 69GP. Actually, 49 points would be a career high for him (46) so maybe it is just me but I haven't heard much of him lately. Maybe my expectations are too high too.
That's it for me this week but as always, feel free to mention any notables I did not discuss below. And don't forget to follow @TheScouts for regular updates from around the NHL or myself @Pope604 for the random well spaced out thoughts.