The mighty Anton Khudobin stopped all but one of the Blues' 28 shots for his 10th win of the month. It was a hot January for the Russian as he posted a 2.19 & .927 and didn't allow more than three goals in any of his 14 appearances. The Canes are buying him some time by sending Cam Ward to the AHL on conditioning as opposed to dealing with the awkward situation of Ward sitting on the bench while they ride Khudobin. I'm keeping an eye on him with next year in mind as he'll be UFA this summer and could land a bigger role elsewhere.
Andrej Sekera is the Canes #1 dman now and his rebirth this season has been incredible... another A last night gives him 1+6=7 & plus-8 over his last six games. But the dman on the Canes top PP unit right now is John-Michael Liles. He has no PPP with Carolina yet but is averaging 2:54 a game in PP TOI, so worth keeping an eye on.
A goal last night moves Kyle Okposo up to 6th in league scoring... I know, totally loco. He's been a maniac all season but his latest run is pretty impressive with 5+7=12, 32 shots & 15 PIMs over his last eight games.
Gustav Nyquist was the story for me in Detroit last night as he notched his fifth goal in his last six games while seeing nearly 20 minutes of ice with 5:22 on the PP. Time to climb aboard people, love this kid, he's made of the right stuff...
Holy hell has Brooks Laich's game gone to the dogs, he has just one goal in his last 16 games and just nine points on the season. He used to be a guy you could count on for 40, maybe 50 points and around 2.5 shots/gm but he'll be lucky to get to 20 points & 100 shots this season despite averaging 17 mpg.
Jaromir Jagr with two more points last night to give him 4+8=12 & plus-8 over his last nine games. He even has a two game blocked shot streak going which is quite the feat given that he only has seven all season. It almost has to be harder for him to avoid blocking the random shot along the way but somehow he pulls it off. His two hits in 56 games this year are the stuff of legend.
Roman Josi with the A last night to give him 3+7=10 in his last nine games. For a guy that averages 26 minutes a night, would it kill him to help out a little more with my peripheral cats (PIMs, Hits & Blks)???
Was going to bust on Colin Wilson for his collapse lately since he came in with just one point in his previous 11 games but he did set up the OT winner last night, so I'll spare him.
This cracks me up... Eric Nystrom had four goals on seven shots a week ago in Calgary. In the three games since, not a single shot... wayto bring it every night!
Barry Trotz has a track record of getting some solid offensive contributions out of his dmen, so I thought the trade would work out well for Michael Del Zotto but it seems as though you're going to have to be patient as he has just one points, is only averaging 17 minutes of ice-time and has a grand total of one second of PP time since he joined the team.
Is there anything better than Jacob Trouba right now? This guy is going to be fantasy gold. In nine games under Paul Maurice he is 3+5=8 and plus-13 with contributions in pretty much every category. Love how he just bosses the ice on the GWG last night...
This is for all you hit/block-heads out there... Trouba's partner, Mark Stuart, has seen more ice-time under Maurice and in the nine games since he took over Stuart has 17 PIMs, 32 hits, 25 blocks & a plus-9.
Not a fan of this guy but I have to give it up for Chris Higgins as he's managed to stay healthy this year and hasn't shot the puck this much (2.9 spg) since 2008. He's averaging 19 mpg this year and all 31 of his points have come at evens. Very interesting.
Alex Burrows with his first point in 15 games last night, but he still can't purchase a goal. It's quite unbelievable that a guy with his track record who plays 18 mpg with nearly three minutes on the PP has just 0+4=4 in 24 games this year. If you own Burr, I don't think I need to tell you to drop him but your season is likely finished anyway.
Up to the Show: Cedrick Desjardins
Down to the A: Eric Gelinas