Ovechkin and the Capitals won a high scoring game in OT against the Red Wings Sunday afternoon. While Ovechkin's game winning one-timer was the highlight of the game, the real story is the continued struggles of Jimmy Howard and Gustav Nyquist's hat trick. Howard has struggled all season and everytime he shows signs of improving he puts up a stinker like this 6-5, 22 save losing effort. Gustav has been heating up lately with 8 goals in his past 7 games. He is benefitting from playing on Zetterberg's line and ongoing injuries to the Wings older stars. The 24 year old has RW and C eligibility in Yahoo and is only 21% owned, get him while you can. Joel Ward also stayed hot with 2 goals and an assist. He has now matched his career high of 17 goals and is seeing increased time on the Cap's lethal power play.
Former Rangers first round pick, Al Montoya, helped the Jets move within 4 points of the final playoff sport with 30 saves in a 2-1 win over the Candiens. Brian Gionta provided the lone goal for the Habs while Tobias Enstrom and Michael Frolik scored for the Jets. The real excitement came at the end of the game when several of the Jets, including Montoya, gave Brendan Gallagher a beatdown to keep him offsides in the Jets end of the ice and prevent the Habs from mounting an attack. No penalties were called and the Jets held on for the win.
Tortorella will return from his 15 day suspension for tonight's game against the Capitals. While the struggling Canucks will look to use the f-bomb king's return to spark their struggling team, I will sorely miss the angry Torts head which has reigned in his absence.
Thomas Vanek has turned down the Isles latest offer and the team may be looking to trade him. Owners of Vanek shouldn't be concerned, but what would his loss do to the production of his linemates, Tavares and Okposo? It may be time to sell high to the Isles fan in your league.
Keep an eye on Flames call up Joni Ortio. While Reto Berra will likely be given a chance to win back his number 1 spot after Karri Ramo sprained his MCL, Ortio has been fantastic in his first full AHL season and the Flames have shown they are willing to go with the hot hand in net.
Monitor your rosters closely as a lot of teams are making moves with the upcoming Olympic break in mind.
Zdeno Chara will not play this week since he is going to Sochi early to carry Slovakia's flag during the opening ceremony.
Don't panic if you see that Eric Gelinas has been demoted. The Devils decided to give the rookie D more ice time in the AHL by sending him down during the Olympic break. The NHL has rules preventing teams from dumping players into the minors during the break, but the Devils got around them by demoting Gelinas a week early. The rookie has put up good numbers so far this season and is only owned in 4% of leagues. If you are in a crowded league and desperate for points on D, keep an eye on him. I expect some short sighted owners will drop him when they see the demotion.