Patrice Bergeron (1G, 1A, +2, 2SOG, 1 Hit, 2BS) now has points in B2B games after going two games without a point. This outing brings him up to 20G, 28A, +34 and 193SOG in 69GP
Milan Lucic (5PIM, 4SOG, 3 Hits, 1BS) is now pointless in B2B games after running up 6 points in 4 games. But at least he was getting it done with PIMs, SOG and Hits for his owners.
Damien Brunner is pointless in B2B games and only registered just over 12 minutes TOI. But he did pick up 2:29 in PP time.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 36 shots he faced for the shutout which as an owner in the playoffs, I couldn't be happier. Especially since my opponent has both Rask and Varlamov. This was Bryz's 2nd shutout of the year and first win since February 3rd when he was still an Oiler
Matt Moulson (2G, 1A, +2, 2SOG, 1BS) in his return to the island snapped a 4 game drought with this output. He also saw the most PP time with 4:06. The next closest was Ryan Suter at 2:32 but this was probably due to the lopsided game.
Mikael Granlund (1G, +1, 2PIM, 2SOG) continues to roll notching his 5th point in the last 5 games.
Line of Grandlund/Parise/Pominville has 15 goals in last 13 games.....not many lines hotter than the top unit for @mnwild— Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyNHL) March 19, 2014
Honorable mention in a losing cause to Anders Lee (2PIM, 8SOG, 2 Hits) for being the only player that showed up for the Islanders. He had 5 points in his last 3 games until they hit the Bryz wall.
An impressive outing for Jeff Zatkoff stopping 32-33 SOG for the win. In the 16 games he suited up this year, he has a respictable 11-4-1 record with .918SV% and 2.52GAA. He also rattled off 7 straight wins between November and December but in his last 5 games have looked like this..W, L, W, L, W....
Lee Stempniak (1G, 2A, +2, 2SOG, 1 Hit) put a halt to a two game slide. If he was dropped during that mini slide by an impatient owner I trust you acted quickly
He won't be available but Sidney Crosby at it again (2G, 1A, +3, 7SOG)...
Carolina Hurricane 3 vs Columbus Blue Jackets 1
It was the Anton Khudobin show as he stopped 46-47 SOG! Crazy stuff there. But like I said last week neither him nor Ward had been playing like they wanted the #1 job. This is definately a good sign though for Khudobin owners. Let's see if he can keep it going as I can see Ward on the move in the Summer if the Canes believe enough in him
CLB outshot CAR 19-0 in the third period tonight. Khudobin made 18 saves as Hurricanes won 3-1.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 19, 2014
Jordan Staal (4PIM, 2SOG, 5 Hits) had his 6 game point streak (3G, 6A) snapped last night. But when he isn't scoring he is getting it done in other ways for us poolies. Throughout that entire streak I had him on my bench as I couldn't see him replacing anyone I already was using. If he hits the scoresheet again next game I may have to revisit this decision
Poor J.S. Giguere getting thrown into this game on the day Patrick Roy returned to Montreal for the first time as a coach. I read yesterday that they planned on giving Varlamov a couple games rest this week so take note Varly owners. Anyways, Giggy stopped 30-35 for the loss and word is that he will be retiring at year end
Thomas Vanek (3G, 2PIM, 5SOG) with the hatty and his firsts as a Canadien. Let's see if this is the start of something for him
Matt Duchene now has B2B 2A games
Cody McLeod had 9 Hits on the night to go with 5PIM
Alright, let's see who didn't score here....the only notable I would say is Martin St. Louis
Derek Brassard (2G, 1A, +4, 3SOG, 4 Hits) broke an 8 game pointless streak. His TOI was 18:23 and saw 2:30 of PP time.
I don't usually like quoting ice times in blowout games because when a game get's out of hand, 3rd and 4th line players tend to see more playing time as a result (if they're on the winning end)
If your an Ottawa fan, you can at least be happy that Bobby Ryan (1G, -1, 2PIM, 6SOG, 1BS) scored his first goal after going 7 games without one. He is now riding a 3 game point streak
It really is unbelievable that with all the injuries Detroit has, they just find a way to keep on winning. Credit needs to go to management and coaching staff. Credit also needs to go to Gustav Nyquist (2G, +1, 6SOG)
Gustav Nyquist in 43GP this year is up to 19G, 16A, +8, 4GWG, 117SOG and a 16.2S%
#Wings roster is decimated & somehow they're hanging around. How? Gustav Nyquist.— Pete Jensen (@NHLJensen) March 19, 2014
David Clarkson (-1, 2SOG, 0Hits, 0BS) to give him 4G and 6A in 48GP. Hmmmm...
Leafs are at end of long trip, but lose in regulation to Griffins -- er, Red Wings -- and have to go home to play Lightning tomorrow night.— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) March 19, 2014
Scott Hartnell (2G, +2, 5SOG, 2 Hits) is on a point for every other game pattern but as Giroux goes, so does everyone else...speaking of which
Claude Giroux (1G, 1A, +3, 4SOG, 2 Hits, 2BS) had the GWG in overtime. He also extended his point streak to 4 games or 11 of his last 13 games
Claude Giroux: 4th in scoring race w/71 pts in 68gm. 1 of 4 w/30+ PPP. To do this after 15gm goalless drought to start is unreal. #Flyers— Pete Jensen (@NHLJensen) March 19, 2014
I sat Steve Mason in my league for this game because I simply didn't trust him against the high powered offense that Chicago brings. But it didn't matter in the end as Ray Emery got the call stopping 23-25 for the win. I was surprised to see Antti Raanta get the call for the Blackhawks over Crawford but he played well stopping 34-37. I have high hopes for him in the long run.
Incredibly Duncan Keith only has 4 goals...... that's with over 170 shots— Darren FantasyHockey (@FantasyHockeyDK) March 19, 2014
Joni Ortio stopped 13-14 shots for the win. The low shots against aside, he has impressed me since being called up, even though I have been praising him since early in the year. In the 8GP so far, his record is now 4-4 with a .906SV% and 2.16GAA. I think the Flames have something in this Finnish netminder
Mike Cammalleri (1G, +1, 5SOG) now has 5G, 2A in his last 5 games.
Jordan Eberle (2G,1A, +2, 5SOG) ended a 3 game slide last night. His name comes up often in trade rumours and as an Eberle owner, I hope he doesn't go anywhere. At 23 years, the young Oilers are just coming into their own and are expected to be one of the higher scoring teams for years to come. Of course, you already know this. Let's hope they take that jump next year.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1G, 2A, +2, 3SOG, 1BS) also ended a 3 game slide.
Victor Fasth (28-29) to improve his record to 4-2-2 with a .907SV% and 2.43GAA. As mentioned last week, I think him and Scrivens will have a back and forth battle as long as he can stay healthy.
Nicklas Backstrom (2A, -1, 2SOG, 1 Hit) with another solid outing. How good do you think Backstrom would be without Ovechkin? Or vice versa? Give Backstrom 13G, 53A and 160SOG in 69GP. He is however a -17 on the year. The last time he finished a minus was in 2011 where he was a -4...shortened year.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 43-45 for his 3rd straight win. I would be targeting Halak in the off-season and he now sports a 27-11-4 record with a .918SV% and 2.25GAA. I think the caps with the addition of Kuznetsov are going to be one of the top teams next year. And Halak stands to benefit.
Jaro Halak has now won 4 of 6 games since being traded to the Capitals.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) March 19, 2014
Ryan Getzlaf (1A, 7SOG, 2 Hits, 2BS) has 6 points in his last 6GP.
Hampus Lindholm (2A, +1, 5SOG, 1Hit, 1 BS) now has points in B2B games. He has been a nice surprise on the backend for the Ducks where he has 5G and 19A in 65GP. Look for him to improve on those numbers next year after getting his feet wet.
So hey, Roberto Luongo is enjoying being back in a Panthers jersey hey? He stopped 52 of 54 shots he faced for the win. What a game for him. I have to think these games/performances/wins by him will be few and far between due to the young team in front of him but he is showing that he can still get it done. He is a must own for starts alone next year but don't count on too many wins
Brandon Pirri (1G, 1A, +2, 4SOG) had a nice little game. In fact, he now has 7 points over his last 5 games. Worth a short term pickup if you have the room but it is worth noting he only saw 13:23 TOI but 1:34 on the PP
Jimmy Hayes (1A, +2, 2PIM, 3SOG, 2 Hits, 3BS) extended his point streak to 4 games with 2G and 3A over that span. Look for him to get traded to Vancouver in the off-season. I kid....maybe.
That's it for me this week. Feel free to comment on any player mentioned or not in the comments below! Don't forget to follow @TheScouts for regular updates or myself at @Pope604 for the random well spaced out thoughts. Good luck to those of you in Fantasy Playoffs!