Just three days after putting the Jets on his back and carrying them to a win over Dallas with 4A, Blake Wheeler was at it again with 1+2=3 and had the winner in OT last night. He's showing up huge in the big games, something that we always like to see.
If you're Steven Stamkos and you are getting yourself back up to full speed then there is nothing better than a game in your hometown against the falling Leafs... Stamkos burned the Leafs for a natural hattie and now has 5+2=7 in his last four games after going pointless in his first three games since returning from his busted leg.
Pair of A for Valtteri Filppula last night to move his point streak to six games (2+8=10). In the past I would avoid this guy as he really didn't give you much other than assists but with his new team he's shooting a little more, the goals & PPP are up and he's decent in the faceoff circle (52%).
Nice evening for Radko Gudas with a goal, four shots, four hits & four blocks. What a beast this guy is, the peripherals are to die for and the goal is just gravy.
A goal on four shots last night for Jake Gardiner and he remains smokin' with five goals in his last seven games. He started the year with no scores in his first 28 games, so all 10 of his tallies have come in the last 41 and just two were on the PP.
After a 23 save shutout last night Corey Crawford upped his numbers in seven March games to five wins, 1.44 & .940... that's heating up at the right time!
Eddie Lack also had a blanking, stopping all 30 shots to stonewall the Preds. But I wouldn't say Lack was heating up just yet as prior to this he was a hot mess having allowed 4+ goals in four of eight games since Luongo was traded.
The early returns are encouraging for the Canucks Nicklas Jensen as he scored last night to give him points in four straight games (3+1=4). I wouldn't get too excited here though as he's only managed 15+5=20 in 51 AHL games this year, so the kid still has some developing to do.
For some reason the Avs gave up a 2nd round pick for Reto Berra, so you can imagine my confusion when they went and re-signed him for three more years. But to actually play him in a game??? Cmon, time to cut your losses here guys. Rather intuitively Berra gave up five goals on 27 shots in a OTL during his first start for the Avs and that drops his sv% to .894 on the season.
Phoenix signed the NCAA free agent that I was most intrigued by this year... Greg Carey of St. Lawrence was 2nd in the NCAA in points this season (18+39=57 in 38 GP) after leading the entire country in goals last season. These college free agents rarely work out so the odds are against him but I like the numbers here as Carey has led his team in scoring in all four of his seasons at St. Lawrence and has carried this team on his own. He'll head to the AHL for the rest of this season and we'll monitor his progress. More from SB Nation College Hockey.