Pittsburgh shuffled the lines last night and combined the forces of Sidney Crosby and Geno Malkin... each had 4 points so that seemed to work. The big winner in all of this is the guy who gets to ride shotgun with these two... last night that man was Pascal Dupuis, who had a goal, he's worth a short term pickup.
Ohhh Tampa Bay... always losing but always entertaining... latest episode last night included Radim Vrbata as a healthy scratch, Steven Stamkos as the young hotshot without a point and new signing Marek Malik as the out-of-shape crazy uncle (Melrose: " [Malik] is not in quite as good shape as we hoped he would be").
Andrew Raycroft got his 2nd straight start and got his 2nd straight win. Still wouldn't got as far as to say there's a goaltender controversy in Colorado but wouldn't surprise us to see Raycroft keep playing as long as he's winning.
So Joel Quenneville is singing the same tune that Denis Savard was... he's planning on rotating his goalies and called it a "healthy situation" and said, "We'll see how it all plays out." Good news for Khabibulin owners and bad news for Huet owners.
Two surprises amongst the leagues top goaltenders as Manny Legace is 4-0 and Mathieu Garon is 3-0. Both are playing on improved teams this year so ride them while they're hot. Legace can be a little streaky but maybe with a better team in front of him he can overcome that and Garon seems to have entrenched himself as the #1 in Edmonton and we're hoping he continues last year's solid performance, especially in shootouts, since he's on our fantasy team.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which will give you a consolidated list of injury status):
- Andrei Kostitsyn had his bell rung (& cracked?) last night by Kurt Sauer and will probably miss a few games at least, he'll be re-evaluated in the next few days so stay tuned.
- Rick DiPietro returned to the nets and played well but lost... so chalk one up in the moral victory column (also known as the loss column) for Ricky D.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... Two great highlights from late games last night (sorry won't let us embed them so we'll give you the links instead)...
First, Antero Nittymaki with a save of the year candidate to ensure that Philly gets the loser point vs SJ.
And second, our new favourite player (sorry Stephane Veillieux), Steve MacIntyre takes out two Flames and wakes up his whole team and they came from 2 goals down to win the game last night. Not sure why Jim Vandermeer didn't jump in to take on MacIntyre?... oh right, this is what happened to the Jimmer last time he tried that... link: Vandermeer speed-bagged