Atlanta has won 4 games in a row, all without Kari Lehtonen, so here comes the rumours that they're looking to move Lehtonen... so maybe our boy Ondrej Pavelec will get a shot at the #1 job? But never mind the goaltending cause they're doing it with offense, putting up at least 4 goals in each game of the streak. Guys like Bryan Little (3+4=7 in his last 4 games) continue their hot starts and veterans like Jason Williams (4+2=6 in his last 4) are starting to pick it up. They started slow but we told you about Coach Anderson's offensive tendencies in our Coach Rankings.
We have a new leader in the NHL golf tournament, Rod "The Bod" Brind'Amour is off to a scorching start at -13 after a double eagle -3 last night. Bringing up the rear is Aaron Johnson of Chicago who is an awful +11.
Speaking of Chicago, we can't stress enough how well the big guys are playing since Coach Q took over... Pat Kane had 3 more points last night and is 6+10=16 in 9 games since the change, at this pace, he will take the lead in the scoring race shortly. Marty Halvat also had a 3 point night and is 3+6=9 in his last 7 games, shop this guy around while he's hot & healthy.
Miikka Kiprusoff finally got a game off on Saturday and showed Coach Keenan how effective it was by giving up 6 goals for the 2nd straight game.
Hat-trick last night for David Booth and his stat line is the classic barbell pattern... 3 goals in his first 2 games, one in his next 11 and then the sombrero last night.
You know who's sneaky good right now?... Ilya Bryzgalov, make a play for him before the GM in your league realizes what he's got... in his last 6 games he's 4-2, 1.68, .945.
Other sneaky good guys right now:
Ales Hemsky is 5+4=9 in his last 6 games.
Ryane Clowe is 9+4=13 in his last 11 games.
Olli Jokinen is 6+3=9 in his last 6 games.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which will give you a consolidated list of injury status):
Joe Sakic is having back troubles, they don't think its long term but back's can be tricky sometimes.
Returning to action last night was: Denis Grebeshkov.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... congrats to Igor Larionov and Glenn Anderson, who will be inducted into the HHOF tonight, both very deserving and fitting that they go in at the same time as they had so many classic battles over the years... Larionov on the KLM line with Krutov and Makarov and Anderson on what had to be the fastest line in the history of hockey with Messier and Gartner at the '84 Canada Cup.