Eric Staal has picked it up lately, obviously he's enjoying Paul Maurice's sloppy second tour of duty with the Canes. We advised a while ago that you hold on to this guy or try to grab him from a frustrated owner cause the guy is too good to be in a slump all year... he's now gone 5+2=7 in his last 4 games.
The points have been a little slow to come but Joe Corvo is playing huge ice under Paul Maurice, over 30 minutes in each of his past 3 games, including 11 minutes on the PP last night. He's a definite buy-low candidate.
The Alexei Kovalev Goal Drought Watch is finally over... ended last night after 19 games without one. Darn, that was fun, thanks for the good times, Unmotivated One. Chris Drury ended his drought at 11 games last night too. Man, who can we spotlight now? I guess Brandon Dubinsky only has one goal in his last 24, but that's not technically a drought... OH SNAP... Todd Bertuzzi's gone 19 without finding the net, we're back in business.
I don't believe we've shown much love for Mike Richards lately but Philly is starting to surge and you know Richards has a rather large hand in that... 7+8=15 in his last 8 games.
Mark Streit has 10 points (9 of them on the PP) in his last 10 games. We owe the Streit Shooter an apology cause we thought that he might not be able to continue his success from last year on the Island but he's one pace for a very similar statistical season (outside of the +/-). I guess its true what they say, someone has to score on every team.
Peter Forsberg must be getting pretty jealous about all the attention that Mats Sundin is getting for his return or maybe the Swedes have a pact that one of them will always be in the news about a possible return... cause Foppa is starting to make rumblings about returning. He's done all of us a favour by at least indicating that he only wants to return to Colorado and only for the playoffs (and a few regular season games we assume). We'd avoid this guy as he's too much of a hassle but if you're in a deep league with a bottomless reserve list and you've been holding onto Michal Pivonka for a few years waiting for his return then you might think about using that spot for Forsberg.
Rough night to be an Edmonton goalie, well we can't speak for Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, but Mathieu Garon got the start and was pulled after giving up 5 goals on 21 shots. He was replaced by Dwayne Roloson who didn't fare much better giving up 4 goals on 23 shots. After an embarrassing loss at home like that, we'd expect some repercussions for the game tonight in Vancouver.
Another goal last night means 3 in as many games for the Leafs' Jeremy Williams... the kid was a sniper back in his junior days so he's got goals in him and if they keep giving him the chance then he could produce... might be worth an add over the short-term if you're light in the goals category.
Don't look now but Marty Turco is starting to pick it up... we've been telling you that this guy is a always a 2nd half performer... 4-2 in his last 6 starts, all he needs to work on now is the consistency, check out this sequence of his goals against over that span: 1,1,4,1,4,1.
Anyone catch Gary Bettman's quote from yesterday when talking about how the league is handling the economic crisis... "Our numbers are almost incredibly strong". Love these Bettmanisms, this one is almost incredibly hilarious, actually it is totally almost incredibly hilarious. We're writing this one down, you may hear it again along with "the footprint" and, of course, "bizonkers".
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
JS Giguere will miss Friday's game to attend his father's funeral, its expected that he'll be back in time for Monday's game.
Marek Svatos missed his third straight game with a bad back, he's listed as day-to-day but we all know about those pesky backs. No word if Svatos has taken over the duty of snowblowing Joe Sakic's drive way for him.
Mighty Mite, Nate Gerbe, is out for about 2 weeks with a UBI.
James Wisniewski laced them up for the first time this year after recovering from off-season knee surgery... and proved, again, that nobody beats the Wiz, as he put up 3 assists. He's not a bad fantasy option due to his combination of points and PIMs but we wouldn't storm out and trade Lidstrom for him. We don't expect Chicago to put up 9 goals every night, therefore don't expect the Wiz to put up 3 points per game and Chicago is rolling with a top 4 of Campbell-Barker-Keith-Seabrook, so don't see the Wiz getting the necessary ice time to be a big fantasy contributor.
Tomas Fleischmann returned from his LBI last night and stepped right back onto the #1 PP unit so don't hesitate to get him back into your lineup.
What's distracting us today? Going Five Hole passed on a link where the Fan590's Bob McCown said that Mats Sundin is going to broadway. We will, of course, have the fantasy impact on Sundin's signing when it's official. In the meantime, we thought we should look back in the glowing goodness of our bald Swedish superstar.
First up Mats' best two commercials:
Mats Sundin dorkin' it up at the Entry Draft
How about Mats Sundin in the Nutcracker? Yeah you read that right!
We can't end our little tribute to Sundin without a goal. We picked this beauty from the World Cup in '96: