Michael Cammalleri and Jarome Iginla both had big games last night. The Camal went 1+2=3 and Iggy went 2+2=4. Both were in a mini-slump so it was good to see them put up the goods...you know it was just a matter of time with Iginla.
At practice yesterday Jordan Staal and Ryan Whitney traded places on the first and second power play units. Not a good sign for Whitney and his owners. He's supposed to be a PP specialist so knock him down a peg or two and move up Staal. It wouldn't surprise us to see Whitney moved before the trade deadline to get Crosby that winger he needs.
After scoring four points in his first three games with Tampa, Cory Murphy must have realized Lightning players don't score like that...he picked up only two points over his next twelve games. Last night, he scored twice for the Bolts. We like the upside with Murphy but he's too inconsistent to start in most leagues.
Despite only playing with Rich Peverley on the 2nd line, Slava Kozlov just continues to produce this year as he's on another run with nine points in his last eight games. The regular linemates don't matter too much as Kozlov is a mainstay on the #1 PP unit and that's where most of his points have come.
Chris Mason has kept his hot play going lately and now sits with a less than terrible 6-2-4 record with a 1.74 gaa & .932 sv% in February.
Jaroslav Halak posted the shutout last night and looks to be in line to make his third straight start on Friday. Halak's numbers lately haven't been super-fantastic (3.10 gaa & .926 sv% in February) but he is winning games, which is more than you can say for Carey Price (only one win in February). So Halak looks like a low risk/high reward add right now as we thought he might have to be dealt to get a #1 gig but he may have found one in Montreal.
This scout traded for Scotty Hartnell last week and must say that I am mighty pleased so far as Hartsy continued his monster season with 2 points and 6 PIMs last night to give him 5+7=12 & 27 PIMs in his last 11 games. I know we've said this before but guys who are on pace for 60+ points, 150+ PIMs and 200+ shots do not exist, so grab them if you get the opportunity.
Not much more can be said about the season that Sheldon Souray is having... basically he's having the season that Dion Phaneuf should be having as he's on pace to top 20 goals, 100 PIMs and 280 shots... unreal.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Paul Stastny returned from injury last night. He missed 26 games with a broken forearm but after playing over 23 minutes last night and picking up an assist, he looks good to go. Expect him to get back to the point-a-game pace he's been showing the last few years.
Tommy Vokoun missed last night's game with an undisclosed illness. Vok's started 18 straight before last night's game. The illness will have to be pretty serious if Vokoun doesn't start the Panthers next game on Thursday...Craig Anderson got rocked as his sub...six goals on 39 shots.
Tomas Kaberle practiced with the team and is possible to return this Saturday. After a game or two to prove he's healthy we have to think Brian Burke will be moving him...which can only help his value.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Michael Ryder, Cam Barker, Jason Chimera and Andrew Brunette.
What's distracting us today? Marty Brodeur is coming back this week. Those of you that have hung on to him for the past four months will finally get something for that first round draft pick you used on him. Hopefully you picked up Scott Clemmensen and are still competing for your leagues trophy.
Just to get your hopes up...we thought we would remind you of his stats before the injury:
6-2-2 with a 2.16 gaa and a sv% of .916!
When will he actually start? We're not quite sure. Marty has said he's ready to rock...
...now it's just up to the Devils to put him in here. Sounds like it will either be Thursday against the Avs or Saturday against the Panthers.
So just a few more days Marty owners. You can make it. Here's something to tide you over:
And what's a distraction without a retarded video? (Speaking of retarded videos did you see how retarded we got yesterday?)