Jason Blake continued his torrid pace last night with another two goals. He's playing at a 70 point pace right now...which surprises us to no end. It's even more impressive, when you realize he had only four points in October.
Matt Stajan is one of the un-heralded revelations in Toronto this year (is that even possible?) as he's already equaled his career high with 39 points and is on pace for almost 60. Tough to say if this breakout season will lead to bigger and better things for Stajan or if it's just going to be a one-time thing that was precipitated by the fact that the someone on the Leafs had to score.
A player that is feeling it right now is Eric Fehr of the Capitals, he's 5+3=8 in his last 7 games. The kid has the talent (59 goals his last year in junior) just hasn't been able to stay healthy and get into the lineup enough to show it. He is getting an opportunity to play with some talent on Washington's "3 Fs" line with Fedorov and Fleischmann but he's just not seeing enough ice time (or any PP time) to indicate that he could keep this up. We'll keep an eye on this situation to see if anything changes but for now we'd recommend you look elsewhere if you need some scoring.
Let's be honest, Patrice Bergeron is a shell of the player he used to be. This is a guy who had 73 points and 310 shots in his 2nd season but it doesn't look like he'll crack 40 points or 150 shots this year. Its unfortunate but sympathy doesn't win fantasy titles. Could he turn it around?... perhaps, but given the risk we wouldn't recommend you buy-low here and would jump ship if you get a decent offer.
After a bit of a rough stretch (four points in 11 games) Jonathan Toews had a nice night yesterday. He picked up his 18th goal, two assists and a +3. Hopefully this game will get Tazer playing like he can again.
Jarome Iginla is in quite the funk as well. After no goals last night, he has only two goals in his last 19 games. We would be willing to bet streaks like this don't happen very often in Iginla's career. Nothing you can do but keep sticking him in your lineup and hope he busts out soon...it will happen eventually.
Todd Bertuzzi had 4 assists last night and that gives him 3+7=10 in his last 10 games and he's in a position now where he's either playing with Iginla or Cammalleri on a regular basis. Bert also take a lot of stupid penalties, which fantasy GMs love, he's got 21 PIMs in his last 10.
Michal Neuvirth played in his first NHL game and picked up the win by stopping 31 of 32 Lightning shots. He was a 2nd round pick in 2006 and will stick as Jose Theodore's back up if can keep playing like this.
Antoine Vermette seems to be picking up his play under new Coach Cory Clouston... Tony's got 5 points in his last 3 games and 9 in his last 11. He's trying to salvage his season but he's still going to fall well short of the 53 points he had last year so we'll continue to make fun of him endlessly.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Marty Biron started last night and stopped 38 of 39 shots for the win. He will also be in the blue paint tonight as Antero Niittymaki has come down with the flu. Another game like this tonight and he might get himself back in the mix in Philly.
Both Steve Ott and Patrick Sharp left the Hawks-Stars game last night early. Sharp took a hit on his knee from Ott early in the game and did not return and Ott left part way through the 2nd period, not sure the reason, probably karma. No word on the extent of anything yet but if you had planned to start these guys next week, you might want to reconsider.
Martin Brodeur has stated that if he had too he could play this Sunday...even though he's not 100%. He said he needs maybe 7-10 days to get back to full strength, which would put him on pace to start Feb. 26th against the Avs. [more]
Sergei Gonchar made his season debut last night. He was held scoreless in over 20 minutes of action...but we expect him to take a few games to get back into the swing of things. Even with him shaking off the rust, you'll still want to roll him out there next week. Once he's back to full speed expect to see an much better Penguins power play.
Returning from injury last night were: Peter Mueller, Ruslan Fedotenko and Alex Semin.
First up, a nice piece of dubbing turns 'The Joker' into a Devils fan. If the genius who created this could have worked in Batman we would have been even more impressed:
Secondly, this video has been making the rounds since it was released on Thursday but just in case you didn't see it we'll post it here. A few months ago, Randy Moeller started getting fans to submit pop culture references that they wanted him to use after a Panthers goal. The result is mostly great but sometimes a bit odd. Either way, it makes every Panther goal a bit more interesting:
If the name Randy Moller sounds familiar it's because he used to be an NHL d-man. Here he is fighting Keith Crowder. Judging by the photo of Randy Moeller in the above video...he's really let himself go.