Marty Brodeur stopped all 35 shots last night to pick up his 5th shutout of the season. That's 5 shutouts in 20 games people. We were a bit worried the new high octane Devils might cause Brodeur's numbers to slide a bit but that obviously isn't happening. New Jersey looks like they are one of the Cup favourites right now.
Henrik Zetterberg picked up four assists last night and he's now riding a seven game point streak and has 67 points in 67 games. He's taken a pretty significant step back from the 92 points he managed last year but that's mostly due to a brutal December.
Daniel Briere collected his first two points (both goals) since he returned from injury on March 1st. Even with the big game we're not convinced he's a good start in the last few weeks of the season. Take a flyer on him if you must, but don't be expecting point-a-game number like what he put up in the past.
Dave Bolland looks like he might be breaking out of his mini-slump. After no points in six games Bolland has now scored three in his last two after a 1+1=2 game last night. He's got 42 points now, which is a nice surprise, but we don't see a lot of upside as long as he's on the third line (even if that third line has Marty Havlat on it).
Isn't Niklas Backstrom supposed to be good? He was pulled in the second after allowing three goals on 11 shots. His recent performance (1 win in last 6) couldn't come at a worse time for fantasy teams in their stretch drive.
With the Penguins playing lights out hockey right now one of the biggest benefactors is MA Fleury. He's picked up wins in 7 of the last 9 games and has let in more than three goals only once in that span.
Matt Cullen continued his surprising season with a 2+1=3 game last night. He's playing on the second line and getting a bit of PP time as well. A 50-point season looks to be in the cards for Cullen.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Ilya Kovalchuk returned from his UBI last night and picked up an assist in 21 minutes of work. He was insanely hot before he went down (28 points in 15 games) so make sure he's back in your lineup.
This video has it all...goals, hits, fights, scaling over the glass to chase down a fan, abusing a referee, etc, etc.
Many people think of O'Reilly as just another crazy goon. But if Fantasy Hockey existed in the late 70's O'Reilly would be one of the most valuable fantasy commodities out there. Check out his best fantasy season:
1977-78 Boston Bruins: 77 games, 29 goals, 61 assists, 90 points and an impressive 211 PIM's.
Oh we think we could find a spot for him on our fantasy team.