Three points last night for Andrew Ebbett gives him 5+11=16 in his last 20 games and the kid has really stepped into the 2nd line center role vacated by Brendan Morrison. His pace over 40 games so far would project out to almost a 60 point season so he's looking like a solid breakout candidate for next year. Hell, he might be able to help some people this year and in a playoff pool as the Ducklings look like they might get in.
Two goals and two PIMs last night gave Corey Perry his ticket into the 60-100-200 club (points-PIMs-shots), population = 2. CP and teammate Ryan Getzlaf are the only two although FHS favourite Scotty Hartnell is on pace to make it a trio.
Jason Pominville's been a disappointment to us this year as we thought he'd build on the 80 points he put up last year but has only managed 55 so far. There still may be a chance for the Pommer to make it up to us as he's had seven points in his last four games and with Buffalo playing four games in week 27 (April 6th to 12th) he could be worth an add.
Who's hotter than Cam Ward right now??? (you're supposed to say "Nooobody")... actually that's not true, a few other guys like Fleury and Brodeur are up there but Ward is right there with them over the last month... check out his numbers in March: 9-1-2, 2.06, .935.
Devin Setoguchi picked up another two goals last night. Not many players receive an uptick in production after leaving the #1 line but that's exactly what has happened with The Gooch. Seven games with no points then six points in last four playing in the 2nd line.
Martin Gerber has been suspended three games for bumping an official. You'll need to find another goalie for a week or so if you're starting Gerber. You'll probably be better off anyway.
Maid Marian Gaborik scored 40% of his points this season in last night's game. Hopefully you showed some balls and stuck Gaborik in your lineup on Sunday. That 2+2=4 game would look mighty nice on your team. Make sure he's in there ASAP.
A goal last night gives Kris Letang 3+5=8 in his last 10 games and he has been producing while seeing more quality ice-time under new coach Dan Bylsma.
Nikolai Khabibulin started his third straight game last night and picked up the win against the Sharks. It wasn't the best game (23 saves on 28 shots) but beating the Sharks is a nice feather in Khabby's cap. It looks like the Hawks will be getting the Bulin Wall ready for the playoffs...bad news fro Cristobal Huet owners.
You probably don't own Matt Cooke in your league for many reasons. Here another two reasons to leave him on the waiver wire.
Hilarity between the pipes in Colorado last night as Peter Budaj was pulled in the first after giving up three goals... so they bring the calming influence that is Andrew Raycroft into the game and he proceeds to give up four goals on eight shots so Budaj returned for the third period. For another laugh check out Raycroft's numbers in his last eight appearances... 0-6, 4.04, .867.
Fitting time for Mikael Tellqvist to get his first win as a Sabre, the game before this happens... continue reading....
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
In Friday's game between the Leafs and the Sabres we're expecting to see Ryan Miller facing off against Curtis Joseph. Looks like Miller will be making his return from injury and it looks like the Leafs are cheering for the Sabres to make the playoffs
Paul Stastny will be out the remainder of the season with a broken foot. Just another injury in an injury filled season from Stastny. Time to cut bait.
Paul Kariya had a MRI earlier this week and it came back all clear. He could end up playing as soon as next Wednesday. We wouldn't recommend you rush to pick up a 34 year old who's been injured all year...but if you're desperate, you might want to give him a go.
Ruslan Salei left last night's game with a knee injury, no word on the extent yet, methinks maybe he couldn't bear to watch the embarrassment that the Avs have become?
Don't worry about Patrick Marleau, he missed last night's game but should be back for tonight's game. He was at the hospital with his wife as she was having something removed... a doctor friend has informed me that this is commonly referred to as "giving birth".
Cam Barker returned after missing a game with a LBI and extended his point streak to nine games with two assists last night.
What's distracting us today? We've been hearing some rumblings the last few months that NBC's free ride with the NHL is coming to an end after this season (thank you very much Winter Classic). Apparently, FOX may be interested in bring back the NHL to their network.
In case you are too young (or too American) you might not remember FOX paid a boatload of cash for the NHL in 1995. Let's take a second to reminisce at the highlights (or lowlights, depending on your perspective) of the NHL's time with FOX.
Goofy Sound Effects and Graphics (up to the 2:20 mark):
Did they really just rhyme fine with time?
Did FOX really want viewers to be comparing bowling and hockey?
The Animated Robots:
We know people make fun of these guys but at least one of our Scouts considers them to be the greatest of FOX's 'advancements'. Cricket is considered to be pretty classy and they use a cartoon duck.
And best (or worst) of all...the Glowing Puck:
Even though FOX's advancements were pretty lame we here at FHS were pretty happy they were at least trying some new things. It's much better than what Fox Sports is putting out there nowadays.