Been watching more of the Blues lately and we think we might be developing a man-crush on TJ Oshie as the kid is a bowling ball of a player and has been finding the scoresheet lately with 4+7=11 in his last nine games. Add to this that he has a developing feud with Rick Nash and is not afraid of urinating in public.... and he's our type of dude, this could become a full-on bromance.
Ales Kotalik is starting to click with his new teammates in Edmonton... AK21 has a four game goal streak going and is 5+3=8 with 25 shots in his last seven games on the "Coff & Two Ales" line with Horcoff and Hemsky.
One of our favourite stories from this year is the Joel Ward story... he played junior in the OHL and went undrafted so he played four years of Canadian University hockey and has finally established himself as a full-time NHLer at age 28. Now the story is nice but honestly, he's not on our radar unless he's producing and right on queue, Ward's got six goals in his last seven games and 9+5=14 in his last 16 games.
It's looking like Marian Gaborik is back to full speed...after a goal last night, he's 4+3=7 in the five games since he returned from injury. Make sure he's in your lineup for the last two weeks of the season.
Another Wild-man, Owen Nolan, is also worth a look if you're in to old grey-beards... OwNo is 3+4=7 in the past five games playing with a variety of different linemates.
Bobby Ryan picked up two goals as he continued with his stellar rookie campaign. If you project his 50 points (26+24) over 82 games he would hit 70. Looks like Ryan is now one of the elite wingers in the league. Welcome to the club kid.
Jonas Hiller had another great game for the Ducks last night...26 saves on 27 shots and the win. He's played five of the last six games and has only given up nine goals. You get the feeling the Ducks want JS Giguere to be their goalie in the playoffs but with numbers like Hiller's (2.31 gaa & .921 sv%) we think they might be making a mistake.
Yesterday we told you Patrik Berglund was as streaky as they come. He was hot streaky before Sunday and continued that pace with a big 1+2=3 night. Get him in there until he goes cold.
Pavel Datysuk gets lost the shuffle when you're talking about fantasy super-studs. Alex Ovechkin, Geno Malkin and Sidney Crosby get all the press but P-Dat has quietly put up 91 points so far...good for fourth in the league.
Milan Lucic scored a pair of goals last night to give him 16 goals and 24 assists this season. He's on pace for 50 points which isn't that impressive until you add in his 107 PIM's. If he continues to develop...he could be next year's Scott Hartnell.
Steve Sullivan is becoming fantasy relevant again. After only five points in his first 16 games back from injury he's picked up 21 points in 19 games. We can't believe we're saying this but make sure he's in your lineup down the stretch. What an amazing comeback after 22 months on the sidelines.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Mikko Koivu returned from his knee injury last night. He scored zero points but over 19 minutes and had no setbacks. He looks okay to start for next week if that's something that you would normally do.
A bit of a surprise last night for the Red Wings as Brian Rafalski didn't suit up. He's got a tender groin but it doesn't sound too serious.
Martin Erat left last night's game after taking a Shea Weber shot in the leg (ouch) and the word came back that the leg is fractured and he'll be out a month, at least (double ouch).
Marek Svatos returned to action last night from the injured list.
We found out (thank's to theScore.com Blog) that Martin Brodeur's divorce was because he cheated on his wife with her sister. Stay classy, Marty. His stupidity is going to cost him $500,000 a year till 2020 plus another $9 million right now.
Next up, we saw this behind the scenes look at a Ryan Getzlaf commercial from last year
...and finally, Bruins play-by-play man Jack Edwards probably crossed the line from homerism to craziness in his clip but it's still pretty entertaining: