Nashville needed a win last night, in Detroit, to keep their playoff hopes alive and who else but Jason Arnott to lead them victory. Dude is clutch... goal, assist and shootout winner, ho-hum. He's had 4+2=6 in his three games since returning from a concussion.
Also a big performance in a big game from Roberto Luongo as he posted his third shutout in his last 11 games to vault the Canucks into the division lead ahead of Calgary. Louie's had a few stinkers here and there but his record since the beginning of February is 21-6-2.
RIP to the Panthers playoffs hopes as they were eliminated last night and this could be RIP to GM Jacques Martin as how can he keep his job if he misses the playoffs and lets Jay Bouwmeester walk away for nothing this summer?
Two goals last night for Brooks Laich gives him 4+7=11 in his last seven games and with the fact that he's been showing up on the #1 PP unit lately, he could be a nice sleeper in playoff pools.
Another one who's heating up in time for the playoffs is Jordan Staal... he's on a five game point streak currently (3+4=7) and has some good chemistry with linemates Matt Cooke (goals in four of six) and Tyler Kennedy (six points in his last four). These guys, especially Staal, could be good late round picks in a playoff pool if you think the Penguins can make a run.
Two more points for Matthew Lombardi last night and that gives him 5+11=16 in 18 games for Phoenix after coming over in the Jokinen trade. Lombo has seen some pretty significant ice-time as the #1C under Wayne and has performed well so we'll have to see what he can do if given the same opportunity for a full season next year.
Starting to be really impressed by Zach Bogosian's progress this year... he's 5+4=9 with 16 PIMs and 42 shots in his last 15 games and this little run has shown that he may be ready for a breakout season next year and looks to be an all-around fantasy hockey stud.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes were eliminated from the WHL playoffs on Wednesday so that means Luca Sbisa is coming back to the Flyers for the playoffs. Not sure if he'll find is way back into the lineup but he was playing quite a bit during the first few months of the season.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Original word was that Mathieu Schneider would have to shut it down for the season with a shoulder injury but the old man wasn't hearing that and came back after only missing two games to pot a goal in a giant "tie" with Boston last night to get Montreal in the playoffs.
Marian Hossa left last night's game with a groin injury that doesn't sound too serious but don't expect him to play the rest of the regular season so he can rest up for the playoffs.
Jonathan Cheechoo couldn't play last night, he needed some rest according to the coach so we don't think its anything serious.
Tom Poti has been battling a groin injury all year and its kept him out of the last two games, although it sounds like the team is just letting him rest it before the playoffs.
Some non-playoff teams lost guys for the rest of the season... Marek Svatos is done with a broken finger, Blake Comeau has a fractured wrist and is out and Joe Sakic announced that he's not going to make it back from all his various injuries this year.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Brian Rafalski, Patrik Elias, Philippe Boucher, Ryane Clowe and Patrick Marleau.
What's distracting us today? Happy Easter to those who get into that type of stuff... no working for this scout today and its pretty amazing what people will do when they don't have to work the next day (this guy last night) or when the game has no meaning (Mike Ribeiro clowning in the shootout)...
but luckily, if you get off course then you've got the moral compass that is Britney Spears to guide you.