Calling anyone with a PHD in algebra, how is this mathematically possible?... The Penguins win 6-4 last night and Sidney Crosby has two goals... but ends up the night a minus four??? Whats that, two PP goals and then he was on the ice for four goals against and none for Pittsburgh... ouch. (Yes, Sid is on this scout's fantasy team and this statistical oddity may have cost me the title).
This is more like it Sidney... Jordan Staal was 1+2=3 and a +3 last night. We had a friendly wager that Staal wouldn't crack 40 points this year but with 5+4=9 in his last 10 games he's on a bit of a streak and he may hit 50 (he's currently at 47).
Petr Sykora did manage to score last night but that was his first point in nine games and his ice time and PP time have taken a dip since the Penguins acquired Kunitz and Guerin.
We've been talking up Ryan Callahan lately cause he seems to have become one of John Tortorella's favourites as he's a regular on one of the top 2 lines and pops up on the top PP unit. He's responded to Torts faith with some nice production... 6+7=13 with 48 shots in his last 13 games.
Carolina exploded last night for nine goals on the Islanders... the biggest benefactors were Eric Staal with a hat-trick and an assist to give him 11+13=24 in his last 15 games and Anton Babchuk who had four assists and now has 5+5=10 in his last 10 games.
Speaking of the Islanders... they give up nine freakin goals and they only have the decency to put 12 shots on Cam Ward? Cmon, I mean we're all aware that Garth Snow is a pretty incompetent GM and is totally tanking the season but do you have to make it so goddam obvious? Garth's next brilliant move was to sign Doug Weight to a one-year contract extension... seems like Snowy is not satisfied with just John Tavares, he wants Taylor Hall as well.
In other unintentional GM comedy, to save on the cap hit Calgary only dressed 17 skaters again last night (one less than a full lineup) in their biggest game of the year against the Canucks... they lost 4-1.
Maid Marian Gaborik is doing everything he can to get a big fat contract the Wild into the playoffs as he's scored in five straight and has 8+5=13 in nine games since returning from his latest groin/hip injury.
David Perron hit the 50 point plateau last night and we call that a breakout season here at FHS. Excellent sophomore season for the kid as he's had a nice jump from his 27 point rookie season and will just continue to grow as the kid is only 20 years old.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Claude Giroux's been having some stomach pains lately and so he went to the doctor to get it checked out and now he's day-to-day with gas... no seriously, but it looks like he'll play through it... lay off the poutine, kid.
Mathieu Schneider is not ready to say 'no mas' yet, he's getting other opinions on his shoulder before having the surgery that will end his season.
Trevor Daley has a sore knee and he's not coming back this year.
Ryan Malone broke his hand last night and he's finished for the year... probably broke it himself so he doesn't have to play for the circus any more this year.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Phil Kessel, Troy Brouwer, Mark Streit, Sean Bergenheim and Nikolai Antropov.
What's distracting us today? Busy night last night so no time to be distracted... so time for the old FHS caption contest... (which isn't much of a contest as we just make it up and give ourselves a prize)
"Dany, whatever you do, Don't look behind you"