One of the hottest players coming down the stretch and heading into the playoffs is Marty Havlat... 8+8=16 in his last 12 games and a lot of that has come as he's joined Toews and Kane on the 1st line and #1 PP unit lately. That's one of the best lines in the league now and at any time so Havlat looks like a solid playoff pool pick, if you believe Chicago has a run in them.
Two more points last night for Jason Pominville but it seems as though his late season spurt has come up too short and too late. He's 4+11=15 in his last 11 games to salvage an otherwise disappointing season as he may reach 65 points but unfortunately the Sabres look to be finito.
Our congrats to the CBJs for clinching the first playoff spot in franchise history, due in large part to Rick Nash, who officially becomes the man now with 12 points in his last 10 games to lead his team into the playoffs. Nasher should hit 40 goals and 80 points before the season's over and given the talent he's playing with (Manny Malhotra's his Cman) and the coach (Hitchy), its a very impressive accomplishment.
A few other guys on the BJs that deserve mention... Steve Mason, obviously, as he sits top 10 in the league in wins, gaa, sv% and death threats... as a rookie! Also, Antoine Vermette has provided a real spark since coming over with 7+6=13 points in 15 games and he, Umberger and Williams have combined to form a decent 2nd line.
Have to give credit to Brian Burke and debit Darcy Regier for the Dominic Moore trade... Dom had 41 points in 63 games for Toronto but has only managed four in 16 games for the Sabres after they spent a 2nd round pick to acquire him. While we were disappointed that BB didn't get more for Antropov at the deadline he certainly fleeced Buffalo in this trade.
Speaking of Burke, do you think he has a hard time passing Cliff Fletcher in the hall without saying... "WTF Cliff, four years at three & half million for Jeff Finger???" Finger is already a depth dman in Toronto and this is when the team isn't any good and the worst defensive team in the league... what's he going to be three years from now when hopefully the Leafs have a little more talent? (other than bought out?).
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Paul Kariya is undergoing tests to see how well his bionic hips have recovered and to find out when he can return. Sounds like it could be as soon as this week or it could be sometime early in the playoffs... if the Blues make it.
Similar situation for Anaheim's Franky Beauchemin, who's been out since November with a torn ACL, he's been back practicing and looks to make his return shortly.
Tim Connolly is playing hurt for the Sabres, apparently he took a big hit on the weekend but is playing through it as its do-or-die time for Buffalo.
No fantasy impact but Calgary is hurting with a few injured dmen... Robyn Regehr and Cory Sarich are both out, with knee and foot injuries, and look like they'll miss at least a few weeks of playoff action.
What's distracting us today? Curtis Joseph tied a pretty dubious record last night as he is even with Gump Worsley for the most losses in NHL history. Now Cujo's been a great goalie so no big deal but then Brad May decides to jump in and offer this as his attempt to defend his teammates honour, "Cecil Fielder hit the most home runs one year, if I'm not mistaken, and he had the most strikeouts, too."
So now when people think of Cujo they'll think of this...