The rookie season seems like a long time ago... two d-men busting out... Huet's on fire... Niitty's the man... our FHS HOF Tribute
Only four Red Wings managed NOT to pick up a point in their 9-1 drubbing of the Jackets and Steve Mason... who was on the hook for eight of the goals. He now has an ugly 3.67 gaa and .879 sv%. If you're in a shallow league you might want to give him a seat until he figures things out. If you're in a deep league you're stuck with him. He needs more consistency... he's had his good games but those stinkers are killing his numbers.
The biggest point getter on the Wings was Niklas Kronwall and his 2+1=3 night. It was his first multi-point game of the year and he's now on pace for a 45 point season.
Another blueliner who might be heating up is Mark Streit. After only two points in 12 games he's picked up three in his last two... including 1+1=2 last night. A 50 point season is still within reach but he better turn it on quick-smart.
We were giving it to Cristobal Huet earlier in the year but let's give credit where credit is due. He won five of his last seven... letting in only 10 goalsover that span. Most importantly, he's starting pretty much every game for the Hawks. He now has an amazing 2.21 gaa and mediocre .901 sv%.
Manny Legace didn't fare too well in his season debut. He gave up four goals on 30 shots. We'll say it again... you don't want a goalie on a struggling team that hasn't played NHL hockey since February.
Expect Antero Niittymaki to get the start for the Bolts tonight. It will be his 4th start in five games. In the short term, he's the goalie you want in TB. He has an impressive 1.95 gaa and .940 sv% right now.
The Ryan Smyth - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams line continues to shine. They each picked up two points last night and are now on pace for 94,129 and 82 points respectively. They can't keep this pace up... sell high if you get a good offer.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Kyle Okposo missed last night's game vs the Capitals with an appartent case of swine flu. No word on how long he'll be out but we wouldn't think it would be more than a few games.
JS Gigeure returned last night... backing up Jonas Hiller. He's expected to get a start sometime this weekend.
Ales Hemsky returned after two games on the shelf with a shoulder injury. Good news for his owners and the Oilers. He played almost 18 minutes and picked up an assist. He now has 17 pts in 16 games.
We never thought a Raffi Torres injury would be fantasy worthy but with eight goals so far this year we thought we should let you know he was hit with a puck in the 1st and didn't return.
Brian Rolston didn't play last night but we're not sure why. No info was released but we'll keep an eye on this for you. Hopefully it's nothing serious... he was on a three game point streak.
Ryan Vesce returned to action on Tuesday. He missed seven games after recording four points in his first four games. On Tuesday he went scoreless in only 8:37 of action.
One injury we do know something about is Saku Koivu's. He missed last night's game with a LBI. Par for the course with Koivu. Doesn't sound like anything too serious... consider him day to day.
Ilya Kovalchuk could return to action tongiht. Or he could not. We've read a bunch of conflicting reports so we have no idea what's going to happen. Worse case, he misses tonight's game but he should be very close.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was Darcy Tucker
What's distracting us today? We're always up for some Down Goes Brown goodies... but this one is extra good. Check out DGB's Flow Chart of NHL suspensions.
Since it's HOF time we though we should give the four a bit of props FHS style...here are their four best fantasy seasons:
Steve Yzerman: 1988-89 - 80 gms, 65+90=155, +17, 61 PIM's & 388 shots.
Luc Robitaille: 1992-93 - 84 gms, 63+62=125, +18, 100 PIM's & 265 shots
Brian Leetch: 1991-92 - 80 gms, 22+80=102, +25, 26 PIM's & 245 shots
Brett Hull: 1990-91 - 78 gms, 86+45=131, +23, 22 PIM's & 389 shots
We love those monster seasons... think about how much extra time we could waste pouring through box scores if every game ended 7-5.
And finally... for your viewing pleasure, the top plays featuring the newest HOF members: