Zets nets five... Crosby's back, thanks to Malkin... Ennis makes his debut... Time to drop Berglund?... Time to pick up Raymond?... A Canuck's rap.
Our most recent 'Fantasy Five' is up over at HockeyDraft.ca... have a look.
The Wings picked up their second big win in a row. Henrik Zetterberg had a huge 3+2=5 night with seven sog to boot... he's on pace for 99 points now.
We were just a tiny bit worried about Henrik Lundqvist after he gave up four goals in his first game back from injury. We're no longer worried as King Henrik stopped 35 out of 36 last night for the W.
Sidney Crosby got back on track... than you, Evgeni Malkin. The Kid picked up 1+2=3 with a plus-3 and two more PIM's. He's still having a disappointing season by his standards... 20 points in 20 games.
Buffalo prospect Tyler Ennis played his first NHL game last night... and picked up his first NHL goal. He had a couple of big WHL seasons but we're not sure he's ready for the show yet. One to own in keepers leagues, one to watch for the rest of you.
Patrik Berglund was dropped to the fourth line last night is only playing around 11 minutes/game. We were very high on this kid after his 47 point, +19 season last year but with only 4 points so far, it's time to cut bait... unless you have a very large bench.
Remember when everybody was freaking out over Jarome Iginla's slow start (four points in eight games)? Well, nothing to worry about... after two goals last night he's put up 13 points in his last ten.
Another star who's completely over a slow start is Ryan Getzlaf. Like Iggy he had four points in his first eight games, he's picked up a mental 18 points in his last 10. Last night he had his best game of the young season with a 1+3=4 night.
Jimmy Howard started for the third straight time last night. He got the win but stopped only 19 of 23. Chris Osgood is out with the flu but you have to think this three game stretch has given the Wings a bit more faith in Jimmy. Grab him on your wire if an impatient owner dropped him.
Craig Anderson had his second bad game (18 saves on 22 shots before getting the hook) in three starts. He's only won one game in his last six now. We all know Anderson has been playing way over his head... things look to be right in the world again.
Looks like Vesa Toskala is playing himself back into the game. Jonas Gustavsson gave up three goals on five shots before getting the hook. Vesa came in and stopped 15 of 17. The Monster is really picking a bad time to go into a slump... he's let in seven goals in his last 67 minutes of action.
Jon Quick bounced back nicely after the beating he took from the Thrashers on Friday. He held the Bolts to one goal on 29 shots and picked up the win in the shootout.
Same old deal for Chris Mason. He put together another good start last night (two goals on 18 shots) but his team didn't score enough for him to pick up the win. He only has one win in his last six games despite the fact he's only given up nine goals over that span.
Henrik Sedin picked up his first NHL hat trick last night. With his brother out of the lineup we guess he's tired of passing to guys like Steve Bernier (who score two last night). He now has 12+11=23 and is on pace for 88 points.
Mason Raymond and Ryan Johnson picked up three assists each last night for the Canucks. Johnson only had one point going into the game so he's not fantasy relevant. As for Raymond, he's picked up 10 points in his last eight games and should top 50 points for the first time in his career.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Evgeni Malkin returned last night with three assists. Can you tell the Penguins (especially Sid) really missed him? But it's not all good news in Pittsburgh as Chris Kunitz is out with a UBI that will keep him on the sidelines for two weeks.
Alex Ovechkin was a game time decision and the decision ended up being a no. The big guy shouldn't be out much longer. Get him in your lineup for next week.
Brian Gionta missed last night's game with a LBI. No info yet. But consider him day-to-day.
David Backes left last night's game with a UBI. No word on extent but we'll let you know when we know.
James van Riemsdyk missed last night's game with the flu. Doesn't sound serious but you might want to sit him next week if you have a decent replacement, just in case..
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Milan Hedjuk, Tom Preissing, Ryan Parent, and Boyd Gordon
What's distracting us today? As we mentioned to you yesterday we've been having a peek around NHLVideo. Here's another gem we found.
It's a Canucks Rap called 'Trap it Like It's Hot'. We're just disappointed they couldn't work in some footage of Snoop at the Ducks game: