Kane hot... Perry hotter... Toskala has his win... Kronwall gone for a chunk... some goalies to be concerned about... beating fans shoeless
Goals in five straight and points in nine straight now for Patrick Kane and he's 5+8=13 in his last nine. This guy has the potential for huge numbers but remember that he was off to a similar hot start last year before tailing off later in the year.
Corey Perry is not about to be punked by a fellow former London Knight, so he extended his point streak to 14 games last night and he's rolling with 9+11=20 during this little run.
Baby steps for Vesa Toskala as he picked up his first win of the season and held the Crapitals to one goal to reduce his gaa to under 4... baby steps. Gustavsson has been very weak in his last three outings so VT could be in for some additional starts over the next little while.
Milan Lucic has been advised against fighting for a few months by the doctors until his finger is fully recovered... not good news for owners of the Looch as without the PIMs he's only a useful fantasy player in the very deepest of leagues.
Lets talk Jimmy Howard, shall we. Started five of the last six for the Wings and is 4-1 with a 2.19 & .916. Very solid and the biggest thing is that he seems to have gained coach Babcock's confidence. So expect to see him splitting the games the rest of the way with Ozzie and finish the season with some of the best numbers for a backup in the league.
Four points last night for Filip Kuba but we don't really have a lot of time for this guy as he's a liability in pretty much every category except for assists and PPP. Shop him if you own him.
Stephane Robidas is a dman to look at, especially after his 2+2=4 last night. He's on pace for 51 points, which is about double his regular production so we don't expect it to last and while he'll see some PP time, its Brad Richards and Matt Niskanen on the #1 PP unit most of the time. But Robidas will give you some PIMs and shots as well, making him a pretty useful. I think we just contradicted ourselves like 17 times this paragraph, maybe more.
1+1=2 last night gives Anton Stralman 2+7=9 (with six PPP) in his last nine games... he's starting to live up to that promise with some decent ice-time in Columbus. But he's not even the hottest dman for the CBJs as Fedor Tyutin has five assists in his last three games and he's been taking advantage of a decent amount of PP ice-time lately.
David Perron had two more goals last night (including this beauty) and that gives him six in his last six games but he hasn't been very consistent this year and isn't really on pace to increase his point totals from last year so we're a little down on him... but remember that the kid is still only 21.
Hat-trick yesterday for Jarome Iginla and he has a crazy 11 goals in his last nine games.
M'sota claimed Andrew Ebbett off waivers after he only managed one point in 10 games with the Hawks. Maybe the Wild will give him a chance to show how he was able to put up 32 points in 48 games with the Ducks last year... but we wouldn't count on it.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Niklas Kronwall left last night's game after taking a knee-on-knee hit from Georges Laraque and coach Babcock says that he could miss a "chunk" of time... we're not sure how big this "chunk" is but we should know more soon.
Scotty Gomez missed last night's game with a LBI that he suffered on Friday night... not sure on the extent yet.
Nikolai Khabibulin missed his second straight start last night due to a sore back, probably due to being beaten like borrowed property for the last little while (2-7-1 in his last 10)... he's listed as day-to-day.
More goalie concerns as the oft-injured Pascal Leclaire left last night's game with a LBI. The team says its not serious but Pazzy owners should be heading to church and praying that its not his chronic ankle.
Tom Poti missed his first game of the year last night with a UBI, he's listed as day-to-day but he's never been known as a fast healer.
Dainius Zubrus has a busted knee and he's out 4-6 weeks.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Joni Pitkanen, Matthew Lombardi and Saku Koivu.
What's distracting us today? Well we had the Anaheim fans fighting in the stands yesterday and that got us thinking about what's better than fans fighting in the stands?... well players fighting in the stands, of course, and nothing will ever top Mike Milbury beating some fan shoeless with his own loafer...
Anyone have any idea where that loafer is today? Better be in the Hall of Fame or I'll be pissed.