Knubs & Flash light it up... Grab yourself an Antero... Pavelski makes his return... Ward and Williams with some gruesome injuries... some late night goal memories
Dan Ellis apparently didn't like all the attention Pekka Rinne got for his stellar play last week so he went out and stopped 27 of 28 for the win. Rinne's the man to own here but Ellis is a capable goalie and coach Trotz loves to ride the hot hand.
The Caps sure didn't miss Alex Ovechkin last night. They picked up seven goals against the Panthers (don't worry Vokoun owners, Scott Clemmensen was in net for all seven). The 1st star of the game was Mike Knuble who picked up a 2+2=4 and now has a nice 14 points in 17 games.
Another Cap with a big game (two goals) was Tomas Fleischmann. The Czech now has seven points in only six games. He's playing top six minutes and he's somebody you should think about adding in mid to deep leagues.
Sean Avery entered last night's game in a big time funk. After five points in his first five games he's picked up only one in his last seven. Things didn't get any better as Avery picked up zero points in 14:28 of action. Bench him till he gets going.
Tuukka Rask started his fifth game of the year and picked up his third win. He's one of the better backups to own out there as his numbers should be very solid. If he keeps playing like this the Bruins would be wise to starting giving him a few more starts.
Zdeno Chara was off to a slow start this year (seven assists) but picked up two points last night. Hopefully this will get the big fella going at the 50 point pace he's capable of.
The hottest goalie controversy out there has to be in Tampa Bay. Last night, Antero Niittymaki started in his third straight game for the Bolts as Mike Smith watched him stop 36 of 37 for the win. If he's still available in your league grab him asap... especially if you own Smith.
Jonas Gustavsson had another strong game and the Leafs played like an actual NHL team beating the Wings 5-1. The Monster now has gone six games without a regulation loss. We're not going to recommend him but at least it looks like he's the #1 guy in Toronto now... finally.
Maxim Afinogenov has quietly been putting together a nice season in Atlanta. With two assists last night he now has 11 points in 13 games. A great flier for those of you in deeper leagues.
Loui Eriksson picked up two more goals last night and now has 8+7=15 in 17 games. He's a guy that gets under-valued in a lot of fantasy circles... don't do that. He's a lock for 35 goals and should approach 70 points this year.
After 12 points in his first 12 games Michael Del Zotto was picked up in almost every league. He has really cooled off as he's picked up only one point over his last six. You knew that hot streak couldn't continue so just ride this spell out... he'll continue to get points as the PP QB in NYC.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Joe Pavelski returned to action last night and played 14 minutes with a 1+1=2. We thought he might take a few games to get back up to game speed but he showed no signs of rust last night. Make sure you start him next week as the Sharks play four games.
A couple of gruesome injuries last night and thanks to YouTube you can relive them in all their glory (if you're into that kind of thing). Cam Ward left last night's game after he was cut on the leg by a skate and Jason Williams went down very awkwardly and ended up breaking his leg. No word yet on Ward but Williams is expected to miss about a month.
Evgeni Malkin update: Geno practiced yesterday, but without contact. He's making progress and we're hearing rumblings that he could play as early as Tuesday... sounds optimistic to us. Start him next week at your own peril.
Steve Valiquette started for the 2nd straight game last night. Henrik Lundqvist is out with a minor injury to his right thigh. Sounds like nothing to worry about.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Martin Erat.
What's distracting us today? With a little help from TSN here are the ten longest games in NHL history.
Ahhh some good memories from watching those goals. We remember being tired... so very tired.