Burrows hot & bothered... big seasons for Bourque & Stewart... Anderson heats up... didn't see Latendresse coming... Demitra on the comeback trail... Burr sounds off
Big fantasy night for Alex Burrows has he continued his torrid pace lately with two goals, 16 PIMs and three shots. Burr wasn't too happy about the PIMs (see below) but its a jackpot for fantasy GMs. He now has nine goals in his last five games and Vigneault even used him on the PP (Burrows had a PPG)... if he starts seeing regular PP time, then look out.
Chris Stewart had a big night as well as he had a goal and a fight against the Flames... he's been great lately with 12+7=19, 31 PIMs & 68 shots in his last 20 games. Heard Mike Brophy say last night that he thought Stewart could be a 30 goal & 150-200 PIM guy someday... whoa, let's not go overboard here, 150+ PIMs is a ton and before last night he only had seven PIMs in his previous 17 games so its not like he has a propensity to take a lot of stupid penalties, more like he'll drop the mitts occasionally... so I think 30 goals & close to 100 PIMs is a more attainable goal.
A goal last night gives Rene Bourque markers in three straight games and we'll mention again how huge a season this guy is having as he's on pace for 32+38=70 with 100 PIMs & 222 shots... this is the type of production that wins leagues.
Craig Anderson stopped 44 of 46 to pick up the win over Calgary and although he slowed down a little from his early season pace he's still playing very well lately with 6-3-0, 2.65 gaa & .923 sv% over his last nine games. The Avs give up way too many shots (34.6 over those nine) for him to have a stellar gaa but he's stopping a big chunk of what he faces.
Well we can admit that we did not see this coming... Guillaume Latendresse was 1+3=4 last night and he's up to 7+4=11 with 31 shots in his last 10 games. Also of note is that none of his points have come on the PP, which can be good, as there's potential for growth but could be bad, as Wild haven't given him a lot of opportunities.
Marty Havlat kept his point streak alive with an assist last night, its up to eight games now and he has 2+7=9 in total.
Everyone for the Wild is hot these day (or at least seems like it) as Eric Belanger had two points last night and has 6+5=11 in his last 10 games. Combine this with a five game point streak he had earlier in the season and 19 of his 27 points have come during these hot stretches so he's had nine points in his other 30 games... not consistent enough for our taste.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Pavol Demitra is getting closer to a return from his shoulder surgeries as he's been practicing and taking part in contact drills... no word on a return date yet but it sounds like it should be soon. If you can put up with the injuries then Demitra's not a bad add as he'll put up points when healthy.
Niklas Kronwall was hoping to return from his knee injury this past weekend but he had a setback in his rehab and is resting a little before starting to skate again, so it sounds like he's still a few more games away.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Joel Ward and Sami Salo.
What's distracting us today? Some serious allegations from Alex Burrows after the game last night regarding referee Stephane Auger:
I'm sure the NHL will do its best to sweep this under the rug but I don't think we've heard the last of this. Tim Donaghy made it pretty clear that NBA refs held serious grudges against players so it shouldn't be a shock to hear that NHL refs are the same. Next we're going to finally get the truth that Kerry Fraser had money riding on the Kings when this happened.