Huge night for Myers & Miller-time... Cullen, Foster & Giordano worth looks... starting to come around on Josh Bailey... RDP returns, but not as a #1?... reading mail from 1962
Huge night for a huge man last night as Tyler Myers dropped 2+1=3 on the Leafs and his amazing rookie season continues as that moves him to within two points of the rookie scoring lead. This also gives him 3+4=7 in his last six games and while he's a decent addition to your squad, don't be thinking that he's going to be your saviour just yet as he hasn't recorded a PIM in his last 27 games, is not a plus player over his last 33 games (he's even) and is barely recording a shot per game (47 shots in 43 games).
Ryan Miller was the other big story last night for the Sabres as stopped 48 of 50 shots to get his 10th straight win over the Leafs (good to know if you needed any more reason to start Miller against the Leafs in the future). This improved his gaa & sv%, which didn't need much help as he sits top three in both averages and wins.
Tim Connolly extended his point streak to eight games with two assists last night... he's up to 5+8=13 during the hot patch.
Matt Cullen has 1+9=10 and a plus-6 in his last nine games and the Canes have actually won three of their last five and haven't looked like a total disaster lately. Cullen might be alright for the short-term but he's never proven that he can keep a pace anywhere close to this up over a long stretch.
The Lightning-Devils game had to be postponed when the lights went out in the 2nd period... it will be resumed at a later date. Not sure what will happen with the stats accumulated in the game to this point, we're guessing they won't be officially recorded until the game is finished... weird.
So although Kurtis Foster had two assists last night its probably not showing up anywhere this morning, but if you add those to his tally, he's at 3+8=11 with 29 shots over his last 11 games... very solid production from the blueline, give him a look.
Leading the Flames dmen in ice-time last night was not Bouwmeester or Phaneuf or Regehr, it was Mark Giordano with over 25 minutes. He added a goal and is up to 4+6=10 in his last 16 games... we talked about him the other day about how he's not really doing it for us in enough categories right now but he could probably help some fantasy teams and you could certainly do worse (see Bouwmeester who has only three assists to show for his last 16 games).
Three point night for Antoine Vermette last night and that gives him 4+5=9 in his last 10 games but we wouldn't waste your time with this guy as he's playing on the 2nd line and isn't really consistent enough to be a regular in your lineup.
This scout isn't a big fan of Josh Bailey as we think he was unnecessarily rushed into the NHL but he's been looking good lately as he has 3+4=7 and a plus-5 during a five game point streak. Not sure what got into him lately (probably the coach's boot in his ass) but he's shooting the puck now, after starting the year with only 39 shots in his first 34 games, he's now had 21 in his last 10. Also going for him is his plus/minus, as he's plus-10 (2nd on the team) for a squad that sports a lot of guys well under par.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Rick DiPietro returned last night for his first game in about a calendar year and anytime this guy can make it through a full game without incident, it has to be considered a victory. But moral victories don't count in fantasy hockey and officially Ricky took the loss last night allowing four goals on 28 shots. With the Islanders right in the hunt for a playoff spot and Dwayne Roloson playing very well, we can't see them playing Ricky a lot, they'll probably just ease him back... but then again, this is the Islanders so who the frick knows.
Andrei Kostitsyn had knee surgery yesterday and will be out for the next six weeks.
Karma for Tuomo Ruutu as Darcy Tucker wanted revenge for Ruutu's hit-from-behind earlier in the year that knocked Tucker out for eight games... well they dropped the gloves and Ruutu injured his hand during the fight and had to leave the game... no word on the extent of the injury yet.
Freddie Modin sat out last night's game with a LBI... dude has two points this year so this news shouldn't really ruin your weekend.
Rusty Fedotenko missed Thursday's game with a knee injury... like Modin, this guy is a waste of space... we'll update you when we know more but does anyone really care?
What's distracting us today? Apparently this letter from 1962 has been making the rounds lately... well we didn't get the memo (literally) and just saw it yesterday. It was sent by then Leafs GM Punch Imlach to his players regarding the agenda and logistics for their upcoming training camp... its good for a chuckle. Of course, those hams over at Down Goes Brown took a stab at what the letters prolly looked like over the past few years.