Stupified by Stamkos... Kesler just keeps getting better... hat-tip to Tyutin's GH Hat-trick... eyes on Voracek, Frolik & Bourque... Chara sits... more Bushkorn
Steve Stamkos extended his point streak to 17 games last night, he's 16+15=31 during the streak and he also has goals in nine of past 10 games (12 goals in total). As we've said before, this isn't just a breakout season, this guy could reach 50 goals & 100 points this year!... totally bizonkers.
Ryan Kesler extended his point streak to 10 games and has 5+7=12 in total... the thing we love about Kesler is that he has improved on his ppg average in every one of his six season, he just keeps getting better.
Mikael Samuelsson was promoted to the top line with the Sedin's last night (bumping Alex Burrows) and he justified the move with a hat-trick and an assist. Going back prior to the break, Samuelsson has 8+2=10 in his last eight games and he looks like he'll actually exceed 50 points this year (currently has 47) for the first time in his career.
Peter Mueller added two more points to his Avalanche tally last night and he has points in every game with his new team and 2+4=6 in total.
Jake Voracek had three points last night and he has 2+9=11 in nine games under interim coach Claude Noel, so he seems to be happy with the coaching change. He played over 18 minutes last night for only the fifth time this year (second time under Noel).
Fedor Tytuin had the Gordie Howe Hat-Trick last night with 1+2=3, a fight (vs Getzlaf), seven PIMs and four sogs... nicely done Fed.
Two more points last night for Tomas Holmstrom and he has 3+3=6 (with four PPP) in five games since the break.
John Tavares finally ended his goal drought after 17 games as he scored last night and its not like he's been chipping in a bunch of other categories to make himself useful as he's 1+5=6 & a minus-13 in his last 18 games. We advised you to drop this guy in one-year leagues a while ago.
The late season surge continues for Scotty Gomez as he had three more points last night and now has 2+6=8 in five games since coming back from the break. Going back a little further, he has 5+10=15 in his last 11.
Mike Frolik hadn't scored in 16 games prior to his current three game goal streak where he has four goals, so he's certainly hot or cold but lets hope this is leading to a hot stretch like he had at the end of last season where he has 16 points in his final 20 games.
Rene Bourque is really clicking on the top line with Jarome Iginla, he added two more points last night and has 2+5=7 in his last three games... we love this guy as he's on pace for close to a 100 PIMs and over 200 shots as well, you just have watch out for the injuries.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Zdeno Chara sat out last night's game due to a LBI... he's only listed as day-to-day and we'd assume he won't let a silly LBI keep him out for long.
Brent Burns had to leave last night's game early due to a hip injury... luckily it wasn't a head injury with this guy but we're not sure if this is serious.
Ryan Malone missed last night's game due to a UBI... no word on the extent.
Pat O'Sullivan left last night's game after taking a slash to the hand, not sure if it will keep him out of any more action... best to rest that hand in preparation for St. Patty's day, we'd reckon.
Teemu Selanne missed last night's game with the sniffles... so it shouldn't keep him out too long.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Kyle Cumiskey, Todd Bertuzzi, Marty St.Louis and Mikhail Grabovski.
What's distracting us today? We haven't checked in with our old friend Bushkorn (the ultimate Leafs Superfan) lately to make sure that he's still on his medication... and the answer is: negative.