Spezza & Bozak on hot streaks... Boucher, Vokoun & Mason are not.... Don't be fooled by Army... Malkin and Ovie return to game action... two random videos for your viewing entertainment.
Pascal Leclaire isn't putting up much of a fight for the #1 job in Ottawa... he allowed five goals on 19 shots before getting the hook last night. Brian Elliott replaced Leclaire last night and stopped six of six but he hasn't been great either (one win in his last six). If you can, it might be good to sit all Ottawa goalies in the short term
Still with the Sens, Jason Spezza had a monster 3+1=4 game last night. He's sporting a very nice 26 points in his last 21 games. Even with his hot streak, his numbers would only project to 71 points over a full season... that would be his lowest scoring rate since 2003-04.
Colby Armstrong picked up another two goals last night... that's 4+1=5 in his last two games. We wouldn't run out to pick him up as his production from these two games is almost 20% of his whole season totals.
The giver-upper of the Armstrong goals was none other than Brian Boucher. He allowed five goals on 28 shots and showed why he only has a 5-13-2 record on the year. The Flyers must be kicking themselves right about now that they didn't pick up a goalie at the trade deadline.
We told you not to under estimate Tyler Bozak... he's managing to do some nice damage as Phil Kessel's centerman. With 1+1=2 last night he now has an incredible 15 points in his last 16 games.
Tomas Vokoun was pulled last night... it was his second early shower in three games. He'll turn this around so we'd expect Vokoun to bounce back soon and play in line with his season numbers (2.45 gaa & .928 sv%) the rest of the way.
Alex Ovechkin returned from his NHL imposed vacation in grand style, picking up his 45th goal. He's now tied for the league lead in goals with Crosby, even though he's played nine less games.
Chris Mason was on the bench for the second straight game last night. Ty Conklin stepped in and picked up two wins... including a shutout over the Devils last night. We're willing to bet that the Blues ride the hot hand as they hang onto their slim playoff hopes.
How crazy is it that the Coyotes have only two points less than Chicago? Last night, the Yotes took down the Hawks 5-4 in OT thanks to two more goals from Lee Stempniak (9+2=11 in eight games with Phoenix) and two points from Wojtek Wolski (3+4=7 in eight games with Phoenix). Those are some nice trade deadline acquisitions for Gary Bettman.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Manny Legace left after eight shots thanks to an apparent leg injury. He was replaced by Justin Peters who stopped 15 of 17 and got the OTW. Doesn't sound serious but he might be backing up in the Canes next game.
Milan Michalek missed last night's game due to a leg injury... it's listed as just a day-to-day thing.
Jason Arnott left yesterday's game with a head injury, could be a concussion, which he's had a history of... he'll be re-evaluated today.
Dan Cleary sat out yesterday's game due to a groin injury, the team called it a pre-cautionary move and he's just considered out day-to-day.
Returning to action from the injured list last night were: Evgeni Malkin, Brian Rolston, Drew Stafford and Tim Connolly.
What's distracting us today? Lots of game action so we didn't have much time to get distracted but we found a few videos that might entertain you a bit...
First up, another episode of Yins Luv 'Da Guins!
Also, we also stumbled across this bizarre and nonsensical commercial featuring WWE star John Cena, Raitis Ivanans and Matt Greene(we think) for Cena's new movie 12 Rounds... which looks epically terrible: