Rask is officially awesome... Hecht shows up FHS... Teemu hits 600... Nabby still stinking it up... Serious injury for Langkow... a big fight and some nerdy facts
You may already know this but, Tuukka Rask is officially awesome. After allowing only one goal from 24 shots last night he improved his league leading totals (2.08 gaa and .928 sv%). If only the team in front of him was as good as he is.
Most fantasy sites shy away from telling you when they get one wrong. Not us. We really missed the rebound season from Jochen Hecht. He scored two more last night and now has 19 on the year. He also has 12 points in his last 13 games.... all this after only 27 points last year.
Just a quick Corey Perry update... after three assists last night he's up to 24+44=68 on the year. He's on pace for a career best 76 points.
Paul Stastny's 10 game point streak (15 points over that span) ended last night as the Ducks kept him off the board. He is still on pace for a career best 81 points and sits 16th in the league in points.
Way to go to Teemu Selanne on your 600th goal. If a league which used career totals existed, he would have made an excellent pick. Mental note: start career fantasy league.
The San Jose collapse continues... Evgeni Nabokov let in five goals on 25 shots as the Sharks fell 5-1 to the Oilers. Yeah, those crappy Oilers. Nabby has now lost five straight and has given up a whopping 19 goals over those games.
We told you yesterday about Tomas Vokoun's recent struggles. Well last night, Scott Clemmensen got the start and stopped 29 of 31 for the win. Peter DeBoer has been known to stick with the hot hand so we'll keep a close eye on this situation.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Ryan Callahan missed the 3rd last night with an LBI. No word how long (or if) he'll be out... we'll let you know when we do.
Daymond Langkow took a puck to the back of the neck in a scary play (watch it here, if you must). Looks like he'll be okay but he still needs to go for a few more tests so don't expect him back on the ice any time soon.
Jason Arnott missed last night's game thanks to a head injury he suffered Saturday. This doesn't sound too serious but you never know with the brittle Arnott.
Niklas Backstrom was back in uniform last night. He's been out since March 9th with a groin injury but was backing up Harding last night. Harding has been so-so as his replacement so expect Backs to get back in there ASAP.
Raffi Torres missed both Sabres games on the weekend with a UBI... he's listed as day-to-day.
Returning to action from the injured list last night were: Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Marco Sturm, Manny Legace, Brent Burns, and Ruslan Salei
What's distracting us today? Well we could put the now famous Janssen v Letourneau tilt up here:
Wow. Normally that would be a enough to distract us but we also found an article titled "What’s in a Nickname? The Origins of All 30 NHL Team Names" from Mental Floss.
Did you know...
- The Red Wings were named after a Montreal hockey team?
- The Wild were almost called the Blue Ox, Northern Lights, White Bears or Freeze. Those were the finalist in the fan voting comp... what are the putting in the water in Minny?
- It was the same deal in San Jose as Rubber Puckies, Screaming Squids, Salty Dogs and Blades were the finalists? That can't be right!?
- The Bruins are black and gold thanks to a grocery store chain?
- The Predators are named after some sabertooth remains they found in 1971 in Nashville?
- The Devils are not named after a religious Devil, but rather a harmless creature that roamed the area between 1887 and 1938?
We love crap like this!