Zetts picks up the pace... Karlsson: good but not great... Elliott breaks slump... Quick leads the league... Carter's on the shelf for a month... How bad is Youngblood?
Henrik Zetterberg and the Wings reminded everybody why they will be a very tough match for the #1 seed by topping the Pens 3-1. Zetts was 2+1=3 and has 26 points in his last 21 games. He's also just shy of a point-a-game (63 points in 64 games)
Jimmy Howard also continued to roll last night... he stopped 26 of 27 for the win. It was his eighth win in his last 11 games.
Brian Elliott ended his, and the Sens, slide with a 29 save shutout over the Canadiens. It was only his second win in eight games... hopefully this will get him back on track.
Jarloslav Halak was the hard luck loser as he stopped 26 of 28 shots but picked up the L. Halak had been on fire lately as he had wins in six of his last seven games (with only 14 goals allowed). The Habs look to be riding Halak into the playoffs so baring something unexpected, he'll be good to go the rest of the year.
Erik Karlsson went 1+1=2 last night. His season production pro-rated over 82 games would be a tidy 25 points... not great, but good enough to be a fourth d-man in deeper leagues. Keep your expectations in check for the next few years though, he's still only 19 and it looks like the Sens are going to let him learn on the job.
Jonny Quick picked up his 39th win last night by stopping 18 of 21. Not really note worthy except the win pulls Quick into a tie with Martin Brodeur and Ilya Bryzgalov for the league lead. Nobody would have picked that at the beginning of the season.
Justin Williams picked up his first point since he returned from injury five games ago. Even before his injury he was slowing down so don't expect much, but he has shown he can help out when he's hot.
Peter Mueller picked up 1+1=2 & a plus-2 last night and now has a fantastic 13 points in 10 games with the Avs.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Some pretty big injury news hit the wire yesterday as Jeff Carter will be out 3-4 weeks with a with a fracture in his foot. The Flyers have tons of forward depth so expect guys like Claude Giroux and JVR to step up in Carter's absence. [more]
We got a tiny bit more info on Daymond Langkow's neck injury. The Flames said he'll be out 'indefinitely'. A concrete timeline would have been nicer but at least you know he'll be out for a while.
Filip Kuba returned on Thursday after sitting out six with a LBI, but he must have re-aggravated the injury as he's now been back on the shelf for the last two games.
Missed this one yesterday... Bobby Ryan did not suit up for the Ducks because of a flu-like illness. Shouldn't be out too long.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Matt Carkner
What's distracting us today? Not much out there so we hit the vault...
Today we take a quick look at the 1986 'classic' movie Youngblood. Particularly the climax fight scene between Youngblood and Racki (This Scout can't be the only guy who cheers for Racki to beat that pretty boy, can I?).
It was a pretty terrible movie... but luckily it was so terrible that it's actually a pretty good comedy. For example, how much ridiculousness (yeah we made up a word) can you get into a 3:49 seconds? Ummm, this much...
So we have:
- The longest line change in history
- A 'sword' fight to start
- Youngblood and Racki circling each other as if they were prize fighters
- The players not involved in the fight circling around to watch
- Youngblood with the jersey-over-the-head move
- A slow motion knockout
- The coach lighting up a smoke after the victory
That's a lot of ridiculousness! They don't make them like that anymore.