Stamkos wants hardware... more McBain... hot streaks from Hainsey, Voracek and Gustavsson... Huet spots the Buckeyes a TD... Koivu out a few... distraction grab-bag
HEADS UP: Scoot over to HockeyDraft.ca to check out our latest 'Fantasy Five' article... with, of course, more talk about Jamie McBain
Two goals for Steve Stamkos last night and while he's been pretty tame lately with only 3+3=6 in his last eight games, these goals moved him into a tie in the Rocket Richard Trophy race with Ovechkin and Crosby... we were high on Stamkos this year but no way we saw this coming.
29 minutes of ice-time for Jamie McBain last night and a PPG to give him 2+4=6 in six games on the season... get 'em before he's gone.
It's been an off year for Ron Hainsey as with 25 points so far this year its not looking like he's going to reach the 30 point level that he's hit in each of the previous three seasons. Despite that, he's coming on lately with 2+6=8 in his last eight games and while he's still not seeing a ton of PP time, he is shooting the puck a lot more lately with 20 sog in his last eight (2.5 /game) versus only 1.3 /game the rest of the year.
Goal number one in the NHL career for John Carlson last night... the first of many for the kid, he's gonna be a good, good one. He only has five points in 18 games with the Caps so far this year but he's seeing limited minutes... his plus-12 is pretty sweet though.
We've been talking about Jake Voracek a lot lately, so no need to babble on... we'll simply mention his three points last night and his 6+12=18 in 16 games under Claude Noel.
Kristian Huselius had another multi last night, he now has four pairs and a four-of-a-kind in his last six games for 6+6=12 in total... he's streaky, streaky, streaky.
After two games with nothing, we thought that maybe Lee Stempniak was coming back to earth but with another goal last night he's keeping his run of magic alive with 10+2=12 in 11 games with the Coyotes.
Jonas Gustavsson won his sixth start in a row last night and the kid seems to really be getting it with a 1.92 gaa & .925 sv% during the streak. Also nice is that the Leafs have only allowed an average of 25.5 shots per 60 minutes in those six games.
Just the thought of the playoffs is scaring the crap out of Cristobal Huet as he gave up seven goals to the CBJs last night... Coach Q took him out after five but then put him back in there and he gave up two more, I wonder if this was Q just making for 100% certain that this guy's done and can't be trusted. Good news if you have Antti Niemi heading into a playoff pool.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Mikko Koivu has an arm injury that is expected to keep him out until at least next week.
David Booth was knocked silly again, this time on a clean hit from Jaroslav Spacek, expect him to be out a while, we'd guess he's done for the year.
Matt Carle took last night's game off due to a LBI... he's listed as day-to-day.
What's distracting us today?
First up we'll send you over to the always entertaining Greatest Hockey Legends to read a story about how the legend that is Bobby Orr nearly never happened. Let's just put it this way... war finally pays off.
You like anagrams? We got your anagrams right here. We found three blogs who gave their team's players the anagram treatment. On The Forecheck tells us that the letters in Dan Hamhuis can be rearranged to Ha Ha Nudism. The Dark Blue Jacket informs us that Kris Russell = Skull Risers and the best of the bunch comes from Die By The Blade... Jason Pominville = Ninja Movie Polls.
We didn't get to watch it, but the newest episode of America Dad featured a hockey storyline... here's the Episode Summary from TV Rage: "When Stan admits that his heroes include Ronald Reagan and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, including Michael Eruzione and Rob McClanahan (guest-voicing as themselves), Roger confesses that he played on the team as Chex LeMeneux. But when Roger comes clean that he took steroids to win, they both lose."
(If you live in the US you should be able to watch the episode thanks to hulu)
Great hockey quote from Rob Zombie: "I am like the Jack Nicholson of the Kings - every single game. If there was a game tonight I wouldn't be here. I used to play hockey. That was my original thing. My first thing, I wanted to play professional hockey." Who knew? Stick tap to Hockey Chump.
If FHS ever gets a theme song we've found the guy who we want to write it. His name is Lloyd and somehow only he picked up an Honourable Mention for this awesome piece of work:
So here's the deal. Some store in Vancouver called King of Floors started a competition for the best 'King of Floors Hockey Anthem'. Why? We're not too sure. But each entry must mention 'King of Floors' and their mascot 'Sir Scruffy'. We kid you not.
The winner gets $5,000 in flooring and their anthem played on the radio. Runners up get an autographed picture of Sir Scruffy. We kid you not.
The winner will be announced April 19th and somehow Lloyd didn't even make the top 10... WTF, it's a travesty! We actually listened to all the finalists and they were all terrible. Not just a bit terrible... a whole giant ball of terrible.