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Brian Elliott looks to be going on another one of his crazy runs, he had that nine game winning streak earlier in the year and this one is based more on quality than quantity as he followed up back-to-back shutouts earlier in the week by stopping 41 of 43 for a big win in Buffalo. He's 4-4-0 with a 2.18 & .919 in March but if you take out a six goal stinker against Atlanta then his numbers would look even better and realize that he's been solid in nine of his 10 appearances this month.
Big night for Johan Franzen with 2+2=4 & eight shots... he hadn't recorded a point in five games coming in but this guy is not to be underestimated. He's shooting the puck a ton (at a 300+ per82 pace) and should be treated as a 40 goal man when making your playoff pool picks, maybe a 50 goal man when you consider his prior playoff exploits (25 goals in 39 games over the past two playoffs).
One of this scout's faves, Brent Burns, is on a nice little run lately as he has assists in five of his last six games and is back playing his typical 25 minutes a game. If this guy could stay healthy then we'd have a real live one here, might be a good target for keeper league GMs this summer as his current owner's are probably frustrated and you might be able to get him for pennies on the dollar.
Not much to see here but we've been watching Tim Kennedy lately and with a goal last night he now has 3+1=4 in his last six games... his ice-time has been picking up a little lately as he played over 16 minutes last night.
After winning his last six starts in a row, Jonas Gustavsson is expected to get back-to-back starts tonight for the first time in over two months... but don't get too excited as JS Giguere is expected to start on Sunday in Pittsburgh.
It's been a smoldering start for Jordan Eberle down in the AHL as he has a point in each of his first four games and 3+4=7 in total for Springfield... this kid is going to be in Edmonton next season and producing right away.
Another young prospect who's handling himself well in the AHL is Jordan Schroeder as he had two goals in his AHL debut last weekend after signing from the UofMinnesota and has followed that up with points in each of his three games so far.
2010 draft eligible prospect, Kirill Kabanov, left his team in the Q earlier this week and returned back to Russia... details are a little sketchy but most likely his coach was fed up with his antics and this caused Kabanov to throw a tantrum and he bolted. This won't help his draft stock (he was #8 in our last Consolidated Rankings) and could make an NHL team hesitate to bring him to NA but we wouldn't get too down on him... he's still a top notch fantasy prospect with some flaws, just like every other prospect. Use this as an opportunity to grab him a little later in your prospect draft this summer.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Cam Ward is expected to return and back-up Manny Legace tonight, meaning that Justin Peters has been sent back down.
Ryan Callahan's been bothered by a LBI lately and he was limited in the last game and is doubtful for tonight's game.
Sam Gagner missed last night's game due to a hip injury, doesn't sound serious, more of a nagging thing... he's day-to-day.
Cam Barker sat out last night's game with an ankle injury, no word on the extent yet.
Josh Harding has been playing on a bad hip but he was in so much pain last night that he couldn't finish the game, they may have to shut him down soon.
Chuck Kobasew left last night's game with a knee injury, not sure on the extent yet.
Dan Cleary re-injured his groin which was originally injured last week, he's not expected to play tonight and he could be out longer.
Alex Kovalev missed last night's game with a LBI... maybe this explains why he's been so craptastic lately or maybe he's "injured" cause he doesn't really feel like playing anymore... what a clown.
Bruno Gervais is out day-to-day with a groin injury... we hope your fantasy team will survive this loss.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Patrick O'Sullivan.
What's distracting us today? The latest gem from Bloge Salming, which is especially on point for any US readers or NBC executives...