Insanity from McCabe... Stewart cranking it up... we like Bergfors, Poni, Purcell & Bozak... St.Louis rocked but OK... not hockey but still ballsy
Insanity.... three assists last night for Bryan McCabe, this following a four point night last game and he has a four game point streak going with 1+8=9.
Our regulars know that we've been pumping up Chris Stewart's tires for a while but even we're a little stunned with how he's ramped things up since coming back from the Olympic break... A hat-trick last night and he has 5+4=9 in four games this week.
Two straight starts and two straight wins (over the Leafs & Islanders) for Tim Thomas and after taking over the starting job recently this was a terrible time for Tuukka Rask to go down with a knee injury... despite facing weak competition, Thomas has looked good in both wins, we'll see how he fares against the Penguins today.
Eric Belanger was up on the 2nd line for the Caps last night and he potted a goal... we're not big fans of this guy but this is a pretty good spot if he can stick. Belanger's addition has bumped Brendan Morrison right out of the lineup as he was a healthy scratch last night.
Another goal and six shots last night for Niclas Bergfors and that's 5+2=7, plus-6 with 26 shots in his last seven games... we like Bergfors as a waiver wire add right now as the Thrashers play four games in each of the next two weeks.
Alexei Ponikarovsky made his Penguins debut yesterday and he's gotta feel like he won the lottery as he played on a line with Malkin and then jumped onto the #1 PP unit (and scored a PP goal)... great spot for Poni, we reckon that he'll be pretty productive down the stretch.
On the road against the Penguins was a tough spot for Kari Lehtonen to make his first start of the season... and it showed as he was roughed up for six goals on 34 shots in the loss. On the bright side, he didn't injure himself... baby steps.
2+1=3 for Steve Stamkos last night... he has reached the 40 goal plateau and also extended his point streak to 16 games.
Steve Downie has a 10 gamer of his own going, and while he's not quite at Stamkos' level, this is still very relevant for fantasy hockey GMs as Downie's good for the PIM explosions as well. He chipped in an assist with 14 PIMs last night and is 5+8=13, plus-9 with 35 PIMs in his last 10.
Game 2 for Teddy Purcell with Tampa and he's sticking on Vinny's line so far going 1+1=2 with six shots in 13 minutes of action.
This is probably not going to help you in one-year leagues but Tyler Bozak is definitely worth a look in keeper leagues... he's got 3+4=7 in his last eight games, 4+9=13 in 19 games this year and is seeing a lot of ice-time on the top line for the Leafs (a season high 24:50 last night).
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Marty St.Louis got wall-papered by Clarke MacArthur last night and left the game, the team said afterwards that he was fine and they don't expect him to miss any action.
Robert Lang sat out last night's game for the Coyotes due to a LBI, not sure how serious it is.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Patrice Bergeron, Milan Hejduk, Marian Gaborik and Ed Jovanvoski.
What's distracting us today? This has nothing to do with hockey but how ballsy do you have to be to pull an armed robbery during the live broadcast of a poker tournament.
Thanks to Deadspin we get this clip of the robbers rushing into the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Berlin. Apparently the bandits made off with the cash... apparently the idea WAS just crazy enough to work.