Turco playing his best... the B-Rich bounceback... not much from Carlson this year... Dustin Brown disappoints... injuries nagg Nash... Linus Klasen takes the shootout very seriously
Marty Turco stopped 49 of 52 shots and beat the Caps in a shootout last night. He was coming off of two straight rough outings to begin last week but he's been playing some of his best hockey of the year lately as he's 5-3-1, 2.24 & .937 in nine games since Feb. 1st.
Two more points for Brad Richards last night and the dude just keeps rolling this year as he has 3+9=12 in his last 10 and is on pace to approach his career high of 91 points set with Tampa back in 2005/06 (he's currently on pace for 89). Great bounceback season as he's played at below a 70 point (per 82 game) pace over the three seasons since his career year.
The Caps have a good one in prospect John Carlson and so we've been watching him closely in his NHL action, he's played in 11 games this year (one assist and a plus-8) and has played in all four games since the Olympic break ended so he could be up for the rest of the year. He'd be leading the AHL in scoring amongst dmen if he played a full season there (based on his .81 ppg) but we wouldn't expect him to put up the points right away in the NHL as he's only now starting to see some more minutes (up to 18 last night) and has yet to see any time on the PP.
With 1+3=4 last night to go along with a three point night last week, Alexander Frolov is really smokin' since coming back from the break with 3+5=8 in four games. Even going back before the break he's 4+9=13 in his last nine games.
Jonny Quick with the shutout last night against the CBJs and it doesn't get much easier than this as he cruised through the first two periods only facing five shots and then weathered the relative storm of six third period shots for a perfect 11 for 11 night. Seriously, does this guy even need to shower after the game?... I'd bet he just throws the suit on and rolls straight to the club after the game. This was Quick's league leading 37th win and he's on pace to top 45 on the year, numbers like that can't hurt your fantasy team.
No points in his last five games for Dustin Brown and only 6+8=14 over his last 27... we used to have high hopes for this guy as a six-category stud as he has the potential to do it all but he seems to have maxed out at 60 points and his numbers are down across the board this year. He's probably not going to reach 20 goals this year, should just barely top 50 points, will be a minus player, on pace for only 35 PIMs and won't come close to the 292 shots he put up last year... very disappointing.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Rick Nash has a LBI that's been nagging him since the OIympics and he must have tweaked it last night as he had to leave the game early. He'll miss tonight's game but it's likely just a day-to-day thing.
Kristian Huselius also missed last night's game due to a hand injury... he's out day-to-day but could return tonight.
Denis Grebshkov has picked up a LBI that is expected to keep him out for a week or two.
Not sure how we missed this (actually I'm pretty sure its because we tend to ignore the Islanders) but Trent Hunter has missed the past two games due to a UBI... he's listed as day-to-day.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Derick Brassard.
What's distracting us today? Our friend, Andrew Stoeten, over at theScore had some moving pictures of a sweet shootout goal by Linus Klasen of the SEL's Sodertalje against Johan Holmqvist... not half bad but haven't we seen that move before???... I think that's what Eric Lindros was about to pull off when Scott Stevens put him down for his 88th concussion.
Btw, Klasen is a prospect whose name has been tossed around as a possible free agent signing this summer as he's currently 5th in the SEL in scoring... I wouldn't hold your breath as he's listed as 5'8" and 176 pounds, not exactly what you would call an "average sized NHLer", so we're quite skeptical.