Hornqvist a breakout... Karlsson might get there... 8 is enough for Luongo... Datsyuk's been good (lately)... Flyers desperate... Burrows's throat sore... a switch pitcher
HEADS UP: Our weekly 'Fantasy Five' article is up over at HockeyDraft.ca... go have a gander.
The stat-line of the night goes to Patric Hornqvist as he had three assists, was a plus-3 with four PIMs and five shots last night. This puts him over the 50 point barrier and we call that a breakout season. He's also a plus-18 on the year and sits eighth in the league with 272 shots.
We've been pushing Erik Karlsson a lot lately and he continued to produce with two more goals last night he now has 3+7=10 in his last six games... go get him.
Tyler Bozak with an assist last night and he has a tidy 4+9=13 in his last 12 games.
Scott Clemmensen posted a 36 save shutout of the Bruins last night and he's now 3-0-1 over his last four games... this combined with Vokoun's struggles, we'd expect Clemmer to see a few more starts over the final week of the season.
Roberto Luongo was in net for all eight goals the Canucks gave up last night... not sure what that was all about. He's been struggling since coming back from the Olympics but this is ridiculous. This surely killed some GM's week.
We've been kinda hard on Pavel Datsyuk this year as he's on pace for a sub-70 point season after averaging 92 over the past four years but don't overlook him in playoff pools as he's been back to his old self over the past few months with 14+18=32 in his last 30 games.
Blake Comeau has back-to-back two goal games... he had a run of six in three games a little ways back but then went 11 without a goal before these pairs.
Big night for Dustin Brown with 3+1=4, a plus-2 and six shots... that's nice but he's had a down year and probably wasn't in a lot of your line-ups last night as he only had 3+1=4 in the 16 games prior to last night.
Jonathan Bernier won his third straight start and with Jon Quick set to start on Saturday and Erik Ersberg recovered from his back strain, sounds like Bernier will head back to the AHL... we had hopes that the Kings would ride him a little longer but it wasn't meant to be.
Brian Boucher's struggles continued as he gave up five goals on 24 shots to the Islanders and was asked to leave the game early. We joked the other day that the Flyers should bring Roman Cechmanek back and it appears that we weren't too far off as they've signed Sebastien Caron for the rest of the season. He was playing in Switzerland this year but recently finished his season, he can play in the regular season but is not eligible to appear in the playoffs... desperate times.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Alex Burrows took a puck in the throat last night and while it looked pretty serious, he's fine and said that he wanted to return to the game but they decided to hold him out.
Daniel Sedin sat out last night's game due to back spasms but he says its not too bad and he should be able to return soon.
Carlo Colaiacovo skipped last night's game due to a UBI, he's listed as day-to-day.
John Carlson didn't play last night, he has a UBI that will keep him out day-to-day.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: James van Riemsdyk and Brooks Laich.
What's distracting us today? It's not often we'll post something non-hockey centric but today is one of those days. We saw this clip on Sacramento Gold Miners Fan Club and it kinda blew our mind.
This might be old news to you baseball fans but we had no idea that somebody was as talented as Pat Venditte. You see Venditte, is a pitcher in the Yankees system who pitches with both arms! How cool is that? He has a specially designed six finger glove that allowed him to change arms right on the mound.
Unfortunately Venditte isn't very good, so it's unlikely we'll get to see him above single A but this freak of nature is entertaining to watch anyway (fast forward to 1:30 to see a showdown that made baseball create the "Venditte rule" which limits the number of time a pitcher can switch arms)