Interesting box score from the Sharks game last night as they dropped five on the Devils but only four players had points??? Joe Thornton had five, Marleau & Heatley had four each and Demers had an assist... that's some crazy shiit. Joe's 3+2=5, plus-4 & 4 sogs line was especially delicious.
An assist, plus-1, 2 PIMs and 5 shots is just another night's work for PK Subban... we're not sure if people were just in love with this kid because of what he did in the playoffs last year and might be overlooking what he did in the AHL as a rookie last year: 18+35=53, plus-46, 82 PIMs & 188 shots... dude is
going to be already a fantasy stud.
James Wisniewski had another nice game with three more points... he's scored and actually has an assist in his first seven games this year so he's well on his way to crushing the bizarre record that JM Liles set on Tuesday night (or maybe not cause he was suspended for two games, not sure if the record allows for suspensions or not... maybe there's a separate record for that?). Regardless, the Wiz is now tied (with Liles) for the scoring lead among dmen in the league right now... I'm a big fan of the Wiz, but not even I saw this coming.
Another goal last night for Evander Kane gives him six on the season and we're feeling good about picking him to breakout this year as he's playing a lot of minutes (averaging 17:22 /gm) and is putting a lot of rubber on net (on pace for 300 shots). He only had 127 shots in 66 games last year.
Niclas Bergfors had his first goal of the season last night and now has 1+4=5 in his first six games this year, to go along with three healthy scratches. We liked him to breakout this year as well but we're not feeling so good about that pick as it looks like he might be in and out of the lineup and not a favourite of Ramsay's.
Bryan Little had a beauty goal last night but that was his first of the season and he only has 1+3=4 through his first nine games. We're not really convinced about him as he doesn't shoot the puck enough, averaged around 2.1 /gm over his career so far and only has 15 in nine games so far this year.
We've been telling you about Andrei Kostitsyn's hot streak lately and it continued last night as he had another two points and has 5+3=8 in his last five games... grab him, play him, start him, do whatever you have to do.
Brandon Sutter looked like a world-beater in the first game of the season with two goals and had everyone claiming he was going to have a big breakout this year... well he's had one assist in seven games since and looks pretty terrible. They mentioned on the broadcast last night that he doesn't look right and may be playing through an injury.
Mike Smith got pulled after allowing three goals on seven shots last night and yet Dan Ellis came in an won the game, so Smith still has a perfect 4-0-0 record. Smith & Ellis are likely to take turns sucking this year as neither has really shown the ability to nail down this job but Tampa may just score enough (they currently lead the league at 3.56 gpg) that they'll both rack up some decent wins.
Not a lot of evidence to go on but I have a hunch that Sean Bergenheim might be a useful guy for those in deeper leagues. He has 3+2=5 with 25 shots through nine games and has been playing on the 2nd line with Lecavalier lately but still is only seeing around 13 minutes of ice-time with barely any PP time. But whenever I filp over to the Tampa game, he always seems to be involved and looks dangerous... someone to keep an eye on.
Another rough outing for Marc-Andre Fleury as he was beaten for four goals on 30 shots in another loss... he hasn't given up less than three goals in a game this year whereas Brent Johnson hasn't given up more than two goals in a game this year... the choice (for the moment) seems obvious.
Great night for Michal Neuvirth as he stopped all 29 shots Carolina could throw at him in picking up his first ever NHL shutout. He's making a major case for the #1 job and the Caps might have a hard time removing him from the nets when Varlamov gets healthy. I was watching the game last night and maybe I was just caught up in the moment but I told my cat that I thought this was the best save I'd seen in a while (have to say thanks to the NHL for providing us with free GameCenter Live this year):