R.J. Umberger with two more assists last night to extend his point streak to 10 games (3+10=13)... enjoy it while it lasts as I don't think he's going to keep up his current 67 point pace.
Riding Umberger's coattails lately (didn't think I'd ever say that) is Antoine Vermette as he had three points last night and has 4+3=7 during a four game point streak. He's on pace for around 50 points which is about right for him, especially if he continues on the 2nd line.
I've always been a bit of a Scottie Upshall fan as I like the PIMs & shots he contributes and then last year he was on his way to a breakout season before getting hurt. He started really slow this year with only 4+2=6 over his first 19 games but after a three point game last night he now has 4+2=6 over his last five games. He's got a ways to go before he's going to be useful in a lot of leagues and he really needs to start getting more ice-time as he's averaging only 12:44 /gm (18th on the team) with virtually no PP time.
Mason Raymond with a hat job & four pointer last night... he had been struggling with only one goal in his previous 13 games so maybe this will get him going. He's on pace for very similar numbers to last year (around 25 goals & 55 points) and I think that might be his ceiling in his current situation as he doesn't get a ton of ice-time or PP opportunities.
Alex Burrows' slow start has a lot of people concerned but he's now scored in three straight and has points in four straight so he seems to be getting back to normal. Two concerns I have... no PP time and he's gone soft with only four PIMs so far.
Recall a few weeks back when people were picking up Manny Malhotra in deeper leagues... I was wondering what the world was coming to. Well all is right in the universe again as he has all of two assists to show for his last 10 games.
Steve Bernier had 2+1=3 with six shots in his return from an eye injury last night... but don't waste your time with him. The guy on FLA I've had my deep keeper league eye on is Mike Santorelli and he had another two points last night and has been mildly productive with 5+2=7 over his last 10 games. He's been playing more lately, typically 16+ minutes a night, has been seeing some PP time lately and has a nice track record of production in the AHL.
Not sure we need to mention this as we all know he's been standing on his head all year, Tim Thomas with the 41 save shutout of the Flyers last night.... he's now 12-2-1, 1.46 & .955. Jay owes me at least a two-four for convincing him to take Thomas as insurance for Rask in a keeper league we co-manage. Granted I did also convince him to use the pick right before that on Radulov, so maybe I owe him something as well.
Sam Gagner's been warming up a little lately with points in his last three games (2+3=5) and 4+4=8 over his last 10. We expected him to take over the #1C job this year and potentially click with a few of the Oilers talented wingers... lord knows Shawn Horcoff isn't making it happen as he has 3+3=6 over his last 12 games.
One of the Oilers wingers who has been heating up lately is Dustin Penner as he had the OT GWG last night and has 2+6=8 over his last seven games.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 37 of 38 Blues shots to pick up his fourth straight win and improve his numbers on the year to 1.72 & .939. Michal Neuvirth just can't get a game these days but the Caps are back at it tonight so this could be his chance.
Not a big fan of Eric Fehr... gave up on him last year after years of hoping he'd breakout one of these days... he has one goal in his last 12 games and only 4+5=9 in 25 games on the year.
I'm fine with the coach sending messages and like it when they throw the odd curveball but the Flames Brent Sutter put out a PP unit consisting of all defensemen late in last night's game after it was out-of-hand. He apparently wasn't happy with any of his forwards... hilarious. Man, the Flames are such a mess, the Sutter's need to go and even then they're still screwed as Darryl's tied their hands with a bevy of long-term contracts and a dry prospect pool.