Cam Fowler had an assist last night and the winner in the shootout while logging 25:37 of ice-time. One point on Fowler's improvement this year is that he's been shooting the puck a lot more lately... 2.6 spg over his last 10 gms vs 1.1 spg over his first 14 gms. I don't think he's going to be a big goal scorer but shooting more tends to lead to more production and helps out us poolies too.
Our boy, Magnus Paajarvi, had another assist last night and that's points in four straight (and a plus-6 to boot). It helps when you're getting the ice-time and playing with non-4th liners. One of his linemates lately has been the suddenly hot Ryan Jones as he has goals in three straight games. Jones scored a lot of goals in college at Miami but has been cast as a plugger in the NHL so far... worth keeping an eye on.
A goal last night for Roman Hamrlik and that's 2+4=6 over his last four games for our FA Star of the Week... this won't last but get him in your lineup for the short-term.
Alex Frolov is not happy with his ice-time... well that makes two of us as I wish this clown would put up some points so that Torts could play him more. I didn't think things could get worse after last year when his production dropped to 51 points, which was his lowest since the lockout, but he's on pace for only 30 this year... I've written him off, maybe that will prove to be a mistake but I'm comfortable with my decision.
We like to check in with our old friend Jason Blake every once in a while to see how awful he is doing... as expected he's 2+1=3 over his last 12 games and on pace to finish the year with 26 points.
Daniel Alfredsson has gone eight games without a point and only has 17 shots over his last 10 games. His shots really dropped last year as he only had 168, we weren't sure if that was an anomaly but he's on pace for even less this year. Not sure what's happened but he's turning into a setup guy only and on a team like the Senators I wonder who he'll pass to that can put the puck in the net?
Matt Duchene scored again last night and now has goals in seven of his last nine games with 7+4=11 over that span.
The streak is over for Kevin Shattenkirk as he was held off the scoresheet for the first time in 10 games... time to hit the panic button people.
Evgeni Dadonov was called up from the AHL and got into his first NHL game of the season last night for Florida, picking up an assist. We had some hope for him when he came over from Russia last year but he hasn't shown us enough in the AHL to get us excited.
David Krejci's had three multi's over his last six games for 2+6=8. He seems to have settled in nicely into the #1C role between Horton & Lucic, a spot that we thought would be given to Savard once he returned but Krejci's made it his own (for the moment).
Johan Harju notched his first NHL goal last night and has points in two straight. He's not playing much (eight minutes last night) but maybe he'll start to earn some more ice as he's been productive in the AHL this year with 13+10=23 in 17 games before his call-up. He had a big season in the SEL in 2008/09 playing with Linus Omark but was overwhelmed last year in the KHL, so our expectations aren't that high.
Luke Adam also had his first NHL goal last night but then took a stupid high-sticking penalty in OT that cost his team. I'm sure you've heard us talk about this kid... we're big fans... 49 goals last year in the Q and the leading scoring rookie in the AHL when he was called up... and a Newfie to boot.
The Coyotes recalled Oliver Ekman-Larsson from the AHL... he's been showing off his skills down there with 2+6=8 in 10 games.
The Canucks have called up Jonas Andersson from Manitoba... try not to get too excited, I'm not.
Never been a fan of Eric Tangradi and never understood the hype, I guess it's all based on the potential to play with Sid or Geno eventually but he's only got 5+3=8 in 18 games in the AHL this year after a disappointing 39 point rookie season last year.
The noteworthy healthy scratches last night were P.K. Subban, Peter Regin and Brandon Yip.