Zdeno Chara with the hat-job yesterday and just to make sure your other categories weren't neglected, he added a plus-2, 2 PIMs, 2 PPGs & 7 shots. I have to admit that I was getting a little frustrated with him (own him in three leagues) as he went through a dry patch in December but knew he'd come around and now he has 5+3=8, plus-6, 12 PIMs & 23 shots over his last six games.
Tough result for Scott Clemmensen as he has the SOL next to his name this morning but that was hard-luck as he had a shutout going through 58 minutes until he gave up two late ones. It will be real interesting to see who DeBoer goes with on Wednesday as Clemmer is playing well but he risks totally losing Vokoun if he sits him again.
Stephen Weiss started slow this year with only 3+3=6 in his first 13 games but he now has 10+17=27 over his last 30 games and now that the Panthers PP is starting to improve (still last in the league but they were a long ways back), look for Weiss to benefit as he has 8A (six on the PP) over his last five games.
More bizarreness on Long Island as Rick DiPietro was a healthy scratch yesterday (so he could rest after playing Saturday?) as they'd prefer to give their fans a good show and go with two rookie goalies... Kevin Poulin was shelled, giving up five goals on 27 shots, hopefully you didn't buy into the hype around this guy. Actually the key here is that this loss moves the Islanders within six points of the Devils in the race for the 1st overall pick.
P.K. Subban played 27:13 last night, easily leading his team and notched two points, including the OT winner. He now has 2+4=6, plus-2, 13 PIMs & 17 shots over his last seven games.
Cory Stillman has 5A during a four game point streak so maybe he's starting to find his game after missing a chunk of time with a back injury.
Jonathan Bernier had a solid outing stopping 25 of 27 shots but he took the loss and that likely means that Quick will get his chance next game.
Interesting little line re-jig in San Jose as Logan Couture joined Joe Thornton & Dany Heatley on the top line yesterday and all three had two point games. I've been telling you that I expect a strong 2nd half from Heatley and he now has three straight two-pointers and Joe had to snap out of his funk eventually and now has two-points in each of his last four.
Get the sense that Jacques Lemaire isn't a big fan of Mattias Tedenby as he's scratched him for the past six games but the rookie returned yesterday with two points, so let's see if that gets him in Jackie's good books.
First NHL goal yesterday for Oliver Ekman-Larsson and the rookie now has points in three straight games but he's one for the future, not this year.
Cam Ward was yanked yesterday after giving up two goals on five shot in the first 11 minutes... he's 2-2-2, 3.78 & .882 over his last six games.
There's nothing to substantiate this production, other than the fact that the Bruins have been scoring at will lately (5.2 gpg over their last five) but Gregory Campbell has 3+4=7 over his last five games.
Our 3rd Star of last week, Dennis Seidenberg, had another assist yesterday and now has 2+9=11, plus-7 & 37 shots over his last 13 games and surprisingly, he's still available in more than half of the league's out there.
Pretty brutal season for Nik Antropov as he's been relegated to the 4th line lately and is on pace for just 37 points this year after 67 last year... booo.
Zach Bogosian was a healthy scratch last night, not shocking as he's only had 1+2=3 & minus-6 over his last 17 games and I don't see a quick bounce-back coming as he doesn't get much PP time.
The Blues signed Kyle Wellwood yesterday, so he has to clear waivers before he can join them officially. I wouldn't expect much from him but then again, the Blues are pretty desperate for a creative Cman, so maybe he'll surprise.
The Canucks have called up Sergei Shirokov from the AHL where he's been rolling lately with 10+5=15 during a 12 game point streak... we'll see what kind of opportunity he gets with the big club.
Corey Locke was sent down by the Sens after one point in three games.