Two goals (on six shots) last night for David Jones and while his production has been sporadic of late, with points in only four of his last 10 games, I'm a fan of this guy as I think there's a lot of potential if he shoots the puck more... he's only averaging 2.2 spg this year but is converting at a 17.0% clip for the season and 16.6% for his NHL career.
Fantasy stat line of the night for Brent Burns with 1+1=2, GWG, plus-1, 15 PIMs & 2 shots... he's on pace for 23+27=50 & 112 PIMs and of the top 50 scoring dmen in the league, he has the most PIMs of all of them (62).
Who needs Derek Roy?... Thomas Vanek is having a great stretch with five dueces in his last eight games for 4+8=12 (seven PPPs). One sign that he's back after an off-year last season, he's on pace for a career high 249 shots this year after posting a career low 182 last season.
Sergei Shirokov scored a nice goal in his first game with the Canucks this year, he was only on the ice for 13 minutes and didn't see the PP but he did line up with Kesler on the 2nd line at ES. The Canucks have tried a lot of guys on Kesler's wings this year and none have really worked out so this is a situation to watch.
Speaking of which, Mason Raymond lost his place on Kesler's line, was on the 4th line last night and only played 12 minutes... he's had nothing to show for his last seven games.
Two PPPs & six shots last night for Alex Edler and I think he's a little underrated as the kid just keeps getting better... over his first four full seasons his points have grown: 20, 37, 42 & he's on pace for 49 this year (tied for 13th among dmen in scoring).
I suspect that Jeff Carter's season is flying under the radar a little, mostly cause I didn't even realize how solid it was until just now... you know he'll always bring the heat with shots (3rd in the league with 195) but he now has goals in his last four games and 9+12=21, plus-10 & 86 shots over his last 20 games.
I've been keeping an eye on Jiri Hudler to see if he's showing signs of bouncing back... had a couple two-pointers in late December but only 1+3=4 & 10 shots over his last nine games despite playing regularly (season high 18 minutes last night) on the 2nd line with Filppula & Bertuzzi... so I don't see it happening for him.
The streak is alive!... Nikolai Khabibulin lost his ninth straight last night by giving up four goals on 26 shots to M'sota. It's not even like this is a stretch of rotten luck or bad bounces, he's given up three or more goals in 10 of his last 12 games and a lot of those games haven't even been close.
Anton Khudobin stopped 31 of 32 to pick up his second straight win but it was only Edmonton and with Backstrom & Theodore healthing-up, he's likely headed back to the AHL shortly.
Andrew Brunette should typically give you something around 55 points on the season so people have been put up off by his 44 point pace so far this year but he has goals in three straight games and 8+6=14 over his last 20, so he's picking it up lately.
J.P. Dumont had four goals in his first 44 games this year and after a hat-trick last night he now has five in his last two games... not to take anything away from him but a few of his goals last night were pretty fortunate, so I wouldn't say that his play has really picked up and his ice-time is still limited as he only played 12 minutes last night. Feel free to give him a look if you're really desperate.
In a dick move, San Jose claimed Kyle Wellwood on waivers, taking another player away from a Blues team that really needed help. I wouldn't expect much from Wellwood as with the Sharks he'll just be a bottom six player.
The Sens called up Bobby Butler again and he was in the lineup playing 18:47 last night, so that's a good sign if you own him. He leads AHL rookies in goals with 19+11=30 in 41 games but has only 1+2=3 in his last nine before the recall.
Luke Adam has been sent down to Portland by the Sabres, he could be back up later in the year but the team wants him to get a lot of ice time in the AHL.
The Islanders have sent goalie Nathan Lawson back to the AHL, so DiPietro & Poulin will man the nets for the Islanders until RDP gets hurt again.