On Nov 6th, Marc-Andre Fleury was 1-6-0, 3.54 & .853... since then there's been nobody better as he is 22-5-2, 1.86 & .938. This is quite an extended run of dominance and is making me re-think my thinking that this guy is nothing more than an average goalie on a good team.
His points have been a little scattered but with 3A last night Mats Zuccarello now has 2+5=7 over his last seven games and has worked his way into Torts' good books as he's playing 18-19 mpg lately.
With a goal last night, Rick Nash extended his point streak to eight games and has been on a nice run with 6+11=17 & 55 shots over his last 14 games. Even more impressive is that only four of those points have come on the PP as the CBJs have a pretty brutal unit (ranked 28th in the league) but there is hope as Nash's last three points have come on the PP.
Caught some of the CBJs game last night and apparently Scott Arniel is crediting his team's improvement on the PP to the play of Grant Clitsome as he's finding a way to get pucks on net from the point... Clitsome has 2+4=6 (with three PPPs) over his last six games. I'm not sold on his long-term upside but he could be useful in the short-term.
Keith Yandle extending his point streak to eight games last night with another two assists... he now has 1+11=12 during the streak and has moved up into a tie for 2nd (with Lidstrom) in scoring amongst dmen, just one point back of Visnovsky.
Dwayne Roloson has stopped the silliness of alternating solid & awful outings and has now registered four wins in a row while only allowing five goals in aggregate. He's now 7-3-0, 2.25 & .922 in 10 games with the Bolts.
Another goal last night for Simon Gagne and he now has six in his last eight games... not bad but I'll remind you (again) that this still only gives him nine goals on the season and I'm not convinced he's back to his previous form yet.
Magnus Paajarvi is seeing some more ice-time lately (up to around 17 mpg with some PP time) and he's been mildly productive with points in five of his last seven games (2+3=5). He's only on pace for 32 points but don't sour on this kid, there's huge upside here.
The Rangers have been giving Matt Gilroy lots more ice-time (23 minutes last night) and PP time lately but he's still not producing as he has no points in his last eight games.
In case you were waiting for Chris Drury to re-discover his scoring touch, he's playing around 10-11 minutes a night these days and has no points over his last 15 games (0+4=4 in 21 games for the season).
PPG for Claude Giroux last night to keep his streak going, he now has 3+8=11 with points in each of his last seven.
4A, plus-2, four PIMs... just another night for Chris Pronger. His 39 point pace will look a little off to some but it's right about where he typically is on a per game basis for a guy who missed 15 due to injuries so far.
The Sabres Paul Byron scored his first NHL goal last night and now has points in both his NHL games... he's another in the line of shrimpy Sabres forwards and he put up some points in the Q (played with Claude Giroux for a few years) but I have doubts as to how much upside he has.
Nice evening for Michael Santorelli last night as he was 1+1=2, plus-3, two PIMs & three shots... he's really only useful for those of you in deeper leagues but now has 4+9=13 over his last 15 games, so some decent production.
The Islanders have suspended Evgeni Nabokov for not reporting and they could ask the NHL to "toll" the contract which means that he'd be under contract to them for next season, so it's really in his best interest to show up and get this contract over with so he can be a UFA in the summer.
According to reports, Blues 1st rounder Vladimir Tarasenko suffered a shoulder injury and is done for the rest of the season... not sure how bad it really is and if it will affect him going forward.