Ryan Kesler with a hat-trick last night and this guy has five different 3-point games over his last 15 outings and 13+9=22 & plus-14 over that stretch... that's insane.
Btw, I don't mention the Sedin's too much as you all know they're good but did you know they are the only two players in the league that are hotter than Kesler over the past month as Daniel has 10+12=22 and Henrik has 6+17=23 over the last 15 games.
The Leafs totally blew up last night, dropping nine on ATL, the PP was particularly effective as they were 5 for 3 (!?!) with the man advantage. Side note: This has always bothered me, whether a PP is five minutes long or one second long it still counts as a one PP attempt... wouldn't it be more useful to measure PP efficiency in goals-per-minute than goals per "attempt"... just sayin.
Mikhail Grabovski with 2+1=3 & seven shots last night and this guy is going from a little hot streak to a dominant run of goal scoring folks as he has 12+4=16 & 55 shots over his last 14 games.
Brian Rafalski with his first two goals of the season last night but he already had 26 assists through his first 29 games. This guy's season is not getting the pub it deserves likely due to the fact that he missed 10 games with a knee injury but he's 2nd amongst dmen in points-per-game at .93 (trails only Lidstrom's .95).
A shutout last night for Jonas Hiller and no goalie has been better than him over the past month as he's 8-3-1, 1.64 & .950 and he's single-handedly pulled the Ducks into playoff position.
Tuomo Ruutu's points have been coming in spurts this season, and he's spurting right now as he had 3A last night and that gives him 2+9=11 & a plus-7 over his last seven games.
2+1=3 last night for Jeff Skinner and he has 5+4=9 & a plus-5 over his last 10 games to move him into the rookie scoring lead with 31 points (four up on Couture).
Things started slowly for Anton Babchuk after the trade to Calgary as he had no points in his first nine games but things started to come around and now he's pretty hot with 2+5=7 over his last seven games. He doesn't see a lot of ice-time (13 minutes last night) but only two of his last seven points have come on the PP, so he's finding a way to produce in limited minutes.
Rene Bourque has totally lost his mojo with only one assist & a minus-6 over his last nine games and the coach threw him out there with a chance to extend the shootout last night and he whiffed it wide of the net... ouch. I'm not giving up on him but I'm stapling him to my bench for a while.
It was pretty obvious but this was the first time I heard Alex Burrows say that he's been toning down the act this year as he says he wants to "focus more on my game"... hope he realizes that fantasy GMs aren't too happy about this as his current pace would put him at 19+33=52, 38 PIMs & 151 shots which ain't anywhere close to the 35+32=67, 121 PIMs & 209 shots he put up last year.
Since returning from a concussion 11 games ago, Christian Ehrhoff has picked up the pace with 2+7=9.
Cory Schneider wins again stopping 23 of 24 last night and that's five wins in the Canucks last eight games for him to run his record to 8-0-2 on the season.
Clarke MacArthur has been spreading the point out this year, not too high and not too low, just right... he had 2+1=3 last night and that gives him 5+9=14 over his last 15 games. He's definitely exceeding my expectations, knew the guy had talent but didn't think he was in the right situation to put it together.
Give Nikolai Kulemin a look as he's the 3rd wheel on the Grabovski-MacArthur line and with 2+2=4 last night he now has 6+5=11 over his last 10 games.
Four PPA last night for Tomas Kaberle and that's going to win some GMs the PPP category this week.... he has 11A (eight on the PP) over his last 10 games.
Mentioned Kris Versteeg the other day and with five points in his last two games he's now up to almost a point-a-game over his last 30 with 11+17=28... so don't believe it when people say he's struggling.
Lost in the Leafs offensive explosion last night was the play of James Reimer as he stopped 41 of 44 to pick up his second victory and he's gaining some traction here to give Jonas Gustavsson a fight for some starts (who knows when Giguere is coming back).
Jamie Langenbrunner didn't suit up for the Stars last night but he's expected to start on the 3rd line and see some PP duty next game. I wouldn't be expecting him to bust out but if he can work his way up to the 2nd line then he could surprise some people as I don't think he's finished yet.
Kurtis Foster was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch on Thursday but it didn't change much as he still was held without a point and has nothing to show for his last 10 games.
The Blackhawks brought Nick Leddy up to Chicago after the WJC and he played 15 minutes last night. Ottawa did the same with Robin Lehner but that's just to fill in for Leclaire who can't even complete rehab without hurting himself.
Jacob Josefson has recovered from his hand injury but the Devils have sent him to the AHL so he can get in shape.