Fricken Drew Stafford with the OT winner last night he has 4+3=7 during a four game point streak and 9+3=12 over his last 11 games... I'm still skeptical that he can keep this up but it is encouraging that he's shooting the puck more this year as he's averaging 3.2 spg, up from his career average of 2.1 spg coming into this season.
Sergei Kostitsyn has a goal in each of his past five games and 5+4=9 during a six game point streak... dude is feeling it and must be loving life in Nashville right now.
Kevin Poulin got his first NHL start yesterday for the Islanders and while it began a little ominously (two goals in the first two minutes), he ended up stopping 34 of 37 and pulled out the win in OT. He's been having a very nice rookie season in the AHL (10-4-0, 2.13 & .931) and so there's some upside here but I don't want anything to do with any Islanders goalie, let alone a 20-year-old rookie one.
Jose Theodore caught the Penguins at the right time with Crosby out as he stopped all 26 shots they threw at him for the shutout and he's now won four straight. Niklas Backstrom's injury is sounding a little more serious than originally thought, so Theodore might be given a run of games here... although I could never bring myself to fully trust this guy.
The Isles called up Jeremy Colliton for his first game since 2008 (he played in Sweden last year) and he had two PPG's, so a nice return but please dont waste your time here.
Max Pacioretty with 1+1=2 last night including the OT winner and while he hasn't been unstoppable he does have 2+2=4 with 19 shots over his last five games and saw a season high 19 minutes of ice-time last night.
Cal Clutterbuck potted another one last night and that's goals in three straight and 5+3=8 over his last nine... oh and about a thousand hits as well, if you're into that sorta thing.
Matt Calvert had his first goal last night in his second NHL game and it was a real beauty... not quite, one of the flukiest you'll see, but they all count. Calvert is a decent looking prospect who's faring pretty well in his first pro season with 11+8=19 in his last 25 AHL games.
Fedor Tyutin with a goal last night and he has 2+3=5 in his last seven games and he's kinda turned his season around since being a healthy scratch for two games back in early December.
Jakub Voracek with two assists last night and he has 2+3=5 in the five games since he was scratched for two. The CBJs look like a bit of a disaster right now, might be a chance to buy low on Voracek as I think the kid has a lot of potential.
Two goals last night for Ryan Smyth and he's been rolling lately with 6+2=8 over his last six games... this puts him on pace for 30+ goals this year, a number he hasn't hit in the past three seasons.
Jack Johnson signed a big contract yesterday so no better time to start paying his employer back with his best game of the season as he had 3A & six shots (but was still a minus-2). He's been on a run lately with 2+10=12 & eight PPP over his last 10 games and he's been keeping his head above water with a plus-1 during that stretch.
Alex Frolov got traded in a league I'm in yesterday... shocking really that there's someone out there that has hope for him. He has 2+3=5 over his last 20 games and has been relegated to playing around 12 minutes a night lately.
This is for those of you in really deep leagues... The Blues' Brad Winchester scored last night and has three goals in his last five games and 5+1=6 over his last 12. He's seen his ice-time increase to around 13 mpg and has been on the PP a little lately.
Jordan Staal played 21 minutes last night but has now gone four without a point (and only three shots)... not trying to say I told you so but just pointing it out as I know we've got some big believers in JStaal out there.
Hadn't checked in with Sergei Gonchar in a while... it ain't pretty, 1+4=5 & a minus-6 over his last 20 games. And don't let him off by saying that the Sens are a bad team or the PP is no good, Erik Karlsson has 4+10=14 over the same 20 games.
I'm a fan of Brooks Laich but had to drop him in a shallow league yesterday as the dude has been pretty invisible lately with 1+5=6 over his last 16 games. He's been a player that has improved in pretty much every one of his NHL seasons but he's a guy who's going to get his points by playing with good players and so when a lot of the Caps big guns are struggling, Laich is going to feel it.
Semyon Varlamov is 4-0-1 and has only allowed six goals over five straight starts for the Caps and this little run has pulled him up to 2nd in the league in gaa (2.08) and 3rd in sv% (.928).
Tomas Vokoun owners that are holding on to him waiting for a deadline deal to a contender should take note that the Panthers have indicated that they want to discuss an extension with him... not that this would kill his value, just an FYI.