Ilya Kovalchuk has really turned it on lately. A goal last night gives him 10+7=17 in his last 16 games. Even with the hot spell he's on pace for just 54 points... which shows you how awful his first half was (22 points in 49 games). I picked him up in a trade in the beginning of January.... I'm happy I did.
Danny Briere with 1+2=3 (although the goal was of the empty net variety), a plus-3 and 5 shots. Good to see, as he had only one point in the six games previously. He was probably drafted relatively late but is paying back nice dividends... on pace for 68 points, +20, 105 PIM's and 263 shots. Not many can contribute across the board like that.
Phil Kessel with another goal last night. He's got 3+2=5 over his last five so this might be the beginning of a hot streak as Kessel has been known to score in bunches.
One of the reasons for Kessel's recent surge might be the addition of Joffrey Lupul. He assisted on Kessel's goal and they look to be developing some chemistry (I didn't watch the game though so maybe I'm reading too much into his first three Leaf points). Lupul makes a good flyer in deeper leagues as he has 50+ point potential.
James Reimer replaced the injured Giguere and stopped 14 of 15 shots to pick up the win. He has three wins in his last four games and sports a 2.39 gaa and .928 sv%.
Andrei Loktionov with the 1+1=2 last night and now has four points in his last five games. He's playing with Dustin Brown and Kyle Clifford and played over 16 minutes last night with a decent 2:46 on the PP. Really just one for deep leagues... him having prolonged success is a bit of a longshot (at least this season).
Looks like Rick Nash is going to have the 2nd best season of his career. He's on pace for 71 points but has been particularly hot the last 22 games picking up 26 points.
We may not see much growth from last year's totals (52 vs. 50 points) but Jakub Voracek been lights out lately. He has 18 points in 20 games since he was benched for two games. The message was apparently received.
I think this guy is a bit overrated in fantasy circles but Cam Ward has started 17 straight games for the Canes, not too many goalies pulling a workload like that nowadays. He's a good but not great fantasy netminder in my eyes.
Since 2010 ended, Corey Crawford has allowed more than two goals only four times in 13 starts. Turco has four starts in the same period and has given up three or more goals in all of them.
Dave Bolland with three assists last night and that brings his recent surge to 15 points in his last 14 games (although he mixed five scoreless games in there too).
Alexander Semin picked up a hat trick last night in his fourth game back since missing 12 games with a hip injury. It was his first multi-point game since November 26th (which was also a hattie). It's been a long time coming for Semin owners as their high pick hasn't done much lately... even when he was in in the lineup.
Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf both had big 1+3=4 nights. Want to see a crazy streak... check out Perry's numbers over the last six games: 4+10=14. Wow.
Hopefully you didn't start Curtis McElhinney last night. He only stopped 24 of the 31 shots he faced. Ouch those seven goals are going to hurt the old gaa. How long till Ray Emery is ready?
Michal Neuvirth (9 saves out of 12 shots) and Semyon Varlamov (6 out of 9) didn't do much better in the other net as they let in six between them. At least Neuvirth picked up the W.