A couple of low scoring games makes a pretty boring fantasy evening...
Scott Hartnell picked up two assists last night. He might not score enough (on pace for 52 points) but when you add in his peripherals... he's a pretty valuable asset. He's on pace for a plus-20, 11 PPP, 184 shots and most importantly 145 PIM's. Only a handful of guys bring a PIM/point combo like that.
Semyon Varlamov picked up the win stopping 28 out of 29. He really needed this game as he's only been used two times in the last six games (and he was pulled in one of those). His numbers overall (2.27 gaa and .923 sv%) look great but his value is limited until he can get more PT.... this is a good start.
Ryan Miller might have picked up the loss but he did stop 37 out of 39. It was the third straight game he allowed only two goals. He's back on track after giving up seven goals a week ago to the Isles. His numbers are pretty ordinary right now (2.73 gaa & .911 sv%), not exactly what you were expecting from your first round pick.
Looks like Jimmy Howard is over his little slump. He's only allowed six goals in his last four games. I don't see any goalie playing behind Detroit's defense slumping for any extended period of time.
Miikka Kiprusoff kept his hot streak going with a 39 save shutout last night. A few weeks ago owners (like me) were leaving this guy on the bench and writing off his season. He's only allowed more than three goals once in the last 13 games. Thankfully I didn't bite to Cam's crappy trade offer he sent for Kipper three weeks ago.
Speaking of guys who have turned it around... Rene Bourque had two goals last night. He has eight points in his last seven games. He had only one point in ten games, before that. His pace is way down from last year but he has seemed to find some chemistry with Matt Stajan and Niklas Hagman.
Looks like Alex Tanguay is over his neck injury. He picked up 1+1=2 last night, third game back.
Andrei Loktionov was send down to the AHL again. He's shown a few flashes in the big show... he's one to keep in mind for the future.