HEADS UP: Our weekly 'Fantasy Five' feature is alive at HockeyDraft.ca... where I tell you that I find it hard to believe that Roloson is owned in less leagues than Niittymaki or Anderson.
The best line in hockey right now is Boston's Marchand-Bergeron-Recchi unit... you know Bergeron is on fire (11+9=20 over his last 14) but Recchi may be a bit of a surprise with 2+9=11 over his last 10 games. What can you say about Marchand?... 10+6=16 & a plus-19(!) over his last 17 games and he's doing all this with no PP time. In fact, his ES Pts/60 is 2.46 which is a better rate than more heralded rookies like Skinner (2.32) & Hall (1.84).
Brendan Morrison extended his point streak to six games (4+3=7) with a goal last night... I think he's flying under a lot of people's radar right now as he's playing on the top line/PP unit with Iggy & Tanguay and seeing around 20 mpg.
27 save shutout for James Reimer last night, that was the first by a Leafs goalie since Allan Bester (or something like that). The kid is looking really solid as he's only given up more than three goals in one of his eight starts so far.
Apparently Ray Emery has been drawing some interest from a few teams and according to his agent, he could sign with a team next week and is ready to play immediately whereas Ray said about a week ago that he feels like he needs a "training camp". I would still call it unlikely that he sees NHL action this year, maybe I'll be proven wrong but that's my guess.
Miikka Kiprusoff with his fifth straight win last night and he's 1.75 & .939 during the streak. One thing that doesn't stand out to you since the Flames are mediocre in team gaa is that they are 3rd best in the league with only 28.0 shots allowed per game, so they're doing a good job of limiting the chances against Kipper.
Rangers dman Matt Gilroy had a little run before the All-Star break where he was getting a bunch of ice-time and some PP time but he couldn't produce any offence (no points in his last 10 games) and, therefore, the ice-time has dropped, down to under 14 last night with no PP time.
Ryan Callahan has goals in both his games since returning from his broken hand.
No goals in his last nine games and 39 shots for Phil Kessel and while they have to start going in eventually, he's playing on a line with Bozak & Crabb and isn't on the top PP unit... so things just aren't going Philly's way lately.
More good stuff from Andrew Brunette last night with two goals and that gives him a pretty steady 10+9=19 over his last 25 games after starting the year with 4+7=11 in his first 26. He's also 3rd in the league in shooting % at 20.9%, if that helps you at all.
Another goal for Ilya Kovalchuk last night and he has 5+5=10 over his last 10 games.
The CBJs have called up dman John Moore from the AHL and I don't think it's due to his defensive abilities as he's a team worst minus-14 down there. He also hasn't been lighting it up offensively with 3+15=18 in 47 games but he's a great skater and one to keep an eye on.
The Leafs have sent Jerry D`Amigo down to Kitchener of the OHL after his play (14 pts in 41 gms) indicated that he was a little overmatched in the AHL.
Mike Smith cleared waivers and will be sent to Tampa's AHL farm team in Norfolk shortly.
Reports out of Russia have Caps prospect Dmitri Orlov leaving his KHL team at the end of the regular season (later this month) and joining the Hershey Bears to get some North American experience under his belt.