Another hat-trick for Drew Stafford last night, that's three in his last 19 games. This gives him 16+6=22 over his last 20 games in what looks like it would have been a huge breakout season if it wasn't for the fact that he's missed 18 games due to injuries. Congrats to you if you saw this coming as this guy has been a great find but also beware of more injuries as they tend to follow this guy around.
Marc-Andre Fleury gave up four goals on 25 shots last night for his second straight loss and so I had it in my head that I'd point out how he was starting to slide but then I checked his game log... you have to go back to November (about 31 games) to find the last time he gave up more than three goals in a game, that's pretty remarkable... so scratch that idea, he's still awesome.
Antti Niemi with back-to-back shutouts after blanking the Caps last night and he's on fire going 7-0-1, 1.85 & .938 over his last nine games. Not a bad turn-around for a guy that was sporting a 3.93 gaa & .877 sv% at the end of November.
Derick Brassard has been adding some elements to his game this year as he's shooting the puck more (on pace for 200+ shots) and he dropped the gloves last night... he now has 4+7=11 with 19 PIMs & 23 shots over his last 10 games. He looked like he was going to be a light-shooting setup guy but he's turning in a solid all-around fantasy season.
Colby Armstrong extended his point streak to five games (1+6=7) with a three point game last night. He seems like a guy who could help you but he doesn't shoot much (1.2/gm) and takes less PIMs than you'd think (28 in 38 games) so there's not a lot to get excited about.
Two points for Jakub Voracek last night and even though I'd like to see a little more from him as I think he has elite potential, he has been pretty good lately with 4+10=14 in the 16 games since he was scratched back in December.
Victor Hedman seems to be asserting himself lately as he has 7A, plus-6, 12 PIMs & 26 shots over his last 12 games. Also encouraging (kinda) is that he's doing it the hard way (at ES) as he only has two PPPs on the season.
Game #2 wasn't as nice for Marc-Andre Bergeron and he showed you the drawbacks of owning him as he was a minus-4... ouch. Hang in there though, he'll be a minus player but the rest of the production should make it worth it.
Mattias Tedenby doesn't appear to be one of Jacques Lemaire's favourites as he doesn't see much ice time (played 8:59 last night) but he's making due with limited opportunities by potting two goals last night including the winner in OT. I like what I've seen from him this year, he seems to make things happen out there.
Another goal for Michael Grabner last night and he kept his hot run going with 8+5=13, plus-7 & 41 shots over his last 12 games.
Josh Bailey had a few points after being recalled from the AHL in December but he's gone cold again with 0+4=4, minus-8 & 16 shots in his last 15 games and looks like another one ruined by the Islanders development system (that may be a little harsh but what the hey).
Mikko Koskinen was the emergency starter for the Islanders after Poulin hurt himself in the warm-up and, as should be expected, the nerves showed as he gave up goals on his first two shots and five out of 26 shots in total. This guy is having a crappy year in the AHL (5-15-0, 3.64 & .882) so I wouldn't be hoping for much.
Nashville prospect Blake Geoffrion has been going off lately in the AHL with 6+10=16 in his last six games. We're skeptical of guys that breakout during their senior season in college, as Geoffrion did winning the Hobey Baker last year with 28+22=50 in 40 games at UofWisc, but after a slow start he's shown he can produce in the pro game as well so maybe we're dealing with a late bloomer here.
So Ray Emery cleared waivers and has been sent by the Ducks to Syracuse of the AHL to get into shape.