Just one game last night means I'll really be scraping the bottom of the barrel here so bear with me. Also, as a reminder, every team plays today and five of the games are early so get your lineups done this morning.
Let's give the fantasy line of the night to Raffi Torres as he put up an assist, plus-1, two shots, and a delicious 17 PIM. It's been a pretty disappointing season for the Jay-Z wannabe. Not that you could have really expected much. His days of scoring 20 goals for the Oilers are long gone.
Mike Smith's shutout streak came to an end at the 5:01 mark of the second period last night. His streak ran to 234:25 and he made an NHL record 161 consecutive saves. The win was Smith's fourth straight and he hasn't lost in regulation over his last eight games (6-0-2). For the season, he stands at 37-18-2 with 8 shutouts, a .930 sv%, and 2.23 gaa. For argument's sake, let's say he starts tonight and posts a shutout against the Wild (not exactly the most difficult thing to do in the world), would he be in the conversation for Vezina nominees?
Mikkel Boedker had a goal and an assist to give him three points (1+2=3) over his last three games. Unfortunately he'd gone the previous 9 games without a point and he has only 23 points through 81 games this season. The former 8th overall pick hasn't quite panned out like the Coyotes would have hoped, but keep in mind that he's only 22.
Brian Elliott started and took the loss, allowing four goals. That was only the third time all season (36 starts) that he has allowed more than three goals in a game. Jaroslav Halak starts today, so I have no idea what the Blues are going to be doing for the playoffs. I'm not even sure they know.
Andy McDonald's assist gave him a three game point scoring streak. He also has points in 9 of his last 10 games. The one game he didn't have a point was the game he left with a shoulder injury. If healthy, McDonald will be a real sleeper in drafts next season.
The Senators signed Ben Blood to a two year contract, but he doesn't have much to offer offensively. He is a big man and may be a defensive staple for years to come if the chips fall right.
Called up: Maksim Mayorov, Stephen Gionta
Sent down: Lane MacDermid