Thought I was reading this wrong...Johan Franzen won 14 of 24 faceoffs last night? Yep. He centered L2 between Daniel Alfredsson and Todd Bertuzzi.
Otherwise not a lot to report there as Jimmy Howard and Antti Niemi earned the mutual shutout. Niemi has eight wins in nine games with 1.64/.930 peripherals. So far so good for my pick for Vezina.
If you're keeping tabs on former best-player-in-the-world Tomas Hertl, he played 16:16 with 2:22 on the PP. Four shots but otherwise nada.
Danny Dekeyser picked up four shots, two hits and three blocked shots, pretty much the line of the night for skaters in this game.
Colorado outhit Pittsburgh 28-16, Pittsburgh outshot Colorado 34-14. The only goal went to Gabriel Landeskog. He's having an excellent rebound year with three goals, three assists, plus-2, six PIM, 26 shots, 15 hits and nine blocked shots in eight games so far.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere earned his second shutout in three starts, while Sidney Crosby was held without a point for the first time this season.
So Sean Monahan is a Jared Staal-type player, good at both ends but limited offensive ceiling, not quite in the same league as the Nichushkins and Drouins of the world? That's cool, except Drouin's in juniors and Nichushkin has one assist while Sean Monahan just scored his sixth goal in eight games, or one goal off the NHL goal scoring lead. Sure, the 32% shooting percentage won't continue, but if the Flames send him down at this point it will be the obvious tank job to end all obvious tank jobs.
Mark Giordano picked up a couple of helpers and four blocked shots, so he remains en fuego with points in all but two games. Two goals, seven assists, eight PIM, 18 shots and 5 PPP in eight games on the year.
Another Flame having an unlikely start to the year is Jiri Hudler. He added two more assists last night, and while he won't get you shots or PIM, it's tough to ignore four goals, seven assists and five PPP in eight games. Ride him while he's hot.
Mike Cammalleri returned to the lineup for his first game of the year, and hopefully you had him activated for a goal, an assist and three shots.
Let's give Ol' Stempy some love too...Mr. Lee Stempniak had an assist, two PIM, three shots and five hits, and what the hell is with all the viable fantasy options on the Calgary Flames this year?
After only one goal in his first eight games, Drew Doughty has 1+2=3 in his last two, including a PPG last night. The points have been slow to come (you've heard that before), but in multicat leagues, Doughty can do no wrong with 16 PIM, 25 shots, 24 hits and 11 blocks in 10 games.
Karri Ramo stopped 27 of 29 shots (.931) for his first NHL win since 2009. Jonathan Quick did not fare as well, allowing three goals on 25 shots (.880). Quick is sporting some very pedestrian number so far this year: nine starts, five wins, 2.56 GAA, .909 SV%.
Up to the bigs: Mika Zibanejad, Tyler Pitlick, Trevor Smith, Rasmus Ristolainen, Roman Horak, Christopher Breen, Patrick Holland, Michael Blunden, Chris Kreider, Cam Talbot
Down to the smalls: Brett Connolly, Derek Smith, Blair Jones, Joakim Nordstrom, Jack Campbell, Luke Glendening, Carter Ashton