Henrik Lundqvist is starting to look a lot more like himself. He posted a 38 save shutout against the Red Wings last night. He's 4-1-0 in his last five starts and has not given up more than two goals in any of those.
Playing in the crease opposite of Lundqvist was Jimmy Howard who was the "hard luck loser" as they like to say in the trade. He made 47 saves but took the loss as he allowed a Mats Zucarello goal late. This marks the third time in Howard's last 4 starts that he has made 40+ saves and only allowed one goal. Things are looking up.
Wonderful game for Wayne Simmonds last night and we'll give him the fantasy line of the night as he put up 1+2=3, 3 shots, 3 hits, and plus-2. Over his last nine games he has 4+7=11, 5 PPP, 7 hits, 27 shots, and 12 PIM.
Clarke MacArthur scored a goal and added an assist last night and he has goals in 6 of his last 7 games. His 36 points in 47 games on the season is a lot more than anyone could have predicted.
Kyle Turris scored for the fourth straight game last night and he's notched at least a point in 7 of his last 8 games.
Trevor Lewis scored two goals for the Kings last night but don't go picking him up. It was his first goals in 39 games on the season.
David Perron has gone cold as he is without a goal in his last 8 games with just two assists and minus-6 to show for himself. Don't get crazy and drop him, though. This shouldn't last long.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 20 of 21 shots for the win last night. He's 3-1-0 in his four 2014 starts and has allowed only five total goals in those games. With Josh Harding injured and Niklas Backstrom playing awful, Kuemper could be in line for the lion's share of starts.
Mark Scheifele had 1+1=2 including the GWG last night and he's on a mini streak with 2+4=6 over his last five. It would be nice if he had more than just 6 shots over that span, however.
You have to be impressed with Jacob Trouba and how he's returned from that scary face plant into the boards that resulted in him being carted off in a stretcher back in October. He banged one home last night and in 24 games since his return from injury, he has 4+8=12. You can't ask for a lot more than a rookie defenseman to be playing at a 40+ point pace.
Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves on 34 shots and took home the shootout win against the Devils. He hasn't lost a game in regulation since November (10-0-5) and his numbers dictate that he should at least be in the Vezina conversation (23-8-5, 2.29 gaa, .929 sv%).
Ryan O'Reilly made it goals in three straight game as he notched the lone tally for the Avalanche last night. Suddenly ROR is more of a sniper than a playmaker.
Mike Smith finally put up a shutout for the first time this season. He stopped all 29 shots from the Canucks for his first win in almost a month. Man, 2011-2012 seems so long ago at this point.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson hit a bit of a rough patch as he had gone 21 games with no goals and just six assists. He's just way too good to stay cold for that long so he's followed that up with a four game point scoring streak (2+2=4) of all powerplay points after a PPA last night.
Tomas Plekanec netted a pair for the Habs including one of the shorthanded variety. He's been playing very well of late with 3+3=6, 2 SHG, and a whopping 26 shots over his last six games.