The Buffalo and Canes game was postponed last night due to the winter blast they were getting but there were 9 other games to cover so let's get at it.
John Tavares (3A, +3, 2PIM, 2SOG) is now second in the league with 54 points after extending his point streak to 7 games as his Islanders defeated the Leafs 5-3.
Honorable mention to Calvin De Haan (1G, 2PIM, 2SOG, 5 Hits) with over 23 minutes TOI and for registering his first career NHL goal. He now has 3 points in his past 2 games which are his only points in 19GP this year and is not seeing any PP time. The former 12th overall pick might finally be gaining some confidence...
Shea Weber is heating up folks. He finished with 2A, +1, 2PIM, 3SOG and 3BS as his Predators defeated the Sharks 3-2 last night. He now has points in 4 straight games (1G, 7A) and has really got it going since early December after a slow start to the campaign.
Honorable mention to Marek Mazanec for stopping 26-28 shots and who hasn't lost in regulation in 5 straight starts now.
Sochi bound Martin St. Louis (2G, +1, 6SOG) helped power his Lightning over the Jets 4-2 last night. Oh wait what? He didn't make Team Canada? Since the 2010 Olympics, St Louis has registered 296 points which is most amongst all players yet it wasn't enough to make the squad. Based on the interview after the game he looked absolutely devistated as well with the news.
Now, I'm not saying he should have made the team, nor am I saying he shouldn't have. Either way Team Canada is pretty stacked but they will have their own challenges ahead of them with the bigger ice surface. Which only makes sense why they went with speed and I heard the term versatility used in there somewhere. If he was selected then perhaps we are discussing why was he selected over the likes of Giroux and Staal? Let's face it, it's a good problem to have with so much talent in the pool to choose from. But back to Marty. One of the dressing room comments last night was "Knowing Marty, it will motivate the snot out of him". Really? Making the Sochi team has been all his motivation for the past few years. It will be interesting to see how he plays over the next few weeks.
The Phoenix Coyotes absolutely destroyed the Flames last night 6-0. Well, they only registered 30 shots on Berra but 6 got by him. Let's give the game ball to Lauri Korpikoski (1G, 2A, +3, 4SOG, 3 Hits, 1BS) to give him 5 points in his past 4 games.
Honorable mention to Thomas Greiss stopping all 27 shots he faced for the goose egg, his first of the year. His updated stats are 6-2-1 with a 1.89GAA and .937SV%
Kris Letang (1G, +1, 6SOG, 3 Hits, 1BS) and the Penguins scored 2 goals in 16 seconds late in the third to tie it up and eventually win it in a shootout 5-4. This after the Canucks scored 2 goals in 17 seconds. This was a weird game to watch. Letang actually left this game for a bit after taking a hit from Sestito but he later returned and was a force. Bitter about not going to Sochi perhaps?
Interesting to note that Henrik Sedin played the entire game but did not take a single faceoff. Not one. He's the best faceoff guy the nucks have! He is obviously nursing some kind of hand/arm injury but wanted to keep his iron man streak alive and didn't want to sit this one out.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 39-40 as his Wild defeated the Kings 2-1 in a shootout. Not a bad showing for the kid hey? Jonathan Quick only faced 17SOG here in the SO loss which gives him two straight games of allowing just a single goal in each since his return.
That's it for me this week but as always, feel free to mention any notables I did not discuss below.