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A fantasized look at NHL action from Tuesday night

Kirk Irwin
I am going to continue the trend of just reviewing a couple players from each game that stood out for me from last night's games. As always, use the comments section below to talk about anyone I did or did not discuss. And to follow-up from last week, after making it into the playoffs on the last week of the regular season, I just squeeked out a semi final victory and I have moved onto the final in the FHS Dynasty League. I'm on an incredible run but my opponent has me outnumbered in man games this time so we'll see what happens. The good news is that the final is 2 weeks long instead of just 1 week. Regardless of what happens, I'm proud of my team *sniff*. How are all of you doing? Any interesting fantasy playoff stories to tell? Let's jump into last night's game as I am down to my final 2 Dosage of the year after this.

St. Louis Blues 5 vs Toronto Maple Leafs 3

David Backes (3G, +3, 7SOG, 4 Hits, 2BS) with the hatty and a massive game for his owners. He now has 4 goals and 10SOG in his last 2 games, just in time for your fantasy playoffs

Alexander Steen (1G, 2A, +4, 2SOG, 1 Hit) was also all over the place. Give Steen 1G and 3A in his last 2GP

You can't really fault Jonathan Bernier as he was peppered with 48 shots, stopping 44 of them. I think if this was earlier in the season, Bernier would still be out but it doesn't seem to matter who is in net these days for the leafs

Phoenix Coyotes 3 vs Pittsburgh Penguins 2

No Mike Smith, no problem! Thomas Greiss stepped back in for the vistory last night stopping 23-25. I expect Greiss to get the next few starts as Smith's injury is said to be not as serious as first thought. Depending on how the playoff chase goes for the Yotes, might depend on how soon Smith comes back. But if Greiss can hold the fort like he has all year, the Yotes will be careful not to rush Smith back too soon

A good night for Shane Doan owners (2A, 3SOG, 2 Hits, 2BS). He has 6 points in his last 7GP

Jussi Jokinen (1G, -1, 2PIM, 3SOG) now has 1G and 3A in his last 4GP

Marc-Andre Fleury (26-29) hasn't won in regulation since March 11th, which was a shutout.

Los Angeles Kings 5 vs Washington Capitals 4(SO)

Dustin Brown (1G, 1A, +2, 7SOG, 6 Hits) was back to his old tricks last night. He wasn't able to contribute with any PIMs but I am sure his owners are welcoming this output either way

Dwight King (1G, 1A, +2, 2SOG, 1 Hit) has quietly put together a respectable 2G and2A in his last 3GP. This after going 9 games with nothing.

Congrats to Evgeny Kuznetsov for scoring his first career NHL goal last night. He finished (1G,-1, 1SOG, 1 Hit) and now has 1G and 5A in 8GP since coming over

Tom Wilson with 9 hits in the game

Alex Ovechkin (2G, 1A, 7SOG) now has 48 goals on the year. He was on a 2 game slide before last night. It's ok Ovie, we don't notice your -31 +/-

New York Islanders 5 vs Carolina Hurricanes 4

This had all the makings to be a blowout as the Islanders jumped out to a 4-0 lead, chasing Ward in the process but kudos to the Canes for almost coming back

Colin McDonald (2G, 1A, +4, 5SOG, 2 Hits) on just under 14 minutes TOI. A nice way to snap a 4 game pointless streak

Receiving more regular ice time was none other then Kevin Czuczman . In just his 3rd NHL game he finished (1A, +1, 6PIM, 1SOG, 1 Hit, 2BS). Really I only mentioned him for his cool name.

Jeff Skinner (1G, 7SOG) with points in B2B games now. I don't believe the rumours out there that Skinner will be moved in the off-season but who knows. With new management coming in, stranger things can happen

Manny Malhotra is seeing minimal ice time as he is used primarily for his face-off dominance. And this was no more evident then last night as he received just over 6 minutes TOI but was 90% on FO%. Currently on pace for 583/398 or 59.4%

Buffalo Sabres 0 vs Montreal Canadiens 2

Carey Price stopped all 24 shots he faced for the shutout but it was Matt Hackett that impressed me with his solid outing stopping 33-35. We know what we're getting with Price but I was hoping to see more of Hackett this year to see what he has to offer. This was just his 2nd game this year to which he is now 1-1, stopping 69 of the 71 shots he faced. I don't like his chances for a longer look next year but let's wait and see what Buffalo does in the off-season first

Max Pacioretty (1G, +1, 3SOG) now has 2G and 3A in his last 5GP. He is also on pace to finish with 267SOG

Detroit Red Wings 2 vs Columbus Blue Jackets 4

Ryan Johansen (2G, -1, 6SOG, 3 Hits, 1BS) snapped a 2 game slide here. Give him 29G and 25A in 72GP.

James Wisniewski (3A, 4SOG, 1 Hit, 1BS) had gone 5 straight games without a point until this outing. He is on pace for 6G and 41A to go with 58PIM, 171SOG, 95 Hits and 69BS.

Nathan Horton now pointless in his last 4 games. Not now Nate, not now....#fantasyhockeyplayoffs

Gustav Nyquist (2G, +2, 4SOG, 1 Hit, 1 BS) just keeps scoring like it's nobody's business. 25G, 17A, +14, 6PPG, 5GWG, 130SOG in 47GP. Detroit proving once again it is good to show patience

Ottawa Senators 2 vs Florida Panthers 3(SO)

This was a goaltender battle right down to the shootout. Roberto Luongo stopped 37-39 (2-3 in SO) for the win while Robin Lehner stopped 39-41 (0-2 in SO) for the loss

Vincent Trochek (1G, +1, 4SOG, 1 Hit) now has a point in B2B games. This was his 11th game of the year and he saw just under 22 minutes TOI including 2:11 SH TOI and 2:07 PP TOI.

Nick Bjugstad (1A, +1, 8SOG, 1 Hit) ended a 3 game drought last night.

Mark Stone (1G, +1, 2SOG, 1 Hit) has points in B2B games and saw 18:32 TOI including 1:16 PP TOI

Dallas Stars 2 vs Chicago Blackhawks 4

Patrick Sharp (2A, 6SOG) now has 7 points in his last 6GP, to go with 26SOG

Brandon Bollig (7PIM, 1SOG, 4 Hits) contributing in other ways those in multi-cat leagues drafted him for. He is projected to finish with 89PIMs and 198 Hits

Kari Lehtonen stopped 38-41 shots he faced so he was doing his part.

As was Ryan Garbutt (2G, +1, 2PIM, 6SOG, 2 Hits) to snap his 5 game pointless streak. The stars could only manage 27 shots on Crawford though which obviously wasn't enough.

For those wondering, Nichuskin saw just 11:46TOI, including 1:51 of PP TOI but was held off the scoresheet and had zero SOG.

Colorado Avalanche 5 vs Nashville Predators 4(SO)

Gabriel Landeskog (2G, 1A, +1, 7SOG) but no hits. Come on Gabs, these are the fantasy playoffs! Just kidding, you had a great night. But seriously, the odd hit or two would be....aww nevermind. Your on pace for 173, keep it up!

Matt Cullen and Roman Josi had 2 goals each for the Preds last night and a combined 11SOG.

Give Semyon Varlamov his 35th win of the year, tops in the NHL.

San Jose Sharks 5 vs Edmonton Oilers 2

Joe Pavelski (3G, 1A, +1, 4SOG, 1Hit). So, how many of you on the outside looking in could have used this kind of performance from him last week in your fantasy playoffs?

I get the feeling the ice bags were hard to come by after this game for the Oilers. Tommy Wingels had 12, yes 12 Hits to his credit. 12.

Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Brent Burns each had 2 points on the night

David Perron (1G, -1, 6SOG, 1 Hit) and Taylor Hall (1G, 1A, +1, 2PIM, 3SOG, 1 Hit, 3BS) had ok nights for the Oilers.

That's it for me this week. Feel free to comment on any player mentioned or not in the comments below! Don't forget to follow @TheScouts for regular updates or myself at @Pope604 for the random well spaced out thoughts. Good luck to those of you in Fantasy Playoffs!