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
Comparing Leafs to Blues isn't fair. No one expected them to compete for Presidents' Trophy. But this is a snapshot of how far off they are.— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) March 26, 2014
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.
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
Kuznetsov's game tying goal triggered hats being thrown on the ice. A new celebration of 1st career NHL goal? #Caps— Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) March 26, 2014
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 +/-
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%
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
Curtis McElhinney deserves a lot of credit, folks. Made 23 saves in relief of Bobrovsky and was there when needed. Huge two points. #CBJ— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) March 26, 2014
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
Wings F Gustav Nyqvist scored 2 more in a losing cause. He's scored 20 goals in his last 24 games. Wow!— EJ Hradek (@EJHradek_NHL) March 26, 2014
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
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.
In his first game, Teravainen played 11:39 (1:29 PP), 7-0 in faceoffs, 36% 5v5 CF% (-21% rel), 67% O-zone starts, faced easy competition— Extra Skater (@ExtraSkater) March 26, 2014
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.
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!