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A fantasized look at NHL action from Tuesday night

Christian Petersen
Well, wasn't that an exciting trade deadline hey? Oh wait, what? That's today? With the number of moves made yesterday and the way my twitter account was being updated, I wouldn't be surprised if some of you thought it was indeed yesterday. But it was a welcomed change for once leading up to the deadline so here's hoping the moves keep coming today. But believe it or not there were games last night that were played on the ice so let's dive in. I wonder how many of the players I mention below will be on different teams this time tomorrow? And unless a new post is created, feel free to mention all the moves today and yesterday in the comments section below.

Florida Panthers 1 vs Boston Bruins 4

David Krejci (3G, +3, 7SOG, 1 Hit, 2BS) securing the hat trick with an empty netter. He now has 3G and 2A in his last 2 games and is entering his prime at just 27 years of age. Great for assists as he has 39 on the year so far but he doesn't offer much in the way of PIMs and averages about 1 Hit per game. He is also 52% on faceoffs this year if your league counts them

Milan Lucic (1A, +2, 5PIM, 5SOG) had a good night for his owners in multi-cat leagues. He now has 10 points in his last 8 GP but his PIMs seem low this season so far with just 69 in 60GP

Tim Thomas allowed 3 goals on 38 shots and will now be fighting for starts with his new teammate Luongo en route. How weird is that hey? Well who knows, by this time tomorrow Thomas could have a new address as well. Stay tuned...

Detroit Red Wings 3 vs New Jersey Devils 4

Was this Martin Brodeur last game as a Devil? He stopped 20-23 to edge out the wings thanks to a last minute goal Gionta.

Damien Brunner returned to register 1A on just over 14 minutes TOI. This was his first point since January 30th but there was the Oly break in there so 4 games, not counting the game he got injured where he only played 1:35. Of note however he also received the most PP time with 2:56.

Adam Henrique (1G, +1, 2PIM, 2SOG, 1BS) now has points in 4 straight games with 5G and 2A over that span, to go with 14SOG.

Johan Franzen (1G, 1A, 2SOG, 1Hit, 1BS) is on fire! He had a hatty last game and now has 4G, 3A, 12PIMs and 9SOG in 3 games since returning.

Honorable mention to Gustav Nyquist for registering 1A to give him points in 7 of his last 8 games or 12 of his last 14 games. He is now up to 15G and 13A, +7 and 90SOG in 36GP on the year.

Dallas Stars 2 vs Columbus Blue Jackets 4

Artem Anisimov with 2 goals. That's it. He was even on the plus/minus. He only had the 2SOG. No PIMs. No Hits. No BS. But wait a minute, here's a stat. He now has a 4 game point streak going on with 5G and 1A and his most TOI in those games was 15:05. But when a player has a hot hand, you might as well jump on board until he steams out

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31-33 and has now rattled off 3 wins in a row. Not a Vezina repeat performance that some were hoping this year but with a 2.52GAA and .917SV%, he is still posting some solid numbers.

With Dallas in a tight run for that wild card spot, I wouldn't be surprised if we don't see Dan Ellis again the rest of the year. He allowed 4 goals on 20 shots for a horrible .800SV% on the night.

Alex Goligoski (1G, -2, 2SOG, 1Hit, 1BS) now has a point in 3 of his last 4 games. But still only has 27 points in 61GP so far which puts him on pace for 35 points. A far cry from what his owners were hoping would be a nice rebound year.

Colorado Avalanche 4 vs Chicago Blackhawks 2

It was the Semyon Varlamov show as he stopped 36-38 for the win, his third straight and 31st of the year! I admit I was concerned how he would perform after the allegations earlier in the year but after putiing all of that quickly behind him, it looks like he is going to be a top goalie to own in leagues for years to come

Erik Johnson (3A, +2, 2PIM, 2SOG, 2Hits, 5BS) had the kind of night that his owners wish happened on a more regular basis. I wouldn't get your hopes up but this was nice to see no doubt. Now if he can only keep it going

Tampa Bay Lightning 2 vs St. Louis Blues 4

Ryan Miller faced only 17 shots and allowed 2 goals but still got the win in his home debut for his new team. His owners couldn't have asked for a better team for him to land and congrats to those of you that hung onto him for so long. I have him in 2 leagues and where goalie stats have been my weakness, this was a victory for me in itself

T.J. Oshie (1G, 1A, +2, 1SOG, 5 Hits, 2BS) is back on the scoresheet for the first time since the Oly break.

Valtteri Filppula in his first game back since February 6th was held pointless on 22 minutes TOI. He also was tied for the most PP TOI at 4:44. With Stamkos back any day now, pay attention to the line combos as his return will no doubt hurt those that have picked up the slack in his absence.

Pittsburgh Penguins 3 vs Nashville Predators 1

Pekke Rinne made his long awaited return last night which his owners were ecstatic about I am sure. Unfortunately it was against the Pens. However, he only faced 19 shots but allowed 3 goals. Regardless, he is back and you can insert him back into your lineup with confidence.

Matt Niskanen (2G, +1, 2PIM, 3SOG, 1Hit), Chris Kunitz (1G, +2, 7SOG, 2Hits) and Sidney Crosby (3A, +2) were the standouts for me. Plenty of rumours going around that the Pens are the favorite to land Kesler from Vancouver. If they do, who does he lineup with? I'm not too sure he does get traded but by the time most of you are reading this, the deals might have already been made.

New York Islanders 3 vs Winnipeg Jets 2

Anders Lee (1G, 1A, +2, 2PIM, 4SOG, 1 Hit) now has 3G and 1A in 4GP. I don't know much about Lee but he did receive just over 13 minutes TOI and even saw some time on the PP.

Just wanted to mention Calvin de Haan again who was held off the scoresheet last night but has started to put up points in every other game. With MacDonald now traded, he should see more opportunity to prove himself the rest of the way. His ice time last night was nearly 25 minutes TOI, including PP time now which he is receiving on a regular basis. Late bloomer perhaps and someone you want to keep an eye on for those in deeper leagues

Vancouver Canucks 0 vs Phoenix Coyotes 1

Life with Luongo begins for the Canucks and with that, Eddie Lack is thrown into the spotlight as the go to guy here on out. Unless of course another trade is made between the time I write this and the trade deadline. Eddie Lack played very well last night stopping 31-32 but let's face it, the offence has dried up in Vancouver. And with no support up front, it doesn't look like Lack will be getting many wins here on out. This was the 6th time in the last 8 games where the Canucks have scored 1 goal or less. Enough said.

Mike Smith only faced 23 shots here for the shutout, the second time he did this to the Canucks this year. But I watched this game and I can't remember any quality chances coming his way. But a win is a win and a shutout is a bonus for Smith owners and we'll take it!

If you need anymore evidence of tough times in Canuck land, Burrows was outright dropped in one of my keeper leagues. Hard to believe they are still in the playoff hunt but these are pretty low times indeed

Ottawa Senators 2 vs Edmonton Oilers 3

As a Viktor Fasth owner I was happy to see him get traded to Edmonton. But he will be battling with Scrivens who is fresh off a contract extension and a 34-36 performance last night for the win. Fasth I think is capable of handling the load but his injuries have me concerned. Scrivens however isn't about to step aside either and I think we might see a similar situation pan out here like what we are witnessing in Toronto with Reimer and Bernier.

Ales Hemsky (2G, 5SOG)in what might have been his last game in an Oilers uniform. His value will depend a lot on if and where he gets traded. If he is on the waiver he will be worth an add but again, you could be reading this too late.

Erik Karlsson (1G, 5SOG) now has goals in B2B games and 4G, 2A in his past 6GP, dating back to pre-olympics

Carolina Hurricanes 3 vs San Jose Sharks 2 OT

Pretty impressed with Andrej Sekera play lately. He finished with 2A, +3, 2SOG and 2BS. He now has 2G and 2A in his last 4GP. He also received the most TOI with 26:12, including top PP time.

Elias Lindholm (1G, 1A, +1, 1SOG, 3 Hits) with his first points since February 7th.

This was a great goalie battle between Stalock and Khudobin. It was Khudobin though coming away with the victory stopping 35-37. Might we see him taking on the starting role if Ward is moved?

Quick bonus add for you. Evgeny Kuznetsov is said to be on his way over to the Washington Capitals. If you haven't heard about him yet, where have you been? If he is on your waiver, why haven't you picked him up yet?

That's it for me this week. Enjoy trade deadline day and feel free to use the comments section below to comment on all the moves made today or yesterday. Don't forget to follow @TheScouts for regular updates or myself at @Pope604 for the random well spaced out thoughts.