Marc Savard is expected to return to the lineup Monday. During his 15-game absence, Bergeron has just nine points and is a minus-2 in that span. Meanwhile, Krejci is showing signs of life with four points in three games prior to Friday when he was held off the scoresheet. My hunch is that Bergeron’s production will slip, while Krejci will find last year’s form. Savard’s presence takes the heat off.
Scott Hartnell – 11 points in 11 games.
So when will Reinprecht slow down? He has 15 points in his last 16 games. His career high is 52 and I think he’ll finish around there.
Ryan O’Reilly has come back to Earth – just one point in his last six contests. As the Avs fall in the standings (out of the playoffs? Maybe) players such as O’Reilly will have more realistic numbers.
Varlamov his white hot – last four games: 3-0-1, 1.24, .957. His 8-1-1 looks better than Theo’s 5-3-4. His .917 looks better than Theo’s .893 and his 2.42 beats Theo’s 3.24 by a wide margin. Theo’s salary will give him a couple more chances yet…but when he stops getting chances and the team gives up on him you will get ZERO warning. Coach Boudreau will continue to say Theodore his the No.1 goalie and give him full backing…and then all of a sudden it will all stop. Don’t be left with Theodore on your roster when that happens.
Tuomo Ruutu has 15 points and 23 PIM in his last 16 games and nine (and four PIM) in his last six. This is the Ruutu we expected after his rookie year. At 26 years old, he’s hitting his prime now.
Brenden Morrow has just one point in his last nine contests.
Nik Kronwall is out a minimum of two weeks after this hit by Laraque (shown below).
With Stillman out, the Panthers recalled Matthias and Repik. Only Matthias got into the game (five minutes). Repik has 12 points in 13 AHL contests and Matthias has but six in 12. Repik is looking like the better keeper option at this point.
A player who I’ve had a soft spot for since he was drafted could be showing signs of life. Rusty Olesz has five points in his last five games and the team has been steadfast in giving him at least 15:30 of ice time per game (i.e. second line). They pay him too much to give up on him, and he’s still only 24. Injuries are the only concern.
Scott Gomez joins Gionta on the shelf and that opens up still more ice time for A. Kostitsyn. He saw 20 minutes last night for the first time this year and his three-game game total of 55:09 is his highest three-game span of the season. He has four points during that time. He better be active in your league.
Filip Kuba has recovered from his LBI obviously – four points in one game should make that clear. Only one of his points came on the PP. He and Alex Picard are shouldering the Sens offense from the blue line.
Ryan Vesce, recalled yesterday, has points in five of his seven NHL games this year. Last night he only played 5:55… prior to his leg injury he was seeing 17 minutes a game racking up the points. The 5-8 AHL star deserves a chance.
Another small player, Mathieu Perreault, has also impressed (you know me and the small, skilled guys – their upside always intrigues me). I assure that he will be at worst a 65-point second line NHL centerman. At best, with the wingers they have in Washington, I don’t want to put a cap on it. However, for now his offense is keeping him in the NHL and he