J.P. From Japer’s Rink (@JapersRink) Tweeted the exact numbers – Perreault has seven points in four “first game after recall” opportunities.
Let’s kick things off with my buddy Mathieu Perreault. Two goals, no power-play time, and 13 minutes of ice time. If he’s been recalled five times in his career (not sure), I think he’s had a point in his first game up at least four of those times (again – just a guess). He makes his impact early and often before the lack of PP time catches up with his adrenalin. Probably not worth a pick up unless you have room on your bench. I’m talking one-year leagues, of course. In keepers, he’s a must.
Crosby now has a 16-game points streak (453,125 points in that span). Man he’s on fire.
No matter how bad the Capitals played, especially in the third period… the bottom line is that there is a giant “L” beside Neuvirth’s name, thus keeping the ball in Varlamov’s court. In March, we don’t say “yeah, but that loss on December 6th wasn’t Neuvirth’s fault!” Nope, we just look down the “L” column and see the total.
Mikhail Grabovski snapped a five-game pointless drought. Whenever he picks up points after a drougth like that he goes on a ….well, anywhere from three to …about eight-game scoring binge.
Alex Ovechkin must be playing hurt. Twelve goals? Really? No, he won’t end up with just 35 this year. You won’t see that until he’s 35 years old. No, even a bad year for him would still see 40 or more.
It seems as though everyone who faces the mighty Ondrej will fall, doesn’t it?
Logan Couture has 14 points in his last 15 games.
Mathieu Garon is now 7-2-0, vs. Mason at 8-8-1. Garon got the W last night. My best guess is that Mason starts 12 of the next 20 and goes 5-7. Garon starts eight games and goes 5-3. Then Garon starts 15 of the ensuing 20 as the Jackets fight for their playoff lives.
Need a rearguard? Justin Braun. Development curve similar to Matt Carle, and making the same early impact. Bruan has five points in six games for the Sharks. Seeing time on the power play, too.
Zetterberg and Datsyuk were pointless last night and a combined minus-7.
The Kovalchuk watch: he’s minus-17 now. The one league that I own him in, it’s a keeper, and I’m in fifth place. I’d be winning if he was normal. In that league, we get half for plus/minus. Well, his 11 points… minus 8.5 for that ugly plus/minus, and he’s contributed ahhh 2.5 points for me. My best player (other than Price). What can I do, bench him? Bench Kovalchuk? I have one week when the Devils played two games…but bench him in a three or four-game week? I think I have to. Stop the bleeding. My bench wingers are not very good, otherwise I would have moved sooner.
It looks as though Ales Hemsky will be out for four weeks with his groin injury as they have decided to be extra cautious. Smart move. Another smart move would be to call up Linus Omark. But we’ll see how smart they are.