Time to look ahead to the final 30 games or so and see what might be in store for the balance of the season. I’ll pick one player from each Eastern Conference team that should be in for a sweet finish and one whose production over the last stanza may leave a sour taste in their owners mouth. I’ll try my very best to avoid being Captain Obvious.
Sweet: Nik Antropov sits ninth in team scoring and was on pace for a mere 41 points after averaging 61 points over the last three seasons. The soon to be 31-year-old was hot of late, recording six points in seven games.
Sour: I was never really sold on Anthony Stewart turning into a scorer in the NHL. He was a point-per-game player in junior, but he never topped 31 points as a professional. Stewart has gone ice cold, recording only four points in his last 15 contests.
Sweet: With 25 points in his last 21 games, Patrice Bergeron was on pace for 65 points, his best since he recorded back-to-back 70 point seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07. Marc Savard has likely played his last game this season, giving Bergeron a decent shot at hitting 70 points for the third time in his career.
Sour: Brad Marchand has recorded 11 points over the last 11 games despite receiving virtually no power play time. He is averaging just over 13 minutes of overall ice time, tenth most amongst Bruin forwards. This recent point streak won’t last.
Sweet: Last year as a rookie, Tyler Myers scored 16 of his 48 points in 22 games following the All-Star games. Heading into the break this season, he had four points in four games and was on pace for 35 points.
Sour: Jordan Leopold was only six points shy of his 33 point career high, set way back in 2002-03. He was on pace for 44 points, but has only one point in his last five contests.
Sweet: Prior to last seasons brutal 18 points in 52 games, Joe Corvo had averaged 41 points over each of the four previous years. In his first three months of this season, a span of 36 games, Corvo recorded 13 points. He matched that point total over the course of 14 January matches and is currently on pace for 42 points. The 33-year-old could surpass his career high of 48 points.
Sour: As impressed as I am with rookie Jeff Skinner, I just can’t see him continuing to score at his current 65 point pace. Tradition has it that at some point, rookies hit a wall and their production slows