Boston is 2-2-2 since the deadline and have managed just 11 goals in those six games. Lucic was in on six of them, Krejci on seven of them, and Horton on five of them. The rest of this team is ice cold.
Colorado prospect Mark Olver leads all AHL rookies with 23 goals. Olver, 23, has two points in seven games for the Avs. He’s skilled and has potential, but his frame is…well, he weighs 155. He was recalled yesterday and saw some power-play time. I have him ranked 116 on my prospects list. He’s one to keep in your peripherals.
This is what Nazem Kadri needs to iron out – he has four points in his last two AHL games, after managing just one point in the six games prior. If he can’t solve that problem, he won’t succeed. Not every team is nice enough to let a skilled player Kostitsyn his way around the ice night after night.
The Sharks have signed free agent OHL prospect james Livingston to an ELC. Livingston was originally a third rounder with the Blues (2008) but went back into the draft when he wasn’t signed. He went undrafted in 2010. I don’t see a whole lot here in terms of offensive upside, but I don’t see a reason to completely rule him out either. He’ll need to make big strides over the next 18 months of he’s going to make something of this, however.
Friday night’s shutout was Kari Lehtonen’s first in two years.
Jamie McBain missed last night’s contest with an injury to his forearm. No word on the severity, but obviously if it is broken he’ll be done for the season. So he ends with 25 points – about half of what I thought he’d get as a rookie after seeing what he did in his last 35 AHL games and his 14 NHL games last season.
With the shutout yesterday, Carey Price has allowed just seven goals in his last six games.
That’s how he needs to play, now that Windex Wonder Andrei Kostitsyn is back in a rut. After points in seven straight, he is pointless in two. There’s your signal. Bail again.
Mikhail Grabovski played a great game last night. Man, if he played that way for 82 games, he’d be a 90-point guy. The good thing is – each year he seems to play that way for more and more games. He has nine in his last eight games.
Dion Phaneuf has 14 points in his last 24 games and is a plus-4 in that span. Since mid- to late-January, he has really turned his game around to where he was in his first two NHL seasons. And I’m his biggest critic. But if he and Kessel had been playing this way since the start of the season, the Leafs would be in the playoffs right now with breathing room.
Another key for Phaneuf – just 18 PIM in those 24 games. That means he had 57 in the prior 29.
New Jersey is 22-3-2 in their last 27 games. That pace is far too torrid to continue, so if they make the postseason, I wish them luck.
Isles dman Andrew MacDonald has 26 points in his last 44 games. That’s a 50-point player right there, I didn’t know he had it in him. With Hamonic and de Haan on the way, I can’t see him ever hitting that number, but he seems a safe bet for 40 or 45.
Getting the hook last night – MA Fleury, Ondrej Pavelec.
Expert’s League strategy. I’m still hanging in there in 7th place. Most of you I’m sure remember that I’ve been trying to mount a comeback from 12th since eight weeks in. I had $20 left for bids, I put $6 on Sekera and $3 on Dan Ellis and won them both. Since I already own Bobro