Kris Letang is back tonight too – Pittsburgh is getting their best forward and best defenseman back in the same game. Scrap what I wrote earlier – he will be playing the PP1 point with Crosby. Sullivan gets bumped off.
Wrote a piece on Justin Schultz for the CanucksArmy today – chatted with Corey Pronman and Chuck Schultz, who both gave some good insights on the potential UFA from Wiconsin.
Crosby is going to start out on the point on Pittsburgh’s top power play tonight, alongside fellow forward Steve Sullivan.
Kyle Palmieri had two goals for the Ducks last night.
Ray Whitney was fantastic for Phoenix, finishing with three assists. Antoine Vermette also had three points. The Coyotes didn’t get a strong game from Mike Smith, but they didn’t need one, putting up five goals on Luongo.
After a few months of rock solid play, Luongo is struggling a bit. A combination of his own play and poor defensive coverage in front of him – he’s allowed three or more goals in four straight starts for the Canucks.
David Desharnais had a goal and three shots in almost 23 minutes of ice time last night. Montreal was forced to play him more because of an injury to Nokelainen after he fought Ottawa's Jared Cowen.
Both Price and Ben Bishop were really solid in goal. Bishop seems to be fitting in well with Ottawa and showing some upside with his play. A shrewd trade by Ottawa GM Bryan Murray, as he could develop into a very good 1B goaltender for next season.
Montreal defenseman and human missile Alexei Emelin was a late scratch with a minor injury.
Quite the game in Buffalo last night – the Sabres lost the lead with less than a second to go in the third, and eventually lost to Colorado in a shootout.
Tyler Ennis is thriving at center – he had three helpers for the Sabres last night, skating on a line with Foligno and Stafford.
Foligno had two goals and looked to have his first career hat trick, but he didn't tip Sulzer's shot in upon second look.
Stafford was Buffalo's best forward – three points, generating chances on the PK, even strength, and PP.
Brayden McNabb played with Sekera and Myers out (sick and suspended, respectively). He was an honourable mention on my keeper league prospect defensemen list.
Blake "Superstar" Wheeler (unofficial new nickname) – had two more points for the Jets. He continues to be a dominant physical force in every single game.
Eric Fehr scored – only his second goal of the season. Injuries have killed whatever offensive upside he once had.
Bachman got the start for Dallas, but he gave up five goals on 28 shots. He's been pretty solid this season, providing solid play in relief of Kari Lehtonen.
Andrew Ladd scored twice and had eight shots on goal for the Jets.
The Avs are a lot of fun to watch right now – Downie looks like he was made for the Burgundy, and Landeskog is starting to run away with the Calder race.
Landeskog had two points and was instrumental in the tying goal.
Peter Mueller scored the shootout winner, and he added an assist in 15 minutes of ice time (he also had a brutal turnover, leading to Stafford's shorthanded goal).
Ryan O'Reilly played almost 25 minutes – slightly inflated because of the OT, and also because Duchene remains out.
David Jones is now three goals away from 20, and could reach 25 if he gets hot. An underrated player – Colorado likely wants to re-sign him. They made a calculated risk in not trading him, and it appears to be paying off.
Erik Johnson looks more and more like his old self, but the skating still isn't there. Looks a bit bothered by the knee injury that affected him earlier this year (could have just been last night, though).