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The Calgary Flames exploded offensively on Monday night for a 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. And yes, two goals is an outburst for a team that had been shut out five times in its last eight contests.
Karri Ramo picked up his first-career NHL shutout and the Flames' goaltending has showed a bit of improvement from the way they started this season. Of course, they've had to be better when the offense decides to go MIA for long stretches.
Mikael Backlund scored in his second straight game and he could be a decent buy-low candidate because he is still receiving big minutes. He's been close to 22 in the last two contests and may have more value now with Mike Cammalleri sidelined with a concussion.
Sean Monahan scored the other goal and he has really cooled since his tremendous start. He played so well at the beginning of the year that the Flames had no choice but to keep him with the big club, however, if they could go back in time I wonder if they would make the same decision.
The Hurricanes have now been shut out in two straight themselves.
Nathan Gerbe led the way with four shots, which he has now done in back-to-back games.
Justin Faulk has been disappointing of late, recording no more than one shot per game in four of five outings. He can go quiet as far as shots go though as he had a stretch earlier this season of five straight games without one.
The Blue Jackets beat the Lightning 3-2 and again Sergei Bobrovsky was solid. He can't go on another late season run like last year, can he?
Ryan Johansen's goal gives him points in two straight. He's starting to show some signs of life again after four games without a point.
Mark Letestu deserves a strong look right now if he's available in your league. He's got four points, three of them goals, in his last three outings and is getting solid power play time. He played just 13 minutes against Tampa, but nearly three of those came on the man advantage.
Jack Johnson had his first multi-point night since the first game of the season. See, aren't you glad you held onto him?
Nathan Horton's 200th NHL goal.
Thomas Drance's favorite player, Radko Gudas, had himself quite the night. He notched an assist to go along with four PIM and three hits. Gudas really is valuable if you have those rough and tumble categories in your pool.
Alex Killorn's goal gave him five points in four games. He's been clicking well with Purcell and Filppula, which means that line should still stay together even when Steven Stamkos comes back. So Killorn might be a good one to hang on to.
Nikita Kucherov has now gone pointless in three but he still got over three minutes with the man advantage. So don't give up on him yet.
Paul Maurice's debut behind the Winnipeg bench was a successful one as the Jets were victorious over the Coyotes 5-1.
Winnipeg spread the offense around as no one had more than a single point, except Dustin Byfuglien who had a pair of assists.
Crazy stat of the night: Tobias Enstrom played almost 10 minutes on the power play because Phoenix took so many penalties. He only cashed in with one point though in what could have been a massive night for poolies.
Al Montoya would be a smart add right now as I'm not sure how much longer Ondrej Pavelec can hold onto the starting job. He got the win on Monday but only faced 19 shots, and the goal he gave up he was swimming all over the crease. Montoya's numb