Still waiting for Jaromir Jagr to slow down. Still waiting for Jagr to get hurt. He’s already cost me a case of beer on a preseason bet. In three weeks he turns 42. Yet he has 41 points in his last 46 games. He passed Mario Lemieux on the all-time assists list Sunday and has six points and plus-5 in his last four games. If he continues his current pace and then next year plays and gets another 45 points, he will end his career with 2000 regular season and playoff points. And that’s taking three years off, plus a lockout.
I also like him because I think he, Brodeur and Selanne are the only players in the NHL older than I am! I turn 40 in a couple of months.
Patrik Elias had his second two-point game in three contests. If the injuries are behind him, we all know that he could easily wind up the season with another 29 points in 29 games, giving him 58. I’m guessing he could still be had for cheap.
Martin Brodeur – six goals allowed on 21 shots and he gets the hook. In 2014 he has given us one win, 1-3-1 and five goals (or more) allowed in two of those games. Consider the torch passed. Schneider’s team now.
Anton Stralman had two assists and was plus-4 yesterday. I don’t recommend picking him up, of course. Not yet, anyway. But I do recommend watching to see what more he can do. The Del Zotto trade opens things up a bit for him. At this point though, Dan Girardi is getting the secondary PP time.
The Zuccarello – Brassard – Pouliot line had cooled off a bit and I was just starting to think that the party was over. Rick Nash was scoring again, so the ZBP line was losing their appeal. But Zuke tallied two Sunday, assisted by his linemates, so as usual I was getting worried over nothing.
Here is my Puck Daddy article from last Thursday. A tad dated, but still interesting if I do say so myself.
Gustav Nyquist is in the zone. He’s been streaky and that will continue to be the case early in his career. But right now he has points in five straight.
Brendan Smith tallied 12 of his 13 points in his last 26 games.
Tom Gilbert with the nice kick save during a scramble:
Mike Weaver led both teams in the Florida-Detroit game in blocked shots with four. He’s a middle-of-the-road shot blocker – I’ll try to pay more attention to this category in future ramblings (this is by request, via the comments section below in yesterday’s ramblings).
So I will say this, after a bit of quick research – Andrew MacDonald leads the league in blocked shots by a wide margin (178 and second is 141 Josh Gorges). But he also leads the league in BSH in the past th