Happy St. Patrick’s Day
I celebrated on Saturday with green beer and UFC – that way I could do it right!
Saturday’s win for Ben Bishop gives him 31 – and that’s actually a club record for the Lightning. I have a slim lead in my one keeper and Bishop, who amazingly still fell to me in the eighth round last summer in a 15-team league in which we keep 12 (and three of the players I kept were goalies), has been the difference-maker for me.
Interesting to see that since the Lightning stopped scratching Mike Kostka, he has three points in five games and is averaging up around 18 minutes of ice time. Probably worth a short-term grab for your playoff run if you need to plug hole.
Tyler Johnson is two goals shy of 23, which would tie Stamkos’ rookie record. But as Johnson says:
"I think he was 18 when he did that feat right? And if I'm not mistaken he got 60 when he was 20 or 21″
As I kinda figured when he got the monkey off his back last week – since Brandon Pirri scored his first Florida goal last week he has continued on with five points in four games. Definitely worth an add. In fact, he’s a great Cam Atkinson replacement for the stretch run.
Another former Blackhawk – Jimmy Hayes – has eight points in his last eight games for the Panthers. I have more faith in Pirri (higher upside) keeping it up than Hayes, but Hayes is still a pretty good short-term option. And at this point in the season, all options are short-term, really. Short-term pretty much carries you to the end.
Vincent Trocheck scored in his second straight game, but he also played an eye-popping 24 minutes Sunday. A forward with six career NHL games under his belt. But this was mostly due to Jonathan Huberdeau leaving the game with a UBI. No word on the seriousness…
Get the lowdown on Pirri here, Trocheck here and Hayes here. All you need to know.
Speaking of monkeys off of backs, Alexandre Burrows. He scored his first goal of the season in his 36th game last week. Now he has six points in his last four contests, 6 PIM and 11 shots on goal. He’s back clicking with Henrik.
While Daniel sits out, prospect Nicklas Jensen has been doing a nice job on the big line. He has three points in four games and is plus-3 with eight shots. The last three games he’s averaging close to 20 minutes. Daniel is likely out until the playoffs…which probably means he’s out until next season, since the Canucks will fall short of a spot in my opinion.
Jensen fantasy scouting report here.