March 20, 2014

steve laidlaw

2014-03-20

Update:

 

Alex Killorn will not receive supplemental discipline for last night’s hit. So there you go.

 

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Steven Stamkos unleashed a hat-trick on the Maple Leafs last night scoring on all three of his shots. Is he "back" or has he just picked on some poor defensive squads? Probably a little bit of both.

 

Stamkos now has five goals and seven points in seven games since returning with all those points coming in three of the last four games, picking on the Leafs, Canucks and Panthers. I don't know that we hold that against him. The best players feast on bad teams and teams playing badly. So enjoy the ride.

 

Valtteri Filppula owners need enjoy the ride as well. He's scored 10 points over a six-game scoring streak and is making money occupying the Martin St. Louis spot on the top power play unit. He's clicked on at least two of these in the past week:

 

 

I realize it's a power play but I don't know how you let that pass through. That would be my number one concern. Credit Filppula for getting it through though. He might score a point per game the rest of the way just off passes like these.

 

Tyler Johnson is in the money as well skating on the top line with Stamkos and leading the second PP unit.

 

I mused last week that Ben Bishop might be in tough if the Lightning keep playing poor defense in front of him. He's now won four in a row but has allowed three goals or more in seven of his last eight starts with only a shutout against New Jersey standing out. That's some cherry-picking to be sure but if the Lightning don't calm down Bishop will be a much tougher play through the fantasy playoffs.

 

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Scary moment to end the first period as Paul Ranger was checked head-first into the glass by Alex Killorn. Ranger had to be stretchered off and was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. No word on if he will miss time.

 

Killorn was handed a match-penalty and is looking at some potential supplementary discipline so keep an eye out for that if he's on your squad.

 

James Reimer is having quite the run of futility. It's tough because I like his game but he's allowing way too many softies. I also think that the team doesn't have the same confidence playing in front of him as they do Jonathan Bernier, who can't get back soon enough.

 

Phil Kessel ended a four-game drought with a goal last night. I normally wouldn't make mention of it but we are in the fantasy playoffs now so every scoreless game for a star comes under scrutiny. And Kessel is tied for second in the league in scoring (with Ryan Getzlaf