March 25, 2014

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2014-03-25

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Update – Evgeni Malkin will miss the next 2-3 weeks with a foot injury. Look for Brandon Sutter and Marcel Goc to move up the rotation at center. 



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Montreal finally ended Boston’s winning streak and they did so thanks to a stellar effort from Peter Budaj. The Canadiens opted to rest Carey Price and use him on Tuesday night against the Sabres, probably hoping they could grab an easy two points, and the strategy paid off.

 

Despite getting the shootout winner against the Bruins, Alex Galchenyuk has taken a small step back this year. He’s only got 28 points right now and had 27 in the entire shortened campaign last year. He’s also a minus-12 on the season and in the midst of a one-goal in 11 games slump. Galchenyuk saw just over 12 minutes on Monday, the fewest he’s seen in quite some time.

 

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Milan Lucic is had seven hits and looks to be getting into playoff mode. When he’s throwing his weight around he’s a completely different player and nearly impossible to contain. 

 

Reilly Smith is stuck on 19 goals and hasn’t recorded a shot in three of his last four outings. He’s had an impressive season but I wouldn’t expect much more from him next year than 40-45 points at best. Boston shouldn't lose many key forwards in the offseason, so it’s going to be tough for Reilly to jump up in the pecking order. 

 

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The Coyotes fell to the Rangers on Monday, but they lost much more than the game. Mike Smith went down after getting tangled up with Derick Brassard and was forced to leave. No word yet on how serious it is but it didn’t look great as Smith left the ice in some discomfort. Phoenix is in a huge battle for a playoff spot right now, so Thomas Greiss may get a handful of starts here in the last few weeks if Smith is out for a while.

 

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Brassard also scored in this one, to give him four goals in four games. He's played very well lately and earned himself some more minutes. He had the second most power play time for the Rangers on Monday, but that could have had something to do with a bunch of Rangers like Martin St. Louis and Derek Stepan battling the flu. They saw their minutes limited but Brassard has certainly taken advantage of his opportunities. That secondary scoring is going to be key come the playoffs.