March 28, 2014

steve laidlaw

2014-03-28

Decisive 3-0 victory for Boston against the visiting Blackhawks.

 

Tuukka Rask got the shutout, his league-leading seventh of the season. Once upon a time there was an argument to be made that Ben Bishop was the Vezina frontrunner but Rask has run away with it since the Olympics.

 

Patrice Bergeron is sizzling right now with goals in five straight games. He got two last night. 

 

What's interesting is that while Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith are still skating alongside Bergeron, they've managed just a combined three points over this stretch. Regression in action I suppose.

 

Smith has been particularly quiet of late with just five points in 16 post-Olympic games.

 

David Krejci has also slumped a bit going scoreless in his last four games. But it's pretty rare for both Krejci and Bergeron to be rolling at once. These guys basically teeter-totter all year.

 

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Corey Crawford suffered the loss but he is providing some very consistent goaltending. He hasn't allowed more than three goals in a game since January. I don't think a whole lot of Crawford's game but he is a solid one in fantasy. It's nice to have a goalie you know won't blow it for you.

 

The Blackhawks have now been shutout in two of their last three games. Are they missing Patrick Kane?

 

Teuvo Teravainen has been lapping up some of Kane's minutes, particularly those on the top power play. He's scoreless in two games. Not a large enough sample size to draw any conclusions but I'm not optimistic that he'll produce this season or next. I just can't recall the last the last non-goaltender to jump straight from the Finnish league into the NHL and have a lot of success.

 

Stick him on the Mikael Granlund plan and we see Teravainen producing in a couple of years. Just need to be patient.

 

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Huge shootout win for the Coyotes in New Jersey. They boosted their playoff odds by 8.8% with the two points. I want to get snarky and accuse them of playing for overtime after they blew an early two-goal lead but I didn't see the game so I can't for certain.

 

Thomas Greiss has notably won two in a row for the Coyotes since Mike Smith went down with injury.

 

Impressive stat for the Coyotes:

 

 

 

 

 

They didn't get much from anyone off that list last night though. Hell, Mike Ribeiro was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. That's disconcerting.

 

With the big guns not producing it was some unheralded performers scoring in this one. Chris Summers scored a goal and an assist in just 12 minutes of play. Kyle Chipchura matched that in even less time. For Chipchura that makes his second two-point performance in the last three games. Good on Phoenix for finally extracting some value out of these former first rounders but no, there's n