Ramblings: Varlamov Blanks Ducks, Vatanen Hurt, Gaudreau’s Home Cooking (Mar. 10)

steve laidlaw

2016-03-10

Ramblings: Varlamov blanks Ducks, Vatanen hurt, Gaudreau's home cooking and more.

Let’s start in Calgary where Johnny Gaudreau had a big night, scoring two goals quickly in the first period and then setup the game winner in overtime. I’m not sure there is a better player in the league once the game hits 3-on-3. This ended a four-game scoring slump for Gaudreau. Three of those games were on the road, which wasn’t at all surprising to see. Gaudreau’s home/road splits have grown so stark it’s laughable:

 

Games

Points

Plus/Minus

Home

32

45

Plus-22

Road

33

18

Minus-17

 

Gaudreau goes from being Patrick Kane on home ice to being Bo Horvat (who has a league-worst minus-33 rating) on the road. The overall product is a top-10 scorer but you can almost write off half of Gaudreau’s games. I certainly don’t even bother using Gaudreau in daily fantasy when I see that he is on the road. Crazy stuff. I wonder if it continues into the future.

For what it’s worth, Kane had a ridiculous split his first season scoring 51 points in 41 home games but just 21 points in 41 road games. He has since corrected that to become the most dominant scorer in the league today.

The Flames lost both Sam Bennett and TJ Brodie to upper-body injuries last night.

With Bennett out, Sean Monahan was back with Gaudreau registering a pair of assists. Good news for Monahan owners if Bennett misses more time. Bob Hartley has really lo