Ramblings: Pass the Tatar sauce.
Out of fear/respect for Brad Marchand’s hot streak, I kept Freddie Andersen on my bench. It was too early in the week to have my goaltending implode. But as he has done in eight of his last nine games, Andersen delivered a quality start. He stopped 33 of 35 for a big win over the Bruins.
The Leafs didn’t quite keep Marchand off the board, as he managed an assist but keeping the league’s hottest goal-scorer without a shot, let alone a goal is quite the feat.
William Nylander has points in eight straight games and has 21 in 24 since the All-Star break.
Morgan Rielly has three goals and five points in the last six games. He has done it without power play time as well, which makes it all the more impressive. Of course, when Rielly is up Jake Gardiner is down. Just two points in the last 10 for Gardiner. The PP time is slanted hugely in Gardiner’s favour so if I was betting on one going forward it would be Gardiner.
I applied that PP time logic to my choice between Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist, settling on Nyquist as my pick-up for this week. Naturally, Tatar scored, his sixth goal in the past six games. Tatar also jumped onto the top PP unit in this game.
Both Tatar and Nyquist have finally found their strides skating alongside Henrik Zetterberg. I’m confident that when the week shakes out, I’ll find I couldn’t have gone wrong with either choice. But if it turns out that Tatar is way more productive I'll be disappointed, especially because of how hard I rode with Tatar early in the season only for him to fail to meet expectations.
Interesting line combos for the Sabres last night:
#1 29.6% EICHEL,JACK – ENNIS,TYLER – O'REILLY,RYAN
#2 19.9% FASCHING,HUDSON – FOLIGNO,MARCUS – RODRIGUES,EVAN
#3 13.4% GIONTA,BRIAN – GIRGENSONS,ZEMGUS – KANE,EVANDER
#4 10.2% BAILEY,JUSTIN – MOULSON,MATT – REINHART,SAM
There’s really only one line of intrigue there, with Jack Eichel moving to the wing alongside Ryan O’Reilly. As an O’Reilly owner I am a fan of this. Any chance to get more exposure to Eichel is good news in my books.
O’Reilly and Eichel did combine for a goal, but did so on the power play, where we know they are lethal. We’ll see if they stick with this against the Penguins tonigh since they’ll be looking to get O’Reilly against