Ramblings: Another Outdoor Game, Four-Week Fantasy Playoff Schedule (Mar 4)

Ian Gooding


Another Outdoor Game, Four-Week Fantasy Playoff Schedule, plus more…

The NHL went outdoors on Saturday evening, this time at the U.S. Naval Academy. This latest Stadium Series game saw the Capitals defeat the Leafs 5-2.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th goal of the season, making him the sixth player in NHL history to record nine 40-goal seasons. In this day and age where 40-goal scorers are rare, let alone 50-goal scorers, this is quite the accomplishment. Ovie is a consistently high first-round pick in fantasy drafts and arguably the top fantasy player over the last decade given his dominance in the goals and shots on goal categories. I hope he reaches 50 this season; otherwise, we may have yet another season without a 50-goal scorer.

Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and John Carlson each scored a goal and added two assists in this game, chasing Frederik Andersen from the game. The Great Dane allowed five goals before getting pulled midway through the second period. Andersen’s numbers might not show it, but his success is absolutely critical for the Leafs, who give up a ton of shots. Andersen leads goalies with 1722 saves, over 100 more than the next-highest goalie (who I’ll mention later).

Holtby didn’t earn his first shutout of the season, but he did earn a win. His owners should probably be satisfied with that, as he had not registered a win in his previous six starts. Holtby had a February to forget with an un-Vezina Trophy-like 4.62 GAA and .873 SV%. Yet another goalie that was counted on that has struggled at times this season.

Of course, the outdoor game might be most remembered for the power outage.

Good thing the Leafs went with those all-white uniforms.