Ramblings: Bergeron and Kovalchuk Return, Shutouts From Backup Goalies (Dec 23)

Ian Gooding

2018-12-23


Bergeron and Kovalchuk Return, Shutouts From Backup Goalies, plus more…

In his return to the Bruins’ lineup after being sidelined for the past month, Patrice Bergeron scored two goals and added two assists in the Bruins’ 5-2 win over Nashville. Usual suspects Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak were also able to take advantage of Bergeron’s return, collecting a goal and two assists each. Bergeron’s 1.5 PTS/GP average (30 points in 20 games) has only been exceeded by three players who have played at least as many games, so get him back into your lineup ASAP.

David Krejci was able to take advantage of top-line duty while Bergeron was out, scoring 14 points (5g-9a) in 16 games. Krejci saw his eight-game point streak snapped as well, although he was able to retain Pastrnak as a linemate to start this game (along with Joakim Nordstrom). Keep an eye on the line combinations going forward, as they may not be as troublesome for Krejci as you think.

Jaroslav Halak has posted three consecutive wins this week, allowing just three goals over that span. He seems rejuvenated with the move to Boston, continuing to make life difficult for Tuukka Rask owners. Rask is confirmed to start on Sunday in Carolina, according to Goalie Post.

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The Blue Jackets’ top line continues to do damage to opponents. Cam Atkinson scored two goals, while Artemi Panarin recorded three points each in the Jackets’ 4-3 win over Philadelphia. Dobber favorite Atkinson now has 22 goals, which places him just two shy of his total from all of last season. If you compared his second-half production (18 goals in 33 games) to his first-half production (six goals in 32