Only two games on the NHL schedule on Friday, so let’s dive right in.
The Devils/Penguins game was a high-shooting affair, as the teams combined for nearly 80 shots. Tristan Jarry saved 36 of 37 shots he faced in the Penguins’ 4-1 win over Jersey. Jarry has now earned wins in back-to-back games to go with a sparkling 1.80 GAA and .945 SV% in six games. He’s established himself as a solid streaming backup, even with the Penguins’ laundry list of injuries.
Meanwhile, Mackenzie Blackwood was pulled after allowing two goals in 25 seconds early in the third period. Allowing four goals on 36 shots isn’t terrible, but perhaps John Hynes wanted to give Blackwood a little rest and Louis Domingue his first game action as a Devil. New Jersey is back at it Saturday against the Red Wings, so don’t be surprised if Blackwood makes his seventh consecutive start in that one.
Jake Guentzel scored for the third time in four games, and he currently has points in all four of those games (six points over that span). Sidney who? Guentzel is still on the Pens’ top line, only now it’s with Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust.
By the way, Rust now has a four-game point streak of his own, and he’s averaged four shots over his last six games. He’s now owned in one-third of Yahoo leagues, so fantasy owners are catching on to his deployment and point-per-game production this season. Once the Pens start getting healthy, then you might want to consider selling high or dropping outright. Then again, the Pens never seem to be completely healthy.
Without Kris Letang AND Justin Schultz on Friday, the Pens opted to use… Brian Dumoulin