Ramblings: No Matthews No Problem For Leafs, Bin Nasty in San Jose (Feb 28)

Ian Gooding

2021-02-28

No Jack Eichel meant no goals for the Sabres, and a shutout for Brian Elliott. The veteran Flyers goalie stopped all 23 shots he faced to earn his second shutout of the season. The 35-year-old Elliott might not be viewed as a must-own fantasy asset, but he has posted quality numbers (5-1-0, 2.03 GAA, .931 SV%, 50 QS%). When you combine that with Carter Hart's struggles (3.68 GAA, .891 SV%), it's difficult to not make a case for a possible timeshare here. The Flyers play four times next week with weekend back-to-backs, so I'd have to think that Elliott would be good for starting two of those games. Go ahead and roll with him.

Since returning to the lineup five games ago, Sean Couturier has been on fire with nine points (4 G, 5 A). That included a goal and an assist on Saturday.

Jeff Skinner returned to the Sabres lineup after a three-game healthy scratch, playing on a line with Casey Mittelstadt and Riley Sheahan. After 15 games, he still has yet to score his first goal of the season. At least there's nowhere to go but up, even if there's nothing left fantasy-wise.

More tales of woe from the Sabres: Rasmus Dahlin's minus-16 is the league's worst. Dahlin made the All-Disappointment Team that Steve Laidlaw and I created last weekend. Here's our team, which was well-represented by the Sabres.

Don't forget to give Steve’s podcast a listen if you haven't already.

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Mikael Backlund broke out of his eight-game point drought in a big way on Saturday. The Flames center scored a goal while adding two assists to go with a plus-4 and four shots on goal to power the Flames to a victory. For those in faceoff leagues, he also won a personal season-best 13 faceoffs. Linemates Matthew Tkachuk and