Ramblings: MacKinnon Absent Friday, Pavelski and Hintz Starring, More Opportunity For Sprong (May 8)

Ian Gooding


The main beneficiary of Alex Ovechkin's absence from the lineup (now nearly two weeks) has been Daniel Sprong. With another goal on Friday, Sprong now has six goals in his last six games. Currently he's on what should be considered the Capitals' top scoring line with Nicklas Backstrom and Anthony Mantha. Sprong is still only 2 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, but that may have a lot to do with fantasy leagues coming to a close and the continual day-to-day status of Ovechkin. Sprong also saw time on PP1 in this game, which would have a lot to do with no Ovechkin or Evgeny Kuznetsov in the lineup.

Removing Tom Wilson from Wednesday's game seemed to be precautionary, as he was back in the lineup on Friday. He seemed relatively toned down, as he did not record a hit and took just one shot.

Wade Allison was the scoring star for the Flyers in the 4-2 win over the Capitals. Allison scored two second-period goals, which gives him points in three consecutive games. Allison isn't receiving the kind of overall icetime and linemate opportunity that Sprong is, in case you are evaluating options for Saturday. To compare, Sprong played nearly five more minutes (19:02) than Allison (14:06) in this game. For more on Allison, see his Dobber Prospects profile.

When I've used Brian Elliott in recent weeks, he's been a complete disaster. Of course when I don't start him, he picks up a 28-save win. Friday's game was Elliott's first quality start in his last five games.

Not only did Cam York get into his first NHL game, but he logged over 20 minutes as well as first-unit power-play time. Since