Ramblings: Crosby/Ovechkin, Bratt Pack, Following Up on Coaching Changes in Vancouver and Philly (Dec 11)

Ian Gooding

2021-12-11

Sidney Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin matchups never get old, especially since we can still debate which player has had the better career and even which player is better right now. Even with both Crosby and Ovechkin recording two assists each, the Penguins came out on top 4-2.

With the two assists, Crosby extended his point streak to seven games. He has 13 points over that span and is now up to 82 points in 62 career games against Washington. Yes, that's the highest of any active player against the Capitals. Ovechkin has 36 goals and 68 points in 67 career games against Pittsburgh, so both players bring their A-games when facing their rival.

Find out where Crosby and Ovechkin are ranked in the Top 100 Roto Rankings. I'll be updating them for December in several days, so have your say where they are ranked, along with other notable players.

Tom Wilson left Friday's game with an upper-body injury.

Roman Josi filled the statsheet on Friday with a goal, an assist, nine shots, and three hits. That extended his point streak to four games, where he has scored seven points. He's currently tied for second in scoring among defensemen, and he's one of four defensemen with at least 20 games played scoring at a point-per-game pace (27 points in 27 games).

Sometimes goal scorers can be fickle. Eeli Tolvanen scored a goal in his first game of the season. Then he went without a goal in his next 22 games. Now he's scored goals in four consecutive games. With Matt Duchene out of the lineup, Tolvanen was promoted to the top power play and that's where he scored his goal. Maybe it's finally safe to put him back into your lineup? That's the type of player that can be frustrating to have on your roster, even if the extended dry spell was a case of horrible bad luck.  

Jesper Bratt is at the top of the Frozen Tools Popular Profiles because he continues to put up points. Bratt's 23 points this season have all come in his last 20 games. Although it might seem like Bratt will cool off, his advanced stats (aside from secondary assists) suggest that this could be normal production. The key is that he's shooting the puck more. When Bratt broke into the league in 2017-18, he shot at less than 1.5 SOG/GP. Now he's shooting at nearly thr