Ramblings: Crosby, Husso, February Schedule, Droppable Goalies (Jan 22)

Ian Gooding


Sidney Crosby isn't quite the goal scorer that he used to be. However, he managed to complete the 12th hat trick of his career while adding an assist on Friday. Crosby has power-play goals in back-to-back games, goals in three consecutive games and points in four consecutive games. He's also taken 18 shots over his last four games. Not that you'd need us to tell you to start Crosby, but just in case you thought his overall production is slipping as he enters his mid-30s. He's still over a point-per-game this season (31 PTS in 28 GP) and also every season over his entire career.

I wonder if Crosby likes to play pool in his spare time with this bank shot empty-netter.

With a goal and two assists on Friday against his former Ranger teammates, Tony DeAngelo now has back-to-back three-point games. Those who rolled the dice on TDA have reaped the rewards. The production (31 PTS in 30 GP) shouldn't come as much of a surprise as the fact that he seems to be incident-free. The takeaway from that? There's a chance that Evander Kane might not be that bad of an investment. Not saying it will happen, but there's a chance. Someone in nearly half of Yahoo leagues and over half of Fantrax leagues believes Kane is worth a roster spot.

Among defensemen with a minimum of 25 games, only five other d-men have a higher point-per-game average than DeAngelo (1.03 PTS/GP). The fact that TDA has been able to deliver even more offense than Dougie Hamilton at a much cheaper cap hit should be considered a major reason that the Canes are at the top of the Metropolitan Division.

Teuvo Teravainen left this game with a lower-body injury, which appeared to be a result of a hit from Barclay Goodrow. Although it doesn't appear to be a serious injury, his availability for today (Saturday) appears uncertain.