Ramblings: Matthews 50 in 50, Roslovic Busts Slump, Finishing Your Fantasy Week (Apr 10)

Ian Gooding

2022-04-10

It might not be true 50 goals in 50 games, but scoring 50 goals over any 50-game span is quite an accomplishment. The last player to score 50 over 50 games was Mario Lemieux during the 1995-96 season. Here's the goal that put Auston Matthews into a goal-per-game pace over a 50-game span.

For good measure, Matthews scored another goal just 27 seconds later, which gives him 58 goals on the season. 60 seems like a certainty now. 65 is well within reach. What about 70?

On Matthews' first goal, Jake Allen appeared to pull something and had to leave the game. Allen had played 11 of the Habs' last 12 games since returning from injury, facing no fewer than 30 shots in his 10 previous games prior to Saturday. His .911 SV% since returning on March 17 is impressive considering the high shot total, which clearly factors into his 3.61 GAA. If Allen has to miss time, then it's probably back to Sam Montembeault as the Habs play out the string.

Cole Caufield is now riding a four-game goal streak. His success with new coach Martin St. Louis has been well-documented, with the updated total at 17 goals and 30 points in Caufield's last 27 games. He should be treated as a point-per-game player the rest of the way.

Brendan Gallagher has had a rough season just like his team, but at least he has points in three consecutive games and five points and a plus-5 over that span.

The NHL currently has two 50-goal scorers in Matthews and Leon Draisaitl. Chris Kreider appears to be the next player to join that club, scoring his 48th and 49th goals on Saturday. I mentioned this a while back, but Kreider is the league leader in tip-in goals with 17. No other player has more than eight. Both of Kreider's goals on Saturday were actual shots, in case you were wondering and hadn't seen them. Kreider is also the league leader in power-play goals (25).

Mathieu Joseph's mini-run ended, as he was held without a point with a minus-2 in the Senators' 5-1 loss to the Rangers. Joseph entered Saturday's game with 10 points over his last four games. The Sens play again today (Sunday) and he’s been on the top line, so he’s still an option if he’s available in your l