Ramblings: Price Returns, Weekend Waiver-Wire Options, Mike Bossy (Apr 16)

Ian Gooding

2022-04-16

Carey Price made his long-awaited season debut, which happened to be his first game since last season's Stanley Cup Final. Given his recovery from knee surgery and his personal struggles, the main takeaway should be that he has made it back to the Canadiens' lineup. The game score shows Price stopping 17 of 19 shots he faced but taking a 3-0 loss to the Islanders. Price did shut out the Isles over two periods, which is a positive if you're looking for a reason to use Price in what's left of the season.

The goalie at the other end in this game was simply outstanding. Ilya Sorokin stopped all 44 shots he faced to pick up his seventh shutout of the season. Only Jacob Markstrom has more shutouts than Sorokin, which is one of the reasons that he's one of the highest-ranked goalies in fantasy hockey. I have Sorokin as the 7th ranked goalie in the Top 100 Roto Rankings, which were updated on Friday.

Brock Nelson scored a goal and added an assist for the Islanders, which gives him multiple points in back-to-back games. He also has seven points over his last six games, so he remains a worthwhile fantasy option down the stretch.  

Jonathan Huberdeau's push for the Art Ross continued on Friday. The Panthers left winger scored two first-period goals in a 6-1 win over Winnipeg. That positions Huberdeau just two points behind Connor McDavid in the scoring race. Huberdeau (108 points) currently has one game in hand on McDavid (110 points). Huberdeau is also riding a 13-game point streak in which he has 24 points. The only danger here might be the Panthers resting him for load management purposes, but then again, they might not if he's chasing a trophy.

Gustav Forsling scored a pair of goals for the Panthers while taking six shots. Forsling has been holding a hot stick recently with six goals and nine points over his last eight games. All of that with virtually no power-play time. So what defenseman is blocking the way with Aaron Ekblad sidelined? The answer is no one, because the Panthers are stacking their first-unit power play with five forwards. This is the power-play unit that has generated the most minutes over the last three games:

CLAUDE GIROUX – JONATHAN HUBERDEAU – ALEKSANDER BARKOV – SAM REINHART – ANTHONY DUCLAIR

Speaking of Giroux, he chipped in with three assists in the win. His time with the Panthers has been successful so far with 15 points (2 G, 13 A) in just 12 games. He's also chipped in four multipoint games over his last six games. He's found a home with Huberdeau and