Ramblings: Pastrnak, Chabot Return; Panthers and Bobrovsky Extend Win Streak (Apr 24)

Ian Gooding


With Frederik Andersen injured and the Hurricanes playing the first of back-to-backs, Pyotr Kochetkov made his NHL debut. Kochetkov stopped 17 of 19 shots he faced to help the Hurricanes to a 3-2 overtime win over the Devils. The Canes were playing their first of back-to-backs, so Antti Raanta will likely start today (Sunday) against the Islanders. Kochetkov was a 2019 second-round pick and has posted some solid AHL numbers (2.09 GAA, .921 SV%), so he appears to be in a good spot to battle Jack LaFontaine to be the Canes' goalie of the future. For more on Kochetkov, see his Dobber Prospects profile.

Sidney Crosby has reached 30 goals for the 10th time in his career. He scored his 30th and added an assist in the Penguins' 7-2 win in Detroit.

Evgeni Malkin scored a pair of goals and took six shots in his return from a four-game suspension.

Kris Letang scored a goal and added two assists and four shots. Over his last 58 games, Letang has been nearly a point-per-game player (56 PTS in 58 GP). Since November 29, only Roman Josi, Cale Makar, and Victor Hedman have scored more points than the 34-year-old Letang. Every offseason I keep thinking that retaining Letang might be a mistake because of his injury history, and each time he's been proving me wrong. It will be very interesting to see where he lands next season, especially if that team is not Pittsburgh.

After sitting out the past eight games with an undisclosed injury, David Pastrnak returned to the Bruins' lineup, scoring his 39th goal while adding an assist. Pasta was back on his most recent line with Taylor Hall and Erik Haula, giving the Bruins a top-6 that will be difficult to contend with in the playoffs. If you are still playing meaningful games in fantasy, be sure to activate Pastrnak as soon as possible.

Hampus Lindholm and Linus Ullmark also returned to the Bruins' lineup on Saturday. Ullmark stopped 30 of 31 shots he faced in the 3-1 win over the Rangers.  

Brad Marchand broke an unusual (at least for him) four-game point drought with an assist on Pastrnak's goal. However, Marchand has now gone 10 games without scoring a goal. I'd have to be in a fairly shallow format before I'd consider benching Marc