Ramblings: Bouchard Breaks Out, Vanecek a Hot Devil, Martin Stealing Starts (Nov 27)

Ian Gooding


Sometimes when a goal drought ends, the floodgates open. Sparking a third-period comeback for the Oilers, Evan Bouchard scored his first two goals of the season in the third period against the Rangers. Bouchard also had four shots and two hits in a game where he snapped a 20-game stretch without a goal to start the season. One of Bouchard's goals was on the power play, giving him two power-play points in his past three games. He has loads of fantasy potential, but that will be limited somewhat as long as he is behind Tyson Barrie for power-play time. Bouchard's day will come, though.

Following Bouchard's two goals, Dylan Holloway scored his first NHL goal to tie the game. Holloway also broke a nine-game point drought with the goal. Although he's worth a spot in keeper leagues, Holloway is averaging just eight minutes per game and has just three points in 17 games in his rookie season, so he can probably be left on waiver wires in single-season leagues.

Jack Campbell's win was his first since November 8 – a span of about two and a half weeks. He has played in back-to-back games for the Oilers but did not record a quality start in either, so expect Stuart Skinner to start the next game on Monday against Florida.

Updating some slumping Flames that I mentioned yesterday, Tyler Toffoli broke a five-game point slump with a goal, although Nazem Kadri's point drought has extended to five games. Adam Ruzicka was back on a scoring line with Toffoli and Elias Lindholm and scored a power-play goal.

Mitch Marner extended his point streak to 16 games with a goal just 40 seconds into Saturday's showdown with Pittsburgh. He also added an assist for a two-p