I know Jonathan Quick is having a spectacular season, but games like last night must plant a tiny seed of doubt in the eyes of LA fans and management. Quick was horrible last year during the playoffs (to be fair, he had played over 70 regular season games and was completely spent).

 

If I owned Quick, I wouldn't be rushing out to move him this summer, but I'd still be a bit worried with Jonathan Bernier lurking in the background.

 

Joe Pavelski has eight points in his past three games.

 

Carey Price's 34 wins this season is the most for any Montreal goalie since Patrick Roy back in the early 1990's.

 

The news regarding Manny Malhotra's eye injury - not good. The words "career threatening" have bounced around on local radio. He had surgery on Thursday night after experiencing blood in his eye and impaired vision after being hit by a puck.

 

In the short term, this improves Maxim Lapierre's fantasy value. He probably slides up to the third line. Either Jeff Tambellini or Tanner Glass will move to center the fourth line - perhaps we see Hodgson back up for the playoffs if Malhotra is indeed out long term?

 

New Jersey has won 23 of their last 29 games. Two of those losses have come against Ottawa in the last nine days.

 

Brian Rolston has seven points in his last 10 games – he has had a very solid second half for the Devils.

 

Erik Karlsson has eight points in his last 10 games.

 

When will Jamie Benn cool down? Two more points last night – he’s been one of the best players in the league since the trade deadline. Big, gritty, fast, skilled, strong in all three zones – he really is the total package. Dallas fans should be very, very excited about his upside.

 

Mike Santorelli scored his 18th goal last night, but it was his first in over 10 games.

 

Dmitri Kulikov has four points in his last six games. He has a ton of offensive upside but he won’t hit it until Florida adds some more talent for him to play with on the power play.

 

Danny Briere has eight points in his last five games.

 

Loui Eriksson missed the game last night.

 

Richards and Ribeiro both had two helpers. Benn has moved back to wing since Richards has returned.

 

Brenden Morrow is three goals away from 30 – a quiet bounce back season. His offensive numbers nosedived after a serious knee injury a few years ago.

 

Curtis McElhinney is playing pretty good for the Senators right now – he stopped 34 shots and allowed only one goal against the Devils last night.

 

Interesting stat from TSN – before last night’s game, Shane Doan had played more NHL games than all 12 Edmonton forwards combined.


The Avalanche have won two games since January 18th.

 

Mikael Backlund is impressing in limited ice time. Quick, smart, and very skilled with the puck. I don’t know if he has top line upside, but definitely top six upside.

 

Teemu Hartikainen had an assist for the Oilers in his NHL debut. He saw over seven minutes on the PP. The Oilers 6th round pick from 2008 has 17 goals in 66 AHL games this season.

 

Ron Hainsey has four points in his last three games – he has been a disappointment offensively, but he isn’t seeing much on the PP with Byfuglien and Enstrom ahead of him on the depth chart.

 

After returning from a back injury, Brian Rafalski left last night’s game in the third with a leg injury.

 

Joey MacDonald got the start – and shutout – for the Wings in Columbus last night.

 

Andrei Kostitsyn and Sergei Kostitsyn both scored last night, dispelling the myth that they were actually the same player (there was an interesting breakdown of how they never scored or seemed to play well when they both played on the same night).

 

Aaron Palushaj made his NHL debut for the Habs – he was acquired from St. Louis last season for Matt D’Agostini.

 

Lecavalier had a quiet night on the score sheet, but not on the stat sheet. He recorded 15 PIM and was tossed for a vicious two-hand slash to the leg of PK Subban. Video below.

 

Lecavalier with a baseball swing to Subban’s leg – suspension, much?

 

Roloson with a beauty of a save:


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Pete Harthoorn said:

Pistolpete96
Quick Didn't see the game, but watched the boxscore - seems to me he was hung out to dry last night. LA had about 10 shots through 2 and Quick had saved 20 something - only let in one through 40. How many 40 shot shutout wins do you expect him to get?
Just saying that I think it's the team in front of him, not fatigue. . . at least last night.
March 18, 2011
Votes: +1

Ryan said:

letnry
... Those Marty games played stats are just ridiculous. He has played 70+ regular season games in 12 of the last 15 seasons. Thats just insane, no wonder his body is starting to give him some issues!
March 18, 2011
Votes: +0

Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Goalies playing 70 Games Interesting note about Quick playing 70 games. I've been tracking that for a few years now. A summary of goalies playing 70+ games (number of team playoff wins in brackets).

06-07: Brodeur 78(5), Lu 76(5), Kipper 74(2), Raycroft 72(-), Lundq 70(6)
07-08: Nabokov 77(6), Brodeur 77(1), Kipper 76(3), Miller 76(-), Lu 73(-), Lundqv 72(5)
08-09: Kipper 76(2), Turco 74(-), Backs 71(-), Lundqv 70(3)
09-10: Brodeur 77(1), Kipper 73(-), Lundqv 73(-), Quick 72(2), Nabby 71(8), CA 71(2)

Summary: In the last four years, only ONE team (SJ last year) has made it to the conference finals if their goalie played 70+ regular season games. This year, it looks like 3 goalies are on pace for 70+ (Ward, Kipper, Price). Note: All fringe playoff teams! It will be interesting to see if any of them can reach the Conf.Finals.

Actually, this sort of makes me think.
If a team leans on their #1 goalie so much that this goalie needs to start 70 games... is it possible the skaters just aren't talented enough to go deep in the playoffs? (This may be a chicken or an egg argument. Would love to see a feature article with an opinion on this topic.)
March 18, 2011
Votes: +3

Nate said:

Nate
bah Rolly just made the save of the year, mark it.

Also, I like Subban, but Vinny deserves nothing more than the match penalty. Maybe Subban should be given a 1 game suspension for being a baby
March 18, 2011
Votes: +1

Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Fair points, gents. PK is quite the polarizing figure!

March 18, 2011
Votes: +0

Optimase Prime said:

Optimase Prime
Cogs On rewatch, the slash on Cogliano wasnt really bad at all-- it looked worse live.

Regardless, pretty careless play by Yandle.
March 18, 2011
Votes: +0

Martin said:

mapletreemarty
Vinny Vinny had wrist surgery on that wrist Subban slashed less than 2 years ago, and he missed 15 games earlier this year with a broken right hand. The last thing he needs Subban to take him out before the playoffs. Subban knows damn well where to slash Vinny to make it effective.

There shouldn't be a suspension, the match penalty was sufficient!
March 18, 2011
Votes: +1

Optimase Prime said:

Optimase Prime
slash @ Andrew - I bet it would hurt a lot more if it were to the ankle, but it wasn't. It is pretty obvious that Vinny was aiming for the pants (one of the most protected areas).

I bet Vinny was pissed after the slash to his hand-- which, correct me if I am wrong, was the hand he had surgery on earlier this year. Not that Vinny was justified in slashing Subban back.

On a side note, did anyone see Yandle's slash to Cogliano's head? I don't think it was intentional, but it is a good thing Cog's wasn't hurt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR0HBEnDqf8
March 18, 2011
Votes: +1

Chet said:

soothy69
Hack n' slash Okay I like Subban, I think he's going to be a fun player to watch as he goes. But please. He slashed Vin in the hand / wrist as they wrap around the net. Vinny hits him where he has loads of padding, and pulls out a Dominik Hašek move. Get bumped, fall over, make it look like I'm dying. Pengwin7... you had it right.
March 18, 2011
Votes: +1

RollyJ said:

RollyJ
Dale Do you even play hockey Dale? I can tell you firsthand, taking a slash to your wrists is a whole lot more painful then taking one to the pants. And regarding the jersey comment? Well, I'm from Montreal....
March 18, 2011
Votes: +1

Dale McCarthy said:

digitalmonkey
LOL Subban takes a two-hander across the leg and he get's criticized? HAHAHAHAHA, you guys are too much! Perhaps you'll grow up one day and learn to look past the jersey.
March 18, 2011
Votes: -2

Roland Lavoie said:

RollyJ
Slashing vs. SLASHING Sorry guys, but I'm with Chris on this one. There's quite a big difference in between slashing an unprotected area and slashing on the leg pad or pants of a player. Lecavalier specifically hit a very well protected part of PK. His intent was more to say 'Watch your f%#?1*g stick you little a$$401E!'. And that was a hell of a dive by PK! That said, I don't condone the action though. As TB's leader, Lecavalier has to better keep his cool in that type of situation.

Great idea Pengwin7! I would definitely watch 'Hockey b...ches'! smilies/grin.gif
March 18, 2011
Votes: +1

Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Coup de Baton That slash didn't hurt. Nice acting job.
We need to put PK on an island with Matt Cooke & Steve Ott.
A new hockey reality show!
I would call it "Hockey b..ches".
I think it would do well.
March 18, 2011
Votes: +1

ultrawhiteness said:

ultrawhiteness
WOW what an acting job by PK. disgraceful.
March 18, 2011
Votes: +2

bizzy said:

bizzy
... I have to agree with Chris and Dennis. To describe that as a baseball swing is wrong, Vinny chopped him across the front of the pant leg which happens to have the biggest protection, and i doubt it hurt PK as bad as he made it look but on the other hand Vinny has to control his stick and keep his cool although PK was no saint on the play either, this being said Vinny will not be susupended, maybe a fine but no games.
March 18, 2011
Votes: +1

dennis said:

hannuemen
@Chris That's void Chris. Vinny needs to keep his cool.. He looks like a whiny beer league plug when he retaliates like that. Give him 2
March 18, 2011
Votes: +0

Brayden said:

ether
... Gotta love how people can determine if someone is hurt or not based on who they like and who they don't like. A two-handed baseball swing to the leg? Of course that wouldn't hurt. Lecavalier's name will get him off when it comes to suspension, one or two games if anything at all.
March 18, 2011
Votes: -1

Andrew said:

canada
Missed the Point @Chris - that two handed was malicious, an intent to injure sort of thing. What if he'd got him on the ankle?
March 18, 2011
Votes: -1

Chris said:

5hole
Vinny Subban Slashed him 2seconds before across the arms, vinnys slash was on the pant and PK probably didnt even feel it just played it up! I've taken slapshots off the pant and walked a way with nothin more than a lil stinger.
March 18, 2011
Votes: +1
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