A belated happy birthday to our resident goaltending guru Justin Goldman. Have a good one, Goldie!
Staal, Cole, and Stillman combined for five points and a number of scoring chances last night. Is it 2006 all over again?
Gagne had two goals, St. Louis had two assists, and Stamkos was pointless. A bad time to slump offensively.
Daniel Sedin was also pointless, snapping a nine game point streak. The Art Ross has a bit of a change, as St. Louis has slid past Stamkos into third.
Bizarre stat of the evening: Marc-Andre Fleury how has shutouts on four consecutive March 25ths.
I won’t have a top 10 list out next weekend as I will be on vacation in Phoenix (any Dobberites in the area that want to grab a beer or two, let me know).
My 15 Points to Consider column will return in May. Committing the next few months to my Prime Cuts and the Top 10 Lists. To come: goaltenders, left wingers, right wingers, and centers.
The Penguins are 12-1-5 in one-goal games without Crosby. They have showed a ton of heart and battle all season long. James Neal scored the only goal last night (in the shootout).
Mike Comrie returned to the lineup, replacing Dustin Jeffrey. Comrie was pointless (obviously, in a 0-0 game), and it was his first game action since late November.
Mark Fayne played over 25 minutes last night, and Andy Greene played over 27. The Devils need a puck moving defenseman this summer in a bad way.
Sergei Samsonov has seven points in his last six games with Florida. He’d make a great late season depth pick up as he is getting a ton of ice time.
Drew Stafford is only two goals away from 30 on the season. He’s quickly escaped the doghouse of both Lindy Ruff and the majority of the Buffalo fan base. Interestingly enough, he has been skating tougher with Brad Boyes.
The two are pretty similar players – right shots, like to shoot the puck, inconsistent at times – but they seem to be clicking together.
It will be interesting to see how Buffalo’s lines shake out next season. Do they keep Ennis at center? Where does Tim Connolly go? I would assume Roy will be with Vanek and one of Pominville/Stafford/Boyes.
Can the Sabres justify spending 12+ million on three offensive right wingers? Pominville makes about $5 million, Boyes about $4 million, and Stafford should get at least $3 million.
Craig Anderson with another rock solid game for the Sens – it is hard to really evaluate him because he really has nothing left to play for now (especially with a fat new contract in his back pocket), but it has to be an encouraging sign for Sens fans heading into a rebuilding summer and next season.
The Capitals have now been shut out 10 times this season.
Marcus Johansson was Washington’s most noticeable forward last night. He looks leaps and bounds better than he did at the beginning of the season. Funny what a little confidence and experience can do.
Semyon Varlamov got the start for the Capitals. Sure glad I traded Neuvirth last summer (I love his skill level and upside, but the constant guessing game of trying to figure out who is starting is absolutely maddening).
It is amazing how different a team can look from top to bottom when it has confidence in the goaltender.
Roberto Luongo is playing the best hockey of his career right now – he now leads the league in wins, and trails only Tim Thomas/Pekka Rinne in save percentage and goals against average.
He was five minutes and a Christian Ehrhoff turnover away from a shutout last night. He seems to have had about four or five shutouts spoiled late in games.
A beauty Quick save from Thursday night: