The Toronto Maple Leafs came away with a 2-1 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils last night in a game that was, for the most part, drier than toast.
Jonathan Bernier had a strong night stopping 34-of-35 shots, although the one he did give up was brutal.
Cody Franson picked up an assist and it was his first point in four games. He has still yet to score this season, but his ice-time and opportunities don’t appear to be suffering because of it. Franson still got over 22 minutes against the Devils and more than six of those came with the man advantage. He also picked up four shots and a couple of hits, so he is still producing in other areas.
Phil Kessel found the back of the net for Toronto and he now has eight goals in his last seven outings. Kessel also posted six shots and he was really skating well. When he has his legs going he is almost impossible to defend and he proved it here on the goal when he put both the puck and two Devils defenders into the net.
Michael Ryder scored the goal for New Jersey after going six games without one. Ryder has a tendency to be a streaky scorer, so let’s see if he can put together somewhat of a run.
Anton Volchenkov deserves a shoutout for his efforts on Friday. He had four hits and three blocks, while playing over eight minutes shorthanded. He could be a nice addition if you need assistance in the aforementioned two categories, but don’t expect any offensive production from him.
Jacob Josefson was a scratch once again.
The Jets routed the Predators 5-0 despite being outshot 41-32 by Nashville.
Carter Hutton had a rough night between the pipes for the Preds, but he’s actually done an admirable job filling in for Pekka Rinne. He’s gone 4-2-1 to keep Nashville somewhat relevant in the standings.
Shea Weber had a night he would like to forget, going minus-3.
As mentioned earlier, the Jets gave up 41 shots and Ondrej Pavelec stopped them all. He needed that performance after coming off a bad outing against the Blackhawks.
Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd each had two points for Winnipeg. Ladd had two helpers, while Little countered with two goals. He has five of those in his last six games.
Devin Setoguchi also scored for the Jets and he seems to have received the message after being a healthy scratch earlier in the year, as he now has four points in his last three contests.
Eric Tangradi also chipped in with his first goal of the season.
Colorado beat Calgary 4-2 and Mike Cammalleri had two goals in a losing cause. He’s flown somewhat under the radar this season with seven goals in just 10 games.
Mikael Backlund picked himself up two assists against the Avs. He hadn’t had a point in eight games coming in and his ice-time had been drastically cut from what it was at the start of the season. Let’s see if this effort gets it trending back into the right direction.
I have to thank Yahoo! autodraft for selecting me Jiri Hudler in one of my leagues. He’s not someone I would typically take, but he has only been held without a point three times all year after picking up two more assists last night. A little luck never hurts right?
The Avs just somehow keep rolling and they are spreading around the offense. They had four different goal scorers on Friday in Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly, John Mitchell, and Paul Stastny. O’Reilly now has goals in three straight games.
Erik Johnson picked up a much needed assist after not scoring a point in four straight.
It was a battle between worst and first on Friday when Anaheim hosted Buffalo, and the outcome was pretty much as expected with the Ducks trouncing the Sabres 6-2.
The Ducks were led by Ryan Getzlaf and Dustin Penner, who each had four points. Getzlaf recorded his first career hat-trick and Penner extended his point streak to five games.
Teemu Selanne led the Ducks with seven shots. It’s going to be tough to see that guy retire.
Ryan Miller was yanked after giving up four goals, but in fairness to him, he didn’t get much help from the team around him.
If there was a positive to take from this one for the Sabres, it was that Mikhail Grigorenko scored both goals. Those tallies still only give him three points on the year, but they have all come in his last three games. He received just 12 minutes and minimal power play time against Anaheim, so let’s not throw a party quite yet.
The Edmonton Oilers were busy on Friday making a couple of moves. They first shipped Ladislav Smid along with goaltender Olivier Roy to Calgary in exchange for Roman Horak and goaltender Laurent Brossoit.
There really isn’t a ton of fantasy relevance in this deal when you break it down. Smid doesn’t have much value other than blocked shots, where he is above average.
Both goalies were low on their organizational depth charts, and that’s saying something given the situations in the crease in Edmonton and Calgary.
Horak has some talent, but if he couldn’t crack the lineup frequently with the Flames, it’s likely going to be trickier in Edmonton with all their young talent at forward.
This move was ultimately made to free up some cap space so the Oilers could sign Ilya Bryzgalov. The Russian’s play has declined in recent years, but Edmonton was clearly desperate with their slow start. He’s likely going to be given a chance to run with the starting role, which is bad news for Devan Dubnyk owners. Jason Labarbera has a one-way contract and Richard Bachman is in the mix as well, so Dubnyk may find himself dealt as he has the biggest cap hit and the Oilers don’t appear to be done making moves.
Speaking of that, CSN is reporting that the Philadelphia Flyers are talking to the Edmonton Oilers about the potential of acquiring Jordan Eberle. The Flyers certainly need offensive help at the moment, and Eberle would help in that department. The Oilers on the other hand need a blueliner and Braydon Coburn could be the one they are after.
Other reports have surfaced suggesting that Ales Hemsky may be on the move in exchange for Wayne Simmonds, but with Hemsky a UFA in the summer one would think the Flyers would need more than that if they were going to part with Simmonds. Not to mention this feels like the 27th time the Oilers planned to deal Hemsky, so I’ll believe it when I see it. Stay tuned.
The Ottawa Senators have sent goaltender Nathan Lawson back to the American Hockey League, which means the return of Craig Anderson to the crease is imminent. For those that have already jumped on the Robin Lehner bandwagon, beware. The young goalie has played very well and is a tremendous talent, but I don’t see him claiming the number one job this season. Lehner will be the team’s long-term starter sooner rather than later, and perhaps even as early as next season, but Anderson has played too well during his time in Ottawa to not get at least one more run.
The Florida Panthers have placed defenseman Ryan Whitney on waivers. Whitney played in just six games this season and didn’t manage a point, while going minus-7. He is just 30 years old, but his 59 point season with Pittsburgh in 2006-07 seems like a lifetime ago.
Sean McIndoe looks at how awful the Metropolitan Division has been this season.
Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, and Derek Stepan have picked it up as of late for the Rangers, but you can now officially throw Carl Hagelin’s name into the mix as well. Hagelin has four goals and six points in his last four games. He’s still only played six times this season, so keep an eye on how long he can continue this pace.
Jason Chimera signed a two-year, $4M contract extension with the Caps. He had a nice stretch last week that saw him post nine points in four games, but he has now cooled considerably and has gone pointless in three straight.
Detroit will be missing Johan Franzen (illness) and Stephen Weiss (groin) for Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay. Luke Glendening has once again been called up from Grand Rapids. Sorry, Gustav Nyquist supporters.
If you are like me and looking to find someone to replace Curtis Glencross for the next 4-6 weeks while he recovers from an injury, give T.J. Galiardi a look. He’s pointless in six straight games, but perhaps with Glencross out he steps out and takes advantage of an opportunity or two and helps you in the short-term. Something to keep an eye on.