The Winnipeg Jets beat the New York Rangers 5-2 on Monday likely putting an end to the Cam Talbot experiment by Alain Vigneault. Talbot started his second straight game for New York, but never really was a realistic threat of vulturing starts away from Henrik Lundqvist in the long-term. Expect Lundqvist to regain his regular workload quickly.
Michael Del Zotto showed some encouraging signs with four shots and two hits against the Jets. However, he failed to pick up a point and went minus-3. He just can’t get it going and now has just a point in his last six contests.
Marc Staal is another defenseman that’s struggling and hasn’t picked up a point in his last 10 games now. He played just seven seconds with the man advantage against Winnipeg.
Brad Richards added an assist against the Jets and now has a four-game point streak going.
Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash each had seven shots for the Rangers.
Olli Jokinen had two goals and an assist to go along with five shots on Monday. Jokinen had just one point in his last five coming into the game against the Rangers and hadn’t recorded a shot in his last three contests, so this was an encouraging performance.
Devin Setoguchi chipped in with two points and is now up to 15 on the year. He’s got four points in his last four.
Jacob Trouba and Chris Thorburn both had a pair of helpers.
Ondrej Pavelec is on quite the run between the pipes right now for the Jets. Pavelec hasn’t given up more than two goals in four straight starts and hasn’t posted a save percentage of less than .941 over that span.
Evander Kane sat this one out with a lower-body injury and that allowed John Albert to make his NHL debut. And he wasted little time making an impact.
Montreal was victorious 3-2 over New Jersey on the back of Rene Bourque and David Desharnais, who both had two points. Desharnais now has eight points in his last seven and looks to be legitimately past that lengthy slump he had to start the campaign.
Alex Galchenyuk scored the winner and he needed that after playing just under eight minutes on Saturday against Toronto. He nearly doubled that on Monday and added four shots.
Max Pacioretty scored again and now has three goals in his last two outings.
Michael Ryder finally found the back of the net against the Habs. That was his first goal in 12 games.
Steve Bernier had a nice effort for New Jersey, scoring and posting a team leading six shots. He’s now got goals in two straight, but don’t expect that to last.
Adam Henrique left this one after the second period with a lower-body injury and did not return. Stay tuned.
Josh Harding continued his remarkable season with a 21 save shutout against the Flyers last night. Has there been a better story than Harding this season?
Charlie Coyle and Jason Pominville both ended five-game scoring droughts with goals against Philly. Coyle is intriguing as he got nearly three minutes of power play time and is now up to seven points in 17 games now. He was picked as a sleeper by many this summer, but an injury cost him a month of the season.
Vincent Lecavalier missed the game with back spasms but he likely wouldn’t have been able to help the Flyers offense. I’m not sure if they still had the Legion of Doom they would be able to score with any form of consistency in 2013.
Tyler Toffoli had two goals for the Kings last nght. Many were worried that when Jeff Carter came back from injury that would be the end of Toffoli's time in Los Angeles, but if he keeps turning in performances like this that won't be the case. He played over 12 minutes which is the most ice he's seen in three games and his three shots were the most he has had since November 17. An effort like that should earn him some more opportunities on the power play as he barely saw any time there last night.
Jaden Schwartz's assist against the Kings now gives him a seven game point streak. He looks to be finally figuring it out.
Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist but hasn't been able to get it going like Schwartz. Outside of a decent stretch to start the year, he hasn't had two games in a row with points since.
Kevin Shattenkirk's goal and helper last night now give him 18 points in 25 games. Not too shabby.
You can expect Pavel Datsyuk to miss some more time for the Red Wings before making his return from a concussion. General manager Ken Holland said on Monday that he needs a good week of practice before returning. Darren Helm has been playing well in his absence and he figures to get more minutes until Datsyuk is ready to come back. Ironically, the Red Wings have won all four games without Datsyuk in the lineup.
The news that Tyler Seguin has gone down with concussion-like symptoms is bad for his owners, but it’s also bad news for Jamie Benn and Valeri Nichushkin owners as well. Nichushkin should have more trouble than Benn at putting up points while Seguin is out, as he enjoyed success a couple of weeks ago when he was placed on their line. When Seguin went on that tear earlier in the month, Nichushkin had a run of six points in seven games. However, when Seguin went four games without a point recently before being injured, Nichushkin was held of the score sheet as well and Benn managed just one point over that span.
Right now Seguin is listed as day-to-day and will join the Stars on their two-game road trip, so it remains to be seen if this is just a short-term issue. If not, here is a look at a few guys you may be able to use to replace Seguin, from Darren Kritzer of theScore.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have taken Brandon Dubinsky off of injured reserve and he figures to check back into the lineup on Tuesday when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dubinsky missed six games with a foot injury and Ryan Johansen was playing some good hockey during that stretch. Keep an eye on Johansen’s minutes and opportunities to see if they go down now that Dubinsky is back.
Shea Weber will reportedly sit out of Tuesday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an eye injury. Weber missed Saturday’s contest as well, so adjust your lineups accordingly until he is once again good to go.
The Edmonton Oilers have recalled goaltender Jason LaBarbera after Ilya Bryzgalov went down with an injury Sunday against Dallas. Tough break for Bryzgalov who showed a few flashes of brilliance in his brief return. Hopefully he doesn’t miss too much time.
The Washington Capitals will not be releasing Tom Wilson to play for Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship, but Minnesota Wild defenseman Mathew Dumba will be participating.