Studs & Duds - 3/27
Let’s kick it off by naming the guy who didn’t play last night as a stud. Iginla didn’t suit up last night in Calgary’s game against Colorado, and the trade speculation was rampant. Initial rumors had him going to Boston, but in what seemed surprising, he landed in Pittsburgh - Fantasy owners rejoice! Iggy now finds himself stacked on a team of superstars and for the first time since 2004, he now has a legitimate shot at a cup run.
In his first game without Iginla in the lineup, Cammaleri played very well scoring two goals off five shots including the game winner. Hopefully this is a positive sign for fantasy owners, as he had been in a major slump until last nights breakout.
The Sharks completed the sweep in the back-to-back series over the Ducks. Last night Niemi made sure of it, earning his second shutout of the season. He had a stellar outing and continues to be nearly flawless on home ice. He did win his last road outing in Anaheim so this makes two in a row for the road struggling Sharks. He looked sharp last night, let’s see if he turns this into a little run.
Koivu / Suter / Wild
Minnesota extended their winning streak to seven with a come-from-behind victory over the Coyotes. Suter came flying off the bench for Backstrom and wristed home the game-tying goal wth 54.3 seconds left to go in regulation. Koivu got the game winner at 2:43 of overtime sliding the puck under the pads of LaBarbera. Koivu finished the night with two points with his helper earlier. During this streak Suter has nine points and Koivu has 10. We aren’t forgetting that Parise has nine points in this stretch, Backstrom is on a career best winning streak, and Matt Cullen has 14 points in the last 14 games. Fantasy juggernauts right now.
Bruins & Habs
This game had excitement labeled on it from the beginning and there were a few players on both sides who had great fantasy nights. As Boston was up 5-3 in the third, Bergeron had 1G 3A, Seguin 1G 2A, and Marchand had 1G 1A. All three were +3 on the night and the Bruins looked to have things wrapped up. Cue the comeback. The Canadiens replaced Price with Budaj to start the third and eventually won it in a shootout. Michael Ryder, the former Bruin fits in well on the Habs and notched two more goals last night. P.K. Subban continues to fire from everywhere on the power play, scoring a goal and adding one assist, finishing +3 on the night. However it was Plekanec who was feeding crisp passes the entire game and marked the score sheet with three helpers.
DUDS – Highlighting losing streaks
With the overtime loss, the Coyotes now haven’t won in seven games. Things aren’t looking good in the desert. Last year they were a great road team during their run up to the playoffs. This year they are 3-8-4 on the road. They will have to find a way to win as the visitors if they want to make into the playoffs this year.
Currently on a three game skid and losers of seven of the previous eight, Colorado is searching for answers. Ryan O’Reilly did score two points last night and has seven points in his last four games – hot streak. The Avs need wins though and need to find a way through these close games to get a W.
After beating first place Chicago last week, Anaheim now finds itself amidst a three game losing streak, the longest Bruce Boudreau has gone without a win since taking over the club in 2011. They have been outscored 16-5 during this stretch. It stands to reason they will find a way out of this slump but for as good as they’ve looked all season, this past week has been a sharp contrast to the Western Conference domination they have been showing us.
Excellent write up! Thanks for filling in, much appreciated.