Studs & Duds - Friday 3/29/13
Call me old again and break your kneecaps with my cane sonny
They say age is just a number, and Ray Whitney continues to prove that there's plenty of truth to that. The Wizard picked up a goal and an assist last night against the Wild, and came close to picking up another goal. In the nine games since returning from a broken foot, Whitney has amassed four goals and five assists. He and fellow greybeard Jaromir Jagr will show those whippersnappers a thing or two. More on Jagr later.
I detect a pattern here
Steven Stamkos played a key role in the Lightning's 5-4 shootout win over the Devils. Stammer notched two goals and picked up an assist for good measure. Now I know your wondering what heck is this fool talking about patterns. What's that got to do with Stamkos having a three point night. Well over the last three games his point totals have been 1, 2, 3, repesctively, so naturally next time out has to be a four point game right? While that's unlikely if anybody can do it, it's Stamkos.
Artem Anisimov had to figure out what to do to follow up on Thursday night's three point effort. As it turns out Anisimov's follow up effort saw him pick up two assists. He now has five points in two games, and seven points in his last five games. Not bad for the streaky center, and he appears to be getting hot just in time for the stretch run.
You can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps
And Jaromir Jagr is hanging out with some seriously elite company. When Jagr was credited with the secondary assist on Jamie Benn's game winner, it was his 1,000th career assist. Jagr became just the 12th member of that exclusive club. He's still rolling at 41, and contributing both on and off the ice for Dallas. In addition to the 26 points he's racked up, his late night training sessions with the young Stars players are a testament to his work ethic and class.
You picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel
It's hardly Kari Lehtonen's fault that he blew a wheel in the game last night and needed a quick pitstop for repairs before rejoining the game. These things happen to every player from time to time. Kari was only off the ice for just over two minutes, a NASCAR worthy pitstop. So why the dud selection since the Stars won 5-3 you ask? Well during that time he was off the ice, Jamie Benn pots the winning goal thereby giving the win to Bachman, not Lehtonen. Add that on top of allowing six goals on Monday night, and well he's scuttled more then a few of his fantasy owners teams, particularly in H2H leagues which are likely in their playoffs.
Since when did Calgary hire Bondon as their goalie coach?
Only our esteemed destroyer of goalies could be responsbile for Miikka's sudden descent into the seventh circle of goalie hell. The normally reliable Finnish backstop has been nothing short of absymal and last night was yet another bombing. Kipper allowed five goals on just 20 shots and exited the game after two periods. The previous two games provided some hope that the ship had been righted, only to see it slam right into the rocks again. Last night served as reminder to poolies that the Kipper Coaster is one ride that's not for the faint of heart.
Your going about this all wrong
Jay Bouwmeester has been the subject of many trade rumors as the deadline fast approaches. The trouble is Jay forgot the idea is to put up good numbers so the other teams will want you. Putting up goose eggs, a minus-4, and one measly shot and hit, well frankly there's only one GM in the league who will be impressed by that and you already work for him. It's not just limited to tonight either. Bouwmeester has gone without a point in five straight, with just six total shots and a spiffy minus-6. You almost get the sense he doesn't want to leave Calgary. Is the newest celebrity couple Jay-Jay?
Deep thoughts from a shallow mind
- Vinny Prospal, Mark Letestu, and RJ Umberger, all had a goal and assist apiece. In Prospal and Letestu's case it ended a four game pointless streak, and for Umberger it ended a two game streak of goose eggs.
- If your in need of hits in your league you may want to make the acquaintance of one Radko Gudas. The Tampa rookie has been leaving his mark on anything that moves, literally and figuratively, averaging just over four hits per game. He has five hits or more in five of the nine games he's played, including four games of six or more.
- There was a theme last night, guys scoring a goal and an assist to end multiple game scoreless streaks. Alex Killorn pulled off the feat as well as those listed above.
- Bit of strange coincidence, both Mathieu Garon and Martin Brodeur had 21 saves on 25 shots. Garon got the "W" though as Tampa pulled out the 5-4 shootout win.
- On the other end of the goalie spectrum, Jonas Hiller and Ray Emery had themselves a good old fashioned goalie duel. In the end Hiller came out on top stopping 25-of-26, while Emery finished with 22 saves on 24 shots, and Anaheim pulled out the 2-1 victory.
- Jamie Benn ended his 12 game goal drought by getting the game winner, on the powerplay no less for a nice bonus to fantasy owners.