Studs & Duds - Saturday, 3/30
Finally snapping a four game losing skid, The Flyers beat a wildly inconsistent Bruins team - even out-hitting them 33-to-24. Mad props to Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn for taking on Bruins behemoth Zdeno Chara after the latter's suspect hit on Giroux. Solid play in net from an otherwise nutty netminder, and offense from secondary sources were key factors in this win. Problem is when the Sabres are sitting ahead of you in the standings...it's probably too little/too late.
Train Kept A-Rollin'
Beast-like backup, Tomas Vokoun records his second straight shutout in a win over the Islanders. It was the Penguins 15th straight win, and Vokoun - not having lost a game since Feb 20th - is a big part the Penguins dominance of late.
There were many other shutouts yesterday. The Oilers' Dubnyk, Leafs' Reimer, Canadiens' Price, Avalanche's Varlamov all recorded shutouts. Poolies were especially happy to see Price bounce back with a strong performance, after a lame outing versus Boston on the 27th. He's now started eight straight so he may be due for a rest soon.
The Dynamic Duo
It's amazing what Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri are doing for the Leafs, and by extension, fanatsy GMs. Lupul has 13 points in March's six games. Four of those coming in yesterday's win over the Senators. Lupul's periphs won't outright blow you away, but they are solid enough across the board to make him a valued commodity in roto leagues.
His teammate, Kadri, potted a hatty in yesterday's win and threw in an assist for good measure. Kadri is clicking at an insane rate of 1.08 PPG. Kadri will also contribute in multi cat leagues having shots on goal, hits and blocked shots.
Obviously both Lupul and Kadri are more than reliable contributors in points-only leagues. Plug-n-play baby!
- San Jose Sharks have now won four of their last five and find themselves sitting nicely at 6th overall in the West. Strong goal tending from Niemi and a defense not allowing >30 SOG/game are the biggest factors in their recent success.
- The Ottawa Senators - despite a poor outing yesterday - lead the league in team goals against with 2.06 GA.
- Tip of the hat to Tyson Barrie. The offensively-gifted Avalanche d-man potted the lone goal on four shots.
- Ville Leino had two goals in the Sabres loss. Leino has six points in his eight games, since returning from injury. Could be a useful forward for poolies riddled w/injuries.
- Panthers prospect goalie Jakob Marstrom is settling in and down. His win yesterday gave him two straight and four of last six. A third consecutive win will be the charm
Top dud award goes to Sidney Crosby's teeth. Not to worry Sid, incisors are so overrated - justh asth Duncan Keith.
The Boston Bruins wildly erractic play is my fault. See a few weeks back - right here in this very forum - I picked the Bruins to take the East. Since then their up-and-down play better resembles a psychiatric disorder rather than an Eastern Conference force. My apologies to Bruins fans.
After an astonishing seven game point streak, Sergei Gonchar has now been pointless in his last three. That was fun while it lasted.
WANTED: House Cleaner
Ah, the Buffalo Sabres squandered yet another lead, allowing the Washingtom Capitals to rally from a 3-1 deficit at the start of the third period. Buffalo allowed 38 shots on their backup net minder while generating only 23 for themselves. Just when I thought the team played better for Enroth...
As much as this pains me, Martin Brodeur has lost three staright. His periphs are starting to take a hit too - especially after his 14 shots against loss to the Senators on March 25th. Say it ain't so, Marty!!