Studs & Duds - Monday, 04/01/13 - The "I Pity The FOOL" Edition
Studs & Duds
"Viktor gets the spoils": Viktor Fasth stopped all 26 shots lastnight, 5 of which were fired by Jamie Benn, for his 3rd shutout of the season. If Fasth can get on a run similar to how he started the season, the Ducks and his fantasy owners can make some playoff noise. In the short term, we'll see what is in store for these two teams as they square off again this Wed, 04/03 and Friday, 04/05 in Anaheim. Will Fasth provide an encore performance or will the Duck lay an egg?
"Edmonton Oil King ": On the heels of a 3 goal performance this past Saturday: 3 goals in first 8 minutes of the game vs. Van., Taylor Hall was at it again lastnight, posting 1G, 1A (12G, 24A) for his 6th multi-point performances in the last 12 games. Hall wasn't the only Oiler that had a multi: Schultz -
1G,2A; Yakupov - 1G,1A; Jones - 1G,1A. As of late, the young core of Hall, Hopkins and Eberle have played better as evidence by 34 goals in the last 11 games. Maybe we're seeing a glimpse of the very near future.
"Calla-HANDS": Ryan Callahan flexed some silky hands lastnight with a 4 spot: 1G,3A and a +4. He almost played on all 4s, but came up short with 3SOG.
Killing Them SOFTLY:
Derek Stepan: 2 goals lastnight. He even made a nice save to keep the puck out of his own net. That block should count as 2pts in fantasy leagues. All we need is a name for that cat. Slock?
Rick Nash: 1 goal and 1 assist with a + 3 and 3 SOG.
Ryan Getzlaf: 2A lastnight. That's 40pts in 36GP. He's finally looking like the Getz of old.
Brandon Saad: Found himself on the scorer's sheet again with a goal. 20pts (36GP). 16 of his 20pts in the last 16 games. I'm just saying. I guess this "Saad" is hanging around.
"Things are Getting Kari'd Away": Kari is my first back to back #1 dud of the season. I'm starting to think he's a must sit on Monday. Last week he gave up 7 goals against Minn and finished with a 854sv%. He's improving, as he only gave up 4 and posted a .897sv%. On the season, Lehtonen is 12-10-2 with a .910sv%, 2.62GAA and 1 SO. Yuck!
"Your AVERAGE Joe": Joe Thornton had 1G,1A lastnight. Unfortunately, Joe Pavelski had 0,0. Don't be deceived by Pavelski's average, .638 pts a game (23pts in 36GP). He's been real streaky this year and more cold than hot. Prior to lastnight's zero, he had 6pts in 4gp. And before that minor outburst, 8 consecutive scoreless games. In all, 19 games of nothing this year! That's 52.8% of his games played this year with 0,0 as stat line. How's that for an average?
"Wonder Twins DE-activate!": Both twins failed to reach the scorer's sheet. Too bad they couldn't come together and take the form of an Art Ross winner (H. Sedin - 2010 and D. Sedin - 2011).