The scoreboard operator was extremely busy in the National Hockey League in certain arenas. Three teams posted six or more goals, and eight teams were good for at least four markers. After the semi-busy trade deadline on Monday, we saw plenty of players trying on their new sweaters and settling into their new digs. A few of the debuts could have been a little better, and a couple of faces in new places made an instant splash. There were also a bevy of injuries we'll cover, too. Let's get started!
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Tuesday's Fantasy Five
The legend of Jordan Binnington continues to grow. He wasn't tested very frequently by the Nashville Predators, but he stopped everything which came his way. Binnington stopped all 19 shots he faced to run his record to 15-2-1 while lowering his goals-against average to 1.61 while posting a .936 save percentage. The shutout was his fifth, and he is just the second goaltender in modern NHL history to post five shutouts through his first 18 career starts. He is also just the fourth goaltender in league history to win each of his first seven career regular-season home starts, joining Frank McCool (1944-45), Ken Dryden (1970-71) and Wayne Thomas (1972-73). That's pretty lofty company.Teuvo Teravainen is not a jerk, and the Carolina Hurricanes aren't a bunch of jerks, no matter what Don Cherry thinks. After Tuesday's 6-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings, the team's much-maligned 'Storm Surge' celebration had the Canes tossing 'Bunch of Jerks' t-shirts to the adoring fans who just cannot get enough. Fantasy owners are especially loving Teravainen, who had a goal, three assists and a plus-3 rating. He has tied a career high with 41 assists, and he is on pace for a career best in points after going for a high of 64 points in 2017-18. He also has a career-best plus-25 rating, as Teravainen's dream season continues.
Brad Marchand continues to roll up big points. In Tuesday's 4-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks, Marchand went for a shorthanded goal, a power-play assist and an even-strength assist with a plus-2 rating. He has posted six goals and 11 assists with a plus-12 rating across 12 games in the month of February, and nine goals with 27 points and a plus-12 rating across the past 18 outings. His teammate Jake DeBrusk is also on fire, too, lighting the lamp for the sixth time in the past seven games, totaling 11 points with a plus-6 rating during the span. The B's are on fire. Marcus Johansson also made his debut, posting an assist with a plus-1 rating, two blocked shots and a hit. Charlie Coyle hasn't been as fortunate, going scoreless in two games since coming over from the Wild.
Speaking of Charlie Coyle, how about Ryan Donato? The Boston-area native was shipped out of town before the deadline for Coyle, but so far the trade is stacked in Minnesota's favor. That all could easily change, but so far so good for the Wild. Donato posted two assists in Tuesday's 3-2 win in Winnipeg, and he has at least one point in each of his four games since landing in the Twin Cities. He has managed a goal, five assists and a plus-3 rating with the Wild, and he has logged three helpers on the man advantage. The buy-low window is wide open in deeper fantasy pools, but it won't last long if he keeps up this rate.
Johnny Gaudreau picked up an assist with a plus-1 rating to hit the 80-point plateau. He is just the 11th played in Calgary Flames history to go for 80 or more points in consecutive seasons. Since 1994-95, only Jarome Iginla has accomplished the feat in a Flames sweater, going it in 2006-07 and 2008-09. Gaudreau certainly took his sweet time to the milestone, as he has just one goal and two points over the past six outings, and only one goal in 12 games in the month of February. But he is still performing at way better than a point-per-game clip, and he remains a fantasy stud.
Fantasy Game of the Day
The Montreal Canadiens were the big winners in fantasy hockey on Tuesday. How many people saw that one coming? Max Domi led all fantasy players with two goals, three assists and a plus-5 rating in just 13:49 of ice time over 19 shifts. He has been killing it over the past six weeks, racking up eight goals and 20 points with a plus-13 rating across the past 18 outings to emerge as a must-start fantasy option across the board. Jonathan Drouin went for four helpers and a plus-5 rating, partnering with Domi and Andrew Shaw for five goals and seven assists against the lowly Red Wings. Shaw posted his first-career hat trick, and he also checked in with a plus-5. Joel Armia, Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar also flicked the switch on the lamp, while Jordie Benn, Paul Byron, Phillip Danault, Christian Folin, Jesper Kotkaniemi and Jeff Petry each chipped in with an assist. In fact, 12 of the 18 skaters on the Habs side managed at least one point in the 8-1 rout in Hockeytown. Do they still call it that, even with the Red Wings terrible again?
The Red Wings didn't offer much in the positive fantasy department. Anthony Mantha lit the lamp and posted six shots on goal, but that the only scoring. Jimmy Howard was hammered for six goals on 22 shots in the loss, and he was replaced for the third period by Jonathan Bernier. He coughed up two goals on 12 shots in the blowout loss. Mike Green and Filip Hronek were the only other Wings with points, picking up one assist each. Danny DeKeyser had the roughest night, going scoreless with a minus-5 rating, while Luke Glendening was the worst among the forwards with a scoreless evening and a minus-4. Dylan Larkin was involved in the rough stuff, picking up a total of 12 penalty minutes to help fantasy owners out in pools rewarding bad behavior, getting into a fracas with Montreal's Brett Kulak late in the third period. Kulak managed 14 PIM for the Habs.
Quick Hits: I witnessed the beatdown of Jonathan Quick firsthand, as the Kings were a tired group playing in the final game of their road trip in Raleigh against the red-hot Hurricanes. L.A. shot the wad last night in Tampa Bay against the league's best team, and their legs were tired from the first puck drop. He allowed six goals on 20 shots, getting pulled at the second intermission. Jack Campbell steered the ship the rest of the way, stopping all 14 shots he faced in the third. … Petr Mrazek allowed just one goal less than eight minutes left in regulation, but he improved to 3-0-0 with a 1.33 GAA and .953 save percentage across his past three starts. … Dougie Hamilton scored two goals with an assist and a plus-2 rating, while also logging a game misconduct late in the game. It was his first multi-goal game since Feb. 17, 2018 when he was with the Flames. … Jordan Staal managed three assists and a plus-3 rating, as he is almost like the trade deadline acquisition that the Hurricanes didn't make, since he is returning from a lengthy absence due to concussion. He's back, and fantasy owners need to start him again. … Justin Faulk and Micheal Ferland each left with upper-body injuries. While head coach Rod Brind'Amour had no updates after the game, the duo could have been held out with the game well out of hand. … Gustav Nyquist made his debut in a Sharks sweater, going scoreless with a minus-1 rating and three hits in Boston. … Mike Smith has won five straight starts, going 5-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .928 save percentage. … Jack Eichel scored again, giving him four goals and eight points during his six-game point streak. He is even more valuable in pools which do not use the plus/minus category. … Rasmus Dahlin had an assist, giving him two goals and five points in his four-game point streak. He has a power-play goal and three power-play helpers during the span. … Ryan Hartman debuted for the Fly Guys, and he was scoreless with four shots, two blocks and four hits in his debut. … Claude Giroux has back-to-back games with two goals and four points while posting a plus-4 rating. … Brian Elliott allowed two goals on 36 shots in a win, and he has allowed three or fewer goals in 13 straight appearances (12 starts). … Jared McCann registered two more goals, and he has five markers in 13 games since coming over from the Panthers. … Ryan Dzingel and Adam McQuaid debuted for the Blue Jackets. Dzingel had an assist, while skating with Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubois. McQuaid was blanked with a minus-1 in just 9:38 of ice time. … Anthony Duclair and Oscar Lindberg, two newcomers to Ottawa, accounted for the only goals in a 7-2 loss in D.C. … T.J. Oshie scored twice with a plus-2 rating, giving him six goals and 19 points over the past 17 outings. … Evgeni Kuznetsov had a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating, totaling nine goals and 20 points over the past 16. … Alex Pietrangelo had a goal, an assist and a plus-1 rating, giving him five goals and nine points with a plus-7 rating over the past 10 games. He has back-to-back games with a marker on the man advantage. … Andrew Cogliano left with an upper-body injury and he is considered day to day. … Florida's James Reimer and Jayce Hawryluk each left the game in Arizona with apparent leg injuries. … Patrik Laine managed a goal, an assist and a plus-1 rating, giving him four goals and six points in a four-game span since re-joining Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. … Kevin Fiala debuted for the Wild, but he was blanked skating with Luke Kunin and Zach Parise. … Kevin Hayes was also held off the scoresheet in his debut for the Jets, skating with Nikolaj Ehlers and Mathieu Perrault. … The biggest deadline addition, Mark Stone, was also blanked with a plus-1, six shots on goal, two blocked shots and two hits in his debut. … Stone's new linemates, Max Pacioretty (two goals) and Paul Stastny (two assists) certainly enjoyed the new addition. … Marc-Andre Fleury allowed a goal on 24 shots to pick up the win, his 30th of the season. He joins an elite club with at least 30 victories in nine seasons.