The players aren’t the only ones who could use that upcoming All-Star break. Your third or fourth favorite Dose author is a little tuckered out, kids, most clearly seen in my dog-oriented PHT posts/tweets from Monday.
(Hey, it’s a long season.)
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BLUE JACKETS 5, CANADIENS 2
-- I’d rank “Francophone coach in Montreal” just a step behind “possessing blackmail on your GM” on the inflated job security scale.
Hey, at least Michel Therrien can explain why the Habs are failing in your native tongue, right?
-- I made some jokes about Cam Atkinson scoring a dog-winning goal, a hat dog and a dog trick and got no response. So maybe Atkinson’s hat trick could instead be an “At Trick?”
Huh? Will that make you laugh? Jerks.
-- Remember when Mike Condon was a feel-good story? Now he's only a feel-good story for Mass. natives, as he's from the area and may inadvertently make Bruins fans happier.
Anyway, this defeat dropped Condon to 1-4-1 in his last six games. Not good.
This all might be a reminder to GMs that having the best goalie in the world/one of the best doesn't mean you should skimp on a backup, one of those areas where you can add nice value for a relatively reasonable price.
I mean, would you trust your future on any one goalie, even if it's Carey Price? Always wise to have a decent plan B in net.
-- Joonas Korpisalo allowed a terrible goal (just beyond half-ice, by P.K. Subban) but rebounded to break a two-game losing streak and improve to 4-5-2 with an acceptable .914 save percentage this season.
Korpisalo's probably in the perfect spot for Columbus: respectable, but not good enough to keep a team that should probably lose a lot at this point from tanking.
RED WINGS 4, ISLANDERS 2
-- They're a far cry from their dominant days from about a decade/half-decade ago, but the Red Wings should get some credit for scrapping their way to respectability year after year. They're in pretty solid playoff position heading into the All-Star break.
-- Kyle Quincey generated an assist in his seventh game back from injury. Despite that time missed, he's averaging similar ice time to when he was active in October.
Hopefully you realize a guy with four points in 14 games is irrelevant fantasy-wise, at least right now.
-- Speaking of coaches with baffling job security, are we certain Jack Capuano is getting the most out of the Islanders? Loitering around the middle of the East seems a little weak for an otherwise fairly well-built team.
-- Mike Green has been a letdown for Detroit. Not sure if he was hurt or just benched in receiving just 13:07 TOI on Monday, so stay tuned for possible updates.
BRUINS 3, FLYERS 2
-- For the fifth straight game, Brad Marchand scored a goal. He now has 20 on the season.
-- Simmonds scored twice in this contest, pushing him to 14 in 2015-16. The versatile power forward now has six points (4G, 2A) in his past six games.
-- Nice output for Zdeno Chara, who generated two assists in this win. Chara now has 26 points, six more than last season, and his second-best total since 2012-13.
-- The Flyers are slipping out of the bubble, and like with Columbus, it's probably for the best. The difference is that Philly's been better than expected. The bonus is that GM Ron Hextall is doing a nice job cleaning up the cap while piling up prospects/picks.
They're not as fun these days, but that's almost certainly a by-product of being less dysfunctional.
RANGERS 6, SABRES 3
-- Huge game for Derick Brassard, who generated two goals and three assists for five points. He also had a +3 rating, six SOG and one hit in 19:17 TOI. That's a fantastic way to close off a five-game pointless drought.
The curly-haired kid now has five points in four contests, with overall totals of 32 points in 49 GP.
-- I can't stop being stunned by how viable Mats Zuccarello has been despite GETTING HIS SKULL FRACTURED during the 2015 postseason. It's starting to look like a mere nice chapter in an underdog story of another gifted, under-sized, undrafted forward.
-- This was a sleepy game through 40 minutes as the Rangers entered the third period up 2-1. Five goals were scored in the third, including those two Girgensons tallies to briefly tie things up. Weird ending.
STARS 2, FLAMES 1
-- When you look at the Stars' schedule, this was a more important win than it might have seemed.
Coming out of the All-Star break, the Stars play four of five and seven of nine games on the road. That span includes two games against the Blackhawks and a chunk of Central Division contests, so Chicago could fatten its lead in early February.
-- Jamie Benn still seems primed to blow away his previous career-high for goals. He scored the opening tally in this one, giving him 28 in 50 games. His current peak is 35 goals from last season.
(He's also in a good position to best his career-high of 87 points with 57 in 49.)
-- Jason Spezza scored his fifth GWG for Dallas on his 17 tally of the season. With 39 points in 50 contests, he's been an excellent and expensive source of secondary offense.
-- The Flames receive five power-play opportunities, but couldn't score on the man advantage. Dallas wasn't successful, either, but the Stars only received two chances.
COYOTES 2, WILD 1 (SO)
-- Yikes, what a brutal way to lose a game.
Despite hogging the puck for much of the contest, Minnesota was only able to score one goal, via Charlie Coyle.
It looked like they might get rewarded for that dominance (including a 24-6 SOG advantage through the scoreless first two periods), but nope.
Remember this one if the margins are tiny for each team late in 2015-16.
-- Anthony Duclair generated the only shootout tally, which doesn't count for (most?) fantasy owners. He did generate six SOG, however, which was a quarter of Arizona's 24 SOG.
-- Louis Domingue deserves the most credit, however, stopping 34 out of 35 shots. He continues to produce outstanding work in net, as he's now 9-4-3 with an outstanding .931 save percentage.