Nine games to recap, so let’s jump right in.
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ISLANDERS 4, WILD 1
-- Minnesota saw its four-game winning streak end, and maybe (maybe?) it was better for it to happen so decisively. While the Wild saw their run end, the Isles began what could still be a grueling seven-game road trip with two wins.
-- Special teams really did the Wild in.
For one thing, the Islanders went 2-for-3 on the power play. That's bad enough, but Minnesota failed on five opportunities and allowed Frans Nielsen's SHG.
So, yeah, special teams failed the Wild.
-- Nielsen scored two special teams goals overall, also finding the net on the PP.
John Tavares assisted on Nielsen's PPG and he also scored his 23rd goal of the season on tally.
-- Now two straight wins for Jaroslav Halak, who earned both wins. Halak stopped 30 out of 31 shots on Tuesday after generating 27-saves for a shutout.
Halak has also triumphed in three of his last four games.
DEVILS 5, RANGERS 2
-- New Jersey ends its minor losing streak, thanks in part to Cory Schneider making a ridiculous stick save.
OK, Schneider didn't need to be that great; the Devils generated a significant SOG advantage (36-19) against the Rangers. Still, Schneider is at 26 wins this season. I'd say a good chunk of his fantasy owners have to pleased, considering the expected lack of goal support and whatnot.
-- Strange moment in this one, as J.T. Miller received a match penalty for fighting with taped knuckles, inspiring approximately one bajillion Slap Shot jokes. Miller received 15 penalty minutes on Tuesday, so he delivers even on an evening when he doesn't score.
-- Joseph Blandisi bounced back from a three-game drought with a two-assist performance, generating four PIM as he continues go develop a bit of a reputation as an "actor."
Maybe that's a byproduct of scratching and clawing for opportunities? The sixth-round pick is doing impressive things, and I'd watch his progress going forward. New Jersey is a great place for an upstart to get opportunities where he'd maybe be stunted on a different team.
-- Disappointing season for Adam Larsson, who showed signs of breaking through last season. He scored a goal and an assist on Tuesday, but I'm not sure you should be teased.
HURRICANES 3, FLYERS 1
Quite the run for "The Ghost Bear."
-- Ward stopped 36 out of 37 shots for this win. His season stats are a little more respectable with three victories in his past four appearances: 18-12-7 with a solid .910 save percentage.
-- This marks Eric Staal's first goal since Jan. 12, his first in 17 games. During that time, he only has four points.
Why would you give up big-time assets for Staal, who's doing so little in a contract year? I wonder what kind of heat this guy would face in a more rapid market and if he didn't have that Stanley Cup on his resume?
-- Jordan Staal, on the other hand, is cooking with gas. He now has eight points during a six-game point streak. Staal also has 12 points in nine games.
Really, he's been on fire since early January. I'll spare you the boredom of doubling back over all those stats, but they're impressive, to the point where I didn't know he had it in him.
(He's long been a good if Staal-like overrated/overpaid/over-whatever, but this is an interesting run.)
PREDATORS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 2
-- This marks the first hat trick of Filip Forsberg's young career, and a natural one at that.
Forsberg's strong night pushed his season total to 23 goals, 42 points on the season.
His career-high was set in 2014-15 with 26, so he's highly likely to exceed that with decent health. He has a ways to go to match the points total: 42 this season, 63 during his breakthrough.
Forsberg sure seems like a fixture as a productive top-six forward in Nashville, though.
-- Those goals came fast, yet Reimer managed to avoid getting the hook.
-- Carter Hutton stopped 25 of 27 shots to improve his record to 7-2-2 with a .922 save percentage. Hutton has wins in four of five appearances, and hasn't been dinged with an actual loss since Nov. 1.
RED WINGS 2, BLUE JACKETS 1 (SO)
-- Petr Mrazek was incensed during overtime, but he should be happy after grabbing a win here.
He's now 23-11-6 with a fantastic .928 save percentage. Combined with his other reps (42 GP this season, 82 overall), he's now at a .924 save percentage for his career.
That's still a small sample size when you're projecting for the long haul, but if he keeps this up, he'll need to be considered as a legit difference-maker.
How could Detroit NOT trade Jimmy Howard if there's interest? Even if Mrazek declines, they could save some precious cap space.
-- Boone Jenner scored another goal, giving him three in two nights and five tallies in as many games. Throw in 20 PIM during that span and he's been an (ahem) boon for owners in power forward-friendly formats.
-- I'm intrigued about Seth Jones' future in Columbus, yet I'm also a little perplexed regarding what to actually expect. He's a wild card, as his two-way play is promising, yet that offensive side is what matters the most in fantasy.
LIGHTNING 2, COYOTES 1
-- That's four straight wins for Tampa Bay, and the second time Andrei Vasilevskiy grabbed one of the wins. Vasi stopped 29 out of 30 shots.
The Russian netminder now has three wins in his last four games. Granted, the span was broken up pretty wide (Jan. 27 was the starting point).
-- Frustrating run for Louis Domingue, who dropped his third straight loss despite stopping 34 out of 36 shots. He's now dropped three straight games, declining his record to 12-11-4.
STARS 5, JETS 3
-- Dallas was on a three-game losing streak, but sticking with the general theme of Tuesday, they broke that slump (for Ghost and Minny, it was seeing a great run end, but you catch the drift).
-- The Stars were the only team of the two to score on the power play in this game, and they did it two. On the other hand, Andrew Ladd scored shorthanded, and received a hero's ovation in the process.
(A goodbye, if you will.)
Ladd now has a three-game goal streak with four during that span. He could be a solid difference-maker, although it would be fascinating to find out what the price really would end up being.
-- The Star standout was John Klingberg, who generated three assists to push his season totals to an impressive 51 points in 61 games.
He's played four fewer games in 2015-16, yet he's 11 points ahead of his impressive debut last season. Remarkable stuff.
SENATORS 4, OILERS 1
-- Hey, a streak continuing: Ottawa won its fourth straight game (while Edmonton keeps scraping its belly on the ground with losses, which is honestly how it should be).
-- Nick Paul scored his first NHL goal on Tuesday. He now has two points in four games at this level.
It's not as if Paul was killing it in the AHL, with just 17 points in 45 games. Not looking at Paul as a guy who is likely to generate a ton of points, but who knows?
-- Craig Anderson is now on a four-game winning streak, allowing a mere six goals during that span. He's facing quite a few shots each game, too, so he's working hard for those stats.
KINGS 2, FLAMES 1
-- This is very Flames: Calgary lost, yet the big line got theirs.
-- Joni Ortio remains without a win in 2015-16, but this was a strong performance, as he made 35 out of 37 saves. He's now 8-9-1 with a .891 save percentage in 20 games during his NHL career.
-- Anze Kopitar scored his 18th goal of the season, and now has five GWG in 2015-16. Kopitar's been nicely productive overall, with 51 points in 57 games.