My wife went to a craft fair where they make these homemade bonbons with chocolate and peanut butter that I’m pretty sure will push me over the edge to diabetes.
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BLACKHAWKS 3, JETS 1
-- Patrick Kane (technically) extended his streak to 22 games by assisting on Artemi Panarin's empty-net goal. It was his 26th assist and 42nd point in just 27 games while Panarin has 27 points in as many contests in 2015-16.
-- Bryan Bickell made a big impression in his return to the NHL last night, clobbering Dustin Byfuglien (who was caught unawares). Bickell was credited with seven hits overall and is at least intriguing in leagues with that category.
-- Trevor Daley and Trevor van Riemsdyk are two players to monitor injuries-wise. Daley was hurt after a frightening crash with Chris Thorburn while TVR seemingly shook off a painful-looking blocked shot.
-- In his first appearance since Nov. 28, Michael Hutchinson made 29 out of 31 saves. He saw his losing streak extend to four games nonetheless.
DEVILS 4, PANTHERS 2
-- The gap between the Devils' top scorers and the rest of their team continues to widen, yet those go-to guys are producing at an admirable level.
Mike Cammalleri leads the pack, as his one-goal, one-assist game gives him a shocking point total of 30 in just 27 games. I imagine most weren't even expecting him to hit that mark until, what, February?
-- Not sure how much this was based on score effects - the Devils were up by two heading into the first intermission - but the shots were lopsided in Florida's favor. The Panthers generated a 29-7 shot advantage in the final two periods alone, yet Cory Schneider only yielded two goals.
Schneider's now at 12-7-3 on the season, by the way.
-- Not a great night by any means for Roberto Luongo, who gave up four tallies on just 18 SOG. He's now down to 10-0-3.
RANGERS 4, SENATORS 1
-- Not a great night for Kyle Turris, who was -2 ... but it's astounding he even managed to play. Honestly kind of wonder if Ottawa should have talked him out of playing, but Dave Cameron wasn't shy about sending him out there, as Turris went beyond 20 minutes of ice time.
-- Great game for Ryan McDonagh, who scored a goal and two assists. That gives him 13 points on the season, which is respectable if not disappointing considering the promise he showed during the Rangers' run to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.
-- Henrik Lundqvist is now at 14-5-3 with a sparkling .938 save percentage this season. He's not that far from 400 career wins, as he notched his 353rd on Sunday.
-- Mike Hoffman saw a seven-game scoring streak end with this one, and he didn't even manage a SOG. My feeling is that Ottawa was especially gassed on this back-to-back after storming back to beat the Islanders in OT on Saturday.
HURRICANES 5, COYOTES 4
-- Kris Versteeg reacted to a healthy scratch by scoring two points, enjoying a +2 rating and even getting two PIM. If you're a Daily Fantasy type, you could do worse than to plop a "solid veteran returning from a healthy scratch" into your lineup. Worked well with Scott Hartnell on Saturday and Versteeg on Sunday.
-- Justin Faulk scored his ninth goal of the 2015-16 season. Not all that outrageous considering the fact that he's already piled up 84 SOG in 27 GP. All nine of his tallies of come on the power play.
-- Dave Tippett called out his goalies ... but also called out players for making mistakes. It's almost like he couldn't muster the energy to throw out platitudes and acknowledged that he's been given a real disaster of a team to work with for some time. Will he be patient enough/have the job security to wait this out until Arizona's young, promising prospects join the young, promising guys who already make up a small chunk of an otherwise pitiful roster?
DUCKS 2, PENGUINS 1
-- This marks a rare winning streak for the Ducks, who improved to 11-12-5 on the season for 27 points. They're tied with the Coyotes points-wise, yet Arizona has a game in hand and two more wins (not to mention three ROW). Still, if the Coyotes continue to slip, the Ducks may just limp - waddle? - their way into the Pacific's second or third playoff spot.
Boy, the Pacific is pretty pathetic.
-- Hey, Chris Kunitz did manage seven hits ...
-- Quite a hot streak for John Gibson, although Anaheim's really been limiting opposition scoring chances. He only needed to stop 23 out of 24 shots on Sunday and only needed 23 saves for a shutout on Dec. 4 and 25 for a goose egg on Nov. 30.
-- I picked the Ducks to beat the Penguins for the 2016 Stanley Cup. Yeah I feel dumber than usual with that one.
OILERS 4, SABRES 2
-- Anders Nilsson stopped 32 out of 34 shots in this win, his third in a row. In the past five games, he's allowed two goals or fewer, going 4-1-0. He's now 8-7-1 with a nice .922 save percentage.
Pretty tough to argue with the notion that he's the guy right now in Edmonton, and the Oilers sure seem to agree.
Purcell had an assist to go with his goal while Leon Draisaitl managed a single point (1A).
-- Darnell Nurse's production has really dried up (nine straight games without a point), but his six hits did catch my eye. He has 40 hits and 20 blocked shots in 19 games played so far this season. Not really must-keep stuff, but interesting.
-- Jack Eichel scored his ninth goal of his rookie season, giving him 14 points in 27 games. His 90 SOG in 27 GP gives me the impression that Eichel has some really rare instant-confidence.
-- Jordan Eberle hasn't been very effective, but he does have a goal in two straight games. All five of his points this season are tallies.
KINGS 3, LIGHTNING 1
-- Not sure 'Ning - Kings and Ducks - Pens could get much sadder, at least with the core players staying the way they are. Only 53 SOG combined in this one.
Los Angeles seems totally comfortable in this environment, yet I'm not so sure the other three teams are best suited for it.
Once again, I'm not so sure that Jon Cooper has much more to offer to Tampa Bay, which is funny since he just got a contract extension.
-- Milan Lucic scored his 10th goal of the 2015-16 season, including three in his past two contests. Seems like he's fitting in pretty well in L.A., and he's making the whole contract year thing work.
-- Steven Stamkos had a rough night, going -3 without a SOG. That second part seems worse.
-- The Lightning received six power-play opportunities and failed on all of them. Yikes.
-- One positive bit is that Tyler Johnson returned to the game, though he didn't do much in 17:40 TOI.