Crashing the net
In his last three games Avery has lit the lamp four times while taking only two PIM for his new team. "I think it probably has to do with my mind-set and where my head is more than anything," Avery said. Well, whatever you are doing, Sean, keep it up. Of course, he is more likely to let the fists start flying than to keep up this torrid scoring pace, but regardless, whenever he is on the ice he has value.
Booth scored 40 points in 73 games last season, so his total of 26 goals and 21 assists in just 59 games this season marks him as one player who has lived up to expectations. Booth has been particularly impressive of late with five goals in his last four games and points in each of his last four (nine points). He has also lit the lamp three times on the power play in this time and has even contributed eight PIM over the past three games. Look for him to continue his strong play to the finish line.
Skating with the Sedin twins is the tonic for any winger, and Burrows has carved out a nice niche for himself on the line with his rugged play. More than just riding shotgun, Burros has established himself as a legitimate force of late with goals in each of his last four games and seven in seven. That type of scoring will play in any league, especially when you add in 29 PIM in nine games. With 15 points in his last 13 games Burrows has legitimately established himself as a force to be reckoned with.
Worth a look only in deep leagues, Giroux has four points in his last five games. Again, this isn't a guy who is going to lead the league in scoring the rest of the season, but he does have four goals and seven assists in his last 17 games, and that isn't awful when you add in the fact that he has also been a solid +6 in that time.
Someone finally woke up. After ending February on a five game pointless streak, Ponikarovsky opened March the same way without a point in his first game. Since then however, he has looked like a modern day Wendell Clark with two goals and seven assists in his last six games. He may or may not be on waivers after his massive four assist effort on the 14th, but if he is, he likely shouldn't be.
Maybe they should have traded him? Since the trade deadline, Bouwmeester has a measly two assists in six games. Besides the lack of assists, things look even worse when you glance at the goal-scoring column, as he has but one goal in 18 games. Bouwmeester also has just eight PIM in his last 11 games. Without much in the way of point production, and little rough stuff to hang your hat on, you can't be feeling too good about the Panther at the moment, especially when you realize that he has only five shots on goal in his last five games.
Now teamed with
Ryan has 23 goals and 43 points in 51 games, showing the Ducks that they erred in not placing him on the roster to start the year. However, his scoring rate has slowed of late as he has gone three games without a point and he has only two goals in eight games. In addition, he has only one power-play goal in 20 games, this after tallying seven in his first 31. He continues to skate with
After scoring 11 times in 44 games as a rookie, Setoguchi's 25 goals in 67 games represents tremendous growth. However, on a micro level, his scoring rate of late has been so slow that a sun dial could time it. Setoguchi has gone 10 games without a marker and he has only one goal in 14 games. Considering that he has spent about 90 percent of that time skating with
Stoll has 18 goals and 41 points this season, which is his most productive year over the past three campaigns. However, his play of late has left us all wanting more as he has been a minus player in six-straight games (-9). In addition to the terrible two-way play, Stoll also has only one assist in that time. He does have three goals in his last seven games, but he also has that same total of three goals in his last 13 games. Little scoring, terrible two-way play and playing for a team that is 3-6-1 in its last 10 games certainly doesn't equal a player you should be counting on down the stretch.
One of the luckiest men on skates, Glencross has been skating on the Flames' top line with
The youngster has been skating on the club's top line alongside
The Oilers will need a strong finish if they hope to vie for Lord Stanley's Cup (they are currently ninth in the West), and given that they are 3-2-5 in their last 10, the team will look to shake things up with the line combinations. The chief beneficiary of all the movement could be O'Sullivan, who has been promoted to the top line with
The Bulin Wall is back.
The hottest goaltender in the league you say? Seriously, we aren't kidding. Lehtonen has won each of his last five starts, producing a 1.18 GAA, a .966 save percentage and two shutouts. No, we aren't reading
Kipper leads the league with 40 victories, but he has also been brutal of late with a 4.75 GAA in his last four starts. So will the Flames rest their main man and risk losing the division crown to the surging Canucks given that all 13 of their remaining games are against playoff caliber teams? "We're watching his balance," coach
This is a pretty odd situation, and it's making it impossible to predict who will be in net from one night to the next.
• Nine teams play four games this week: Atlanta, Chicago, Edmonton, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Ottawa, Phoenix, San Jose and Washington.
• Five teams play only two games this week: Boston, Calgary, Columbus, Detroit and NY Islanders.