Crashing the net: Stastny heats up for Avs, McBain impresses early
After suiting up for a successful USA squad in the Olympics, Stastny has kept the good feelings flowing in Colorado as he had upped his point-scoring streak to nine games (16 points) before losing it in his last trip to the ice. As a result of the run of points, he now has 70 points in 71 contests, leaving him just short of the point-per-game pace that he has flashed during his four-year career (255 points in 264 games). Stastny hasn't just been dishing the puck off, either; he has scored five goals in his last five games, and is now three goals short of a third season of 20 goals (he scored 11 times last season in 45 games). Continue to ride Stastny as your No. 2 center because the points are a coming fast and furious for the former second round draft selection.
Here are the up and down point totals for Lecavalier the past six years: 66, 75, 108, 92, 67 and 64. That's a roller coaster ride that could make you spill your lunch, if you know what I mean. Barring a frantic final push, he'll end the year with his worst goals total since 2001 (he has 22 goals after scoring at least 29 goals in each of the past six years). On the plus side, Lecavalier has really been on point of late with points in six of seven games and a total of seven goals and nine points in his 10 games. He is a (-6) in that time, so he hasn't been exactly playing responsible hockey, but after a season-long lull in his production, his owners are likely counting their lucky stars that at least he is lighting the lamp with frequency.
The Ducks made the move to add this expensive ($14 million the next three years) yet effective offensive force at the trade deadline in exchange for
Thirty. No, that isn't Legwand's age (he is 29), and it isn't the amount of drinks I downed while I was at Las Vegas this past weekend for the
Jamie who? You had better learn the name of this 2006 second round draft pick. After growing up as a forward, McBain moved to the blue line in 8th grade and since that time has flashed plenty of offensive potential from the back end. "I'm a guy who likes to get in the offense," McBain said. "I like to shoot." McBain starred in college as he was a Hobey Baker finalist during his junior season and was named the WCHA Player of the Year, and now he is trying to do the same thing in the bigs. In his first four NHL games, those skills have been at the fore with four assists and a +2 rating. With two of the points coming with the man advantage, you don't need any further proof to see that he is a must add if you need some scoring from the blue line for the stretch run.
The rookie winger has 14 goals and 19 assists on the year, certainly a fine first year effort. Unfortunately, his production has dried up like my wallet at the poker table in Vegas (yes, I'm still having nightmares about that tough beat on that full house). Here is how bad it has been of late. JVR has just one goal in his last 15 games, and he has actually gone 11 games without a goal. Moreover, he doesn't have an assist since Jan. 28, that's a stretch of 20 flippin' games. At this point JVR is about as useful as that poker chip I found in my pocket when I got off the airplane at home (for some reason, the guy at the grocery store told me they don't consider Bellagio chips to be legal tender).
This 36-year-old netminder has been a poor option in net the past three years, and in fact he hasn't posted a save percentage of .900 since way back in 2003. For those that took a gamble early on when the since departed
Thought to be nothing more than a backup this season after
* Twelve teams play four games this week: Calgary, Colorado, Columbus, Detroit, Los Angeles, Montreal, New Jersey, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Jose and Toronto.
* No teams play two games this week.