Crashing the net
The shifty left winger is one goal off his career-high of 34 goals and already has tied career best efforts in power-play goals (16) and game winners (five). He also has 63 points in 61 games, putting him on pace to challenge his career-best total of 80 points in 2006-07. But don't think the good news ends there. Cammalleri has 11 goals and 19 points in 16 games since the All-Star break and is also a +5 in that time. To top it all off he has scored a goal in three straight games, during which time he has four makers and four assists while recording five of those points with the man advantage. That's some serious scoring folks.
Another Flame who is white-hot, the captain has five goals in his last four games, not to mention that he has also dished off six assists while recording a +5. He is also firing shots at a tremendous pace with at least four in eight over his last 14 games. With 26 goals, he is four markers from an eighth straight 30-goal campaign and he needs to post 18 points in his final 20 games to reach the 90-point plateau for the third straight year.
Last season was a breakout effort for Tomas, when he scored 29 times while recording 69 points, raising expectations for '08-09. As a result, his pedestrian production (9g, 11a in 46 games) through the All-Star break this season was a massive disappointment. Well, he has finally woken up, considering that he has almost matched his first half production in just 15 games since the break as he has scored eight times with seven assists. In fact, he has put up a point in eight-straight games with four multi-point efforts in that time (6g, 4a). There aren't many hotter scorers that could be on waivers in a shallow league.
While he might be on another club by the time you read this, Recchi, a veteran of 1,472 NHL games, can still score, as he has recorded 13 goals and 32 assists in 62 games. He is also hot, hot, hot right now, coming off a game with a career-high five assists, not to mention that he has recorded a point in four consecutive games. Keep an eye on how the trade deadline moves play out as he might end up in a better position if he is moved to another club.
It finally happened. Sullivan, sidelined for almost two years, has finally regained his health (his back is better) and his scoring touch. Though he has just four goals and 13 points in 22 games this season, he has been very productive of late with five points in his last three games and 10 points in his last 10 games. He probably isn't on waivers any longer given his name recognition, but if he is you should consider adding him immediately, though if we could quibble with his production we would like to see a bit more from him with the man-advantage (only two power-play points in nine games).
While three points in three games certainly wouldn't lead you to think "cold," there are certainly reasons that Campbell belongs on this list. (1) He hasn't scored a goal in 23 games. That's ugly. (2) Over his last five games he is a (-1). (3) He hasn't produced a single point on the power-play in six games. (4) He has one or zero shots on goal in six of the last seven games. Overall, the numbers are solid (7g, 35a, +8), but he hasn't been sharp at all of late.
With only one goal in six games, Doan is slumping a bit. Without a single assist in four games, Doan is slumping a bit. With a (-5) plus/minus in his last 10 games, Doan is slumping a bit. With only four PIM in his last 12 games, Doan is slumping a bit. Still, you shouldn't panic as we are still looking at a guy who has scored 23 goals with 54 points in 63 games, but his play has certainly been sub par of late.
That parade on Main Street wasn't an early St. Patrick's Day celebration; it was actually a celebration for Drury's first goal in 18 games. How a man with this level of talent can go that long without beating a goalie is almost an unfathomable mystery, yet it is still the case. Drury has posted six assists in his last six games, but before that he had gone five games without a helper, meaning that over his last 18 games he has one goal and nine assists, and that just wasn't what Drury owners were expecting when they rostered him this season.
When you've been as good as this guy has been all year (34g, 31a, +25 with 10 game-winning goals), his recent "slump" seems almost catastrophic. Of course, it really isn't more than a bump in the road for the Saskatchewan-born life-long Shark. What is the slump we speak of? Try five games with just one goal and one assist. Of course the goal was a game winner and he is still even in those five games, so his "slump" certainly doesn't match the depths that other top scorers have fallen to at times this season.
We are up to nine games and counting for Mueller since he beat a goaltender, this coming on the heels of three-straight games with a goal (Jan. 15-18). In addition, in the seven games he has played since returning from injury, he has a mere two assists while racking up a rather impressive (-7) mark. And no, we aren't living in some bizarro world where that is a good number. Is this yet another example of the dreaded sophomore slump?
The Rangers picked up Avery off of re-entry waivers, meaning the Stars and the Rangers will each pay half of the remaining dollars on his contract (roughly $11.6 million total over the next three years). It is unclear when Avery will be called up from the AHL, where he recorded two goals and an assist in six games, and furthermore, it is unclear how he will be used by new head coach
Look what the Isles found -- a starting goalie perhaps? With
This rookie was the toast of Ottawa when he emerged from the minors with the hot glove hand, leading to a 2.27 GAA in his first seven starts. Since then, well, to be kind, we could say that he has stunk. Over his last 10 starts his GAA has risen more than a full goal to 3.34, and his save percentage has dipped all the way down to .896. He has also been pulled in two of his last four starts and has allowed a whopping 14 goals in his last eight periods of play. "We have to decide whether he goes back down to Binghamton at some point and plays some games or he just plays all the games here," GM
While he could have had some value the rest of the way, that hope was dashed when the Wild announced they had signed starting goalie
Harding: 2.21 GAA, .931 SV%
Given that Backstrom has appeared in 51 games and Harding in just 15, well, you know what to expect from Harding and that is merely a handful of starts the rest of the way.
Who is the best goalie in the NHL since the All-Star break? You could certainly make a case for Mason, who has produced a 9-3-4 in that time. Regardless, in his last 16 appearances, Mason has a 1.55 GAA and a .944 SV% that would make
You did see that Sean Avery will be back with the Rangers soon didn't you?
* Five teams play four games this week: Boston, Calgary, Dallas, Minnesota and NY Islanders.
* Two teams play only two games this week: NY Rangers and Vancouver.