Crashing the net: Kiprusoff leading Flames up West standings
What did you expect? Anyone who records four goals and five points in a single game makes the "hot" list. Mainly because of that outing, Callahan has 10 goals and six assists in his last 16 games.
This 2008 fifth-round draft pick has excelled of late for the Jackets with six goals and two assists in his last seven games. Be careful, though, as his mojo might be slipping as he has gone three contests without a point.
After 73 points in '08 David slumped to 52 last season. He'll surpass that lower total this season; he has 50 points in 58 games, thanks in no small part to a run of productivity of late that has seen him produce 11 points in his last eight games.
Well it's about time. Though he's only been on the ice for 15 games this season thanks to a knee injury, Prospal has been productive, with 11 points, including a point in four-straight games for the Blueshirts.
The big fella has only one point in seven games and just one goal in 20 contests. Still, he has 11 goals, 32 points, is a plus-21 and has 67 PIMs, so he has been pretty good this season, even if he's struggled for points of late.
Like Chara, Kesler's yearly numbers are superb: 33 goals, 58 points and a plus-21 in 67 games. However, his offense has been non-existent of late as he has just two points in nine games and just one goal in 12 contests.
He certainly isn't an offensive defenseman, but he has recorded at least 24 points in nine-straight years. He won't get there this season as he has nine points in 47 games (along with a minus-28 rating). Oh, he's also failed to light the lamp a single time.
He's been in an out of the lineup of late and he hasn't produced when on the ice. Seguin hasn't produced a point in five games and has just 21 points in 60 games this year. He'll get there, but the game just isn't that easy people.
Giroux has played 697 games in the AHL after being drafted in 1999, though he has only found his way onto the ice in 32 NHL contests. He'll get one more shot to prove he has something to offer as the Oilers have been racked up front by injuries (Taylor Hall, Ales Hemsky) and a trade deadline deal (Dustin Penner). Giroux has skill; he was the AHL MVP in '08, when he scored 60 goals in 69 games, and this season he was second in the AHL in points when he was recalled, so deep leagues might consider giving him a look.
The Flames are without Brendan Morrison, who is out with a knee injury, and that means there is a hole on the No. 1 line next to Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay. Somewhat surprisingly, Moss was centering that line over the weekend, and the result, if Moss is able to stick with that talented duo, could be a significant upswing in performance. Moss hit the 20-goal mark back in '08 and he has 16 tallies in 55 games this season so he has some talent. Time will tell if his scoring rate will improve, but it certainly should if he sticks on the top line.
Wilson last saw time with the NHL club on Jan. 18. He was shipped to the minors after recording a mere 11 points in 31 games (including two points in his last 19 games), but instead of sulking the center went to work, posting 11 goals and 22 points in 20 games in the AHL. With the Jackets in need of help down the middle with Derrick Brassard out of action with a hand injury, Wilson could be given a shot in the top-6.
Jonathan Quick is still the starter in net for the Kings, but Bernier is still viewed by some within the organization as the "keeper of the future." As for the rest of this season, Bernier will likely see a bit more work down the stretch that you might initially have thought. "Both goalies are good," head coach Terry Murray said. "With [games] every second day, coming through this month, very intense games and both goalies playing well like they are, it's a great opportunity to use those guys on a rotation." Bernier has allowed two of fewer goals in seven of his last eight appearances, so he is clearly playing well.
Jonas Hiller continues to deal with a case of vertigo -- hello Alfred Hitchcock -- leaving the net in the hands of Mr. Ellis. In five appearances with the Duck on his sweater, Ellis is 3-1-1 with a strong 2.31 GAA but a mediocre .905 save percentage. As soon as Hillis is healthy he will go back to being the unquestioned starter, but with no word on when that might be, there is no reason that Ellis should be on waivers at the moment.
The Flames are fifth in the Western Conference, but they are only four points ahead of 11th-place Nashville. Yes, the Western Conference is tighter than a mini-skirt on Katy Perry. The Flames are 21-6-6 since Dec. 23, and that has been accomplished largely on the back of Kipper, who has made 20-straight starts. It's not certain he will appear in every game the rest of the way but it seems a pretty good bet that he will be on the ice nearly every time the club takes the ice since he is playing exceedingly well right now (2.08 GAA, .926 SV% with an 11-2-3 record since the All-Star game).
Could the Islanders have finally found a keeper in net with goalie No. 27 this season? Perhaps. Montoya has been terrific for the Isles with an impressive 5-2-2 record, but it's in the ratio categories that he has excelled (1.93 GAA, .931 SV%). Still, he does backstop the Islanders, so you should be very careful if you are depending on him leading your squad to a championship in net.
The Hurricanes are one point out of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. In order to give the team their best chance at the "second season," head coach Paul Maurice has stated that chances are pretty good that Ward will play every game the rest of the way. Ward, who leads the NHL with 1,720 saves, is two wins shy of 30 victories for the fourth time in five years, and though he is just 6-6-3 of late his save percentage in that time has still been strong at .920.
* Nine teams play four games this week: Buffalo, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Ottawa, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington.
* One team plays only two games this week: Rangers.