The NHL highlighted 10 games last night including, a pair OT winners, a shootout, a shutout, and a coach terminated. The day started early as the Devils and Flyers went into an extra frame during their matinee and Mike Yeo, ex-head coach of the Minnesota Wild was let go after losing 8 straight. Let’s take a look at the top performers for each conference.
Left Wing: Evgeny Kuznetsov continued to show exactly why he leads all Capitals scorers in points. A double dose of helpers late in the third period gave puts his cumulative total at 39 this season. Efficient also, as Kuznetsov managed a mere 15:46 time on ice, and the Caps almost completed a 4 goal comeback losing 4-3 to the Stars.
Center: A pair of tallies, along with 4 PIMs and 5 shots on goal Boone Jenner had a very productive fantasy night. Breaking a five game pointless skid, Jenner opened the scoring late in the first period, helping the Jackets cruise to a 4-2 win at home against Ottawa.
Right Wing: Notching his first two goals of the season, 17 seconds apart, Leafs forward Mark Arcobello finished a plus 2 and 4 shots on goal. Arcobello got things rolling for the Buds at the 4:27 mark of the second period, and put them ahead 2-1.
D: Young phenom Shayne Gostisbehere scored his 9th goal of the season and scripted his name into the history books by recording his 11th straight game with a point. This marks the most amount of consecutive games by a rookie defenseman. His lone goal was not enough as the Flyers were downed 2-1 by the Devils in OT.
D: Playing in almost 23 minutes, newly acquired defenseman Seth Jones had two assists on the night. Jones has been receiving increasing minutes since being employed into the new defensive scheme in Columbus, and had his first multipoint game since arrival.
Goalie: Corey Schneider turned away 31 shots and secured his 25th win of the season. Undoubtedly, the saving grace to the Devils season, Schneider looks to keep his team in the playoff mix by continuing to steal wins and valuable points at this critical part of the season.
Left Wing: A good fantasy outing for Wild winger Thomas Vanek as he amassed a goal, a penalty, and 4 shots on goal. Minnesota, losers of their last 8 have been the coldest team in hockey. Vanek has picked up the pace with a 3 game point streak. Firing of head coach Mike Yeo also happened hours after their latest defeat.
Center: Burying his 30th goal of the season, Tyler Seguin had a pair including the game winner, and the Stars held on to beat the league’s hottest team. Seguin is riding a 4 game point streak, scoring thrice and dishing out 4 helpers during that span.
Right Wing: A goal and an assist through 17 and a half minutes of work forward James Neal enjoyed the 5-0 crushing his team gave to the Panthers. Neal now has 33 points on the season with 20 goals and 13 assists.
D: Brent Seabrook put his 9th and 10th goals of the season past both Josh Gibson and Frederik Andersen. Seabrook has been hot of late recording 3 goals in his last 4 games, unfortunately his team has not been losing 3 in a row.
D: Only one assist on the night for right hand defenseman Sami Vatanen; however, it was his play on the ice that led him into the Saturday Starting Six. Logging 21 and a half minutes, Vataned was instrumental in securing the Ducks a 3-2 overtime win against Chicago. 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, look for Vatanen to be a providing force for this soaring Ducks squad.
Goalie: Carter Hutton posted his first shutout of the season and collected his 6th win in the 8 games he has started this year. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native stopped all 22 shots he faced and has given up just a lone goal in the past three games.
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