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Monday, April 15, 2013



From a fantasy goaltending standpoint, this weekend’s biggest story was probably Brian Elliott attempting to extend his impressive shutout streak.


While that fizzled out early in the second period of the St. Louis Blues’ eventual 2-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, it’s still quite the accomplishment - and a nice way to introduce one of the most noteworthy half-themes of the weekend. (Elliott can hold his head high, too; the Blackhawks couldn’t score on him soon enough to ruin his bid at the Blues’ all-time shutout streak. He set a new mark with 214 scoreless minutes. That also ended a five-game winning streak for a guy who’s been playing well enough that I’ve practically been screaming his name from mountaintops to get you to add him.)


Because of a day off and that loss to the Windy City’s dominant squad, Elliott didn’t actually get a shutout this weekend. A nice smattering of others did, however:


  • Henrik Lundqvist finally notched his first one of the season on Saturday, stopping 29 New York Islanders shots in a tense 1-0 OT win for the New York Rangers.

  • Corey Crawford produced his third goose egg of 2013 by stopping 30 Blues shots in that 2-0 victory on Sunday.

  • Jimmy Howard stopped 22 out of 22 on Sunday to regain the Detroit Red Wings’ hold on the eighth spot in the West (which the Dallas Stars briefly took thanks to Richard Bachman’s near-perfect play of late).

  • Jhonas Enroth blanked the slumping Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, making 29 out of 29 saves. He also only allowed one-goal in another win a day later.

  • Craig Anderson had a “that’s more like it” performances on Friday, befuddling the New Jersey Devils with a 33-save shutout, marking his first victory since returning from that meddlesome injury.




One guy who’s a real keep/drop conundrum is Joffrey Lupul. The Maple Leafs said he’s “really close” to returning, but what does that mean, exactly? One point I might have neglected to mention before: it’s plausible that you can drop and then add a guy if you change your mind, especially since you might have waiver priority over your opponents (at least the ones who are still paying close attention) ... It sounds like Ilya Kovalchuk won’t play in Monday’s game against Toronto. He’s another tough call because it seems like he’s not that far away, but the Devils might be wiser just to play it safe with their $100 million man ... If the season ended today, Alex Ovechkin would be your Maurice Richard winner with 27 goals ... Mikhail Grabovski, Dave Bolland and Martin Erat were among the players who returned from injuries on Sunday ... Filip Forsberg made his NHL debut. He's a pretty big gamble, but hyped rookies are fun gambles to latch onto, no doubt ... Patrick Sharp's shoulder seems like it might be acting up again. Wait for an update, but at least leave your finger hovering over the trigger on this one ... A knee injury seems to have ended Alex Tanguay's season ... Artem Anisimov was concussed by Charlie Coyle's hit. I'd say drop him since he was already on the margins ... Depending upon whom you ask, Evgeni Malkin's day-to-day either with a shoulder issue or a sun burn. Not likely drop material so far, though the Pittsburgh Penguins have as much incentive to rest guys as anyone in the league ... Tobias Enstrom's middle-body/back problem is now a week-to-week deal. Sadly, it's time to let him go, then.

James O'Brien is the Hockey Daily Dose's author and has been a contributor to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk for more than four years. Follow him on Twitter.
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