ST. LOUIS 5, ISLANDERS 1
-- Frans Nielsen has really slowed down lately. He broke a six-game pointless streak with an assist on Thursday. He only has one goal and one assist in his last 10 games, failing to generate a SOG in two of those contests. While Nielsen is a quality player in reality, it appears that talk of his fantasy breakthrough might have been premature.
Either that or he's just slumping alongside a team that is in a bad way.
-- Derek Roy has a goal and a four assists for five points in four games. Consider him another guy worth monitoring (again, another player with marginal peripherals).
-- Jay Bouwmeester is generating nice numbers for fantasy owners, as he has 21 points in 27 games and a +15 rating.
-- If you're looking for depth defensemen, you could probably do worse than Andrew MacDonald. Hopefully you could do better, though, to be honest.
RANGERS 3, BUFFALO 1
-- At 5-16-0, it’s hard to slam anyone for dropping Ryan Miller, even if the lure of a possible trade to a contender is also pretty tantalizing. Tough call.
-- Seriously, Chris Kreider is useful in the stats beyond point production. Example: he registered a whopping seven hits last night.
-- Tyler Ennis broke a four-game pointless streak with a goal. He seems like he has an extra jump in his step with Ted Nolan behind the bench, but not to the point of being worthwhile in fantasy.
-- Ryan McDonagh's ascension to genuine fantasy usefulness continues; he has a five-game point streak with one goal and five assists for six points.
FLORIDA 5, WINNIPEG 2
-- There's no sense doubting Scottie Upshall any longer, as he extended his point streak to five with two assists last night. Upshall has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his last nine games.
-- OK, Tim Thomas is marginal, but he shows enough flashes of that two-time Vezina form that he's still worth keeping an eye on.
-- Yikes, a -4 for Dustin Byfuglien, who has a -6 rating over four games (and a -11 mark overall). He's well worth it, though, as he does so many things well (22 points, 38 PIM, 101 SOG, 53 hits and 50 blocked shots in 30 GP) that you'd be pretty silly to complain.
TAMPA BAY 3, OTTAWA 1
-- Ben Bishop ended his two-game skid, though it was far from his fault. In the last five games, he's allowed just five goals and hasn't given up more than two tallies. He remains one of the genuine steals of this season.
-- Martin St. Louis has five pointless games in his last seven. On the bright side, he has four goals and one assist in the two games he got on the board.
-- Robin Lehner continues to struggle lately, as he's been on a three-game losing streak.