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Daily Dose: Optimus Reim

Sunday, December 31, 2017


The night in the National Hockey League was rather light on Saturday night, which is a product of the holiday weekend. Happy New Year, by the way! I hope that your 2018 is a successful one, especially in terms of seasonal fantasy and DFS play.

 

There were a handful of decent fantasy performances on the ice, especially in the crease on Saturday. Three goaltenders were able to post shutouts, extending a rather unique streak. There have been a total of eight shutouts over the past two Saturdays, and at least two shutouts in each of the past eight Saturdays in the NHL. Nashville's Juuse Saros turned aside all 29 shots he faced against the visiting Wild for one of the shutouts. Boston's Tuukka Rask received plenty of support in his team's 5-0 vetoing of the Senators, while Florida's James Reimer backstopped the Panthers to a 2-0 win against the visiting Canadiens.

 

It wasn't exactly a who's who of goal scorers. In fact, only four of the 29 goals scored on Saturday were netted by players with double-digit goal totals. There were four players, Carolina's Lucas Wallmark, L.A.'s Kyle Clifford, Vancouver's Nic Dowd and Troy Stecher, who lit the lamp for the first time this season.

 

There was just one multi-goal scorer on Saturday, too, so everyone in attendance at NHL arenas were never in any danger of losing their hats. Let's get started!

 

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ST. LOUIS 3 CAROLINA 2

 

It was a heartbreaker for the Hurricanes, who skated into the Gateway City with four straight victories. Scottie Upshall slide up to the team's top scoring line with Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko to start the third period, and the move paid instant dividends for bench boss Mike Yeo. With 11:02 remaining in regulation, Upshall potted the game-winning tally on assists from his new linemates.

 

Kyle Brodziak also scored his seventh goal of the season to open the scoring, and he also added an assist to give him two goals and five points with a plus-4 rating over his past four outings.

 

Scott Darling was on the short end of things, allowing three goals on 29 shots. It was his first appearance since that awful night on Dec. 19 in Toronto when he let in eight goals on 36 shots. He has just one win over his past eight starts dating back to Nov. 26.

 

Wallmark, just recalled from Charlotte of the AHL, posted his first NHL goal in the second period in his first game of the season with the big club. Noah Hanifin and Sebastian Aho chipped in on Wallmark's goal.

 

Aho saw his modest three-game goal-scoring streak end, but he has at least one point (four goals, two assists) during his four-game point streak.

 

Carter Hutton stopped all but two of the 25 shots he faced to pick up his first win in two weeks since his shutout on Dec. 16 against the Jets. He has allowed two or fewer goals in five of his six appearances at home this season.

 

BOSTON 5 OTTAWA 0

 

Tuukka Rask turned aside all 25 shots he faced in Saturday's game in Canada's capital city for his second shutout of the season, and the 40th of his career, all in a Boston sweater.

 

Ryan Spooner was his best friend, as he was the only multi-goal scorer on the six-game slate Saturday night. It was Spooner's second multi-point game of the season, and his first two-goal game since Dec. 29 last season in Buffalo.

 

David Backes chipped in with two assists, as did Torey Krug. After a slow start to his season, Backes is making up for lost time lately with five goals, 11 points and a plus-4 rating over the past seven games. Both of his helpers came on the power play, and he has a goal and three assists on the man advantage during his current hot streak.

 

David Krejci was also a multi-point performer in the win, posting a goal and assist on the power play, giving him five goals and 10 points over his past 10 games.

 

Erik Karlsson is having a difficult time lately. He was scoreless with a minus-2 rating in the 5-0 loss, and he has managed just two goals and six assists with a minus-20 rating over his past 21 games dating back to Nov. 16.

 

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MONTREAL 2 FLORIDA 0

 

James Reimer posted his second shutout in the past three games, as the veteran understudy continues to fill in admirably for the injured Roberto Luongo. Optimus Reim turned aside all 37 shots he faced, as the Panthers won their fifth straight game with Reimer in the crease.

 

Vincent Trocheck potted his 15th goal of the season on assists from MacKenzie Weegar and Connor Brickley. Trocheck has at least 11 points in each of his months, but December has been his most productive with five goals, including three on the power play, and a total of 13 points.

 

Brickley posted his fourth-career multi-point game, and he now has two game-winning goals over the past four outings.

 

Radim Vrbata was scratched from the lineup after failing to practice in the morning due to illness. He'll have a couple of days to rest before the team heads to Minnesota for a game on Tuesday.

 

Max Pacioretty failed to score for the 12th consecutive game, and he has lit the lamp just once over the past 21 outings. Carey Price allowed just two goals on 33 shots, but he was on the short end with no offensive support.

 

WASHINGTON 5 NEW JERSEY 2

 

Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson each posted a goal and two assists with a plus-1 rating in the victory. It was Backstrom's first multi-point game since Dec. 8, and he snapped a four-game point drought.

 

Braden Holtby allowed two goals on 27 shots as the Capitals ascended to the perch in the Metropolitan Division. The Caps have now won eight straight games at home.

 

Christian Djoos posted a goal, assist and plus-1 rating while blocking a shot, He opened the season Oct. 11 with his only other multi-point game in the opener against the Penguins, and he posted just one goal and four points over his past 29 games entering play.

 

Cory Schneider was peppered for 12 shots in the first period, 10 shots in the second period and 13 shots in the third period, stopping 30 of the 34 shots he faced in the loss.

 

Alex Ovechkin is making up for lost time after a four-game point drought from Dec. 19-27, posting a goal and four points over the past two outings.

 

NASHVILLE 3 MINNESOTA 0

 

The Predators and Wild turned to their backup netminders after playing each other the night before in St. Paul. Juuse Saros stopped all 29 shots for his second shutout of the season.

 

P.K. Subban stayed hot with a goal, an assist and a plus-1 rating, his second straight multi-point game against the Wild. He has five goals and 11 points over his past nine outings.

 

Calle Jarnkrok picked up two assists with a plus-1 rating to stay hot. After posting two points in October and seven points in November, he has seven goals with 11 points in 13 outings in December.

 

Alex Stalock allowed two goals on 28 shots, as he continues to play well. He has yielded three or fewer goals in nine of his past 10 appearances.

 

Scott Hartnell picked up the game-winning goal, snapping a nine-game point drought. It was his first point since Nov. 4, although he has racked up 27 penalty minutes in eight outings in the month.

 

LOS ANGELES 4 VANCOUVER 3

 

Troy Stecher scored on an unassisted goal, his first of the season, to open the scoring in the home loss. He also chipped in with a plus-2 rating. It was his first goal since March 9, snapping a 39-game streak without lighting the lamp.

 

Ben Hutton has managed just six assists through 37 games this season, but he has two assists in this one for his second multi-point effort of the campaign.

 

Jacob Markstrom allowed four goals on 36 shots, slipping to 2-5-1 over the past eight outings with a 4.32 goals-against average with an .878 save percentage.

 

Brock Boeser was held off the scoresheet after scoring in each of the past four outings. He leads all NHL rookies with 21 goals and 38 points.

 

Tyler Toffoli scored his 17th goal of the season while adding two assists and a plus-2 rating. While he was scoreless over the past three outings, he has still managed six goals and 11 points with a plus-7 rating across 13 games in the month of December.

 




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