Viktor Arvidsson picked up his fourth goal of the season and added an assist in a 3-2 Nashville loss to LA on Thursday.
Arvidsson's goal was shorthanded and at the time, put the Preds ahead 2-1 in the game. He also recorded an assist on Craig Smith's goal in the second period. Arvidsson has four goals and two assists in seven games thus far this season. It's a nice start for the 23-year-old Swede who tallied just eight goals in 56 NHL games last season.
Peter Budaj turned aside 24-of-26 shots in 3-2 overtime win over Nashville on Thursday night.
The win is his fourth straight in as many starts so fantasy owners have to be thrilled with that. "He's played really well for us. We don't give up much, and he's expected to make some big saves, obviously, but we don't give up many shots," said Kings coach Darryl Sutter on Budaj. It's true, he only had to make eight saves in the third period and overtime combined but a win is still a win. Budaj carries a 2.21 and a .901 save percentage into his next start.
Jeff Carter scored the overtime winner to help the Kings get past the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Thursday night.
It wasn't the cleanest play in the world as Carter deflected the puck past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne off a deflected pass in front of the net to get the game-winner with 28 seconds remaining in the extra period. The Kings and Carter will take it though. It was his second of the season and fifth point in seven games. He also tallied up six shots on net, a blocked shot and a hit. Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli scored the goals in regulation while Alec Martinez and Nic Dodd each added two assists in the victory.
Jake Allen allowed one goal on 27 shots in Thursday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
Allen looked a little silly on Frans Nielsen's shorthanded goal in the second period, but the Blues goalie more than did his part in this one. He also kept his team in the game during the eight-round shootout. He has a 3-1-2 record with a 2.13 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage this season. Allen has come up on the losing end in three of his last four outings.
Petr Mrazek stopped 31 of 32 shots in Detroit's 2-1 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues.
Not a bad night at the office for Mrazek, as he only allowed one goal during the game and he was able to stand tall for seven of the Blues' eight shootout attempts. Mrazek has now won four consecutive starts and has a 4-2-0 record on the season. The 24-year-old has a 2.48 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage. The Red Wings are one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now. This was their sixth consecutive win.
Kevin Shattenkirk scored a goal in Thursday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
Shattenkirk opened the scoring at the 2:31 mark of the second period before Frans Nielsen tied the game just over 11 minutes later. The score remained tied until the shootout. Henrik Zetterberg scored the game-winner in the eighth round of the shootout to give Detroit the win. Shattenkirk has three goals, three assists and a minus-4 rating in eight games this season. He's averaging 20:31 of ice time per game so far.
Frans Nielsen scored in Detroit's 2-1 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
Nielsen's shorthanded goal tied the game at one at the 13:54 mark of the second period. The two teams remained tied through regulation and overtime and it took an eight-round shootout to crown a winner (Henrik Zetteberg scored the winner for Detroit). Nielsen has two goals and two assists in eight games in his first season with the Wings.
Antti Niemi allowed four goals on 32 shots in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
This was Niemi's first loss of the season, but it's also the second time he gives up four goals or more in four appearances. The 33-year-old has a 2-1-0 record with a 3.86 goals-against-average and a .893 save percentage. He's made back-to-back starts for the Stars, but don't be surprised if they go back to Kari Lehtonen in their next game. The Stars have a timeshare going with their goalies and that doesn't make them interesting fantasy plays.