David Savard (oblique strain) is questionable to return Tuesday.
Savard partook in a full practice on Monday so his return is imminent but it may not come against the Islanders as the Blue Jackets kick off a stretch that sees them play 15 of their next 20 games at home. Savard has already missed 15 games this season after playing the full 82 game slate last season. "You see guys going down all the time, but I’ve never really been part of that before," Savard said. "It’s tough. You rehab, work out and try to get back as quick as possible, but it’s hard. Sometimes your body doesn’t work like you want it to." Savard has a goal and 16 points in 39 games this season. His fantasy value is limited at this time.
Bob Hartley left Calgary practice early as he was not happy with the Flames play.
Hartley left after 25 minutes. "He was pretty pissed off about the way things were looking," said right-winger David Jones. He wasn’t happy with the way we were practicing out there. It’s a little embarrassing when we’re not making five-foot passes. We weren’t as crisp as we would’ve liked to be. We’ve had better practices. It was one of those days when we weren’t clicking." The Flames meet the Leafs at home on Tuesday and it should be interesting to see how the Flames react.
Chris Stewart has been relishing playing on the top line of late.
Stewart was placed on the top unit with Ryan Getzlaf and David Perron after seeing fourth line minutes of late and has four points in seven games. He is the grinder on the line and has played well in the role. "I think that’s why we’re so successful," Stewart said. "We all have a job and a role on that line. We’re just doing exactly what’s asked of us. For our line to be successful, I’ve got to get in there on the forecheck and take the body. Get the puck to those guys and let them do their thing. They’re both gifted offensively and if they got the space and the time, they usually make the right play. As you start to get into a more offensive role and making plays, we’re getting better every game." Stewart has seven goals and 16 points in 44 games this season but is worth owning as long as he remains on the top line.
John Gibson had a tough night Monday in his hometown of Pittsburgh.
It was Gibson's second start of his career in his hometown and it was déjà vu all over again as he gave up six goals for the second time in a row. "I feel for him," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "(When) somebody comes to his hometown, he’s excited to play. It’s 3-1 after the first period. You’re probably feeling a little bit low. He’s tough. He’s a tough kid. He’ll get over it and he’ll be ready to play in the next game." Gibson is now 12-8-2 with a 2.13 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek notched his fourth shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over the visiting Florida Panthers Monday night.
Mrazek made 23 saves. He improved his overall record to 20-10-4. His goals-against average dropped to under 2.00, at 1.97. He started the night with a 2.03 GAA. Mrazek also has an impressive save percentage of .933. He's probably the Red Wings' most-valuable player this season and has blossomed into one of the NHL's premier netminders. He is, of course, a fantasy keeper.
New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider was outstanding Monday night, stopping 35 shots, but he and the Devils were beaten 2-1 by the Rangers in New York.
Schneider is now 2-1 against the Rangers this season, but he deserves to be 3-0. The Devils couldn't find the Rangers' net until Travis Zajac scored on a shorthanded goal late in the third period. The Rangers have only five goals on 95 shots against Schneider this season. Schneider has an overall record this season of 23-16-6 and has been the Devils' most-valuable player. His goals-against average is 2.03 and his save percentage is .929. Schneider won't be available in your fantasy league because he's too good. But you could use him against most teams in one-night action. Problem is, he won't get as many wins as he should because, like Monday, his teammates often don't score enough.
New Jersey Devils' center Travis Zajac spoiled a shutout bid by Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist Monday night by scoring a shorthanded goal at 17:43 of the third period.
The Devils still were defeated 2-1 in New York. Zajac's goal was his eighth of the season. An assist on the goal went to Adam Henrique. Henrique has 22 assists this season.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves Monday night as New York edged the visiting New Jersey Devils 2-1.
Lundqvist now has won three consecutive games and four of his past five. He has only two losses in his past nine starts. Lundqvist improved to 34-15-7 in 56 career appearances against the Devils. He picked up his 365th NHL win, tying him with Martin Brodeur for the most wins during a goalie's first 11 NHL seasons. Overall this season, Lundqvist is 26-14-4. He has a goals-against average of 2.37 and a save percentage of .921. He is always a good choice to be your fantasy goaltender.