Scott Hartnell LW CLS 7 Hrs
Hartnell factored into all three Columbus goals Tuesday in a loss to Washington, scoring two (one on a power play), assisting on the other, and tacking on four penalty minutes.
A huge night for Hartsy, but he was outshone by Alex Ovechkin and the Caps. With 43 points in 58 games, he has a good chance to surpass last year's 52-point total, but he's also sitting on the worst plus-minus of his career (minus-12).
Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 7 Hrs
Backstrom collected two assists -- one at even strength, the other on a power play -- on Alex Ovechkin goals Tuesday in a win over Columbus.
After uncharacteristically going three straight off the scoresheet, Backstrom's bounced back with three helpers and a plus-3 rating in his last two. He's still operating at better than a point-per-game pace on the year, and he'll eventually get around to finding the net again -- he's just short of his third career 20-goal season.
Braden Holtby G WAS 7 Hrs
Holtby stopped 27 of 30 shots Tuesday in a 5-3 victory over Columbus.
Not his most impressive outing, but a win's a win, and Holtby continues to be a reliable netminding presence for fantasy owners and the Capitals alike. A tougher matchup is on the docket, though, as the Caps host Minnesota on Thursday.
Sergei Bobrovsky G CLS 7 Hrs
Bobrovsky was tagged for four goals on 32 shots by the Capitals in Tuesday's 5-3 loss.
At least that last goal came into an empty net. Unfortunately, Bob -- making his return from a groin injury -- was unable to stop the bleeding for the Jackets, who have now lost seven games in a row. Bobrovsky himself is a miserable 1-6 in his last seven starts.
Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 7 Hrs
Ovechkin scored a pair of goals on eight shots -- his second consecutive two-goal game -- in Tuesday's win over Columbus.
That's five points in the last two contests for Ovi, boosting his NHL-leading goal total to 43 and his point total to 67 in 65 games. To boot, he's lifted his rating to plus-12, and he's on pace to set a new career high in hits. This is shaping up to be his second consecutive 50-goal campaign and the sixth of his career.
Steve Mason G PHI 7 Hrs
Mason gave up three goals on 26 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Calgary.
Ah, that fine line between success and failure in the NHL -- prior to Jiri Hudler's overtime winner, Mason sported a solid line of 23 saves on 25 shots. He and the Flyers battled back from two goals down in the third period to send the game to overtime, but Hudler needed just 83 seconds to get the puck past Mason and end things. Mason's an unattractive 1-1-2 in his last four decisions, though he's played reasonably well in that span.
Tyler Bozak C TOR 8 Hrs
Bozak scored a power-play goal in a 3-2 win over Florida on Tuesday night.
He has 40 points on the season, but that's a far cry from his early-season pace. And his minus-21 rating is an anchor on most fantasy squads. He will likely end up somewhere else over the summer and that means his fantasy value will actually stabilize -- he'll be used in an appropriate role and not deployed on the first line. But right now, you should probably park him on your bench. He's just too much of a risk.
Karri Ramo G CGY 8 Hrs
Ramo turned away 35 of 37 shot attempts during Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win in Philadelphia.
Despite the fact that he blew a 2-0 lead in the third period, this was a terrific outing for Ramo, who's given up just five goals in his last four starts -- all on the Flames' East Coast road swing. Unfortunately, he's gone just 2-2 in that span.
Jiri Hudler RW CGY 8 Hrs
Hudler assisted on the Flames' first goal and tallied his 20th of the year in overtime Tuesday to deliver a 3-2 win over the Flyers.
Hudler had gone cold recently, failing to record a point in four straight games while going minus-5, but he got back to his productive ways in this one, hitting 50 points for the fourth time in his career. He's just seven shy of his career-high 57 points, so Hudler should finish this excellent season with a whole new set of high-water marks.
Carter Hutton G NAS 8 Hrs
Hutton stopped 21 of 23 shots in Tuesday's loss to the Devils.
Not a bad start for the backup after Pekka Rinne took the loss the night before, but he wasn't able to stop the Predators from dropping their fourth straight game. The defeat ended Hutton's personal four-game winning streak. He might get some more opportunities in the near future with Rinne hitting the skids a little, possibly due to overuse.