Kris Russell D CGY 38 Mins
Russell picked up two power-play assists and blocked a whopping 15 shots Thursday against the Bruins.
The points ended a nine-game scoreless skid for the 27-year-old blueliner. Russell's developed into a truly prolific shot blocker over the last couple years, and he'd already hit a new career high (203) on Tuesday even before this game. In fact, he's got 23 blocks in the last two. That's just ridiculous.
Jiri Hudler RW CGY 43 Mins
Hudler scored a goal and chipped in a power-play assist Thursday in a shootout win over Boston.
That's the second straight two-point game for Hudler on the heels of a four-game pointless skid. He's been a pretty streaky scorer, and he appears to be getting started on a fresh streak now as he continues on the finest season of his career.
Tuukka Rask G BOS 47 Mins
Rask gave up three goals on 32 shots Thursday in a shootout loss to the Flames.
He took a loss to fellow Finnish netminder Karri Ramo -- his 10th overtime defeat on the year. Rask now has more total losses (26) than wins (25) on the year -- a major disappointment to fantasy owners who drafted him as an elite option in net. In fact, Rask has won just two times in his last 10 appearances (nine starts).
Karri Ramo G CGY 51 Mins
Ramo made 34 saves on 37 shots, then came out on top in an eight-round shootout Thursday against the Bruins.
In a showdown between Ramo and fellow Finn Tuukka Rask, it was the less-established Ramo who came out on top of the perennial star in Boston's net. Ramo's allowed just eight goals in his last five starts, but has taken a couple losses in that span anyway. Nonetheless, the arrow keeps pointing up.
Johnny Boychuk D NYI 1 Hr
Boyhuck notched a pair of assists Thursday evening in a 4-3 win over Nashville.
He picked up secondary assists on the game-tying and lead-taking tallies. Boychuk's already sitting on a career high with 32 points in 56 games this year, and he's been a reliable presence for your fantasy nets.
John Tavares C NYI 2 Hrs
Tavares notched a goal and an assist while going plus-1 with two penalty minutes Thursday in a 4-3 road win over Nashville.
A well-rounded effort for Tavares, who's now provided 40 PIM on the season -- a nice bonus to complement his point-per-game scoring pace. It's no secret that he's one of the best; roll him out and enjoy.
Nick Leddy D NYI 2 Hrs
Leddy picked up a goal and a power-play assist Thursday in a 4-3 win over the Predators.
Although Leddy's point-collecting pace is fairly modest -- he has just 28 points in 66 games -- he's put nine pucks into the net, and there simply aren't that many defensemen who pot double-digit goals. Better news for keeper-league owners: Still a couple weeks shy of his 24th birthday, the former 16th overall pick has offensive potential that's yet to be realized.
Jaroslav Halak G NYI 2 Hrs
Halak stopped 28 of 31 shots Thursday in a 4-3 win over Nashville.
A 31-second lapse in the third period during which the Preds scored two goals on Halak injured his final stat line, but it's still yet another win -- his 34th in 48 starts on the year. Halak should continue to see regular work in the season's final month-plus, though recent addition Michal Neuvirth provides the Isles with a reliable backup option that'll allow them to rest the veteran starter down the stretch.
Pekka Rinne G NAS 2 Hrs
Rinne gave up four goals on 26 shots Thursday against the Islanders to take his fourth consecutive loss.
The Preds as a team have now dropped five straight. In Rinne's four starts during that span, he's allowed a stunning 14 tallies. If any excuse can be offered, though, Rinne's had some tough draws, having faced the Devan Dubnyk-powered Wild, the always-effective Red Wings, and terrific Rangers and Islanders squads. He's got a couple better matchups coming up -- the Jets and the Coyotes -- before things get tougher again on a West Coast swing.
Curtis Glencross LW WAS 3 Hrs
Glencross scored his first goal as a Capital on Thursday, potting the team's lone tally on a first-period power play in a 2-1 loss to Minnesota.
He went minus-2 without a point in his Washington debut, so it's nice to see Glencross turn in a better effort on his second try. Still, he remains a fairly low-end fantasy option, as his minutes will remain limited -- the winger skated a modest 14:02 in this game.