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January 22, 2019
by Michael Menser Dell, Editor-in-Chief
Timmy Thomas was in net again for the Bears, yielding five goals on 23 shots before getting the hook. It's been a rough week for Timmy. In 69 minutes against the Caps and Leafs, he was beaten for 12 goals on 47 shots. That's a 10.43 goals-against and a .745 save percentage. If he keeps playing like that, the New York Islanders will offer him their general manager's job.
Boston sandwiched a 1-0 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers between the two blowouts. Alex Auld was in net for that one. But that's three losses in four days by a combined score of 19-4, all to non-playoff teams.
The Bruins are still in seventh place in the Wales with 77 points, four ahead of ninth-place Buffalo. But the three-game slide is positively shocking, especially considering the Bears were riding a six-game winning streak before the debacle in Washington.
It's rare to see a playoff team implode in such fashion. I just can't wait for Lou Lamoriello to replace Claude Julien behind the bench.
Since the lockout, the Panthers are now 22-8-2 in the month of March. Maybe someone should tell them the season starts in October. The late-season surges always provide hope for next season until, you know, they actually start playing the next season. It has to be frustrating for Panthers fans. Aw, I'm just kidding. The Florida Panthers don't have any fans.
Daniel Alfredsson missed the game with back spasms. The Sens are 1-8-0 this season without Alfredsson, which is either a testament to his importance to the team or a scathing indictment of the rest of the weasels.
Speaking of weasels, Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley still can't find the scoresheet. Spezza has three goals and an assist in his last 10. Heatley has just three goals and three assists in his past 13. That's so bad it's terrible.
On a side note, I got stuck with Heatley in my one fantasy league this season. And it's a dynasty keeper league, so he's in for the duration. I tried unloading him last night at our trade deadline, but Zippy wouldn't bite. I offered him Heatley, Mike Richards, and either Pascal Leclaire or Ilya Bryzgalov for Marian Hossa and Marc-Andre Fleury. Zippy passed. Damn chimp.
Anyway, the Sens are now 3-7-3 in their last 13 contests. And I'm loving every minute of it. C'mon, Coyotes!
Lecavalier hasn't scored a goal in his last 11 outings, managing just eight assists during the drought. But even the assists are starting to dry up. Vinny is pointless in three straight and has just three helpers over his last seven. He's also a minus-8 over his last six.
St. Louis isn't any better, posting zero goals, two assists, and a minus-10 over his last nine. But don't worry; I've got St. Louis on my fantasy team too.
Aside from Ersberg, Jason LaBarbera, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Dan Cloutier, Jonathan Bernier, and Jon Quick have all seen the L.A. pipes. The carrousel should close soon when Bernier takes over the top spot, but the 19-year-old phenom may not be ready next season. Bernier is 16-13 with a 2.86 goals-against and a .904 save percentage for Lewiston. And those numbers aren't too shabby for the QMJHL. The top goals-against is just 2.65, and .911 is the league's top save percentage.
Jose Theodore stopped 27 for his second shutout of the season. He's been in net for all five wins, allowing just seven goals on 139 shots for a .950 save percentage. And really, I 'm sure this late-season push has nothing to do with him being in a contract year. Honest.
Colorado is just one point back of Minnesota and Calgary for the Northwest lead, but the Avs are still just two points up on Nashville for the final playoff spot in the Campbell Conference. The last month of the season should be some wild, wild stuff.
Erik Cole certainly set a tone, dropping the gloves and going right at Voros. A huge melee ensued. Good times. How incensed were the Hurricanes? Sergei Samsonov actually punched Nick Schultz at the final horn. Samsonov's got spunk. He's been a new man since joining Carolina, collecting 11 goals, 23 points, and a plus-9 in 26 games with the Canes.
I thought Carolina was done when Rod Brind'Amour tore his ACL on Valentine's Day. Including that February 14th contest, the Canes are now 8-2-1 without their captain. That's impressive. The run's allowed them to maintain a five-point lead over Washington in the Southeast, although the Caps do have two games in hand. And chances are only one Southeast team will make the tournament.
When there's less than two minutes to go in regulation of a 6-2 game, it's probably not the best time to charge somebody. Tootoo then leveled Luc Bourdon with a cross-check to the face when the young blueliner attempted to come to Miller's defense. Tootoo got five for boarding and two for cross-checking. Bourdon got two for roughing. It really was terrible the way he head-butted Tootoo's stick.