Monday, February 26, 2007

NHL Weekly Wrapup - Who's Hot and Who's Not

Interesting week in the NHL. Let's see if I can get through the weekly wrapup without mentioning the brouhaha between Buffalo and Ottawa... DOH! Oh well, if you can't beat them, join them.

Centers: Don't look now but Brad Richards has put up 16 points in his last 8 games with 4 multi point games in that stretch. Only 1 game winner and 2 penalty minutes but 7 power play points in those 8 games.

Brad Richards: 2 goals, 7 assists
Marc Savard: 2 goals, 7 assists
Paul Stastny: 2 goals, 6 assists
Saku Koivu: 7 assists
Jason Spezza: 3 goals, 3 assists, 1 GWG and one great turtle impression

Who's not: Pavol Demitra only managed 1 point in the past week after his 9 game point streak. I hope you didn't pick him up like I did.

Wingers: Dany Heatley showed off his speed this week, both in running from Andrew Peters and on the score sheet. The Ottawa winger produced 4 goals, 3 assists in the last week and is currently on a 7 game point streak. Aside from showcasing his avoidance skills during the Ottawa vs Buffalo home and home series he also managed 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) over the two games.

Dany Heatley: 4 goals, 3 assists and some impressive rabbiting skills
Andrew Brunette: 7 assists
Martin St. Louis: 3 goals, 3 assists, 1 GWG
Brad Boyes: 3 goals, 3 assists, 1 GWG
Jarome Iginla: 2 goals, 3 assists, 1 GWG

Who's not: Patrick Elias, after a modest 4 game point streak Elias and the rest of the Devil's had a slow week. Elias only put up 1 point in three games after putting up 7 points in the 4 games before this current slump.

Defensemen: Jamie Heward? Really? Yep, the Capital's dman put up 1 goal and 4 assists in 4 games this week. He also took 10 shots in those 4 games as opposed to the 8 shots in the 8 games earlier this month.

Jamie Heward: 1 goal, 4 assists
Mathieu Schneider: 5 assists
Dan Boyle: 1 goal, 3 assists
Wade Redden: 4 assists
Kimmo Timonen: 4 assists

Who's not: Tomas Kaberle only managed 1 assist in 3 games last week. The Leaf's only managed 1 win in that same span. The same game that Kaberle managed his 1 point. Coincidence? I think not.

Goaltenders: Tim Thomas is back and the Bruins are enjoying there role as spoiler. 3 wins and 1 shutout makes Thomas the hottest goalie of the week.

Tim Thomas: 3 wins, 1 shutout
Niklas Backstrom: 3 wins
Rick DiPietro: 3 wins
Dwayne Roloson: 2 wins, 1 shutout
Evgeni Nabokov: 2 wins, 1 shutout

Who's not: It's a tie between Kari Lehtonen and Cam Ward, both goalies have ridden the pine for two out of three games this week and watched their supposed backups (Johan Hedberg and John Grahame) put up solid games in their place. Grahame won both starts and Hedberg won 1.

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