Crashing the Net takes you around the league touching on hot and cold players, battles for ice-time and what’s going on in net.
Ryan Callahan, Rangers
What did you expect? Anyone who records four goals and five points in a single game makes the “hot” list. Mainly because of that outing, Callahan has 10 goals and six assists in his last 16 games.
Matt Calvert, Columbus
This 2008 5th round draft pick has excelled of late for the Jackets as he has six goals and two assists in his last seven games. Be careful though as his mojo might be slipping as he has gone three contests without a point.
David Krejci, Bruins
After 73 points in 2008 David slumped to 52 last season. He’ll surpass that lower total this season, he has 50 points in 58 games, thanks in no small part to a run of productivity of late that has seen him produce 11 points in his last eight games.
Vinny Prospal, Rangers
Well it’s about time. Though he’s only been on the ice for 15 games this season thanks to a knee injury, Vaclav has been productive with 11 points including a point in 4-straight games for the Blueshirts.
Zdeno Chara, Bruins
The big fella has only one point in seven games and just one goal in 20 contests. Still, he has 11 goals, 32 points, is a +21 and has 67 PIMs, so he has been pretty darn good this season, even if he’s struggled for points of late.
Ryan Kesler, Canucks
Like Chara, his yearly numbers are superb as Kesler has 33 goals, 58 pints, and is a +21 in 67 games. However, his offense has been non-existent of late as he has just two points in nine games and just one goal in 12 contests.
Filip Kuba, Senators
He certainly isn’t an offensive defenseman, but he has recorded at least 24 points in 9-straight years. He won’t get there this season as he has nine points in 47 games (along with a -28 rating). Oh, he’s also failed to light the lamp a single time.
Tyler Seguin, Bruins
He’s been in an out of the lineup of late and he hasn’t produced when on the ice. Tyler hasn’t produced a point in five games and has just 21 points in 60 games on the year. He’ll get there, but the game just isn’t that easy people.
MOVIN’ ON UP
Alexander Giroux, Oilers
Giroux has played 697 games in the AHL after being drafted in 1999, though he has only found his way onto the ice in 32 NHL contests. He’ll get one more shot to prove he has something to offer as the Oilers have been racked up front by injuries (Taylor Hall, Ales Hemsky) and a trade deadline deal (Dustin Penner). Giroux has skill, he was the AHL MVP in 2008 when he scored 60 goals in 69 games, and this season he was second in the AHL in points when he was recalled, so deep leagues might consider giving him a look.
David Moss, Flames
The Flames are without Brendan Morrison who is out with a knee injury, and that means there is a hole on the #1 line next to Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay. Somewhat surprisingly, Moss was centering that line over the weekend, and the result, if Moss is able to stick with that talented duo, could be a significant upswing in performance. Moss hit the 20-goal mark back in 2008 and he has 16 tallies in 55 games this season so he has some talent. Time will tell if his scoring rate will improve, but it certainly should if he sticks on the top line.
Kyle Wilson, Blue Jackets
Wilson last saw time with the NHL club on January 18th. He was shipped to the minors after recording a mere 11 points in 31 games (including two points in his last 19 games), but instead of sulking the center went to work as he posted 11 goals and 22 points in 20 games in the AHL. With the Jackets in need of help down the middle with Derrick Brassard out of action with a hand injury, Wilson could be given a shot in the top-6.
Jonathan Bernier, Kings
Jonathan Quick is still the starter in net for the Kings, but