Using Yahoo’s software to group the top players for the month of March, I think this will give an interesting (though overly simplistic) idea of some of the players who are achieving the most since the over-sized candles were blown out in Vancouver and players found a new home.
Top 10 skaters “overall”
Daniel Sedin (apparently hits aren’t a big factor in Yahoo’s ratings)
Mikael Samuelsson (take that, whoever chose team Sweden!)
Chris Stewart (Colorado’s under the radar power forward)
Brooks Laich (not sure how he got on here with 9 points, but it’s hard not to “Laich” the choice. Hey-oh!)
Henrik Sedin (the twins can never be too far apart, can they?)
Top 5 goal scorers
Mikael Samuelsson – 9
Chris Stewart – 8
Simon Gagne – 8
Lee Stempniak – 7
Steven Stamkos – 7
Top 5 assist leaders
Daniel Sedin – 12
Paul Stastny – 11
Henrik Sedin – 11
Bryan McCabe (!!!) – 10
Patrick Kane – 10
Top 5 goalies (according to whatever Yahoo! looks at – probably GAA, save %, SO, wins)
Jose Theodore (time to get that contract, Theo!)
And, finally, the top 5 in points scored on the powerplay
Nicklas Lidstrom – 7
Paul Stastny – 7
Mike Richards – 6
Brad Richards – 6
Brooks Laich – 6
(Weird side note: every stat category had a clear top 5. Every time I got to a sixth player, they had one point lower. The lack of ties strikes me as very unusual. Sorry, I know you don’t care … I’ll go back to the basement.)
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger