Forward Recap: Stamkos, Ovechkin, Dupuis, Voracek...
(4/6/12) Here are the fantasy forward notes from a full slate of games on Thursday. In Toronto, Steven Stamkos got his 59th of the year in the Lightning's loss to the Maple Leafs. Stamkos has one more game and we are confident he hits 60. Gary Bettman is on the phone right now to the MTS Center making sure everything happens according to plan. All joking aside, Stamkos has momentum and motivation on his side. Discounting Dupuis' current scoring streak for PIT, Stamkos is the hottest player in the NHL. He's got 9 goals and 12 points in his last 8 games. And, no player has hit 60 since Ovechkin (65) did it in 2007-08.
On Long Island, the Islanders defeated the Jets. Moulson and Okposo (2G each), and Tavares and Nielson (2A each) led the way for NY. Something about this Islanders team feels destined for better things in 2012-13.
In the Flyers 2-1 win over Buffalo, Jakub Voracek recorded another assist and now has 4G and 4A in his last 5 games - he's red hot going into the playoffs. Bump him up the rankings a touch. Rookie Matt Read scored his 24th; quietly he leads all rookies in goal scoring this year and sits 4th in freshman scoring overall.
On Manhattan Island, the Rangers continue to give us pause in regards to predicting a Finals appearance. They lost to the Penguins 5-2. The aforementioned Pascal Dupuis now has points in 16 straight. Malkin, Kunitz and Jordan Staal both had 2 points, while Crosby, Kennedy, and Park chipped in with a point each. Park represents a final option for any poolie loading up on any and every Penguin possible on playoff draft night, but be aware he does not play every night.
Other notes: In what looks like a Round 1 preview, Spezza, Lucic and Pouliot all scored in Boston's win over the Sens. Jordan Caron returned to the big club and recorded an assist. A bunch of old timers hit the scoresheet in NJ's win over DET: Holmstrom, Ponikarovsky and Sykora. It was Sykora's 20th, which isn't bad for a guy no one wanted at the start of the year. Hornqvist had 1G and 1A to lead the Preds to a 2-0 shutout over Dallas, ending the Stars' scramble for the playoffs. Rick Nash got his 28th and 29th of the year, and has one more game to his 30 for the 7th time in 8 years. Cammalleri scored twice (19 and 20) in the Flames 3-2 win over Vancouver. Burrows and Hansen scored for the Canucks; it was Burrows' 10th career shorthanded goal, which is a Vancouver club record. Finally, in Edmonton, Sam Gagner (remember him and his incredible 8 point night?) got his 18th, Eberle his 34th, Bobby Ryan his 29th, and Ryan Getzlaf scored in OT.