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#1 Posted by lw789 1 year 1 month ago
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A strong goaltending performance for the Flyers, Crosby back on track, Zucker snipes for the Wild and a Stephen Weiss sighting; Fantasy tips and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking. HEROES Steve Mason – Recorded a 46-save shutout for the Flyers before losing in the shootout against the Islanders. Mason is up to a .923 save percentage on the season and has a .921 save percentage in 81 games with the Flyers; remarkable considering he had a .903 save percentage in 232 games with Columbus. Considering that hes toiling for a team with defensive issues (25th in the league in shot attempts allowed per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play), and injuries on the blueline pretty much all season, Mason has to play well for the Flyers to remain competitive. Crosby and Malkin – After a tough weekend against the Islanders, Sidney Crosby was in on every Pittsburgh goal, putting up a goal and two assists, in a 3-2 overtime win over Boston Monday. Crosby’s three-point night moved him into a tie with Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek for the scoring lead, with 29 points in Evgeni Malkin scored a pair of goals, including the winner and Kris Letang chipped in a pair of assists. Jason Zucker – The Wild winger scored a pair of goals and had 11 shot attempts (9 SOG) in Minnesota’s 4-1 win at Florida. The 22-year-old started the season on the fourth line, but is tied for second on the team with eight goals and, with seven coming at even-strength, his goals-per-60 production is among the best in the league. Among skaters with at least 200 5-on-5 minutes: 5-ON-5 GOALS PER 60 PLAYER TEAM GOAL/60 Rick Nash N.Y. Rangers 2.69 Tanner Pearson Los Angeles 2.17 Tomas Tatar Detroit 1.95 Tyler Seguin Dallas 1.94 Vladimir Tarasenko St. Louis 1.83 Jason Zucker Minnesota 1.74 Max Pacioretty Montreal 1.66 Nick Bonino Vancouver 1.66 Marcus Johansson Washington 1.65 Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay 1.65 ZEROES Laughton, Lecavalier – Both young and old Flyers forwards had trouble against the Islanders, getting less than 20% of the even-strength shot attempts. Laughton, playing in his fourth game of the season, was no the ice for four shot attempts for and 18 against (18.2%) and Lecavalier was barely better (4 for, 17 against, 19.1%). Jared Cowen – The Senators defenceman continues to struggle this season and, specifically, had a rought night at Detroit, stuck in the defensive zone (3 shot attempts for, 17 against, 15.0%) for most of the game. LINEUP NEED TO KNOW Stephen Weiss – Scored a pair of goals for Detroit in a 4-3 win over Ottawa. It’s been a rough road for Weiss, who had three goals in 44 games since the start of the 2012-13 season, but he made the most of his opportunity to play alongside Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco. Jayson Megna – The 24-year-old winger made his season debut with the Penguins, playing 8:39 against Boston, with Zach Sill scratched from the lineup. Megna had 12 points (9 G, 3 A) in 17 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. Alexander Khokhlachev – Played just 2:53 against Pittsburgh Monday, his third game of the season with the Bruins. SHORT SHIFTS Islanders G Jaroslav Halak stopped all 21 shots he faced against Philadelphia…Senators D Erik Karlsson and C Kyle Turris each had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss at Detroit. With 16 points in 20 games, Karlsson is tied for fourth in scoring among defencemen. FIRSTS Joe Morrow – Drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round in 2011, Morrow scored his first career NHL goal against Pittsburgh, for Boston, in the Bruins’ 3-2 overtime loss Monday. David Pastrnak – Called up to Boston, the 2014 first-round pick played 7:53 and had solid possession stats (9 shot attempts for, 4 against, 69.2%) in his small-sample NHL debut after scoring 18 points (5 G, 13 A) in 17 AHL games. FANTASY FOCUS There are seven games on the NHL schedule tonight. Here are some players that you may want to consider for your lineup: Jake Muzzin – The Kings blueline is on fire, with 10 points (1 G, 9 A) in the past eight games, after none in his first seven games of the season. Justin Schultz – It’s tough times around the Oilers these days and Schultz’s defensive issues remain a concern, but he’s also been a solid enough point producer with four in the past five games. Sam Gagner – Following a miserable start to the season, which included four points in his first 16 games, the Coyotes centre has five assists in the past six games and, with Martin Hanzal hurt, has played more than 19 minutes in each of the last three. Sami Vatanen – I’ve been beating this drum for most of the season, but the Ducks’ power play quarterback continues to produce, ranking third among defencemen with 18 points after posting 11 points (2 G, 9 A) in the past nine games. Much of the data included comes from www.war-on-ice.com, www.puckalytics.com, www.hockeystats.ca and www.naturalstattrick.com Scott Cullen can be reached at scott.cullen@bellmedia.ca Cheap Air Max 97 Nz Clearance . The turf is scheduled to give way to actual grass that is bright green, so we dont have to complain any more—we just have to wait a few years. Instead, do feel free to complain if the roof is closed for any reason other than to allow a game to be played. 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Turns out, the alternative wasnt any fun for Malone, either. Durant scored 30 points and embraced a role as a facilitator by finishing with nine assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past Sacramento 108-93 on Sunday night. "I told you Durant wasnt going to get 54 tonight, right?" Malone said with a smile after the game. Durant, coming off that career-high scoring effort on Friday, still shot 10 for 15 from the field on Sunday and scored at least 30 points for the seventh straight game. Serge Ibaka added 20 points and benefited of several of Durants passes. "My teammates were setting screens for me," Durant said. "We were seeing something in pick-and-roll. Serge was doing a great job of slipping out of it and knocking down shots. I was trying to be aggressive and put pressure on the rim and the defence and if they draw in, I kick it out and if not, I try to lay the ball in, take a good shot." Reggie Jackson added 16 points for the Thunder, who won their third straight. Oklahoma City scored 34 points off Sacramentos 21 turnovers and had 20 second-chance points. Oklahoma City improved to 8-5 without All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook since he had surgery on his right knee last month. "They execute well and they do a great job of playing together, so all credit to them," Cousins said. "But at the same time, I think we did a terrible job defensively of guarding those guys tonight. We made it easy for them to run their sets. With that being said, thats why they had the type of game they did." Isaiah Thomas scored a career-high 38 points for the Kings, but he slowed down in the second half as the Thunder pulled away. "He got hot," Durant said. "He hit a lot of 3s. He got to the foul line a lot. He was coming down, pulling up. I think our pick-and-roll defence was a loot better in the second half, making him drive a little more, forcing him to our bigs.dddddddddddd" DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Sacramento. Rudy Gay scored just six points for the Kings and was ejected after picking up two technical fouls in the fourth quarter. The score was tied at 43 late in the second quarter before the Thunder went on a 12-4 run, highlighted by Durants lob to Ibaka for a two-handed jam. The Thunder held the Kings to 6-for-17 shooting in the second quarter to take a 57-52 lead at the break. Thomas scored 27 points in the first half on 7-for-11 shooting. Cousins made a layup early in the third quarter to tie the score at 60, but the Thunder responded with an 8-0 run, including four points by Jackson, to put Oklahoma City ahead and force the Kings to call a timeout. Durant found Jackson a little later for a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 75-64 and force the Kings to call another timeout. Durant hit a 3 from straight away to bump Oklahoma Citys lead to 87-70, and the Thunder led 89-74 at the end of the quarter. Gay was called for two technicals for arguing with an official and was ejected with 10:01 remaining. The Thunder led 95-74 after the free throws. "Rudy, obviously, I think he was frustrated with the way he was playing and he wound up getting thrown out of the game, which is unfortunate," Malone said. "But tomorrow is another day. Well bounce back, well work on some things, watch some film and we still have two games on this trip that we feel like we have a great chance to win." NOTES: Oklahoma City won the first meeting between the teams, 97-95 in Sacramento. ... Thomas scored 21 points in the fourth quarter of the earlier meeting, then scored 14 in the first quarter on Sunday. ... The Kings shot 62 per cent in the fir
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