Another week of fantasy hockey and some food for thought …
Catching up from last week: Drake Batherson was sent to the AHL, but Joshua Norris stuck around since the Sens are short on centers. Expect both to do a lot of shuttling between Ottawa and Belleville. … Lucas Carlsson was called up by the Blackhawks, but he hasn't gotten any time on the power play (yet). … Pavel Francouz has been the league's hottest goaltender the last two weeks (six wins, .941 Sv%, 1.76 GAA). … Jake Muzzin broke his foot and Rasmus Sandin registered an assist Saturday. … Gabriel Vilardi is now a regular and the Kings' second-line center.
That's Yanni Gourde's CF% in Saturday's win against Calgary, second-best on the team behind only Tyler Johnson, according to Natural Stat Trick. With Steven Stamkos likely out the remainder of the season, Gourde moved onto a line with Tyler Johnson and Barclay Goodrow after spending most of the previous game with Cedric Paquette, and in response scored a shorty to give him two goals in three games. After back-to-back 20-goal campaigns Gourde has struggled this season, but with his wrist shot and speed, you wonder how he managed to go 35 games without scoring. It's going to be a tough test without Stamkos, but the Lightning have a lot of quality depth; despite their top two lines registering less than 50 CF%, their bottom two lines and special teams won them the game.