–With almost the entire league in action on Monday, we were hoping for some entertaining hockey. We got that and then some. We had the Sabres come back from 2-0 down with an ECHL goalie who hasn’t played any game in over a year to beat the Islanders. Colorado came back from two down in the third twice to beat the Sharks. Montreal scored in the last minute of the game before winning in OT against the Leafs. The Wild were down 2 with 10 minutes, then tied the game with the goalie pulled and won in regulation against Vegas. Even for teams that didn’t finish them off, the Stars came back from two down in the third to get a point. Also, Columbus came back from 3-0 down in the third to tie it and lose in overtime. Nights like Monday are a reminder of why hockey is incredible during the regular season. Let’s take a look at what happened in each game on Monday night:
Sam Reinhart – Two goals and an assist with three shots and four blocks. 25 goals for Reinhart on a team decimated with injuries and a horrible coach for half of the season. Just an incredible performance that is going under the radar because of how bad the Sabres are.
Tage Thompson – Goal and an assist with seven shots. Thompson has been showing some flashes, but the consistency isn’t there. He does have some deep league sleeper potential for next season.
Evander Kane – Two goals on six shots. It’s been a borderline top 25 season for Kane which is remarkable. His off the ice situation will need to be monitored to see what happens going forward.
Tomas Hertl – Goal and an assist with two shots and two shots. Since starting to play with Kane, Hertl has gotten back on track.
Nathan MacKinnon – Two assists with six shots. The top line each had two points to lead the comeback. They’re right there for the best line in hockey.
Sebastian Aho – Hat trick on nine shots with two PIM. Superman that Aho! An eight game point streak for Aho puts his season ahead of his previous levels. Aho looks like a guy who will be a second rounder for a while.
Dougie Hamilton – Goal and an assist with four shots. Give him the Norris! And some teams better back up the Brinks truck to get him.
Jeff Petry – Three assists with a shot and two PIM. After a rough stretch, Petry has eight points in the past five games. With Montreal surging to a tie with Winnipeg, expect Montreal to continue to push in order to avoid Toronto in the first round.
Nick Suzuki – Three assists with two shots. Like Petry, Suzuki had a brutal go of it for a while, but he has ten points in the past six games. It’s going to be hard to rank him for next season.
Cole Caufield – OT winner for the second game in a row. No doubt about Caufield’s goal scoring ability. He’s got elite upside long term. Think 30+ goals on an annual basis. Welcome to the Razzball database!
Tuukka Rask – 20 save shutout in the 3-0 win over the Devils. The top line did their damage and Rask shut the door. Rask is a UFA and it’s really difficult to say what comes of that.
Tom Wilson – Goal and an assist with two shots and sixteen PIM. Wilson deserves a massive suspension for what he did to Buchnevich and Panarin, but it’s the NHL so I expect very little.
Mika Zibanejad – Two goals on seven shots. Zibanejad really turned his season around after the dreadful start. Props to everyone who had patience with him.
Claude Giroux – Two goals and an assist with four shots. Jakub Voracek and Joel Farabee also had three points as the Flyers stomped Pittsburgh out of nowhere. Philadelphia is one of the teams to watch in the offseason. There’s going to be massive changes on the horizon.
Tyler Seguin – Goal on three shots in his return. It may be too late for the Stars, but it was great to see Seguin back on the ice.
Owen Tippett – Two assists with two shots. I can already tell you I’m going to be the high man on Tippett next season. We can see some big shot volume and a bigger role with Florida needing to save some money somewhere.
Filip Forsberg – Goal and an assist with two shots. It’s a shame that Forsberg can never stay healthy because he’s a damn good player.
Eric Robinson – Hat trick on eight shots. Robinson has barely played this season and then gets a hat trick out of nowhere. Alrighty then…
Justin Faulk – Two assists with five shots. Torey Krug has been out so Faulk becomes an elite option in all formats, especially DFS.
Nick Bonino – Two goals and an assist with two shots. Somehow, Bonino keeps having multi-point games or nothing. I still don’t have interest.
Kevin Fiala – Goal and an assist with three shots. Fiala is on a massive heater to end the season just like last year. Too bad it didn’t start earlier, but with 13 points in the past 8 games, he’s rewarded the patient.
Connor McDavid – Two goals and two assists. That’s 91 points for McDavid, meaning he needs 9 more points in his last six games to get to 100 on the season. I can’t believe that it’s even a sweat.
That’s all for now guys. Depending on what happens tonight, I could be back on Wednesday, but if not, I will be back on Thursday. As always, feel free to ask any questions, make any comments, or leave any suggestions below. Thanks for reading, take care!