Originally posted on The Hockey Program  |  Last updated 1/25/12

 

Like the little kid that robbed the candy jar, last night's Fantasy POTN was pretty academic.  Yes it was a considerable suprise but this player earned it.  Let's get down to business.

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FANTASY POTN:

Matthieu Perrault, C, Washington Capitals -- The nicest way to say this is "who saw this coming?".  All Perrault does is score a hat trick against the Boston Bruins.  With a makeshift first line that featured no Alex Ovechkin (suspension) and Nick Backstrom (concussion), somehow the Capitals were able to score five goals.  Sometimes there are mysteries and then there is what happened last night in Washington.  Maybe Boston was caught up in a "web of red tape".  Whatever it was, Perrault took advantage of it and literally waiver wires are buzzing at least a little this morning for this short term pickup.

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A LOOK BACK:

Kari Lehtonen, G, Dallas Stars -- Dallas found a way to stop a winning streak and the Anaheim Ducks played well enough to win.  Most importantly, Lehtonen held Dallas in it early when they were being badly outplayed.  In the end, he pitched a 27 save shutout and proved again why Lehtonen is one of the best goalies in the league, when healthy.  Yes Dallas has a bit of a popgun offense but Kari Lehtonen is capable and has carried a Dallas team for stretches.  Can he do it the whole second half?  We are going to find out.  They need him to!

Pittsburgh and St. Louis -- If you thought Detroit and St. Louis on Monday was a great game then you missed last night's tilt between the Penguins and Blues.  How often do you see a goalie make nine split saves in a game?  How often do you see a game have so many outstanding chances in the regular season?  This was a game that had everyone talking and may have ignited Patrick Berglund (two goals).  Marc Andre-Fleury and Brian Elliott had a pretty nice little duel.  It was nice to see some good hockey last night.

Clarke MacArthur, LW, Toronto Maple Leafs -- The MacArthur-Grabovski-Kulemin line clicks every so often and last night they did so to the tune of nine points.  They do this in short spurts at times and the All Star Break is here for Toronto which negates any momentum but what these guys did against the Islanders last night was impressive.  MacArthur's two goals included the game winner midway into overtime which any GWG is huge but with Week 16 shaping up the way it is, is essential.

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SCHEDULE TIME:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 TeamsNotes Detroit at Montreal 7:30 PM | Gameday

Yes there is only one game tonight and the reality is that it looks like a one sided rout in favor of Detroit and sure that could be a result.  However, Jimmy Howard has 30 wins, Detroit has a Top 6 that makes almost every team envious, and they just win.  On the other hand, they are a .500 team on the road and have a tendency to mail games like this (right before the All Star Break) in.  This is the type of game where Montreal's first line could actually cause Detroit enough fits to make this interesting.  Erik Cole, David Desharnais, and Max Pacioretty have to play like they did against the New York Rangers or Montreal is going to lose.  It is that simple.  Do they have to score a ton?  No.  Do they have to put a little fear in Detroit's D?  Yes. 

If they do not, Detroit waltzes in and steals two points before the break.  Something tells me despite a better effort from Montreal, Detroit will squeeze out a road win against a team still searching for its soul.

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Good luck tonight everyone and The Program starts at 8pm ET to break down the week and look back a bit at the first half of the season.  Hopefully you can make it and listen.  Thanks again.


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