Fire on Ice

02/21/2011 5:29 PM -  Evan Reynar


Curtis Glencross (Source: Creative Commons user Resolute)

Andy McDonald, LW, C, STL (34GP-13g-15a-28pts, with a +7 and 18 PIMs)

The Blues are making every effort to round out their lineup for a strong playoff push, and they’ve quietly been heating up. A large part of the recent surge has been the return of Andy McDonald from a concussion. The Blues are 7-2-2 since McDonald’s return, as he’s collected 11 points (5g-6a) in those games to go along with a healthy +4. The recent acquisitions of Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk will only add to the offence in St. Louis, increasing the value of all their top tier guys.

Martin Erat, RW, NAS (43GP-10g-22a-32pts, with a +12 and 11 pp points)

Erat, much like McDonald, has quietly been flying under the radar with lower point totals due to some injury time. If you’re looking for a reliable, low-risk type of guy to help you down the stretch run, look no further. Since his return from an upper-body injury in mid-January, Erat has hovered around the point-per-game mark, with 15 points (5g-10a) in 15 games.

Curtis Glencross, LW, CGY (58GP-19g-13a-32pts, with a +7 and 51 PIMs)

The Flames’ incredible second-half surge has been largely fuelled by their unexpected scoring depth. While a lot of Flames are enjoying career seasons, give some strong consideration to adding Glencross, who’s currently playing for a contract next year. The speedy winger is enjoying an unprecedented stretch for himself right now with 9 goals and 6 assists over his last 13 games. He isn’t exactly a fixture on the power-play, but he will chip in with a respectable plus-minus and nice PIM totals.

Al Montoya, G, NYI (3GP-3-0-0, with a 1.24 GAA and .953 SV%)

I’m not sure if it’s me jinxing all these Islander goalies by including them in this report, but we’ll give it another shot with Montoya this week. The Islanders’ sixth starter of the season has started off very nicely for a still underappreciated squad that continues to get a lot of production from a lot of available guys.

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