I actually saw this explosion coming for the following three reasons:
- Gaborik went 8 games without a goal, even though he averaged more than 3 SOG/game. He has far too much talent to go much longer than this without scoring.
- New York has been scoring at an abysmal rate. While this is related to my first point, the other part that made me think this would end is my belief in the Law of Averages: teams are going to get out of their offensive funk every once in a while to normalize their season's numbers.
- A point about the Rangers' previously-abysmal scoring, I believe TSN said they are leading the league in wins when scoring 2 goals or less with 9.
Let's just look at the statlines from last night and say even I underestimated the potential there:
Avery: 3 A, +3, 3 SOG, 1 hit
Anisimov: 4 A, +3, 1 PPP, 1 hit
Gaborik: 4 G, 1 A, +3, 2 PPP (including 1 PPG), 1 GWG, 7 SOG, 3 hits
Backstrom came back from injury in a big way, posting 37 saves in a 6-0 shutout of the Calgary Flames (another team I think is horrible).
Backstrom: 1 W, 37 SV, 1.000 SV%, 0.00 GAAMartin Havlat
Havlat scares me for obvious reason (see: his medical background) but he's had a very good year and added to it in Minnesota's romping of the Flames.
Havlat: 2 G, 1 A, +3, 2 PIM, 1 GWG, 2 SOG, 1 BSR.J. Umberger
Umberger's a guy I grabbed early in the season in my league which counts hits and blocked shots, as he was a stud as a C, then LW, in these categories. Over the past few games, R.J.'s on a bit of a roll for the BJs and he had a very good game for them again last night, though more offensive than defensive.
Umberger: 1 G, 2 PIM, 1 PPP (including 1 PPG), 1 GWG, 8 SOGFedor Tyutin
Another guy who's been on a roll for the BJs, Tyutin has been providing offense from the blueline on a team that's had next to none of that this season.
Tyutin: 1G, 1 A, 2 SOG, 3 hitsHenrik Lundqvist
Have to mention him because of his shutout, as easy as it may have been.
Lundqvist: 1 W, 22 SV, 1.000 SV%, 0.00 GAA