Some of the Shinier Spots on the Roster
Dzingel bells ring once again over the last four games as Ryan Dzingel manages to collect three assists as the third line once again shows how lethal they really are. They are racking up the points and each of them are in my top six here in this power rankings. Dzingel is the only one without a goal in his group. But thats because he is the gift that keeps on giving.
My only wish is that he would shoot the puck more himself. Perhaps he would be a little higher on my power rankings if he did. Perhaps he would have a few more points, this time in the form of goals. The only thing he couldn’t be adding more of would be more goofiness. He couldn’t possibly be more goofy, could he? The man is an absolute blessing to this team.
Party boy Martin Necas is the next third liner to be featured in my top six. His goal and two assists give him three points just like Ryan Dzingel. The critical difference is the goal which was huge as he used it to give the Carolina Hurricanes all the lead they needed to beat the LA Kings on Tuesday night.
But he brings more than parties and goals to the table. Necas has also helped the team by blocking three shots in the last four games. My only wish is that he would average more than a shot per game. Seems to be a theme here, right? Canes not shooting the puck? Most of the shooting has been coming from the defense, perhaps the offense should take notes?
Last week Petr Mrazek was outshined by James Reimer. This week he manages to do the opposite and outshine most goalies in the league. His shutout against the Kings barely scratches how good he was in his two starts this week. Not only did he add two more wins to his resume this week but he did so with a 0.960 vs% and facing 50 shots only letting two get past him.
That 1 GAA is such an improvement over the previous week that saw the defense and overtime offense bail him out. He is in the zone and deserves more starts. Now that the roster is moving away from back to backs (until the first of November) perhaps it is time that Mrazek actually handle a starter’s worth of games?