NBA Stock Watch: Rudy Gay moving up, Al Jefferson down

STOCK UP

Rudy Gay: He was a top-50 player after getting traded to Sacramento last season and has been a top-15 asset so far this year. His 22.5 ppg and 3.5 apg are both career highs, as his Usage Rate (25.4) is among the top-30 in the league. The Kings are off to a surprising 6-4 start and in the upper half in Offensive Efficiency (103.8), and Gay has been a big reason why. He’s unlikely to keep up quite this pace, but there’s also no glaring reason to try to sell him high right now.

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Jimmy Butler: He was a popular target in the middle rounds of drafts with plenty predicting a breakout but few could’ve foreseen him being a top-10 player. Butler has exploded, averaging 21.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.3 3pt with an excellent 64.3 True Shooting Percentage. He’s quickly become a top fantasy option and should continue to be one of the focal points of Chicago’s offense, especially with Derrick Rose continuing to be plagued by injuries.

Courtney Lee: Here’s a surprise. Lee was the No. 143 fantasy player last year and currently ranks inside the top-15. He’d be an obvious sell-high candidate if not for the fact few if any expect this type of production to continue, but he can remain plenty valuable even with some regression. Lee’s minutes are up, and he’s back starting after a brief two-game stretch off the bench that made no sense (behind Tayshaun Prince). His shooting from behind the arc (60.0%) is going to come back to earth, but Lee has quickly gone from a fantasy afterthought to a must-own player.

Gordon Hayward: After a disappointing season last year, Hayward has been a top-10 player in the early going, as he seems to be a perfect fit for new coach Quinn Snyder’s system. He’s averaging a career-high 4.9 three-point attempts, and his FG% (35.2) from downtown is actually below his career mark (36.4), so there’s no huge red flags here. It’s worth noting Utah has the second lowest PACE in the NBA, but Hayward is going to be a top-25 type fantasy player this year.

Victor Oladipo: He’s back from a facial fracture and looks fully healthy, already starting for Orlando. He struggles with turnovers, but last year’s No. 2 overall pick should be a major part of a young Magic team that has few scoring options. In fact, while admittedly an extremely tiny sample, Oladipo’s Usage Rate (29.2) would actually be in the top-10 if he qualified. He should be a factor moving forward (it’s also worth noting rookie Elfrid Payton saw just 5:58 of court time Monday and has totaled 22 minutes over two games since moving to the bench with Oladipo’s return).

This was a pretty ridiculous finish in which the Kings somehow lost a game they were ahead and with the ball with 0.6 seconds left

Here’s 76ers coach Brett Brown kicking a ball up three points with 35 seconds left to get a technical. Philadelphia is exhibiting performance art this season. It’s quite a scene man.

Here’s Lance Stephenson slapping himself while trying to draw a foul

This Terrence Ross alley-oop was decent

STOCK DOWN

Al Jefferson: He averaged 24.5 ppg and 11.4 rpg on 53.3 percent shooting from the field after the All-Star break last season, so big things were expected this year. Instead, he hasn’t been a top-100 player. Fantasy owners who spent an early pick on him aren’t happy, and it hasn’t been the usual culprit when it comes to Jefferson, as he’s seemingly healthy. The main issue has been rebounding, as the big man is pulling down just 6.8 rpg, which is four fewer than last season. Hopefully it’s just a fluke in a small sample, but it’s a little worrisome new teammate Lance Stephenson has grabbed 9.5 boards per game. It’s encouraging Jefferson’s Usage Rate (27.2) is actually a career high, but his Rebound Rate (the percentage of missed shots that a player rebounds) is a career-low by a wide margin (it’s at 11.6 and his previous worst was 16.0).

Jabari Parker: Obviously it’s early, and there’s no reason to panic in keeper leagues, but the No. 2 overall pick who the majority thought was the most ready to contribute immediately hasn’t exactly lit the league on fire despite playing for a team in which he could be the main scoring option right away. Parker sports a 42.2-23.1-57.9 shooting line and has a 1.0:1.7 AST:TO ratio. He’s going to improve from here on out, but those in non-deep redraft leagues should be able to do better.

Trey Burke: A top-10 pick last year, it was safe to expect improvement from Burke during his sophomore campaign. Instead, he’s averaged fewer ppg, rpg and apg with more tpg this season compared to last. He’s also shooting a hideous 32.0 percent from the field, which is causing major damage to fantasy owners considering his 11.4 FGA. Burke has 24 assists over his past three games, so maybe there’s hope, but it’s been a highly discouraging start.

Jeremy Lin: With Steve Nash out for the season and on a Lakers team lacking many scoring options, I really liked Lin heading into the year. While not a total disaster, he’s basically been the same player as last year despite a starting role on a team that ranks seventh in PACE. He’s a buy-low candidate right now, especially coming off a game in which he was held scoreless with just one assist. 

Kenneth Faried: He’s 25 years old and averaged 18.8 ppg, 10.1 rpg and 1.1 spg while shooting 54.6 percent from the floor after the All-Star break last season, so he was a highly sought after player at draft tables. But Faried hasn’t been a top-100 player so far, as he’s attempted double-digit field goals in just one of the past seven games (despite Denver having a depleted roster and sporting the third-highest PACE in the league), getting benched for stretches during two of the past three contests amid reports the front office is unhappy with him. For someone who looked like one of the biggest breakout candidates in 2014/15, Faried has been one of the biggest disappointments so far.

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Whose stock has risen and fallen during the tip-off marathon?

A look at whose stock has risen and fallen during this year’s college basketball tip-off marathon. Check back throughout Tuesday’s action because this file will be updated all day: 

Stock rising: Gonzaga’s hopes for a deep March run

Two of the best Gonzaga teams Mark Few has coached are the Adam Morrison-led 2005-06 squad that fell apart in the Sweet 16 and the Kelly Olynyk-led 2012-13 squad that got shot down by Wichita State in the round of 32. Watching the Zags throttle highly touted SMU 72-56 on Monday night confirmed suspicions that this year’s team has a chance to be better than both. One impressive aspect of Gonzaga’s performance was the play of Kevin Pangos, who scored a game-high 17 points and offered a reminder he’ll be far more explosive this season after being hampered by injuries last season. Another was the play of backup big men Domantas Sabonis and Angel Nunez, both of whom gave the Zags quality minutes with mammoth 7-footer Przemek Karnowski battling foul trouble. Most impressive, however, was Gonzaga’s defense, which limited SMU to 31.1 percent shooting. The Mustangs aren’t an especially effective perimeter shooting team and had trouble scoring inside against the Zags’ stable of tall, long-armed big men, a combination that contributed to Gonzaga building its lead to as many as 25 in the second half.

Stock falling: Georgia State’s hopes for an at-large bid

Georgia State certainly wouldn’t have been a lock to contend for for an at-large NCAA tournament bid had it upset Iowa State on Monday night, but the Panthers have virtually no chance now after sustaining an 81-58 loss. The reason is that the matchup with the Cyclones represented Georgia State’s lone chance to notch a victory that would resonate with the selection committee. The toughest games remaining on the Panthers’ schedule are against Colorado State and Green Bay, both qualify teams but neither good enough that a win could earn Georgia State at-large consideration. Instead the Panthers will probably have to win the Sun Belt tournament, a goal that proved elusive last season when they went 17-1 in league play but lost to Louisiana-Lafayette in the tournament title game. Many believe Georgia State can be a threat in March in spite of its one-sided loss Monday night because of its potent backcourt highlighted by NBA prospect R.J. Hunter and transfers Ryan Harrow and Kevin Ware. Ice-cold 15 of 48 shooting from all three guards contributed to Monday’s loss. As a result, Georgia State’s path to the NCAA tournament became a little more difficult.

Nov 17, 2014; Boulder, CO, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl calls out to his bench in the first half against the Colorado Buffaloes at Coors Events Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)Stock rising: Bruce Pearl’s dry cleaning bills

One sure sign Auburn wasn’t faring well against Colorado on Monday night: Its coach was sweating more than his players. Patches of sweat were plainly visible on Bruce Pearl’s blue shirt when TV cameras panned to him throughout the second half of the Tigers’ 90-59 loss to the Buffaloes. It was bad even before a Auburn missed 17 straight second-half shots to enable Colorado to break open what had been a fairly close game for most of the first 25 minutes. Thus Pearl learned a few things during his team’s first loss of the young season. He had no answers for Colorado’s potent frontcourt trio of Wesley Gordon, Xavier Johnson and Josh Scott. He needs other scorers to emerge to sink some outside shots and take the pressure off K.T. Harrell. And, most importantly, under no circumstances should he wear a heavy cornflower blue shirt under his blazer during a game ever again.

Stock falling: Geno Auriemma’s late-game Xs and Os.

It’s tough to criticize Geno Auriemma considering he has more national championship trophies than I have clean shirts in my closet. Nonetheless, it’s also impossible to ignore that his UConn women’s team made some curious decisions late in its 88-86 overtime loss at Stanford on Monday night. The Huskies showed little urgency trailing the Cardinal by three late in overtime, letting 17 seconds melt off the clock before a layup from Saniya Chong cut the deficit to one. A Karlie Samuelson free throw extended the Stanford lead to two and gave UConn a final chance to tie or win, but the Huskies neither managed to advance the ball past mid-court, nor managed to get off a shot before time expired. Perhaps Auriemma instructed his team to go for a quick two on the first of those possessions and the Huskies just took too long. Perhaps there was some confusion among the players about what Auriemma wanted on UConn’s final possession. Regardless, it was unusual to see America’s premier women’s basketball program execute so poorly in the final seconds of a game that was still there to be taken.

Stock rising: Angel Rodriguez

Unlike other transfers who petition for a waiver to play immediately at their new school, Angel Rodriguez was happy to sit out last season at Miami. The Kansas State transfer wanted to have a year away from basketball to heal his injuries and give coach Jim Larranaga time to replenish the roster. Never has that decision looked smarter than Monday night when Rodriguez singlehandedly carried his team to a marquee victory over No. 8 Florida. Rodriguez scored 22 of his 24 points in the final nine minutes, rallying his team to a 69-67 road win in a game it trailed by as many as 14 points midway through the second half. What sparked Rodriguez’s spurt were back-to-back-to-back threes that fueled an 18-1 run. The point guard also sank the go-ahead 3-pointer over Hill’s outstretched hands with 18 seconds to go in the second half and drew a critical charge on Florida’s ensuing possession. It was a remarkable one-man barrage from a point guard already living up to the expectation that he’ll be one of this season’s impact transfers. 

Stock falling: Chris Walker

How can the Florida forward’s stock tumble when he didn’t even play? Perhaps because the 6-foot-10 sophomore’s suspension for an undisclosed team rules violation contributed to the Gators’ collapse against Miami. With Walker unavailable and Dorian Finney-Smith sidelined by a fracture of his non-shooting hand, walk-on forward Jacob Kurtz had to start and log 36 minutes for the Gators. Kurtz put in yeoman’s work and finished with six points and eight rebounds, but he played many more minutes than what’s customary for him. It’s hard not to think that even a few minutes from a former McDonald’s All-American and potential NBA draft pick like Walker wouldn’t have helped Florida eke out a win. Walker’s absence certainly isn’t the only reason the Gators’ 33-game home win streak was snapped — stagnant second-half offense and Kasey Hill’s inability to either score himself or stick with Rodriguez also contributed. Still, Walker’s absence put Florida in a tough spot and ultimately contributed to the Gators’ first setback.

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NHL Three Stars: Grosenick gets shut-out in first NHL win; Stars, Ducks pummeled in losses

RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 16: Troy Grosenick #34 of the San Jose Sharks makes his NHL debut in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on November 16, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

No. 1 Star: Troy Grosenick, San Jose Sharks

Welcome to the NHL, Troy! Grosenick is filling in as backup to Antti Niemi while Alex Stalock is out after having ‘minor’ knee surgery. Sunday he made his NHL debut against the Carolina Hurricanes. Grosenick faced 45 shots and stopped all of them for his first NHL win and shut-out.

Victor Rask is still not sure how he didn’t score…

No 2 Star: Nick Bjugstad, Florida Panthers

The youngster put up 2 goals and 2 assists in the Panthers 6-2 drubbing of the Ducks. Al Montoya did his part stopping 33 shots sent his way. In addition, Florida blocked 21 shots to Anaheim’s 7.

No. 3 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Arizona Coyotes

Could Dubnyk possibly unseat Mike Smith as the Coyotes starter? He pitched a shut-out versus Vancouver on Friday, and on Sunday he allowed 1 goal on 34 shots in the ‘Yotes 2-1 win against Edmonton.

Honorable mention: Zach Parise entered back into the Wild’s lineup after missing five games with a concussion; he scored 2 goals … Jason Pominville had a 3 point night which included an assist on the Marco Scandella OT game winner … Brendan Gallagher this is just ridiculous (in a good way) …

… The Habs scored 4 goals on 19 shots against Jimmy Howard … Congrats to Josh Manson (Ducks), Curtis McKenzie (Stars), and Brandon Gormley (Arizona) on earning their first NHL points … Brad Richards played in his 1,000th NHL game … Both Kris Versteeg and Patrick Kane had real stinkers in their previous game. They made up for it by each having 3 point nights. Here’s one of Kaner’s highlights in the 6-2 win over Dallas …

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Dishonorable mention: Both Ondrej Pavelec and Nicklas Backstrom started the game but did not finish it. Pavelec was pulled after giving up 3 goals in the first, and Backstrom got the hook midway through the third after allowing 3 straight. Minnesota ended up winning in OT with Darcy Kuemper in net … Ryan Suter came into Sunday’s game with 4 PIMs; he added 8 more against Winnipeg … Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele left the contest against Minny after twisting his leg/knee awkwardly; he did not return:

… Blackhawks Trevor Van Riemsdyk had played only 2:19 before he left the game with what now appears to be a serious leg injury … Kyle Palmieri (high ankle sprain) and Corey Perry (mumps) returned to the Ducks lineup and it didn’t help … Anaheim’s Frederik Andersen was yanked for the second time in three games after allowing 3 goals. Jason LaBarbera took over and gave up another 2 goals before Andersen was brought back to start the third. He allowed two more goals … Finally, this is a bit excessive, Brad Stuart. Jason Zucker is down after colliding into boards, no need for the excess head trauma (no penalty on play):

Mostly NFL Notes: Talking Jonas Gray and a look around the league in Week 11

Jonas Gray was an undrafted free agent completely off the fantasy radar entering the year. After Stevan Ridley suffered a season-ending injury and preseason favorite James White failed to live up to the hype, Gray has emerged as New England’s primary “big back,” culminating in 199 rushing yards and four touchdowns Sunday night. He has just one target (with no catches) on the year, and New England’s game plan changes from week-to-week more so than any other team in the league, so he’s hardly going to be a reliable fantasy star moving forward. Still, Ridley scored 19 touchdowns over 30 games during the past two years in this role, so Gray is firmly in the fantasy mix, especially with so many question marks at the running back position right now (he had 38 carries Sunday while the rest of NE’s backs combined for one)…The Colts loss was costly, as Ahmad Bradshaw and Dwayne Allen left hurt. As long as the latter is out, Coby Fleener would be a top-10 tight end.

Eli Manning had thrown just two interceptions over his past seven games. He had five Sunday…The narrative entering the year was the 49ers offense was going to be much better (thanks to a bunch of additions), while the defense was going to regress (thanks to a bunch of injuries and a suspension). The opposite has been true. San Francisco hasn’t scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter this season when Blaine Gabbert wasn’t involved…After recording 35 tackles over the previous two weeks Chris Borland got 12 while intercepting two passes. He didn’t see one defensive snap until Week 6 and might very well win Rookie DPOY…What a catch by Odell Beckham Jr. 

Jeremy Hill is a beast and an obvious top-10 fantasy back as long as Giovani Bernard is out…Jimmy Graham had more touchdowns (four) over the past three games than he had targets (three) Sunday. The Bengals entered having allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends…Cincinnati was coming off a game in which they lost by 21 points at home to the Browns, while the Saints were seemingly fired up coming off a game in which they lost at home for the first time with Sean Payton as coach since 2010, so naturally, the Bengals dominated. In fact, New Orleans, Denver and Washington were combined favorites by 23.5 points (give or take), and they lost by a combined 52 points. So is the NFL…Well, that wasn’t very nice.

With Anthony Fasano inactive, much more was expected from Travis Kelce, especially against a Seattle defense that had yielded the second-most TDs to opposing tight ends. Kelce managed just 37 yards on five targets and lost a fumble, although his three receptions led the team (they still have zero scores from a wide receiver this year)…Alex Smith threw for 108 yards, while Russell Wilson is now 11-10 on the road during his career…The Seahawks’ final three drives all ended on fourth down attempts, and they failed to become the first team to record a rushing TD against the Chiefs this season despite gaining 204 yards on the ground…Meanwhile, the Chiefs have 10 rushing scores over the last five games, as Jamaal Charles did this

C.J. Anderson got just 29 rushing yards, but the Rams defend the run well, and he also led Denver with 10 targets (turning them into 86 receiving yards). With reports of Ronnie Hillman possibly being out up to six weeks and Montee Ball aggravating his groin injury, Anderson could easily be a top-10 fantasy back from here on out…I’m beginning to think Zac Stacy may not live up to his ADP…With Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders leaving with injuries, Demaryius Thomas might average 20 targets moving forward…Denver didn’t score 20+ points for the first time in 31 regular season games, while the Rams have beaten the Broncos, Seahawks and 49ers this season (three of last year’s final four. The Patriots are lucky they don’t have to face them).

Here’s Pat Sajak losing his mind during some pretty terrible “Wheel Of Fortune” guesses

Everyone has killed Carolina for how much they overpaid its backfield, but it’s now become underrated just how bad those contracts were considering how little they produce…There were two weeks left in the regular season in baseball when Julio Jones last caught a touchdown. He got 5.9 YPT against a secondary that entered having allowed the most TDs to opposing WRs this season…I had a parlay involving the Chiefs, Bears, Packers and Panthers (money lines) that would have paid out nearly 8/1. Let’s just say Graham Gano’s missed FG cost me a decent amount of money…This Kelvin Benjamin TD catch was legit...The 4-6 Falcons are currently leading their division.

Maybe Charles Sims emerges, but for now, the Bucs backfield remains a stay away…After seeing the most targets in the NFL last year, Pierre Garcon saw one (for six yards) Sunday. He got 1,346 yards last season and is currently on pace to finish with 742.4. He’s been one of the biggest fantasy busts in 2014…Over the last three games, Mike Evans has secured 72.4 percent of his targets for 458 yards and five touchdowns, including this one. He’s now up to seven scores on the year as a rookie while playing for a 2-8 team with horrendous QB play. Evans is going to be a monster for years to come. If you want him next year, you’ll need to spend a third round pick.

Headlines of the Week: Man Maced At Movie Theatre For Asking Woman To Turn Off Her PhoneFlorida Woman Survives 45 Minutes With No PulseBear Falls Through Skylight, Eats Birthday CupcakesNew Usher Song Available Exclusively In Honey Nut Cheerios Boxes Sold At WalmartMan On 207-MPH Bicycle Humiliates Ferrari At DragstripWorld’s Smallest Man Meets World’s TallestPlane Crash Kills Three In Flight SimulatorThis Man Can Hear Wi-FiPolish Woman Declared Dead Wakes Up In Mortuary.

The Browns entered having more interceptions than touchdown passes allowed, so Ryan Mallett’s debut was pretty impressive…Alfred Blue is a top-15 fantasy back as long as Arian Foster is sidelined. On the road as underdogs, the Texans somehow recorded 54 rushing attempts, just four fewer than the Browns’ total yardage gained on the ground…Cleveland’s backfield remains a mess for fantasy owners, although Isaiah Crowell looks like the top option even though he lost a fumble. Ben Tate had two carries for negative nine yards against his former team…Here’s J.J. Watt catching his second touchdown of the year. He now has twice as many as teammate Andre Johnson despite having 53 fewer receptions.

Someone named Charles Johnson had more receiving yards Sunday than Cordarrelle Patterson has had in a game all season. I didn’t predict this…The Vikings RB situation can be ignored unless Adrian Peterson reenters the picture…Alshon Jeffery has 28 targets over the past two weeks. I hope you bought low.

Police Blotter: Oscar Pistorius May Be Forced To Stay In Jail Because He Has No Ankles For Electronic TagCrook Follows 88-Year-Old Queens Man For 10 Miles To Rob Him Of Casino WinningsBoy Missing Six Days Found In IKEAMan Charged With Fight Over Whether Or Not Acquaintance Was DeadMan Sticks Chainsaw Down Shorts In Port St. LucieFBI’s Most Wanted Cybercriminal Used His Cat’s Name As A PasswordRyan Champion Accused Of Killing Man Whom He Allegedly Hired To Murder His FamilyDriver Continues Driving With Victim Lodged In Vehicle’s Windshield.

Once an MVP candidate, Philip Rivers has gotten just 6.1 YPA with a 6:6 TD:INT ratio over the past four games. His 5.7 YPA at home Sunday against the winless Raiders was his lowest since Week 15 of the 2012 season…The only Oakland RB worth owning (and just in deep leagues) is Latavius Murray…I expect Ryan Mathews to be San Diego’s clear No. 1 back moving forward, but the Chargers’ schedule is rough…Derek Carr has shown some positive signs for Raiders fans, but this deeper look isn’t exactly encouraging (h/t Chase Stuart).

Here’s Cousin Sal shouting compliments to strangers on the street

Aaron Rodgers has a 9:0 TD:INT ratio over his past two games, and he’s sat out nearly three quarters during them. The Packers have averaged 43.8 points over five games at home this season…Mark Sanchez committed four turnovers and allowed this defensive TD to happen, but he also got 7.9 YPA while throwing for 346 yards and two scores, so don’t give up on him in fantasy leagues…If I’m a C.J. Anderson owner and someone offered me LeSean McCoy, I’d probably reject it.

Longreads of the Week: “The Horror Before The Beheadings” and to lighten the mood up a bit, “The Man Who Does The Impossible In Super Mario 64.” 

Michael Floyd had just two catches but both went for touchdowns during the first quarter, trolling his owners who either had him benched or had dropped him by now. His 54 receiving yards were the most since Week 3…Joique Bell’s 6.1 YPC was highly encouraging against an Arizona front seven that entered having allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing backs. For what it’s worth, Detroit’s schedule during the fantasy playoffs (T.B., Min, @Chi) looks favorable…The Lions are the only team yet to allow more than 24 points in a game this season.

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NHL Three Stars: Bob’s victorious return; Gigensons’ big night for Sabres

No. 1 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

Bob returned to the Blue Jackets’ net after missing eight games with a broken finger and was victorious. He stopped 36 shots as Columbus beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1. Cam Atkinson’s goal in the second period increased their lead to 2-0 and would stand as the game winner. The win was also Bobrovsky’s 100th of his NHL career. You’re back on the case, Bobrovsky!

No. 2 Star: Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo Sabres

The young Latvian had a big night as the Sabres routed the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2. It was Buffalo’s first regulation home win since Feb. 28. Girgensons scored twice to help Buffalo end a five-game slide. Tyler Ennis chipped in three points. Three minutes after Ennis scored his sixth of the season, Girgensons caught James Reimer way out of his net to put home an easy shorthanded goal:

No. 3 Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

The Bruins rebounded after two big losses by shutting down the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Seth Griffth and Patrice Bergeron provided the goals and Rask made 33, including 15 in the final period.

Honorable Mention: Brad Marchand recorded his 100th career assist … After his wondergoal earlier in the week, it seems as if the bounces are all going Seth Griffith’s way: 

Darcy Kuemper made 27 saves and Mikael Granlund broke a 1-1 tie 40 seconds into the third period as the Minnesota Wild edged the Dallas Stars 2-1 … The LA Kings’ special teams did the heavy lifting in their 4-3 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks. Tyler Toffoli’s shorthanded goal tied the game 1-1 in the first; then in the third it was Anze Kopitar evening the score at two with a power play tally. Finally, to end the game, Jarret Stoll put home the overtime winner as LA carried the extra man:

Let’s not forget how great it is to have Rick Jeanneret back in the Sabres’ broadcast booth:

Evgeni Malkin had a goal, assist and a huge hit on Dan Girardi as the Pittsburgh Penguins got by the New York Rangers 3-2 after a shootout. It appeared the Rangers had won the game at first, but a review showed that Dan Boyle’s attempt was a double-touch, opening the door for the Penguins to win in the extra round … Rick Nash played in his 800th NHL game … P.A. Parenteau and Dale Weise each scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens doubled up the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3. In his second game with the Habs, Sergei Gonchar recorded a pair of assists and reached the 800-point plateau … Matt Duchene’s goal with 2:53 left in the third helped the Colorado Avalanche get by the New Jersey Devils 3-2. Semyon Varlamov made 23 saves for his second win in a row … Ryan Callahan, Valtteri Filppula and Jason Garrison each had two points as the Tampa Bay Lightning downed the New York Islanders 5-2 … Craig Smith broke a 1-1 tie with 2:07 left as the Nashville Predators squeaked by the Winnipeg Jets 2-1. Pekka Rinne made 21 saves and James Neal scored his ninth of the season as the Predators won for the fourth time in five games … The STL Line continued to dominate for the St. Louis Blues, factoring in on two of their four goals in a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz each had a goal and an assist and Brian Elliott made 23 saves as the Blues won for the tenth time in 11 games … Josh Jooris and Lance Bouma both scored in the third period and finished the night with two points apiece as the Calgary Flames got by the Ottawa Senators 4-2. Mark Giordano recorded an assist to extend his points streak to nine games. He has 14 points over that stretch … Early in the game, Giordano needed four stitches near his eye after taking a Chris Neil stick to the face:

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Dishonorable Mention: Dallas has dropped six straight games at home … Philadelphia failed to kill off any of Montreal’s three power plays … Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin was a healthy scratch for the first time this season … Justin Peters is going to want a second crack at this one: