Another week of fantasy hockey and some food for thought …
Catching up from last week: MacKenzie Blackwood continues to dominate, going 4-0 with a .954 Sv% in his last four starts and now faces Detroit, San Jose, L.A. and Anaheim, so keep starting him … Jakob Chychrun had nine shots in two games but has since suffered a lower-body injury and could be out a while … Juuse Saros lost against Carolina but made 40 saves in a shootout win against Columbus on Saturday, and for now it looks like the Preds will continue to split the starts even though Saros looks slightly better … Kevin Fiala scored a goal in consecutive games since last week's column and deserves to be rostered.
That's Joshua Norris' ice time in his NHL debut Saturday against Montreal, second most among Ottawa centers. The Sens lost 3-0 but it was a pretty encouraging debut for Norris, who was third in scoring in the AHL (58 points in 51 games) at the time of his call-up. He played almost exclusively with former AHL teammate Drake Batherson, along with a rotating left winger. With Anthony Duclair the line was really bad (11.11 CF%, according to Natural Stat Trick) but better with Nick Paul, if uneventful (1 CF, 50 CF%).
I like D.J. Smith's decision to keep his two raw but talented scorers together, giving us a glimpse of the Sens' future. Norris finished the game with four shots and Batherson