Another big move in the night was Marcus, dropping from third to fifth in the standings. Marcus managed to lose out on 4 points on the lead on Saturday night and Clayton had a bad night, so what does that say?
The top six race got a whole lot more interesting. Heading into Sunday's afternoon action, the lead is back down to where it was on Tuesday, 7 points. There was a little bit of separation in the ranks, 3 points second to third, 7 points third to fourth, 4 more points fourth to fifth and Jeremy is falling behind further, back 4 more points to fifth. Let's see how the day could play out...
-7 from lead
-10 from lead
-17 from lead
-21 from lead
-25 from lead
|NAS/DET||None||Pekka Rinne, G||Jason Arnott, F||Dan Hamhuis, D||J-P Dumont, F||Shea Weber, D|
|Martin Erat, F||Johan Franzen, G||Pavel Datsyuk, F|
|Ty Conklin, G||Jiri Hudler, F|
|STL/CBJ||Steve Mason, G||None||Kristian Huselius, F||Fedor Tyutin, D||Mike Commodore, D||None|
|Keith Tkachuk, F|
|Manny Legace, G|
|OTT/TAM||Brian Elliot, G||None||Vaclav Prospal, F||None||None||Martin St. Louis, F|
|BOS/PHI||Mike Richards, F||Patrice Bergeron, F||Dennis Wideman, D||Phil Kessel, F||Tim Thomas, G||None|
|Blake Wheeler, F||Marc Savard, F||Zdeno Chara, D|
|Matt Carle, D||Martin Biron, G|
|VAN/CHI||Kevin Bieksa, D||None||Duncan Keith, D||None||Martin Havlat, F||Nikolai Khabibulin, G|
|Mattias Ohlund, D||Cristobel Huet, G|
|Sami Salo, D|
|MIN/EDM||None||Marek Zidlicky, D||None||None||None||Pierre-Marc Bouchard, F|
|Ales Hemsky, F||Mikko Koivu, F|
|Marc-Andre Bergeron, D|
|COL/ANA||None||Scott Niedermayer, D||Ryan Getzlaf, F||Marek Svatos, F||None||None|
Well, let's start at the back of the bus, where Jeremy might get a little bit of a boost on Sunday, possibly getting Mikko Koivu back from a knee injury, which threatened his season. Pierre-Marc Bouchard missed Saturday night's game with the flu and is questionable for the action against Edmonton. He also gets one up on Marcus with Nikolai Khabibulin getting another start on Sunday versus the Canucks.
Marcus has fallen out this week, having only 19 points, 3 off the basement dweller, so he'll need a big night on Sunday with five skaters and Tim Thomas starting against the Flyers.
Benson might have a boost to his line-up as Marek Svatos made the trip down to the West Coast for the Avs' game against the Ducks, but he'll be a game-time decision. Phil Kessel is still out and there should be some news on him on Monday.
John still sits in third, but a little more comfortably going into tonight. He's still without Jason Arnott and Manny Legace. It doesn't look like either player is coming back any time soon.
Peter and his magical week may be without Pekka Rinne for the Predators' afternoon game against Detroit, as he started the day before. Otherwise, his team is still pretty healthy.
Finally, the leader, Clayton, may not have a goalie going today, as both Brian Elliot and Steve Mason started last night. Mason does have a chance at starting, as the Jackets may want to ride him until they clinch their spot. Otherwise, it's two games for Clayton to watch, BOS/PHI and VAN/CHI.