Benson and Marcus continue to hang around in a tie for fourth, only 7 points back of Peter for third. Peter has not had a good week in Week Twenty-Eight, only having 4 points through the first three nights. He will need a huge night on Thursday to fend off the two on-comers.
|MTL/BOS||Alex Kovalev, F||Dennis Wideman, D||Patrice Bergeron, F||Phil Kessel, F||Roman Hamrlik, D|
|Blake Wheeler, F||Marc Savard, F||Zdeno Chara, D||Tim Thomas, G|
|PHI/NYR||Mike Richards, F||None||Matt Carle, D||Martin Biron, G||Nik Antropov, F|
|Dan Girardi, D|
|BUF/CAR||Jason Pominville, F||Ray Whitney, F||None||None||None|
|Eric Staal, F|
|FLA/ATL||None||None||Nathan Horton, F||Todd White, F||None|
|NJD/OTT||Zach Parise, F||None||Patrik Elias, F||Jamie Langenbrunner, F||None|
|Brian Elliot, G||Brian Gionta, F|
|NYI/PIT||None||None||None||Mark Streit, D||None|
|WAS/TAM||None||Vaclav Prospal, F||None||Alex Ovechkin, F||None|
|NAS/DET||None||Jason Arnott, F||Pekka Rinne, G||Dan Hamhuis, D||Pavel Datsyuk, F|
|Martin Erat, F||Johan Franzen, F||Jiri Hudler, F|
|Ty Conklin, G|
|DAL/COL||None||None||Marty Turco, G||Marek Svatos, F||None|
|LOS/VAN||Dustin Brown, F||Anze Kopitar, F||Drew Doughty, D||None||Kyle Quincey, D|
|Kevin Bieksa, D|
|Mattias Ohlund, D|
|Sami Salo, D|
|PHO/SAN||Joe Thornton, F||Evgeni Nabokov, G||None||None||Ed Jovanovski, D|
At first glance, the big night doesn't look so big for a couple teams, as both John and Marcus have 4 and 5 games to play, respectively. Both teams do have a start expected tonight, however, which does help a little bit. Peter and Benson will try and make a run for some big points tonight, as they are sitting with 8 and 9 games, respectively, and both are each carrying a start as well. That should make for some good racing tonight.
The biggest point of note tonight is the number of goalies on the table, who are now sitting, instead of starting. Brian Elliot lost favour in Ottawa, Marty Turco is still hurt in Dallas and Ty Conklin takes a back seat in Detroit. Conklin is expected to have one of the two starts on the weekend, so all is not lost for Benson in that department.
This is the second-to-last big night in the league, as Saturday will also be a huge night. These are the nights teams in the top five need to make a move.