Weekly Plus - Minus 12/16/08
Best and worst performances of the week...
By Jason Kasiorek
Jamie Tardif earns the nod as player of the week for the second week in a row. The feisty winger notched a pair of goals over the weekend in a crucial series against the division leading Manitoba Moose. His first on Friday night capped off a late rally to tie the game at 5, setting up Darren Helm's game winner with under 5 minutes left to play. His other goal, scored Saturday, also tied the score, but the Moose would eventually blow the game open on their way to a 4-2 win. Other candidates were Abdelkader, Pyett and Helm who just missed the cut.
This weeks top three plus and minus performances:
Jamie continues to carry the hot hand, scoring two big goals last week. Arguably one of the hottest griffins right now, Tardif has been on quite a streak, tallying 4 scores and 2 assists in his last 7 games. after scoring twice in his first 12 games in limited ice time.
Abdelkader has persevered through a lengthy scoring drought, and is starting to come back into his own. Posting two assists in two games last week, Justin was also tied for tops on the team defensively at +2 and continues to be a tough opponent to play against.
Logan went from the pressbox to the penthouse last week in the absence of Jonathan Ericsson. The rookie rearguard posted his first two assists since November 7th this weekend, and rang up 5 shots in two games. His defensive game also picked up a little as he boasted the teams best defensive rating at +2.
Galvin had another tough week as he struggles to regain his steady form. The normally reliable defender rang up the team's worst plus-minus at -3.
Haydar continues to struggle offensively in this trying season. The former AHL MVP is a club worst -14 after going -2 this week and only accounted for one assist. Much more is expected from the offensively gifted captain.
Kindl's defensive game has started to get the better of him again. His offensive numbers have masked a bit of his play as of late, but last week that changed. Hopefully this is just a blip in the young blueliner's development.