Stock Up, Stock Down
The Phoenix Coyotes
have climbed back into the playoff hunt and one of the main reasons is the emergence of Ed Jovanovski
as a top-flight point producer. After registering just one point and posting a minus-7 in his first 12 games, the veteran blueliner and former Canadian Olympian has 11 points in his past 10 games and is minus-1 over that time. Given the paucity of scoring from the Coyotes' forward contingent, Jovanovski's continued production will be key to Phoenix staying in the hunt.
After inexplicably hanging around the Eastern Conference playoff picture in spite of the absence of starting netminder Rick DiPietro
, the New York Islanders have come back to earth with a resounding thud. The Isles have lost six straight games and have been outscored 30-11 over that period.
-- Scott Burnside