With this being the penultimate game of the season, I felt it was the perfect time for one more round of who’s hot and who’s not. Quite honestly, there are a lot more not’s than there are hot’s.
One of the few players in the hot column is the man who was between the pipes last night, Jhonas Enroth. He’s making a strong case to be considered for the number one job should the Sabres decide to trade Ryan Miller this off season.
Enroth has had only two clunkers and they were his first two starts. He gave up five goals in a loss at Carolina on January 24th and four goals during a defeat in Ottawa on February 5th. By the way, those were the only starts Enroth got in the first 24 games of the season.
He’s started seven games out of the last 22 and his numbers are impressive with a 1.98 goals against average and a .938 save percentage.
Tyler Ennis is hot and not at the same time. He has four assists in his last three games but has scored only one goal in the last 15.
Cody Hodgson cooled off after a torrid first half, which saw him record 12 goals and 24 points in 29 games. Hodgson has three goals and eight points in the last 17 games.
It’s a similar story for his usual linemate, Thomas Vanek. He came out of the gate blazing with 12 goals and 25 points in 15 games. Perhaps a series of injuries have taken a toll because Vanek has six goals and 12 points in his last 21 outings.
Drew Stafford has a point in each of the last three games. That might not be something you stand up and shout but it’s better for a guy who was completely pointless in 16 of 18 games prior.
Marcus Foligno hasn’t scored a goal in his last 12 games and Nathan Gerbe has scored a goal in just four of the forty contests he’s played in this season.
Finally, I’ll put Mikhail Grigorenko in the hot column because he logged 15 minutes and 18 seconds of ice time last night which is his highest amount under Ron Rolston and the second best total in this his rookie season.