Two guys that had pretty good games that might have gone overlooked: Tyler Ennis and Joel Eriksson Ek.
Ennis grabbed a second assist on Jared Spurgeon's goal and led the team with four shots. The winger also had a hit and three blocked shots.
Despite fellow wingers Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise nearing their returns from injury, Ennis said he wasn't feeling the heat to maintain his spot in the lineup.
"He got more minutes than he normally got," coach Bruce Boudreau said of Ennis' 15 minutes, 18 seconds. "He's been playing on the third or fourth line recently. Now he's got some power play time and everything else. Maybe he just felt more comfortable."
Ennis had 2:17 of power play time, btw. And he looked to have scored Eric Staal's goal, though it eventually went to Staal thanks to a tip from Dallas defenseman Greg Pateryn.
Ennis' bestie Jared Spurgeon had this to say about the forward's uptick:
"I think he’s starting to find his game," Spurgeon said. "I think at the start of the year, he’s missed almost a full year [with injuries], and you can see he’s gotten his feet back, and he’s using his edges, and he’s confident with the puck. So it’s great to see."
Erikkson Ek, meanwhile, had two hits, a blocked shot and was 75 percent on his face-offs. He also had two minutes on the penalty kill and 13:16 of total ice time. While the 20-year-old has only a goal and four assists in 30 games this season, Boudreau isn't concerned about the center's productivity.
"He's going to start scoring. It might not be this year. I don't mean that facetiously, but you can see he's going to be a real good player, and that's why he keeps playing," Boudreau said. "I mean, getting more and more every day. He had more chances again tonight, and eventually, they're going to go in for him."
OK, I think that's enough for now. I'm back tomorrow (Thursday) for practice and again for Friday's game against Nashville before Sarah picks it up again. So hold on to your hats, folks.