Fantasy Pick: Andrew Brunette
One thousand games is a lot in any form or fashion. Whether it be Go Fish, Dominoes or Red Light-Green Light, 1,000 games is a massive feat that consumes a large portion of your life. Now just imagine those games don't take place on your living room carpet or in your back yard but on a slick sheet of ice where the best athletes in the world hurl their bodies at you. Then, maybe you can start to understand how amazing it is that Andrew Brunette will play in his 1,000th NHL game tonight in St. Paul.
Brunette has collected 688 points (250-438=688) to go along with 206 penalty minutes during his 15-year career. Since 1998-99 he has played in more games than any NHL player (937), having missed just three games since the start of the 2001-02 campaign. Did you let that last bit sink in? He's missed only three games since 2001
! That'd be awesome for a guy who just sat on a bench every game, but for a guy who makes his living getting banged around next to the opponent's net? That's practically unbelievable. Then again, maybe Bruno has super powers because, let's not forget, he did play half a season on a torn ACL a few seasons back.
The 37-year-old becomes just the 261st player to reach the 1,000-game milestone in NHL history (eighth this season). Amongst active NHL players he ranks 14th in power-play goals (109), 24th in assists, 28th in points, T-35th in goals and T-58th in game-winning-goals (32).
In six seasons with Minnesota (2001-04, 2008-11), he has compiled 303 points (113-190=303) in 456 contests. Brunette ranks second in franchise history in goals, power play goals (54) and points, third in games played and game-winning goals (16) and fourth in assists. He has tallied 34 points (16-18=34) in 43 playoff matches and scored the overtime goal in Game 7 of the 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Colorado Avalanche
So...that history is incredibly impressive...but what exactly does it mean for tonight's matchup? Well, you see above that Bruno has scored a lot of goals in his career, but he also leads the Wild lineup with 30 points (8-22=30) in 42 games against tonight's opponent, the L.A. Kings. He's also been on a hot streak lately, totaling five points (2-3=5) in his last five games.
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