Phaneuf scored a goal and added an assist in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers. The points were his first in five games. Don't look now, but Phaneuf is actually on a 50-point pace. Where the heck did that come from? He hasn't performed this well in close to a decade, so take full advantage.
Phaneuf will be playing on Toronto's first line in Tuesday night's contest against the Stars in Dallas, Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV reports. Phaneuf can now officially be considered as the starter for the tilt with the Stars. He is likely to play on the first powerplay unit as well.
Phaneuf (illness) took part in Tuesday's morning skate in preparation against Dallas, Mark Masters of TSN reports. Phaneuf's participation Tuesday morning bodes well for his chances to play in Tuesday's match. However, his availability is uncertain and will be made clear as game time approaches.
Phaneuf came down with the flu but is traveling with the team on their road trip, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports. The team didn't release any further update on his status, and although he was able to skate for 26:15 worth of ice time in Saturday's loss, it's possible the illness forces Phaneuf to miss Tuesday's contest against the Stars. There should be more clarity on the situation prior to puck drop Tuesday.
Phaneuf picked up his eighth assist of the season in Wednesday's loss to Winnipeg. He has eight points in 12 games this season and that puts him a tie for the team lead in points. Phaneuf is being used effectively this season by coach Mike Babcock and it's paying off in spades. He doesn't have to line up against the opposition's best players, so the pressure is off and that gives him some time and space to actually deliver offence. And Phaneuf is delivering at a mid-50s pace. Yes, you read that right.
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