The Human Rocket Ship blasted back from a benching in grand fashion last week, as Ryan Ellis got back in the lineup and delivered the winning goal against Chicago on Tuesday night. Against Detroit on Saturday he held his own, and ended up leading the Preds' defense in both scoring and shots on goal for the week.
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Does he benefit from Shea Weber & Ryan Suter carrying the heavier burden, both in terms of ice time and matchups? Certainly, but that puts the onus on Ellis to take advantage of the opportunities given to him, and last week, he came through. With the addition of Hal Gill on the blueline, however, the competition for ice time just got tougher. In fact, the tweets coming from today's morning skate at Dallas indicate that Ellis may get scratched again tonight:
Pairings as of now 20-6, 59-75, 51-8.— Jim Diamond (@diamondhockey) February 19, 2012
Despite a solid effort last week, there's no time to rest on your laurels, Ryan! It's worth revisiting that winner over Chicago, though: