I totally led you astray on Dan Cleary... I said last week after he had goals in three straight games that he was getting extremely lucky but he just keeps scoring and now has goals in six straight games and 8+4=12 during an eight game point streak. I'd still only peg him for around 40-something points but he's already made me look like a fool so maybe he'll do it again.
I've really been impressed with the consistency shown by Milan Lucic this year as he scored again last night and has points in 13 of his 16 games this year. He's also only been a minus player in two games and has increased his PIMs & shots per game over last year's rates.
Jay mentioned the Flames/Canes trade from yesterday... I agree with him, this is a good move for Anton Babchuk as he should see more PP time in Calgary as he was 3rd amongst Canes dmen with 3:04 PPTOI/gm and only had two PPP so far. Ian White, on the other hand, was leading the Flames in PP time at 4:18/gm and there's no way he sees that much with Carolina, so this hurts him. Another player who I think this benefits is Jamie McBain as he should see more PP time (he was behind Babchuk at 2:37/gm).
I missed game #5 of the Super Series last night, the Russian's pulled it out 7-6 in a shootout over ther WHLers. From the boxscore I can tell that the goalies didn't have a hot night (very observant, I know) and I see that my new favourite Russian prospect Artemy Panarin scored again, his second goal of the series... I'll watch it on tape today and let you know what I see.
Natural hat-trick last night for Jonathan Toews against the Oilers... he's on pace for a pretty typical 66 points this year (he's had 68 & 69 the past two seasons) and is starting to look like he won't be the huge point producer that many were projecting, although we wouldn't write him off yet.
Time to fire up the Marc-Andre Bergeron rumours again as apparently Tampa is interested in the FA blueliner. He'll likely sign-on with somebody before too long as the guy can really help a PP. In the five years since the lockout he's averaged 68 games with 13+20=33... very solid numbers for a guy who is on the waiver wire in most leagues.
When Brian Elliott is on, he's on... when he's not, he's pathetic. He gave up four goals on 16 shots last night and was pulled in the 1st period. That's five times he's been beaten for 4+ goals this year in 15 appearances (that's 33% of the time for you non math majors). Pascal Leclaire came in and wasn't any better giving up three goals on 12 shots and his numbers got worse (3.95 & .872).
Tomas Fleischmann was a healthy scratch last night for the Caps after putting up only three points in his last 10 games. He's not a great fantasy player as he doesn't contribute enough in most categories but he could be a buy-low candidate in some leagues.
Yikes... Jaroslav Halak went from an 8-1-1 start to 0-3-1 and giving up 19 goals over his last four games. I wouldn't be too concerned about this, the Blues are playing solid defense in front of him as he's facing an average of 26.3 shots/60mins... he'll shake it off eventually.
Brad Boyes has goals in three straight games and is heating up after a brutal start where he had one goal in his first 14 games this year. I liked him to bounce-back this year after he struggled last year with only 14 goals. The reason was I thought he was unlucky last year as his shooting % was only 7.1% after shooting at 14.7% for his career prior to last year. This year he's still only shooting at 8.2% but I would bet that we see that number rise as the year goes on.
The loss of TJ Oshie has really sparked Andy McDonald as he has 2+6=8 during a four game point streak. He tends to float around the waiver wire in a lot of leagues getting picked up for stretches and dropped for a while... now's one of those times to grab him.
Two points and seven shots last night for Justin Williams to extend his point streak to 11 games and he's really putting together a fine fantasy season... ride it as long as you can.
Kevin Porter had the game winner in OT last night for the Avs and actually has 4+1=5 over his last six games. He played less than 10 minutes last night and so we can't recommend him until he sees more regular ice but the Avs are always full of surprises and continue to get production from unlikely sources.
Kevin Shattenkirk got his first NHL goal last night for the Avs... he's a good looking long-term prospect but be patient as he's likely headed back to the AHL once Quincey & Cumiskey are healthy.