Now that the season into full swing so now we can start looking for some recent hot and cold streaks. Today we'll take a look at some hot players from the last two weeks (that's a fortnight) and see if their streaks are legit.
Tomorrow we'll look at the cup as half empty and give you a run down on who is cold.
Statistics are for games up to Tuesday March 1st, 2011.
Joe Pavelski - 6 gms with 6+5=11
He's the hottest guy in the league right now and you definitely get the feeling Little Joe will be doing big things this year. He always seems to miss around 10 games per season, so health could play a factor this season.
Tomas Fleischmann - 6 gms with 4+3=7
Yes he does have some injury concerns but he's playing on the first line & PP and looks healthy. He showed some flashes of brilliance last year with the Avs so maybe he's better than we think (he now has 31 points in his last 33 games played). Considering he's a FA in a lot of leagues he's definitely worth a flyer.
Jordan Eberle - 6 gms with 3+4=7
With Hall and RNH around Eberle sometimes gets forgotten. He's at least on par with his talented linemates and it wouldn't suprise me to see him lead the trifecta in scoring this season. He's currently on pace for 74 points.
Nik Antropov - 7 gms with 2+6=8
He's been getting a lot of hype around here lately. I didn't think that would be happening at the beginning of the year. He's got some good linemates and some nice PP time. He had 67 points two years ago so he's shown he can do this over the long haul before.
Chris Neil - 7 gms with 2+3=5
Normally it's just PIM's with Neil but lately he's putting points on the board too. Of the 100 or so guys with a better ppg over the last two weeks nobody has more than 10 PIM's.... Neil has 18. He's now on pace for 43 points and 329 PIM's. Do I think it will continue? No.... but he's playing on L2 (granted a pretty crappy L2) and even getting some PP TOI so you never know.
Follow the jump for hot defensemen, rookies and goalies...
Other hot forwards...
Teemu Selanne - 7 gms with 3+8=11
Jason Pominville - 5 gms with 4+4=8
Scott Hartnell - 6 gms with 4+5=9
Jason Spezza - 7 gms with 4+6=10
Alex Ovechkin - 5 gms with 4+3=7
Mike Fisher - 3 gms with 2+2=4
Phil Kessel - 7 gms with 4+5=9
Tyler Seguin - 5 gms with 3+3=6
Jaromir Jagr - 6 gms with 5+2=7
Ryan Smyth - 6 gms with 3+4=7
Chad LaRose - 6 gms with 2+4=6
Evander Kane - 7 gms with 4+2=6
Alexander Edler - 6 gms with 3+7=10
Here's another guy we've been talking about a ton lately (back to back three pointers will do that). He won't continue at his point-a-game pace but there's every reason to expect him to be in the Top 5 scorers from the blueline by seasons end.
Zdeno Chara - 5 gms with 1+5=6
After a six game pointless streak to start the year the big fella has picked up the above stat line. He's surprisingly just third on PP TOI list among Bruins d-men (Dennis Seidenberg and Joe Corvo are 1st and 2nd) but leads the team with 3 PPP.
Dan Girardi - 6 gms with 1+5=6
With no Marc Staal around Girardi has been getting leaned on pretty heavily. He's been getting a lot of TOI at even strength (25-30 minutes a night) and more importantly on the PP (sixth on team over last five games). Last year, he hit a career high with 31 points... he could top that this season.
Sergei Gonchar - 7 gms with 0+7=7
In September, if you would have told me I would end up owning Gonchar in three different leagues I'd call you a dirty, filthy liar. But that's exactly what happened. I know he's old, injury prone and can be disinterested at times but he was going for super cheap this year and I couldn't resist. I figured he was worth a flyer as my fourth d-man... I mean he put up a .81 ppg two years ago in his last season in Pittsburgh. He has nine assists in 12 games and has only missed one game so far. I'll keep my fingers crossed this continues but I like the upside.
Nick Leddy - 6 gms with 1+4=5
In our Fantasy Scouting Report we picked Leddy as one of our breakout candidates on the Hawks. He only had seven points last year but has already equalled that total (in 35 less games). He was a former 1st rounder and has some nice offensive upside. He's only 20 so there could be some bumps along the road but I really like what I'm seeing here.
Other hot defenders...
Kimmo Timonen - 6 gms with 0+7=7
John-Michael Liles - 7 gms with 0+6=6
Kyle Quincey - 5 gms with 1+4=5
Dennis Wideman - 5 gms with 1+4=5
Dion Phaneuf - 7 gms with 1+5=6
Filip Kuba - 7 gms with 1+4=5
Rookies / Young Guns
Craig Smith - 6 gms with 2+3=5
Gotta give credit where credit is due. Cam was talking about Craig Smith before training camp. I didn't think he had a shot to make the team but I should learn to listen to Cam's hunches. He's on pace 66 points after skipping the AHL and going right to the NHL as a 22 year old.
Marc-Andre Fleury - 4 gms with 4 wins, 0.98 gaa & 0.962 sv%
Four games with these numbers got him a spot on the bench last night against the Leafs. Pretty incredible fortnight for MAF.
Nikolai Khabibulin - 5 gms with 4 wins, 1.18 gaa & 0.961 sv%
I'm probably going to look dumb saying this but I think Khabby is for real. Of course he won't keep up these numbers but I'm going to go out on a limb and say the Bulin Wall ends the year as a Top 15 fantasy goalie.
Other hot tenders...
Jonathan Quick - 5 gms with 3 wins, 1.79 gaa & 0.935 sv%
Cam Ward - 4 gms with 2 wins, 1.69 gaa & 0.947 sv%
Brian Elliott - 4 gms with 3 wins, 1.48 gaa & 0.947 sv%
Carey Price - 5 gms with 3 wins, 2.4 gaa & 0.914 sv%
Kari Lehtonen - 4 gms with 3 wins, 1.97 gaa & 0.939 sv%