Lundqvist to puck: "Thou shall not pass"
... aaaand we're back. After two days without hockey we've got a full slate of games to go through (plus the start of the WJC). If I miss any important points or you feel somebody is deserving of mention, please feel free to contribute in the comments.
I picked Henrik Lundqvist as my #1 fantasy goalie to start the year in the Fantasy Scouting Report and I think I'll stick by that. He may not have the best numbers out there (ahem, Jimmy Howard) but he's as consistent as they get and the Rangers look real good this year. He picked up his 15th win and 3rd shutout last night.
Marian Gaborik scored an empty netter to move two up on the competition for the league lead in goals with 22.
Ryan Callahan with the nice two point, plus-two and four PIM line.
Carl Hagelin scored twice last night. He's playing at a 38 point pace so far,. That's nice when you consider he was off pretty much every radar out there a few months ago, but not enough to get your fantasy attention. If he somehow finds himself on a scoring line (unlikely) then we'll talk.
Viktor Stalberg continues to impress/suprise me. Two more goals last night give him seven points in his last four games. He still playing on the third line so I wouldn't count on this pace being sustainable.
Just when it looked like Ray Emery was looking like a safe start Corey Crawford goes out and spoils the party with two straight great games in a row. He stopped 37 of 38 for the win last night. Who knows who starts going forward.
Similar deal in Washington as Michal Neuvirth looked like he was taking over the #1 job with five straight starts. But, of course, he allowed three goals on six shots last night. Tomas Vokoun came in and stopped 16 of 17 the rest of the way. Look for Vokoun to get the next start now.
Crazy Alexander Ovechkin stat of the day: He doesn't have a multi-point game since November 4th! That's 23 games. He picked up one goal last night to keep that streak in tact.
Cam Ward scored a goal (check out the video here) and also stopped 20 of 22 for the win. Nice night for Ward and his owners. Hopefully you started him over Eric Staal (zero points... again) at center on your team.
I've always liked David Clarkson. He has quietly put up some decent numbers. After 1+1=2 last night, he's on pace for 37 points, 154 PIM's and 219 shots. His minus is pretty ugly (minus-10) but if you're league counts PIM's and shots he might be worth a look.
With Weber's injury Ryan Ellis got the call up from the AHL and made his NHL debut (with zero points) last night. He has some big seasons in the OHL and had 17 points in 26 AHL games before he recall. Lots of potential here. But likely it will be a year or two before he really contributes.
Chris Stewart is playing at nearly half the pace he was last year (.44 vs .85 ppg). Not cool. He picked up two goals on seven shots last night (one was an empty netter) so hopefully this gets him going anywhere near the pace he's capable of.
Jordan Eberle continues to shine. 1+1=2 and he's now on pace for 88 points. I love this guy and I tried to pick him up via trade in a few leagues but his owners smartly told me to take a hike.
Corey Potter has played five games since returning from injury but didn't have any points until the last two and had 1+1=2 last night. He's played at a 43 point pace when healthy this year so he might be worth a look if you need some help on the blueline.
Valtteri Filppula picked up two goals. That's a 66 point pace now and it's looking like he's going to smash his career best of 40 points.
Ryan Kesler's line last night: 1+1=2, five shots, plus-2 and two PIM's. Niiiice.
If you saw any of Canada's 8-1 drubbing of Finland you saw a very good looking Jonathan Huberdeau. He picked up 1+4=5... not bad for a guy who has been injured most of the season. His linemates Mark Stone (hat trick) and Ryan Strome (1+3=4) also looked pretty good on the night.