Marleau and the Sharks PP are absolutely on fire. - Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
A fantasized look at yesterday's NHL action.
Fantasy line of the night goes to Marian Gaborik for giving his owners 2+2=4, plus-4, and 5 shots. The line of Gaborik, Brad Richards and Rick Nash were all plus-4 last night as they're showing some great chemistry but Gaborik is benefitting the most on the scoresheet. If only they could figure out how to score on the powerplay.
Matt Read came to life last night with a hat trick, scoring on all three shots he took. This felt like a long time coming after he contributed only an assist over the first four games. I happen to like Read more than some of the other youngsters on the Flyers so I'd pick him up if someone dropped him due to frustration from the slow start.
There isn't any player in the league hotter than Patrick Marleau. After his 2+1=3, 7 shots, and 3 PPP he's in the league lead for goals and points. He has four straight games with two goals. That Sharks powerplay is automatic lately and Marleau is benefitting the most from it.
Tied for the league lead in points with teammate Marleau is Joe Thornton who upped his total to 11 points on the season after contributing a powerplay goal and a powerplay assist yesterday. Jumbo is looking elite again.
You've got to be giddy if you're a Justin Schultz owner, especially in a keeper league. After his 1+2=3, 3 shots, 2 PPP, and plus-1, he's got 6 points in 4 games on the season. It won't be long before this kid is leading the NHL in points by a defenseman.
Thomas Greiss got his first start this season and responded with a 24-save shutout. This shouldn't create any controversy as Niemi is clearly the man in San Jose.
I was starting to think David Perron was trying to be a tough guy. He was sporting just one assists and 10 PIM in four games coming into last night. Well DP57 reminded us that he knows how to put the puck in the net as he went 2+1=3, 5 shots, and pus-3.
Chipping in with an assist and 2 PIM was Vladimir Tarasenko as he continues to impress. He's at 4+3=7, 17 shots, 6 PIM, and plus-4 in 5 games on the season. Do not sell high.
Even though it's of virtually no fantasy relevance, Wade Redden scored his first NHL goal in almost three years. You have to feel at least a little bit happy for the guy as he never once complained about being buried in the AHL just because of his salary.
Viktor Fasth made his NHL debut last night and took home the SOW for the Ducks. He looked good making a modest 19 saves on 21 shots. There's probably no chance he gets the next start but he's certainly planted the seed. Keep your eyes on that situation if you're in need of a goalie.
Poor Pekka Rinne can't buy a win. After taking the SOL last night, he's dropped to an unenviable 0-1-3 on the season. His peripherals are fine with a .912 sv% and 2.36 gaa but no wins in four games is not what we imagined when we selected him in the first round. He may need to practice his shootouts as he's lost three straight skills competitions.
Andrew Shaw looked very promising in the 37 games he played last season. Unfortunately, this year season has not treated him quite the same. He's got no points and just 7 shots through five games. And that's even with the Blackhawks leading the NHL in goals. Unless yours is a deep leaguer or keeper he's likely a drop.