Fantasy Hockey News for Thursday - Hump Day Games or The No Hook Edition

Harry How

A Fantasy Hockey perspective of what went down in the NHL on Wednesday Night

So I was trying to think of a hook for my Thursday Daily Dosage, it seems everyone needs one these days.
Since I have no Pinterest in the Twitterings of anyone, much less athletes, their agents or their wives or sports writers...
I thought I might post a delicious moist yet airy banana bread recipe instead... but I didn't cuz it's a secret so what you get is what i saw. I just watched hockey

Montreal Canadiens @ Calgary Flames


Sean Monahan is real good, would have been the story of this game if not for a stellar performance from Joey MacDonald Monahan's 1st period goal to start the festivities was set up by his own creativity on a pass to Lee Stempniak which he gathered back up and put behind Price for his 3rd goal in 3 games
Sven Baertschi scored his first on the season on a pretty through the crease assist from Monahan
Curtis Glencross, one of those underrated goal scorers picked up the game winner on a power play from Dennis Wideman and Jiri Hudler.

Montreal outshot the Flames on the night and Joey MacDonald faced 35 while allowing only 2 to get behind him, one of his more impressive Hasek like flailing double stack pad stops was on Andre Markov who got 2 pops on the doorstep but was denied.

Montreal wasn't exactly flat a they came out firing pucks, but they were not terribly good chances for the most part to start the game.
P.K. Subban 1+1=2 on 6 SOG    with 4 PIM's started the Habs scoring and seemed to wake up the team as the only real dangerous line to that point was Lars Eller and the two Gally's, Eller picked up a goal on a missed shot by Subban which Galchenyuk directed off the end boards.
Lars Eller 1+0=1 plus-1 opens the season with a 3 game goal scoring streak

Alex Galchenyuk 0+1=1 plus-1 5 SOG, Alex has been a catalyst and continues his 3 game point streak as well

random thoughts on this game

Sean Monahan, this was my first look at the rookie in the NHL and i was very impressed, he just looks so poised and natural with the puck. He along Jiri Hudler and Sven Baertschi make a very skilled line, not sure how they fare once the vets get the rust loosened  and they stop underestimating their offensive capabilities though.


Lars Eller 4G +2A plus-4 is shooting 40% don't think it lasts..
This line took over top power play duties this evening racking up twice as much PPTOI than anyone not named Suban and Markov

P.K. Suban got into the game in the 2nd period, his enthusiasm may have cost them an opportunity though when he collected a crosschecking penalty with just under 2 min left, there were several penalties on the night that it just seems a shame that they could help to decide a fantasy matchup.


Chicago Blackhawks @ St Louis Blues

From the puck drop this looked to belooked to be the Black & Blue matchup
Chris Stewart and Sheldon Brookbank waited all of 2 minutes before each nabbing 5 for Fighting, for all the banging  that went on throughout this game this turned out to be the only major. Neither of them were factors otherwise.

Vladimir Tarasenko opened the scoring sniping one in from the slot for his second goal in as many games, he looks good to go again and should be in for a productive season.

Patrick Kane 7 seconds into the Hawks 1st power play decided that was long enough and tied it at 1-1 on a goal assisted by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp

David Backes is gearing up for the Olympics, he deflected a shot from Alex Pietrangelo behind Crawford for second goal and second PPG on the season, doubling his PPG production from last season.

a minute later Jaden Schwartz put himself on the stat sheet by picking up a hooking minor, Chicago's Three Amigos decided to toy with the Blues penalty killers this time and waited 14 seconds before depositing their second behind Jaroslav Halak. This time it was Jonathan Toews with his first goal of the season, a

PPG from the 2 Patricks tying the game at 2 apiece

Alexander Steen untied the game with 23 seconds left in regulation, a laser that found it's way through Corey Crawford. With 23 seconds left I'm sure Backes was threatening the entire team that they would have to fight him if they put Chicago back on the powerplay..

Alexander Steen has opened the season with a goal in each of the 3 games, he's a dangerous and underrated scorer when healthy


Patrick Kane has likewise put up goals in the Hawks first 3, not much underrated here.
Vladimir Tarasenko one of my favorite young talents has goals in two straight and 3 points through 3 games, he's looking much better than he did near the end of last season.
Patrick Sharp notched his first 2 points on the year, there isn't much doubt he'll get a few more.

Ottawa Senators @ L.A. Kings

My father said he quit following the Wings after they traded Marcel Dionne to the Kings and I guess it has colored my view of L.A. hockey my entire life.
Of course he didn't completely stop following the Wings as it was what was to become known as the Dead Wings era and no one wanted to admit they followed them. I have to admit I had a difficult time watching this game...
So I didn't.

Dustin Brown opened the scoring coming out of the penalty box with his first goal and point of the season. He later scored his 2nd goal of the night on the power play.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau from Erik Condra & Joe Corvo all picked up their first points on the season

Bobby Ryan must have missed the salt air as he scored his first goal on the season in his return to the coast he also assisted on the game tying goal
Milan Michalek scoring his 1st on the year, Joe Corvo picked up his second assist on the night and season.

Jeff Carter was named the 3rd star in this game
as the only 3 point producer on the light schedule I'm bumping him up to stat line of the night 2 PPG one a GWG 1 Assist on 4 SOG he also took 10 faceoffs winning 8 of them 1 Hit 1 Blk

That's all folks, as always, i welcome your feedback,

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