Fantasy Hockey News for Friday

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A fantasized look at Thursday night's NHL action.

I really liked Marian Gaborik coming into this season because he's an every other year type of player. No, seriously, he is. Check out his stats. He was good for a goal and 2 assists on 5 shots last night, giving him 5 points in 3 games on the young season.

Cam Atkinson was a deep sleeper in this year's drafts after missing all but two games last season. A goal, an assist, and 5 shots for him last night and he should be moving up a notch or two on your watch lists. He's playing on the first line with Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky. All three players were a plus-2 on the night.

Andre Benoit broke his points cherry with a powerplay assist last night and you'd be wise to think about adding him before it's too late. He played over 22 minutes including just under 4 minutes in powerplay time. Many thought Tyson Barrie was on his way to a breakout season but it appears Benoit is Roy's man.

Jonathan Bernier blanked the Predators last night, stopping all 36 shots that were fired at him. James Reimer owners are now in a tough spot. It's probably too early to drop him but Bernier looks damn good, allowing only 3 goals on 116 shots this season. Still, just a bad game or two and Reimer will have the chance to put together his own streak.

I guess I'll use this spot to tell you that a couple of superstars, Phil Kessel (1+2=3, 4 shots, plus-2) and Steven Stamkos (3+1=4, 4 shots, 4 hits, plus-3) did their superstar thing. No, they're not on your free agent list. Moving on.

Ben Bishop is probably flying off your free agent list like hotcakes after he won his third straight game. He's allowed just two goals in each of his first three starts. I'd go ahead and drop Anders Lindback if you're actually still rostering him.

Teddy Purcell with a trio of assists last night and life continues to be good for him, getting to play alongside Stammer.

Anton Khudobin got the win in Washington last night, stopping 30 of 32 shots. He's now won both his starts, allowing just three goals while Cam Ward has lost both of his starts (one in overtime) and has allowed 8. We can't talk about a goalie controversy just yet. I'd imagine Ward gets the start next game but it might just be because he's making 6.3 million through 2015-2016.

Nathan Gerbe scored the game winner on 7 shots last night and 3 goals in 4 games is pretty good production for a guy owned in just 3% of Yahoo! leagues.

Staying with the whole Hurricanes theme I have going on here, Jeff Skinner had two assists last night. He might be without a goal on the season (not for lack of trying as he's got 14 shots) but we'll take the five assists in four games.

Tomas Hertl followed up his four goal showboating outburst with no points in 16:37 of ice time. Dammit Tomas! The thousands of teams that picked you up for tonight's game are so disappointed.

I'm with Jay in kicking myself for having virtually zero stock in Brent Burns (I'm not counting the dynasty league I'm in where he's not D eligible and is overpaid) for this season. He had a goal and an assist last night giving him two of each in four games on the season.

P.K. Subban with three assists and plus-3 last night. Don't look now but he's already compiling his way to another Norris trophy.

The Ducks kicked the Rangers while they were down, stomping them out 6-0 on the heels of their 9-2 embarrassment on Tuesday. One of the big winners here was Jonas Hiller as he stopped all 34 shots on his way to his second win in as many starts on the season. The scales are tipped in his direction, now.

Let's go with Jakob Silfverberg for fantasy line of the night. He put up 2 goals, 2 PIM, 6 shots, and plus-2 on the evening. He has points in all four games this season to the tune of 4+1=5 and 16 shots.

It's panic city for a lot of Rangers with Henrik Lundqvist just looking awful and I hope you're not looking to me for some positivity. My personal opinion is that it's more about the team than him, but without the benefit of Tortorella's shot blocking strategy, I think Hank's stats really suffer this season.

Another goal for Jonas Brodin and he also chipped in with 4 PIM and over 25 minutes of ice time. I very much like his chances to breakout this season.

Antti Niemi keeps plugging along as he stopped 26 of 27 shots for the win last night. He's won all four of his starts this season and at this rate, he's going to start 70+ games for the first time in his career and be back in the mix for the Vezina.

A goal in three straight games for Joffrey Lupul and with 6 points in 5 games, just pray this guy can stay healthy for the full season. He's going to give you handsome returns.

Called up: Scott Clemmensen, Stephane Veilleux, Tim Kennedy, Brandon Yip

Sent down: Carson McMillan, Jason Zucker, Lucas Lessio, Chris Brown

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