Fantasy Hockey News for Thursday - The All Hallow's Eve Day Edition

Jonathan Bernier not feeling in the Halloween spirit kept losing his mask - Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The recap of last nights NHL action, from our Fantasy Hockey Scouts perspective


now that we have set the mood...

Happy Halloween from Michael Myers

I don't know this for a fact though I have to believe that the horror genre is partially responsible for all post 1980 NHL growth within U.S markets.
Of course it was Jason, not Michael Myers sporting the goalie gear, but if there are others like me out there, then they won't know the difference in the films, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th which started the bloody boom.
Hockey players used to be a lot scarier than they are now, what with needing helmets, face shields, masks and overstuffed pads and all, Not that I blame them, The guys that could generate the 100 mph slappers off of wooden sticks were fewer and farther between than they are with the brittle yet more efficient hardware they sport now.

Boston Bruins (2) at Pittsburgh Penguins (3)

Tuukka Rask vs. Marc-Andre Fleury.
Sort of like Freddy vs Jason complete with masks, and The Flower has the ability to scare me as much as Freddy Krueger does in nightmares.

Fleury outlasted Rask in this one though he had an easier time of it, stopping 21 of the 23 Shots directed at his net.

Rask gave up four goals on 32 shots in a 4-3 loss to the Devils on Saturday. It was the first time all season that Rask has allowed more than three goals in a start. With this loss to the Penguins it is his first back to back losses on the year. Evgeni Malkin who didn't figure into any of the scoring had a strong start and was I thought the best player on the ice in the early going, generating several prime chances that were not put away.

Chris Kunitz (6) Power Play Assisted by Kris Letang , Sidney Crosby
Brandon Sutter (1) Assisted by Pascal Dupuis , Brooks Orpik
Jussi Jokinen (6) Unassisted
Patrice Bergeron (3) Assisted by Dennis Seidenberg , Brad Marchand
this was the point where I tuned out of this game and went to watch the Leafs and Flames
Pierre McGuire made me truly uncomfortable with his talk of being hard on the ice.
I swear he must have said the word hard 25 times within the next minute just after Bergeron tipped in the shot from Seidenberg.

Jarome Iginla
(3) Assisted by Milan Lucic , Patrice Bergeron

Toronto Maple Leafs (4) at  Calgary Flames (2)

The Leafs fresh off their 4-0 win in Edmonton and their fans, that seem to come out of the wodwork like Zombies, invaded Calgary in what was billed as rivalry night, not sure it truly ever has been, though things are  looking up in that department. 
Phil Kessel brought a 4 game goal scoring streak (7G+3A=10) to the barn or corral or whatever in Calgary but only managed a single shot, while his running mate...
James van Riemsdyk, kept his streak alive with a short handed goal giving him (2G+5A=7) plus-6 with 16 SOG over the 5 games.
Nazem Kadri since Tyler Bozak went down, kept his point streak alive as well running it to 3 games (2G+3A-5) plus-5 with 15 SOG, by adding an assist on the opening goal of the game by..
Joffrey Lupol who potted his 7th goal in 11 games 
David Clarkson looking for his first point as a Leaf finally made the score sheet with an assist on..
Mason Raymonds 5th goal on the year

Joffrey Lupul (7) Assisted by Jake Gardiner , Nazem Kadri
James van Riemsdyk (7) Shorthanded Assisted by Jay McClement
Mason Raymond (5) Assisted by David Clarkson
Paul Ranger (1) Shorthanded, empty net Unassisted

Jonathan Bernier trying to match James Reimer's flawless performance from the previous evening nearly did.
stopping 41 of 43 giving his owners a win with the sparkly .953 SV%This was the second straight game The Leafs have won while surrendering 43 shots on goal, I would be wary of a correction if I owned either of the tender options, considering the amount of time that Calgary spent on the power play and drove the play in Toronto's zone most of the night.

Kari Ramo owners didn't fare so well as he only faced 21 stopping 18 posting the paltry .857 SV%

The Calgary offense came from

Matt Stajan (1) Assisted by Curtis Glencross , T.J. Brodie
David Jones (3) 6 SOG 4:39 PPTOI Assisted by Kris Russell who had a whopping 8:13 PPTOI, and Dennis Wideman with equally impressive 8:55 PPTOI
unfortunately for Calgary none of the power play time translated to a positive with zero power-play goals for and 2 shorthanded against.

Calgary's most productive line to date on the season Hudler/Monahan/Baertschi
Jiri Hudler, Flames leading scorer (5G+8A=13) in 12 games, was shutdown and a minus-3 while mustering only a single shot.
Sean Monahan (29% owned Yahoo!)  (6G+4A=10) one assist since the announcement he would be remaining with the team, did mange 6 SOG
Sven Baertschi ( 4% owned Yahoo!) (1G+4A=5) thru 11 games I don't think you can ask for much better point totals, however imagine if he were to say SHOOT THE DAMN PUCK, the 3 SOG on the night his highest total so far this season to up his total to 12 SOG, I think many of us were wondering where the sniper is.

San Jose Sharks (3) at  Los Angeles Kings (4) OT

I didn't catch any of this game as my attention was on the other late game
The goaltenders numbers certainly don't look good for this game, considering the teams and the names in net.
I'll assume it was the penalties which accounts for some of this, even though the majority of which occured in the first 30 minutes when all 4 goals scored were at evens.

Your lone Shark multi point performer was
Logan Couture (1PPG+1A=2) on only the 1 SOG
Couture has been the Sharks best point producer this season, he's put together a 3 game point streak (3G+2A=5)
the other Sharks involved in the points

Marc-Edouard Vlasic (3) assists by Logan Couture, Tyler Kennedy
Joe Pavelski (5) assisted by Tommy Wingels
the afore mentioned Couture with his 7th (power-play) assists by Patrick Marleau, Jason Demers

A foursome of Kings had two point nights, three of them recording a goal and an assist.
none of them were named Dwight

Drew Doughty (4) assisted by Justin Williams
Jarret Stoll (2) assist to Slava Voynov , Dustin Brown
Justin Williams (5) (power-play) (assists to Anze Kopitar , Mike Richards)
Anze Kopitar (2) (power-play) (assists to Drew Doughty, Mike Richards)

Martin Havlat (pelvis) made his season debut last night on a line with Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels.
He saw 14:00 min of ice time without registering a SOG,
Normally with a player with his skill I would say you should pick him up and take a shot, however Marty it would seem is made of glass, not that good kind that can actually hold stuff, like hot and cold beverages, I mean the stuff that requires extra large red lettered signage that shouts FRAGILE. If you have an injury and a roster spot to fill, in a very deep pool, then okay, but I don't know as I could suggest dropping anyone in favor of him even with the quality linemates.

Detroit Red Wings (2) at  Vancouver Canucks (1)

The Wings and their Euro Twins flew to B.C. winless in their last four, tallying only 5 goals over that period. While the Nucks had won 4 straight behind the dominance of their Swedish Twins plus a resurgent Ryan Kesler.
Early on it looked to be more of the same as The Sedins dominated the early puck possession and scored the opener on a patented Swedish twin pinpoint passing play.

Daniel Sedin scoring the goal from brother Henrik Sedin with Ryan Stanton also picking up an assist.
That was the last they would be able to do on the evening though as Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg with help from Kronwall DeKeyser and a not very busy Jimmy Howard shut them down the rest of the night
Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin didn't record a SOG while Daniel Sedin only managed 3.

Daniel Sedin (6) Assisted by Henrik Sedin , Ryan Stanton
Daniel Alfredsson (3) Assisted by Brendan Smith , Kyle Quincey
Tomas Tatar (1) Assisted by Niklas Kronwall , Danny DeKeyser

Alfredsson had a strong game despite only registering the single shot, he was skating and creating chances.
Tomas Tatar's 1st on the season was one that Roberto Luongo (who played very well in the net) should have stopped but it was sort of an off speed screen shot I think that fooled him.
I lke Tatar long term and while he was one of the best players on the ice last night (and most of the last 5 games he has played in), he was still only on the ice for less than 13 minutes. Until things change, I would not recommend adding him in anything but a very deep pool.

Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg were both shut out of the scoring though a few scoring chances were generated by them, Todd Bertuzzi (5 SOG and several misses) was unable to finish.
Danny DeKeyser who collected his 3rd assist has been shuffled up to the top pairing with Niklas Kronwall also collecting an assist on the eventual GWG (he had not played all that well since suffering the "mild" concusssion which sidelined him for 2 games) DeKeyser leads all Red Wing defenders with 21 SOG, they all seem to be struggling  finding the net,
If I were in need of a Center I would start looking at Stephen Weiss, he played maybe his best game as a Wing to date and should soon start finding the score sheet on a regular basis. If his owner is anythng like the Wings fanbase then a majority of them will have given up on him.
If you are familiar with the game of hockey or baseball you understand the importance of healthy wrists and adding the recovery from surgery to the new system and team mates it was bound to take some time for Weiss to get into a flow.
If last night was any indication right now could be your best opportunity to buy low. However you also need to pray that Babcock loosens the reins on the offensive creativity of some of the younger guys.

Let me know what i missed in the comments,

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