Fantasy Hockey News for Friday

Paul Bereswill

A fantasized look at Thursday night's NHL action.

Let's go right off the bat with giving the fantasy stat line of the night to David Legwand. He was ghoulishly awesome with 1+2=3, 2 PIM, 3 shots, 1 PPG, 1 block, and plus-2. He's officially a hot player with 9 points in his last 9 games.

Speaking of hot players, go check your wire and see if Shane Doan is there. After a power play goal and an even strength assist last night he has 8 points in his last 8 games including 4 PPP and 22 shots. Feel the sizzle of this 37 year old.

A couple of assists for Keith Yandle and he's on a five game point scoring streak to the tune of 1+8=9 and a ridiculous 6 PPP. We'll just ignore the fact that he's also minus-4 over that span.

Youngster Jordan Szwarz scored his first NHL goal last night but that begs the question...who is Jordan Szwarz?

Derek Morris scored his fourth goal last night and I'm as surprised as you are. This dude has 4+5=9 in 12 games this year. He had 11 points in each of his last two seasons so don't count on this continuing.

It's been an odd season for Henrik Lundqvist. He had lost 5 of his 7 starts this season coming into last night. Cam Talbot was tied with him for the team lead in wins. He's hoping last night was a stepping stone as he shutout the Sabres making 29 saves. It was his second shutout of the season and he's now tied for the lead in the NHL in that category. Hey, at least it's something.

Chris Kreider scored a goal for the second straight game and it feels like the 2012 playoffs again when you watch him flying around. He has 9 shots in those two games and is brimming with confidence. Keep an eye on the youngster as he's got the wheels and size to be a force in this league.

Ryan Miller made 44 saves on 46 shots last night but he still racked up his 10th loss of the season. It was the first time he allowed less than three goals in a game in his last six. I know the Sabres are awful but his trade value must really be plummeting.

Carl Soderberg broke through with his first goal of the season after going without a point in three straight. His two shots on the night were double the amount he'd had in the other 5 games he's played this season. The Bruins probably need to tell the kid to shoot more.

Jonas Hiller took the shootout loss last night and he now has just one win in his last five starts. It's a shame that Viktor Fasth is hurt because now would be the perfect time to steal the #1 job back.

Devante Smith-Pelly had a goal and an assist last night and he now has four points in six games on the season.

There was one small deal yesterday as the Avalanche sent Steve Downie to the Flyers for Maxime Talbot. I don't think this changes either player's value much. If Downie can manage to get onto a scoring line then he may see a value boost.

Called up: Ryan Spooner, Anton Lander, Brandon Gormley, Chris Porter, and Brett Connolly

Sent down: Luca Sbisa, Rickard Rakell, Luke Glendening, Corey Potter, Denis Grebeshkov, Stephane Veilleux, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, and Tim Kennedy

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