Monday’s Fantasy Hockey News

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A fantasized look at Sunday's NHL action

James Wisniewski got a little pissed off last night and dropped 17 PIM on his owners, along with a PPA. The Wiz is turning into one of this year's best value picks, currently on pace for eight goals, 57(!) assists, 103 PIM, 193 SOG and 25 PPP. Only 72% owned (Yahoo!) so check your waiver wire.

Ending a three-game pointless skid was former fourth overall pick Ryan Johansen, as he picked up one goal, one assist and five shots. Overall this year he's starting to show flashes of his pedigree. Feels like he's been around for a while but still only 21 years old. In keeper leagues this may be your last chance to grab him for cheap from a less savvy owner. Currently on pace for 25 goals, 29 assists and 222 SOG.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 of 30 for his best single-game save percentage of the season, .967. In six of his 16 games this year, he's been sub-.900, but expect a few much more consistent stretches to come soon.

Speaking of inconsistency, Craig Anderson is starting to look quite a bit like, well, Craig Anderson. With career averages of 2.73 GAA and .915 SV%, expecting last year's elite production to continue was a bit of a stretch, but five wins in 14 starts with 3.26/.904 peripherals? Unless he thinks he's Ondrej Pavelec?

Alex Ovechkin goals goals goals goals blah blah goals goals. Two more of them last night. His "competition", the other Alex, Mr. Steen, saw his 13-game point streak come to an end, but yesterday was only the second game all year where Steen failed to register a point. If Wisniewski is a good value pick, Steen is pretty much the second coming of Christ.

John Carlson! A PPG last night and he's got 4+2=6, plus-5 and 24 shots in eight games. He spent 6:43 and 4:34 on the PP in the two games since Mike Green's latest injury, so needless to say, add Carlson if he's available in your leagues. He's always had the offensive ability but was too good at too many other things to be used the way he's being used now.

Hope you added Ben Scrivens when Jonathan Quick went down a few games back. Scrivens bagged his second shutout in a row, 1-0 vs the Rangers. It's a grade 2 groin strain for Quick,with no timetable for return, so if for some reason Scrivens is still on your wire, grab him.

Despite the loss, this was a nice rebound game for Henrik Lundqvist,as he'd allowed three goals in each of his previous two starts.

Lots of Blackhawks on the board list night as they trounced the. Sharks 5-1. Standouts were Patrick Sharp (2+1=3, plus-3, 4 SOG), Brandon Saad (2A, plus-2), Kris Versteeg 1+1=2), and Brandon Pirri (1+1=2). As per Leftwinglock.com, lines were Bickell-Shaw-Versteeg, Saad-Toews-Sharp and Bollig-Pirri-Kane. Marian Hossa watched from the comfort of the hospital he owns to save money.

Antti Niemi took the loss, his sixth in his last seven starts after starting the year 9-2. Losses will happen, but the fact his save percentage fallen to .912 is cause for some concern.

So, Josh Harding. Another win with only one goal against. I turned down a deal to acquire him for cheap over the summer in the FHS Ultimate Dynasty league. in retrospect, I wish I'd handled that a bit differently. Fortunately I picked him up for nothing in my other two keeper leagues. In one where I own Rask and Lundqvist, I just dealt Harding straight up for Aleksander Barkov. In the other one, where I own Lehtonen, Ward, Pavelec and Dubnyk, I am hanging on to Harding for dear life as he brings me the elite production I have been missing for years.

The always underrated Mikko Koivu scored two goals and he has 3+6=9, plus-2 and 17 shots in six games.

Dustin Byfuglien replied for the Jets, and after no goals in his first 18 games, he has four in his last four games with 13 shots in that span.

Over in Vancouver, Kari Lehtonen stole yet another game, winning 2-1 despite Dallas being outshot 43-23 by Vancouver. Although he missed a handful of games to injury, among goalies with 10 or more starts, Lehtonen is tied for 5th in wins (10), 4th in GAA (2.01), and 5th in SV% (.934). Gravy.

Called up: Antti Raanta, Anders Nilsson, Dmitry Orlov, Luke Glendening
Sent down: Connor Murphy

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