Fantasy Hockey News for Thursday - The Humpday Edition or The Goose is Loose Edition

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

So just before the action started last night, I do what I always do.. no not the beverage and pizza, I mean the other thing. I check my rosters like any fanatical fantasy hockey GM will do, we all know what it's like to be in a fight for all the points we can get, only to find that someone has rolled over and is giving your competition points they may not deserve.

That's a discussion for another day, anyway what I saw in the player notes made me feel as though Christmas had come early, seriously this was important, a momentous occasion... Gustav Nyquist was to be recalled before Thursday's game vs Carolina Hurricanes... yeah okay, maybe it's only me, but I am seriously excited, as most all of us that manage dynasty leagues with farms, hoping even against the odds, that we got The Next One when "our guy" gets the call.

I don't expect the next Pavel Datsyuk, but I do have high hopes for this former Swedish league, collegiate and now AHL standout, if your in a deep league and you need a point producer, you might give him a shot, he's 2 games played from being ineligible to be sent back to The A without clearing waivers, so assuming he gets into tonight's matchup come Saturday he is either in for the rest of the season or they send him back, I don't think that second option happens as there is just too much need for the game he brings in Detroit just now.

Your Daily Dosage for the games of November 20, 2013

Minnesota Wild (4) @ Ottawa Senators (3)

I have to get this out before someone changes the scoring...

Dany Heatley with a goal and assist has both his first multi point game of the season and his first point streak of the season, after scoring late in Tuesday nights loss to Montreal.

Before you all jump on the waiver wire to put in your claim, know that he didn't put up any other inspiring numbers, 2 PIM and only the 1 SOG.

This was also the least amount of ice time he has seen this season, clocking only 9:43 with 0:53 on the power play, well below his season averages of 14:30 and 2:43.

I do enjoy bemoaning his production but he does still have very skilled hands, the one thing keeping me from eating his salary and dumping him in the solitary pool where I roster him is, 3 of his 4 goals on the season are power play tallies, and if one of your cats is power play goals you know how valuable they are in H2H.

Mikko Koivu has been hot lately registering multi point games in 3 of the last 4, potting the game winner while adding 2 assists, 1 on the power play to go with 2 shots

Zach Parise with 2 assists, 1 on the power play, on 4 SOG

Jonas Brodin had a productive evening 2 points a goal and an assist on 1 shot, 1 Hit, 2 Blk, and he was the only player  for either team to register a plus-2

Jason Pominville after going pointless in his previous 2 games found the back of the net on the power play while registering 2 SOG, minus-1 and 2 PIM's

Jason Zucker was recalled and lined up with Jason Pominville and Mikael Granlund on Minnesota's second line.

This moved Nino Niederreiter down to the third line where I assume he doesn't want to be, he took it out on any Ottawa body he could find registering 7 Hits in the process otherwise he was pointless on only a single shot.

The goal tending started off shakily for both teams, one of the tenders got his act together.

Josh Harding survived an early onslaught stopping 34 of 37 .919%

Craig Anderson was unable to get his game together and allowed 4 goals on 25 shots .840 SV%

Mika Zibanejad had a strong game for the Sens with a goal and an assist on 4 shots while registering a plus-1

Milan Michalek scored for the first time this month, a power play tally, for his fourth of the season on 4 shots. It's been a slow start for Michalek who now has 13 points 4G + 9A with 4 PPP, his shot totals are down 43 just shy of 2 per game, and he's not a big contributor in the other cats, with 4 SOG, season highs in back to back games, hopefully he starts heating up.

Kyle Turris scored a goal for the second consecutive night this one a short handed tally, on what was the absolute play of the night by Clarke MacArthur



you hear that giggle at the end of the segment... yeah that was a silly good pass

Kyle Turris 6 (short-handed) (Assists: Clarke MacArthur 11)
Jason Pominville 13 (power-play) (Assists: Zach Parise 9, Mikko Koivu 14)
Mika Zibanejad 5 (Assists: Derek Grant 2, Erik Condra 4)
Jonas Brodin 4 (Assists: Dany Heatley 3, Justin Fontaine 1)
Dany Heatley 4 (Assists: Mikko Koivu 15, Jonas Brodin 5)
Milan Michalek 4 (power-play) (Assists: Mika Zibanejad 2, Erik Karlsson 15)
Mikko Koivu 5 (Assists: Zach Parise 10, Charlie Coyle 4)


Pittsburgh Penguins (4) @ Washington Capitals (0)

Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 2nd shutout on the season against a sluggish Washington team which only managed 18 shots against.

Sidney Crosby scored a power play goal and added an assist on 5 shots to retake the scoring lead with 28 points thru 22 games (11 goals and 17 assists)

Evgeni Malkin with a plus-2, delivered 2 more assists to bring his total (19) within one of league leading Joe Thornton (20). Malkin's goals (3) and shot (59) totals are down but he keeps producing at the point per game level, so I'll not complain too much, I would like to see a few more goals though.

James Neal with the 2 point night a goal and an assist giving him 5 points 2 goals and 3 assists thru the 6 games he's played since returning from injury.

Beau Bennett with his 1st goal on the season. I have to confess I see his name mentioned a lot as one of the Next Ones for Crosby's wing, but don't know a thing about him. With only 3 points on the season it doesn't seem as though it's working out so well. Help me out in the comments here.

Braden Holtby was pretty much left hung out to dry, allowing 4 goals on 40 shots against.

Paul Martin 2 (Assists: Sidney Crosby 17)
Beau Bennett 1 (Assists: Evgeni Malkin 18, Matt Niskanen 9)
Sidney Crosby 11 (power-play) (Assists: James Neal 3, Chris Kunitz 9)
James Neal 2 (Assists: Paul Martin 7, Evgeni Malkin 19)


New Jersey Devils (4) @ Anaheim Ducks (3) (OT)

I seriously tried to watch this game, but every time Chico Resch would speak, tears would come to my eyes.
No it's not because I have Travis Zajac under contract for 2 more seasons. I'm okay with that, if it were the 8 seasons that New Jersey signed him for, then yes, I might need a hankie. It's the spectre of Ilya Kovalchuk which grieves me so, when I hear the familiar tones of Chico... not sure I'll ever get over it.

Martin Brodeur who was not good for most of this game picked up his 5th consecutive Win, stopping 22 of 25 shots, besting Jonas Hiller who could not stop the 25th shot he faced. Hiller has now dropped 2 straight allowing 5 and 4 in those contests. With Victor Fasth healthy now he might want to concentrate a bit more...

Travis Zajac might seem to be heating up was credited with the overtime game winner which was actually an own goal that bounced by Jonas Hiller off of Corey Perry which made me smile. Zajac went plus-2 in the game. He now has 4 points 2 goals and 2 assists over his last 5 games, giving him 3 goals and 5 assist in the 19 he has played in this season.  A far cry from the 60 plus points he looked to be capable of before his achilles injury, but a promising sign that he might still recover some fantasy relevance. He still leads all Devil's forwards in ice time.

Jaromir Jagr scored his eighth goal of the year in the final minute to send this one to OT.  He's been fairly consistent in the early going on a team which desparately needs scoring, with 9 assists to go with his 8 goals on 49 shots. 17 points in 21 games is very good production for where you hopefully drafted him... late.

Eric Gelinas with his first NHL multi point game sniping a power play goal on 4 shots while adding a power play assist, 2 PIM's, and 4 Hits, I don't know a lot about this cat but he is pretty big and mobile, and getting lots of power play time right now, spending 3:28 of it on the man advantage last night. If your a keeper league owner keep an eye on the 22-year-old.

Patrik Elias dished out 3 assists while registering just 1 SOG

Marek Zidlicky potted his third power play goal on the year, he's been a  

Ryan Getzlaf kept his roll going with a power play goal on 4 shots. He remains among the leaders in scoring, but his hits are well off his averages at just over 1 per game and the 21% shooting is well above his 12% average. might be a good time to sell here.

Matt Beleskey scored his first of the season while contributing a plus-1 and 6 Hits. This was only his 4th game back from injury. The pesky winger is a solid source of Hits and will throw in a little offense along with the odd major. Skating on a line with Kyle Palmieri and Nick Bonino has production potential.

Nick Bonino with a goal and an assist gives him 6 goals and 8 assists for 14 points thru 24 games.     

Matt Beleskey 1 (Assists: Hampus Lindholm 5, Kyle Palmieri 3)     
Marek Zidlicky 3 (power-play) (Assists: Patrik Elias 5, Eric Gelinas 5)     
Eric Gelinas 2 (power-play) (Assists: Adam Henrique 3, Patrik Elias 6)     
Nick Bonino 6 (power-play) (Assists: Dustin Penner 10, Cam Fowler 10)     
Ryan Getzlaf 12 (power-play) (Assists: Dustin Penner 11, Nick Bonino 8)     
Jaromir Jagr 8 (Assists: Patrik Elias 7, Dainius Zubrus 5)     
Travis Zajac 3 (Unassisted)


Columbus Blue Jackets (2) @ Calgary Flames (1) (OT)

This is one I didn't see at all and looking at the box score, it would seem there wasn't much to see.

Kris Russell wth 1 assist, plus-1, 3 blocks and 2 hits, was named first star of the game, in a game the Flames lost in OT, what's that about?

Doesn't seem either goal tender stood on their heads..

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 of 24 for a .958  SV%
Reto Berra manage 16 of 18 and an .889   SV%     

Nick Foligno 5 (Assists: R.J. Umberger 7, Nikita Nikitin 4)
Joe Colborne 2 (Assists: David Jones 4, Kris Russell 9)
Nikita Nikitin 1 (Assists: David Savard 6, Cam Atkinson 4)

What did I miss, and don't try to convince me I missd anything in Calgary, well I guess you could try...       


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