Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow fantasy hockey fanatics.
So I was thinking what is applicable in my fantasy hockey world to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day.
I know in the real world I have family who sort of like me, so that's a big win for me and worthy of giving thanks.
My fiance, an incredible and beautiful woman, who against all odds more than likes me, and indulges my hockey whims with as much excitement as I do.
That indeed is worthy of giving thanks for.
Here in my hockey fantasy world however the 2013-14 season didn't look so good.
Ilya Kovalchuk was a mainstay on my teams as one of my favorite players and a steady producers in the points department, while I never begrudged his decision to go home to be with family and friends it did leave my teams lacking a large part of their offensive potential.
My strategy to replace this production at the time was a gamble on Alex Steen.
Now all I can say is Thank God for Alex.
Was a busy night with 26 teams in action, here is a very incomplete rundown
Your Daily Dosage for the games of Wednesday, November 27
As a Red Wing fan I find it much easier to be thankful for Mike Babcock when they go out and play the way they did last night.
The promise and energy from the young guns shone thru, as well as some of the fire of the veterans.
Tomas Tatar potted his 3rd goal on the season while adding an assist, a plus-2
Gustav Nyquist scored his 3rd goal in four games, adding an assist and a plus-2, on 2 SOG
Henrik Zetterberg, 1 goal and 1 assist, a plus-2, 2 PIM
Niklas Kronwall 1 power play goal, 1 assist 3 SOG 4 Hits and 3 Blocks
Johan Franzen had the only 3 point night contributing 3 assists, a plus-3, 2 PIM, with 3 SOG to go with 3 Hits
Justin Abdelkader (3) Assisted by Johan Franzen
Henrik Zetterberg (11) Assisted by Gustav Nyquist, Niklas Kronwall
Niklas Kronwall (3) Power Play Assisted by Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg
Drew Miller (2) Assisted by Joakim Andersson, Tomas Tatar
Gustav Nyquist (3) Assisted by Johan Franzen
Tuukka Rask allowed all 6 of Detroits goals on 28 shots (.786 SV%)
Jonas Gustavsson only faced 17 shots in the win, his third consecutive, stoppping 16 (.941 SV%)
Andrei Markov led the Habs offense with 3 assists
Brendan Gallagher (9) Power Play Assisted by David Desharnais, Andrei Markov
Justin Faulk with his first of the season
Andrej Sekera with 2 more assists has put up 5 points (3G+2A) on 9 shots, is a plus-6 to go with 3 Hits and 5 Blocks, in his last four games, giving him 13 points 5G+8A thru the first 25 games this season. While neither of his points came on the power play Wednesday night, his time on the man advantage is trending up, and he has 4 power play points 2G+2A. Perhaps at 27 he is becoming that steady do it all defender that we've only seen glimpses of as yet. You could do worse in a depth blueliner.
Patrick Dwyer (4) Shorthanded Unassisted
Andy Greene (3) Assisted by Patrik Elias
Al Montoya stopped 28 of 30 .933 SV%
Kevin Poulin could manage only 26 of 29 .897 SV%
While Alexander Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet
Bobby Ryan potted his 12 and 13th goals on the season
John Carlson 10 points (6G+4A) and 4 power play points (3PPG+1PPA) in 13 November contests, with increased ice time and power play time this multi cat blueliner is a must own
John Carlson (6) Power Play Assisted by Joel Ward
Bobby Ryan (13) Empty Net Unassisted
The goaltending was less than inspiring.
Craig Anderson gave up 4 goals on 33 shots .879 SV%
Braden Holtby allowed 5 goals on 40 shots .875 SV%
Rookie goalie Marek Mazanec made 19 saves for his second shutout on the season
After a rough start losing his first 2 NHL starts Mazanec has looked like an all star in winning 5 of 6 allowing 2 goals or less in each, and not losing a game in that stretch in which Nashville has managed a goal.
Sergei Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 29 shots. His Vezina win in the abbreviated 2012-13 season, is becoming a distant memory. Consistency in the Blue Jacket lineup would certainly help but if Bob is going to turn this season around he'll need to start now.
Matt Cullen got the scoring started with what proved to be the game winner adding an assist, plus-2, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Nick Spaling 1G+1A, plus-2, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Ryan Ellis 2 assist, plus-3, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Matt Cullen (5) Assisted by Ryan Ellis, Nick Spaling
Nick Spaling (4) Assisted by Matt Cullen, Ryan Ellis
Who said Evgeni Malkin was done?
Geno showed last night why he is still a top 3 option, scoring two goals one a power play tally to begin the comeback and the game tying goal in the 3rd period to complete it.
He also assisted on the James Neal power play goal to get the Penguins within one goal of the floundering Leafs.
James van Riemsdyk (11) Unassisted
Kris Letang (5) Power Play Assisted by James Neal, Chris Kunitz
Tyler Bozak (4) Assisted by James van Riemsdyk
James Neal (7) Power Play Assisted by Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang
Evgeni Malkin (6) Assisted by Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz
Marc-Andre Fleury who allowed 3 goals on 11 shots, was yanked 13 seconds into the 2nd period, after a keystone cop routine ended in a James van Riemsdyk unassisted goal less than a minute into the second period.
Jeff Zatkoff was also greeted rudely when Phil Kessel one timed a feed from Tyler Bozak less than 30 seconds after he entered the game, he did manage to stop 11 of the next 12 shots to make it thru OT and get the shootout win.
Jonathan Bernier who was peppered with 48 shots on his net stopped 43 in the losing effort.
Victor Hedman with 2 goals, one a power play tally, and a shorthanded assist on 3 shots added 2 PIM, 3 Hits and 1 Block
Ondrej Palat scored the shorthanded tally on a rebound from an onrushing Hedman.
Hedman the 2nd overall pick, is playing with more confidence and looks the most at ease that I have ever seen him. The power play goal he scored was the result of his netfront presence, in the absence of Ryan Malone I can see where he could get more time on the power play.
Ondrej Palat (4) Shorthanded Assisted by Victor Hedman, Andrej Sustr
Mark Streit (1) Assisted by Claude Giroux
Tyler Johnson (6) Empty Net Unassisted
Ray Emery 31/34 .912
Anders Lindback 19/21 .905
Mats Zuccarello led the offense for the Rangers Tallying a power play goal and power play assist on 2 shots
Brad Richards (7) Unassisted
Rick Nash (2) Unassisted
Nick Bjugstad (3) Unassisted
Henrik Lundqvist allowed 2 goals while stopping 31/33 shots .939 SV%
Tim Thomas 4 goals stopping 17/21 shots .810 SV%
Heatley has just eight points in 26 games, but has shown signs of life with three goals and four points in his last five games.
Radim Vrbata with a power play goal and an empty netter has 21 points in 23 games, I bet you're still wondering why you didn't grab him with that 7th, 8th round selection you used on
Thomas Greiss making only his 3rd start on the season all W's stopped 28 of 29 (.966 SV%)
Niklas Backstrom allowed 2 goals stopping 23/25 (.920 SV%) he's been good since returning from concussion, allowing 2 goals in each of his last 3 games since Harding injured himself. Backstrom only has one Win to show for it as the Wild offense struggles.
Life is good for the first line of The Blues
David Backes with a goal and a power play assist, plus-1, 4 shots, 5 Hits, 1 Block, followed up a scoreless game with the 2 pont effort to get back on that point per game pace with 24 points in 24 games.
Alexander Steen sniped a power play goal, his 20th goal and 30th point in 24 games,
Steen after being blanked for three straight games now has another point streak going with 3 goals and 1 assist in his last three.
T.J. Oshie rounding out the big three had an assist on 1 shot
Jay Bouwmeester had an assist and contributed 4 PIM's and 3 shots to go with a Hit and 3 Blocks
Derek Roy with 2 assists in the contest, now has 8 points in his last 8 games, however he also has seen diminishing ice time and only received 0:36 seconds of power play time and 11:45 in total ice time.
Jaden Schwartz, riding a 5 game point streak, with a short handed goal for his 5th on the season, to go with 10 assists in 24 games.
I don't know if he reaches his potential exactly what he will be able to do, he should look into a Marty St Louis fitness regimine as he is a little on the smallish side, but he is certainly one to watch, he has a tremendous sense of where to go on the ice and has the skills to be a very, very good player. He's not getting much ice time right now on the power play due to the depth of the Blues forwards, but he is certainly one to be rostered in medium to deep leagues and a consideration for keeper league managers.
Chris Stewart, the ever tantalizing promise of nearly reached potential, got his 5th into an empty net.
David Backes (11) Assisted by T.J. Oshie, Jay Bouwmeester
Alexander Steen (20) Power Play Assisted by David Backes, Derek Roy
Jaden Schwartz (5) Shorthanded Unassisted
Chris Stewart (5) Empty Net Assisted by Derek Roy, Patrik Berglund
Both goalies came in having won 3 straight starts.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 25/26 (.962 SV%) to pick up his 14th win, he's been a bit sporadic in his peripherals this season, but with the Blues defense in front of him, I think you'll see him even things out before too long, providing he stays healthy which is always the bigger issue.
Semyon Varlamov 31/34 (.912 SV%) dropped only his 6th decision on the season against 12 Wins.
Patrick Kane (15) Assisted by Niklas Hjalmarsson
Jeff Carter got his 6th on 5 SOG, he has points, (1G+1A), in both games since returning from the foot injury that sidelined him for 10 games.
Joe Thornton's 3rd goal of the season moved him to 50th in the NHL's all-time points list.
Joe Thornton (3) Assisted by Tomas Hertl
Drew Doughty (5) Assisted by Ben Scrivens
That's all folks, enjoy your Holliday and let me know what I missed in the comments, I'm sure I missed a lot.