Fantasy Hockey News for Friday

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A fantasized look at Thursday night's NHL action.

Bobby Ryan extended his point scoring streak to five games with his best performance of the year. He put up 1+2=3, 2 shots, and plus-3 giving him 18 points in 16 games on the season. Normally, you're paying for the potential, the name, and what could be with this guy, but the move to Ottawa seems to have been the spark he needed to actually start to realize some of that potential.

Really useful night for the forgotten Clarke MacArthur as he had 2 assists, 4 PIM, 2 hits, and plus-4. He's now got 6 points in his last 5 and played over 18 minutes last night. He's likely in your free agent pool and definitely worth a look.

Dougie Hamilton with an assist last night giving him points in three straight. He chipped in with 2 PIM and 5 shots as he's shot the puck plenty over his three game mini streak (11 SOG).

Torey Krug scored for the second straight game and his 6 goals on the season is now tied for the league with Erik Karlsson among blueliners. I guess the playoffs were no fluke.

Justin Peters put forth his second straight stellar game as he blanked the Islanders making 21 saves along the way. The nets are his as long as Cam Ward is out.

More shutout news as the 41 year old Martin Brodeur didn't allow a goal, stopping all 22 shots he saw. Perhaps he's starting to get into a groove as he's 3-1-0 in his last four, allowing only a total of 5 goals during that span. Despite the shutout, he won't start tonight.

Braden Holtby stopped 33 stops in a 3-2 shootout victory last night. The win was his third straight and he's won 6 of his last 7. Remember his poor start? Yeah, I don't, either.

Carl Hagelin has been the elixir that the Rangers needed as they've won 5 of 6 since he returned to the lineup. He scored twice last night even though one was an "own goal" that he got credit for, he now has 7 points in 6 games on the season. Tasty.

Check your waiver wire for Ryan McDonagh if you need defensive help. After a goal and an assist last night, he has 6 points in his last 6 games. He's not a big powerplay producer but he logs some of the highest minute totals in the NHL.

A goal and an assist for Todd Bertuzzi last night and wouldn't you like to be playing on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk? You could probably match Bertuzzi's 5 points in his last 4 games.

Ben Bishop is a good netminder. He stopped 38 shots last night to improve his record to 10-2. He's allowed exactly two goals in 4 of his last 5 starts. The other one? A shutout.

Alexander Steen scored his league best 14th goal last night in his 14th game of the season. 50 in 50 anybody? It's possible. Not really. His 28.6 shooting percentage can't be sustainable.

My top breakout pick, Vladimir Tarasenko, scored for the first time in 9 games. This wasn't the first time I was wrong.

The legend of Reto Berra is dwindling. After his heroic 44 save victory over the Blackhawks, he lost his second straight last night. It will be interesting to see if they go right back to him tonight for the back to back.

Mike Richards scored a powerplay goal and chipped in a powerplay assist to give him points in 6 out of his last 7 games. With just five assists in his first 9 games, the slow start is way behind him.

Jonathan Quick made 19 stops for his first shutout of the season. He's won 4 of his last 5 and finally has his save percentage over 90.

Roberto Luongo continued his stellar recent play as he made 22 of 24 stops for the win. He's allowed two goals in 5 out of the last 6 games, and similarly to Bishop, the one he didn't was a shutout. He's 9-4-2 for the year.

Nice game for Chris Higgins as he finished with a goal, an assist, 4 hits, and 3 shots. In his last 3 games he has 3 points, 8 hits, 11 shots, and 2 PIM. Deep leaguers take notice.

Tommy Wingels notched an assist to give him points in five straight. He's been a multi-cat's dream with 2+4=6, 8 hits, 6 PIM, 13 shots, and plus-5 over the streak. It would be nice if he could give us something on the powerplay but I won't complain.

Called up: Chris Terry, Taylor Beck, Aaron Ness, and Kris Newbury

Sent down: Elias Lindholm, Steve Pinizzotto, Filip Forsberg, Tye McGinn, and Andy Miele

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