Fantasy Hockey News for Thursday - The Humpday Edition or The Bored to Tears Edition

Claus Andersen

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

Thursday's Daily Dosage

With several of my least favorite teams in action on a light NHL schedule, I just couldn't get into any of the fare that was presented last night. No doubt Chicago fans had an enjoyable evening, while the only 2 teams I had any mild interest in Toronto and Minnesota were rather lackluster in their efforts, though Toronto did carry a large part of the offensive zone possesion in their game, they were unable to solve the Kings keeper.

Los Angeles Kings (3) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1)

Cody Franson who's been money on the power play this season, tied with Erik Karlsson and Keith Yandle with 11 power play assists, finally added his first goal of the season, and yes it came on the power play.

Cody Franson 1 (power-play) (Assists: Phil Kessel 14, Jake Gardiner 9)

Drew Doughty with his 6th goal, and 3rd on the power play, gave poolies his usual multi cat goodness, adding a plus-1, 2 PIM, 6 hits and 2 blocks.

Jeff Carter potted a goal and added an assist

Mike Richards added 2 assists

Tyler Toffoli with an assist has 3 game point streak 2G plus 2A over that span. Calder like production from the rookie who had cooled a bit after a very hot start.

Martin Jones was terrific in net, to the chagrin of all of the Ben Scrivens owners out there, stopping 38 of 39 shots against (.974 SV%), the 24 year old has now allowed only 3 goals in 4 NHL starts.

Jonathan Bernier could manage only 20 of 23 shots (.870 SV%). His phenomenal start to the season is now nearing a distant memory, having allowed 22 goals over his past 6 starts while picking up only one W in that span.

Drew Doughty 6 (power-play) (Assists: Mike Richards 20, Jeff Carter 6)

Jeff Carter 8 (Assists: Slava Voynov 10, Jordan Nolan 2)

Kyle Clifford 3 (Assists: Tyler Toffoli 7, Mike Richards 21)

Minnesota Wild (1) @ Anaheim Ducks (2)

To be completely honest I have no idea who Alex Grant is, he scored his 2nd goal in his 2nd NHL game on his 2nd career shot on goal. something tells me he will regress from his current point per game 100 % shooting percentage, so I'm not going to delve too deeply into a 24 yr old former 4th round pick.

Corey Perry continued his assault on the twine, potting a goal on 7 shots, increasing his goal scoring streak to 7 games, and points streak to 9 consecutive. Perry has an Alexander Steen like 9 goals over those nine games to go with 3 assists.

Jason Pominville got Minnesota's only tally on 3 shots.

Alex Grant 2 (Assists: Andrew Cogliano 8, Daniel Winnik 13)

Corey Perry 21 (Assists: Hampus Lindholm 8, Ryan Getzlaf 22)

Jason Pominville 15 (power-play) (Assists: Ryan Suter 16, Mikko Koivu 18)

Josh Harding 29 of 31 .936 SV%

Jonas Hiller 23 of 24 .958 SV%

Philadelphia Flyers (2) @ Chicago Blackhawks (7)

Jakub Voracek 5 (power-play) (Assists: Kimmo Timonen 7, Claude Giroux 16)

Steve Downie 3 (power-play) (Assists: Brayden Schenn 10, Mark Streit 10)

Ray Emery was less than stellar allowing 6 goals on 18 shots he was replaced early in the 3rd

Steve Mason faired only slightly better, allowing one power play goal on the 5 shots he faced.

Patrick Sharp the streaky sniper is on a roll of late tallying his fourth goal, a power play marker, in his past 3 games.

Sharp also pitched in with 2 assists (1PPA) on 4 shots. Giving him 8 points 4 goals plus 4 assists over that 3 game span.

Marian Hossa also pitched in with 3 assists though he didn't have a SOG.

Kris Versteeg after the trade from Florida had 4 points through his first 4 games back in a Hawks uniform. He then went 6 games without registering a point. now at the 15th game played for Chicago Versteeg seems to have found his game, with 6 points, 2 goals plus 4 assists, over his last 5 games.

Shaw scored his 10th goal and is on a 5 game point streak (3G+2A) this multi cat performer has surprised me with his scoring accruing 20 points thru 32 games, including 7 points (3G+4A) on the power play while giving you nearly 1 PIM, 3 hits, and 2 SOG per game. Not a bad return on a player taken late in most drafts.

Duncan Keith 2 (power-play) (Assists: Patrick Sharp 16, Patrick Kane 24)

Andrew Shaw 10 (Assists: Brandon Bollig 5, Johnny Oduya 7)

Michal Handzus 3 (short-handed) (Assists: Marcus Kruger 11)

Kris Versteeg 5 (Assists: Brandon Saad 13, Marian Hossa 12)

Jonathan Toews 13 (Assists: Patrick Sharp 17, Marian Hossa 13)

Brent Seabrook 3 (Assists: Michal Handzus 4, Kris Versteeg 12)

Patrick Sharp 15 (power-play) (Assists: Patrick Kane 25, Marian Hossa 14)

Antti Raanta picked up his 3rd win in 4 nights, handling 28 of 30 (.933 Sv%) shots allowing only 2 power play goals. Corey Crawford might want to hurry back.

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