Fantasy Hockey News for Saturday Night

Kyle Palmieri scores OT winner in home state to lift Ducks past Devils. - AP PHOTO/BILL KOSTROUN

Bringing you all of Friday night's action with a fantasy hockey touch.

Anaheim Ducks at New Jersey Devils

Cam Fowler has become the number one defenseman in Anaheim. Against the Devils, he had a team-high 25:32 TOI and made the most of his minutes. He scored a goal, contributed an assist and  was a dominant force throughout the game.

For Teemu Selanne owners, the Finnish legend came out of the woodwork and chipped in two helpers and is now on a three game point streak. This will help owners riding the future Hall of Famer, but he needs to keep up the production to stay relevant in the fantasy realm.

The story of the night was Kyle Palmieri. He has been an hot-and-cold fantasy player, but in some of the deepest and keeper leagues, he still has value. The 22-year-old scored the game winner in overtime to cap off a great homecoming. He finished with a goal, an assist, plus-3, 3 shots and a hit. Mathieu Perreault also had a goal and an assist to go along with 3 shots and 3 hits.

The Devils were relatively quiet, but Andy Greene may have some value (27% owned in all Yahoo! leagues). He had a goal, 4 shots and 2 hits with a game-high 28:26 TOI. He currently has 5 goals and 12 assists, along with 59 shots and 8 PPP. If you need a defenseman, Greene may be a solid option right now.

Adam Henrique, Jaromir Jagr and Travis Zajac all contributed an assist in the contest.

New York Islanders at New York Rangers

In the New York rivalry game, Michael Grabner was easily the best fantasy player of the night. The speedy Swiss contributed 2 goals, one empty netter, to go along with 5 hits. Grabner is the epitome of inconsistency, but his first goal on Henrik Lundqvist was just filthy.

Ryan Strome, who has solid value in keeper leagues, got his first NHL point with an assist. Travis Hamonic, Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen all contributed an assist as well.

For the Rangers, the scoring was pretty spread out, with the most fantasy relevant players staying somewhat quiet. Rick Nash and Derick Brassard were able to contribute an assist each, while the goals came from Benoit Pouliot, Derek Stepan and  Derek Dorsett.

If you own Evgeni Nabokov or Lundqvist, that was a tough night to swallow.

Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes

The story in Washington right now is goalie Phiipp Grubauer, who is still undefeated in regulation. If you own Braden Holtby, this is someone you need to consider picking up, if you haven't already. He stopped 39 of 41 shots against the Canes and continues to impress coach Adam Oates.

Alex Ovechkin continued to find the net, scoring his 400th career goal on an empty netter. He also assisted on Marcus Johansson's powerplay goal. Nicklas Backstrom was easily the best player on the ice, contributing 4 assists in 20:13 TOI. Troy Brouwer continues to shine in Washington, scoring a goal and assist on the powerplay. If he is still available in your league, grab him, RIGHT NOW.

Eric Staal has always taken a break for the first month or so, but has absolutely ripped it once again. His game log since mid-November has been ridiculous. He remained off the scoresheet last night but gave fantasy owners 4 PIMs, 6 shots and a hit.

Jordan Staal and Riley Nash contributed the goals, while Justin Faulk and Alexander Semin picked up assists.

Shoutout to Jiri Tlusty owners: If you haven't already dropped the disappointing winger, you're about two months behind the pack.

Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks

The Canucks were able to beat the defending champs on the road with a shootout victory. Even with the win, the star of the game Patrick Kane, who was ranked first in Yahoo! fantasy earlier this week. While Sidney Crosby has taken back his usual number one rank, Kane continues to ride an 11-game point streak. In that span, Kane has scored 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists).

Wow.

For the Canucks, the Sedin Twins got on the board with a goal from Daniel and Kevin Bieksa got the other assist. Jason Garrison also assisted on the Zack Kassian goal. Kassian has been playing better lately, but still needs to prove himself to gain fantasy value.

This was a great win for the Canucks, but an uneventful night for fantasy owners.

Florida Panthers at Winnipeg Jets

Sticking with the Kanes, Evander Kane's return has been welcomed by fantasy owners and Winnipeg management alike. Since returning, Kane has contributed well, scoring two goals and two assists in his first three games back. What makes Kane such a fantasy juggernaut is his all-around ability.  He finished the game with 2 points, 8 PIMs, 4 shots and 6 hits. Fantasy owners rejoice!

Jacob Trouba also contributed a goal and assist, while Mark Scheifele continued his rise with 2 assists. Dustin Byfuglien also had 2 assists and Blake Wheeler scored a goal.

Captain Andrew Ladd is another great all-around performer. He contributed an assist to go along with 2 PIMs, 4 shots, 3 blocked shots and a hit.

Drum roll please...

Play of the Night

While there were several plays to choose from last night, including both Kanes' fantastic individual efforts, the award has got to go to Palmieri. Going back home to New Jersey, Palmieri had a game he won't soon forget, scoring the OT winner to beat the team of his home state. He did a pretty nifty job of it too.

Kyle Palmieri's wraparound wins it in OT (via NHL)

Three Fantasy Stars of the Night

First Star - Nicklas Backstrom: 4 A, 3 PPP, 2 PIMs, 5 SOG, 1 Hit, 3 BS

Second Star - Evander Kane: 1 G, 1 A, 8 PIMs, 4 SOG, 6 Hits

Third Star - Kyle Palmieri: 1 G, 1 A, +3, 3 SOG, 1 Hits, 1 GWG

Honorable Mention - Mathieu Perreault: His extra 2 hits were beat out by Palmieri's GWG.

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