Fantasy Hockey News for Tuesday

Jonathan Daniel

A fantasized look at Monday night's NHL action

Don't pull the fire alarm yet, but Alex Ovechkin has gone pointless in four straight games, something he hasn't done in over two years. I don't know what is going on, but he's taken an absurd 31 shots over those four games, so I guess it's just bad luck.

Joel Ward scored his 12th of the season, a backhander, for those of you in backhand-heavy leagues. He's on pace for a career-best 47 points, 11 of which will be related to backhanders in some way.

Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris scored pretty ones on the rush, and Erik Karlsson unselfishly set up Clarke MacArthur for an empty-net goal.

Craig Anderson looked sharp, stopping 34 of 35. He has three consecutive wins, so maybe he and the Ottawa Senators are righting the ship?

The Chicago Blackhawks, a team that I can tell you, without looking it up, is averaging 17.6 goals per game this season, were held to just one goal - Brandon Saad, from Bryan Bickell and Duncan Keith. But that was all they needed to win, as Antti Raanta stopped all 26 Los Angeles Kings' shots he faced.

With his assist, Keith is now tops among defencemen with 39 points in 42 games. I suppose that was true before tonight, as Karlsson also had one point, but I only realized it now and it's pretty remarkable.

Patrick Kane's 14-game point-streak came to an end, just in time to start a new one in 2014.

Colin Wilson had two goals and an assist, but don't let him fool you, he has been a fantasy black hole this year. Maybe being a recent healthy scratch sparked something in him. Craig Smith had one of each, and he has 5+2=7 in his last six.

Mike Fisher had a second consecutive three-point game. He played approximately all the powerplay minutes, along with Patric Hornqvist (one assist), and David Legwand (nothing; did not want to break the five-game scoreless streak).

Roman Josi and Nick Spaling also scored, and Seth Jones had two helpers. From the highlights I saw, there could have been a few more goals in this surprisingly wide-open game that ended 6-4 in favour of the Nashville Predators. Neither goalie (Marek Mazanec and Jimmy Howard) looked particularly on point.

Justin Abdelkader, Pavel Datsyuk, Patrick Eaves and Kyle Quincey tallied for the Detroit Red Wings.

Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall each had two assists. Kronwall has six in his last five.

Daniel Sedin had a goal and set one up for his separated-at-birth dizygotic triplet Jannik Hansen. Not wanting to be left out, Henrik Sedin earned a helper of his own.

Dan Hamhuis had two assists. I was rooting for him as a dark horse Team Canada candidate, being a lefty, but it's not looking great, as he hasn't produced much offensively this year. Keep an eye on him though as four of his 13 points have come in the last three games, and he led all skaters in PPTOI and TOI last night.

The Vancouver Canucks' top four defencemen (as it stands with Alexander Edler out long-term) ate up a disproportionately large share of the minutes, as injuries meant Frank Corrado suited up for his first game of the season (he played three last year, and four in the playoffs). Torts trusted him with all of seven-and-a-half minutes. He's not likely to be fantasy relevant anytime soon, if ever, but he's a fifth-round pick and only 20 so the fact that he's even playing in the NHL is noteworthy.

Claude Giroux potted a goal and an assist, running his scoring streak to nine games, six of which have been multi-point efforts. Wow.

Michael Raffl had two assists. Mark Streit and Brayden Schenn also scored.

Steve Mason stopped 41 of 44, improving his record to 16-9-4.

Harrison Mooney at Pass It To Bulis has his usual brilliant recap of the Canucks-Flyers game here.

And in World Junior action, Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha had four points in Canada's 5-3 comeback win over Slovakia. He is co-leading the tournament with 4+5=9 so far.

Enjoy the last day of 2013, folks.

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