Fantasy Hockey News for Friday

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A fantasized look at Thursday night's NHL action.

When was the last time you remember Jay Bouwmeester in the top 5 for points amongst defensemen? After a goal and an assist last night he's 5th on that list with 21 points. He's also 4th in the league in plus/minus at plus-15 and he's been especially hot lately with 2+9=11 over his last 12 games.

It's a five game point scoring streak for Ryan McDonagh after his two apples last night. He has 7 points over his last 7 games and needs to be owned in more leagues.

Let's stay with the defense trend and move to Justin Faulk who is really steaming hot. He put up 1+2=3 on 3 shots last night and over his last seven games he's had 2+6=8, 8 hits, and 13 blocks. I managed to get him off the free agent list in a couple of leagues and I hope you did, too.

Jeff Skinner followed up his two goal, one assist game with a hat trick tonight. He has a whopping 13 shots over those two games and he's really starting to come around after his return from injury.

Brad Richards scored a powerplay goal and added an assist. He followed up a streak of no points in five games with 6 points over his next five. Rick Nash's return will definitely help his numbers.

James Neal posted his 7th multipoint game over his last 9 with two assists last night. Over that span he's got 8 goals and 8 assists and obviously the injury hasn't hampered his production.

After giving up 4 or more goals in his last three starts, Jonathan Bernier looked a lot more like himself last night. He stopped 48 of 50 shots for the overtime win. The Leafs are still giving up far too many shots, however.

Carey Price won his sixth straight game last night. He hasn't given up more than two goals in his last nine. Someone wants to backstop Team Canada in February.

Another goal (the game winner) for Max Pacioretty and he's now got 9 goals in his last 9 games. Who cares if he has just one assist over that span.

I'm hoping last night was the bottom of the barrel for Tobias Enstrom. He put up no points and was minus-3 against the Panthers. Yes, the Panthers. He has a disgusting two points over his last 22 games. With Dustin Byfuglien's numbers, it's hard to figure out how Enstrom could be this bad. He's even playing 24 minutes per night.

Derek Roy has been very productive recently. After a powerplay goal and an assist last night, he has 8 points over his last 8 games. I like him going forward as he gets more comfortable in the Blues offense.

Tomas Fleischmann scored a goal and added an assist last night. He has points in two straight and that has to feel a lot better than absolutely nothing over his previous nine. I still wouldn't pick him up, though.

Nice game for the Czech, Ondrej Palat. He had two assists, two shots, and two blocks while playing over 18 minutes and skating with Martin St. Louis. Nice work, if you can get it.

Mark Arcobello put up 1+1=2 for the Oilers yesterday and this is a guy you should really look at owning in leagues that count hits and blocks. His 48 hits and 17 blocks in 25 games this year really project nicely over a full season. He isn't shy to shoot, either, as he's got 54 of those. Not to mention the 15 points. I like this kid.

Alert the media as Ales Hemsky is trying to regain fantasy relevance once again. A goal and an assist in yesterday's tilt to put him on a four game point scoring streak. You have to be at least a little tempted to pick him up and see if you can catch lightning in a bottle.

Riding the coattails of Hemsky and Arcobello was Ryan Smyth who had three assists. That breaks a streak of six games without a point. Still, there might be something to this line.

David Perron with the fantasy line of the night. His 1+1=2, 4 PIM, 4 shots, and plus-2 was a little of everything for his owners. He is now on a four game point scoring streak, has 4 goals in his last 4 games, and 12 points including 8 goals in his last 9. Keep on sniping, DP57.

Taylor Hall scored a hat trick and also had an assist in an 8 goal outburst for the Oilers. It all came at the expense of Semyon Varlamov, who had an ugly game. He allowed three goals with under five minutes left in the game when it was just too late to pull him. That will lose you your weekly matchup more often than not.

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