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A fantasized look at some NHL news on a Saturday morning.
Lets give the fantasy line of the night to Craig Adams as he put up a spiffy 2 goals, 5 PIM, 4 shots, 2 hits, and plus-2. He likely wasn't playing for your fantasy team unless you're in a very deep league.
Another powerplay goal for James Neal and he's got PPGs in three straight and five of his last six. He's the most dangerous player in the league with the mad advantage with a whopping 7 PPG.
Zach Bogosian got back into the lineup last night and the Jets threw him right into the fire. He didn't record a point but played over 25 minutes (partially because Tobias Enstrom exited early with an injury) and recorded a shot, 3 hits, and 3 blocks.
Responding to his recent healthy scratches was Tyler Myers. He had 1+1=2, 2 shots, and a plus-2. He was dropped in a lot of one year leagues but all the kid needed was a little confidence.
It was six straight games that rookie Dougie Hamilton was held without a point but he came through last night scoring his first NHL goal. The goal came on the power play and he added an assist later in the game. I'd imagine we'll be seeing a lot of this as his career gets longer.
Well, it took 15 games but Drew Stafford finally found the back of the net. You'd have to consider his campaign largely disappointing even if you do include the two points he put up last night.
It's a five game point scoring streak for the guy who plays more minutes than god, Ilya Kovalchuk as he gave you three apples last night. He's at 3+6=9 with 4 PPP for the streak.
In the category of "worth a look" is Alexei Ponikarovsky after his trade to the Devils. He scored a goal and played mostly on a line with Kovalchuk and Zajac. That's a line that I'd love to be playing on.
It's nice to know that Corey Perry still exists. After a dreadful stretch of no goals and just three assists over his last 10 games, he came through last night. He finally lit the lamp, added an assist and finished plus-3.
I'm not sure that Viktor Fasth will ever lose again. He wasn't phased at all playing in Detroit as he made 26 saves to put his season at 7-0-0. Jonas Hiller might as well be an after thought at this point.
Andrew Cogliano scored twice, added 2 PIM and he's got goals in three straight games. The guy is putting together a solid season thus far as he's at 4+4=8 with plus-7 in 13 games.
I warned you a while back of the streakiness that is Joe Thornton. After another pointless performance, he's got no goals and just one assist to show for his last 8 games. Talk about falling back to earth.
It was two PPG on 5 shots for Dangling David Perron. To me, Perron is a big scorer on a different team that relied on him to play over 20 minutes a night. He gets lost in the shuffle in St. Louis a bit.
That's goals in four straight and points in five straight for the Amazing Alexander Steen. He has 4+5=9 and 5 PPP for the point streak. He won't be in your free agent pool much longer.
Ryan Kesler suited up for the first time this season and recorded an assist and 4 shots while playing over 17 minutes. He took his normal spot on the first power play unit. If he truly is healthy, I expect him to produce. That's a huge if.
Rookie Cody Eakin had a goal and assist last night and this kid's got 8 points in 15 games playing 3rd line minutes. That's real impressive in my book.
Chris Kreider was sent back to the AHL yesterday. He's been in and out of the lineup and hasn't played all that well. Lets hope he comes back up a new man.
Down: Brian McGrattan