Fantasy Hockey News for Friday

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A fantasized look at Thursday night's NHL action

What a game for Nazim Kadri as he put up 2+1=3 with 8 shots. He now has 2+6=8 over a three game point scoring streak and with 33 point in 31 games, he's probably been the pickup of the year in your league.

He probably wasn't in your lineup but Colton Orr dropped an atomic PIM bomb with 29 while playing only 2 seconds. That's gotta be some kind of record. He got on the ice and just pummeled a turtling Patrick Kaleta and everyone loved it.

Christian Ehrhoff scored a goal and added two helpers while recording 3 shots. He's got 5 points in his last 5 games but had no points in his previous 10 so beware of the cold streak.

Martin Brodeur returned from injury in style by getting the win and scoring a goal. All in a night's work for Uncle Dad.

It's been a rough season for Travis Zajac after signing an 8-year, $46 million contract with the Devils. He had just 9 points in 30 games coming into last night, but put up two assists. He now has points in two straight and maybe a little bit of confidence.

Marian Gaborik scored a goal on 8 shots to break a 5 game pointless streak. He had just one goal in the previous 16 contests so he hasn't quite been himself this season, to say the least.

Back to back great outings for Jacob Markstrom. He stopped 44 of 45 shots for his second straight win. He isn't going to win a lot of games going forward, but he should give you a whole lot of saves and decent peripherals.

Sergei Gonchar contributed an assist to keep his point streak alive at 9. He also had 2 PIM and 3 hits. He's 1+13=14 for the streak.

A couple of goals and 5 shots for P.K. Subban as he continues to just stuff the scoresheet.

Tomas Plekanec had two powerplay assists for the Canadiens and he's got 9 points in his last 9 games including 5 PPP.

Matt Moulson kept his point streak alive at 6 with two apples and he also chipped in 6 shots. The streak is all assists for a total of 7 but he's a goal scorer and needs to put the puck in the net.

Big night for the great 8, Alex Ovechkin as he scored a powerplay goal and added two assists. He's got 4+3=7 with 3 PPP and 24 shots over his last 5 games.

Marcus Johansson gave you a goal and an assist for the second time in his last three games. He's playing on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and Ovechkin currently. Nice work if you can get it, as Cam would say.

Braden Holtby with a 20 save shutout last night and he's got 4 shutouts on the season, good for second in the NHL. He opened up the season 1-4-0 but since then, he's been a much more steady 10-6-0.

Oh, Roman Josi, you continue to scorn Cam for trading you to me for Dennis Wideman in the UDL. After two assists last night he has 1+6=7 over a four game point scoring streak. He also led the team in ice time with 26:44.

Martin Erat converted the three with 1+2=3. The goal was the first one he's scored in a whopping 21 games. His 6.8 shooting percentage is unsustainably low and well off his 12.5 career average.

Miikka Kiprusoff allowed 5 goals on 23 shots in the loss last night. In his last 5 starts he's 2-3-0 with .843 sv% and 4.20 gaa. Gross.

Curtis Glencross kept his point streak alive at 4 with an assist last night. He's got 4+3=7 for the streak.

Nice line for Alexander Edler as he gave you a little bit of everything with 1 assist, 5 PIM, 4 shots, 3 blocks, 3 hits, and plus-1. I have to say, though, I'm a bit disappointed with his point total of just 17 in 30 games. I expected bigger things from him.

Let's give the fantasy line of the night to Kari Lehtonen for his 40 save shutout of the Kings in Los Angeles. This was no easy task as the Kings were 12-2-1 at home. The shutout was Lehtonen's first of the season. He had been 1-4-1 in his previous 6 starts.

Alex Kovalev officially announced that he's retiring. With 1,029 career points, there will certainly be talk of him getting into the hall of fame, but I'm not so sure I'd put him there especially considering he never topped 100 points in a season. As we normally do, we'll give you his best year. It was 2000-2001 playing for the Penguins when he put up a line of 44+51=95, 307 shots, 96 PIM, 37 PPP, and 9 GWG.

Called up: Alex Chiasson, Richard Panik, Cedrick Desjardins, Ryan Hamilton, Andrew Gordon

Sent down: Brandon McMillan, Mike Komisarek, Eddie Pasquale

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