Fantasy Hockey News for Thursday

Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

A fantasized look at Wednesday night's NHL action.

The whole hockey world was tipped off last night when Jarome Iginla was a healthy scratch. Initially it sounded like the Bruins were his destination. I woke up this morning to the news that it was actually the Penguins who landed him, giving up Kenneth Agostino, Ben Hanowski, and their 2013 first rounder. From a real life standpoint, Iggy might be the best trade rental of all time and it's one of those "the rich get richer" scenarios. From a fantasy standpoint, this is the jackpot for Iginla owners. With just 4 points in his last 10 games, a change is exactly what the doctor ordered. With the 2010 olympic heroics in mind, it's hard not to see Iginla on Sidney Crosby's wing at some point.

It was a four point night for Patrice Bergeron with 1+3=4, 3 shots, 2 blocks, 2 hits, plus-3, and 23/34 on draws which nets him the fantasy line of the night. Bergeron has elevated himself to fantasy stardom this season but if there's one thing you could complain about, it's his poor powerplay output (4 PPP).

Tyler Seguin scored a goal (a pretty one) on 6 shots and added two assists last night to break a mini cold streak that saw him put up just 3 points in his prior 9 games.

Michael Ryder potted two goals on 6 shots and added 2 PIM. Since he arrived in Montreal he's 6+7=13 with 7 PPP in 13 games.

The rookie, Dougie Hamilton, put up a useful line of 1 goal, 4 PIM, 4 shots, 2 hits, and plus-2 last night and he's got points in two straight after putting up none in his previous 10 contests.

Mikko Koivu had a goal and an assist to put him at an even 30 points for the season and also extend his point streak to 5 games (3+5=8). Going back a bit further Koivu is 6+10=16 over his last 12.

Rob Klinkhammer put up 1+1=2, 2 shots, 2 blocks, and plus-2 last night and he's got goals in two straight games. I wouldn't count on this type of output holding up, however.

Antti Niemi made 22 saves enroute to the shutout over the Ducks. He's won 3 out of his last 4 games.

Nice outburst from one of Cam's favorites, Tommy Wingels, last night as he had 1+2=3, SHG, PPA, 3 shots, 2 blocks, and plus-2. Teammate and another one of Cam's faves, Logan Couture put up two assists.

Brent Burns is really liking this forward thing and as long as he keeps his defense eligibility, so are his owners. He netted a PPG last night and since he returned from injury he has 4+5=9 in 8 games.

Four game point scoring streak for Ryan O'Reilly as he scored a goal and notched an assist. He's got 2+5=7 and 3 PPP for the streak.

Shame on any of us (myself included) who thought P.A. Parenteau's success was tied to John Tavares. After two assists last night he's over a point per game with 33 points in 32 games, so he's actually doing better without JT.

Mike Cammalleri broke a string of 8 games without a goal by lighting the lamp twice last night while playing over 20 minutes. He'll likely be the focus of opposing team's top defensive pairing now with Iginla gone.

Another goal for Gabriel Landeskog and he also provided 4 shots and 3 hits. He has 5+1=6 over his last 6 games.

Up to the Show: Torey Krug, Tyson Barrie, Erik Gustafsson

Down to the Minors: Tim Wallace

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