Fantasy Hockey News for Friday

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A fantasized look at Thursday night's NHL action

It was a great game for Colin McDonald as he potted two goals and contributed 5 PIM, 4 shots, and 3 hits and this nets him the fantasy line of the night.

Scott Hartnell had been largely disappointing this season. In addition to missing a bunch of games due to injury, he had just 1 point in his last 10 games. He's looking to turn things around with 2 goals, 7 PIM, and 5 shots last night.

Joffrey Lupul is certainly making up for lost time. He had a goal and an assist now to give him points in all five games since his return and four of those five have been multipoint efforts. In those five games he has 7+2=9, 18 shots, 13 hits, 8 PIM, and plus-5.

Alexander Semin was feeling testy last night as he went for 10 PIM. Oh yeah, he also scored a powerplay goal and had a shorthanded assist. His return to prominence has been remarkable.

Dion Phaneuf converted from 3-point land with a goal and two assists last night. He also added 4 shots and 4 blocks to his hefty season totals.

Tyler Bozak also had a three point game with an identical 1+2=3 but he was an impressive plus-4. He's on a nice little run of late with 4+5=9 over his last 8 games.

Maybe the Penguins will give MAF another game to heal up as Tomas Vokoun stopped 20 shots for the shutout last night. He's won 5 straight starts and you get the feeling that whoever is manning the nets in Pittsburgh won't have to be too great to get the win going forward.

Many are picking Pascal Dupuis to be the odd man out of the top 6 for the Penguins but he's doing his best to make coach think twice. He had two goals including one shorthanded and added 7 shots last night.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that this has to be the best month of Shawn Matthias's career. After a line of 2+0=2, 4 PIM, and 6 shots last night, he's at 9+2=11 over his last 15 matches.

Jonathan Huberdeau hadn't scored in 9 straight but he put one home with just over 6 minutes left last night to tie the game. A game the Panthers would go on to win in the shootout.

Ben Bishop shutout the Rangers making 24 saves along the way. He's now on a 4 game winning streak. He'll likely be the one who stays around as Craig Anderson's return is looming.

Four game point scoring streak for Mika Zibanejad as he had two assists last night. Maybe he deserves more than just 13:28 of playing time.

A truly wild game out in Nashville last night as two teams (Coyotes & Preds) who don't score a lot of goals put up a total of 11. Former fourth overall pick, Rostislav Klesla eclipsed his season total of points by notching four assists. No, you shouldn't go pick him up.

A couple of teammates went for three pointers in Radim Vrbata (2+1=3) and Martin Hanzal (1+2=3). There's a chance that Vrbata is languishing in your FA pool. He's only owned in 35% of Yahoo! leagues. Go out and take a flyer on him. Hanzal is probably worth a spot, too, and he's only 6% owned.

Two goals for young sniper Vladimir Tarasenko including one on the powerplay. The hype may have died down since his concussion but the skill is still there.

Great output from Dustin Brown last night as he had a goal, an assist, 7 shots, 2 PIM, and plus-2. He's got goals in two straight after going pointless for 4.

Jaroslav Halak made 36 saves on 39 shots but he took the loss. The Blues must have forgot the fact that they can't win when they allow more than 20 shots on him. He's 1-4-0 this season in games in which he sees over 20 shots.

Scoring the game winning goal was Alexandre Burrows in last night's Canucks game. He also had an assist, 4 shots, and plus-2. He has 3 point in his last 3 games. His linemates, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist each.

Cory Schneider stopped 32 of 33 for the win last night and that's 6 wins in a row for him with two coming of the shutout variety.

Artem Anisimov put up 1+2=3, 2 PIM, and plus-2 last night. He has 3+2=5 over his last four games.

Cam Atkinson scored 10 seconds into the game last night. He ended with 2+1=3 and a healthy 9 shots on goal. It's been a disappointing season for the little guy as he's been playing injured for the most part. This was his first multipoint effort.

Breaking a three game pointless streak was Sam Gagner with a pretty line of 1+2=3, 2 shots, and 2 blocks. Playing on Gagner's wing was Magnus Paajarvi who put up a goal and an assist himself.

Antti Niemi with back to back shutouts as he blanked the Red Wings last night. He's won three straight now.

Brent Burns put another goal home last night and he's got goals in three straight games.

Up: Mike Hoffman, Jeff Zatkoff

Sent Down: Brian Elliott, Beau Bennett

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