Fantasy Hockey News for Wednesday

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A fantasized look at the NHL action from Tuesday night

The Jets are trying to scratch & claw their way into the playoffs and Blake Wheeler & Andrew Ladd are leading the way as both had three points last night in a big shootout win. Wheeler has 2+5=7 during a four game point streak and Ladd can one-up that with 4+5=9 during a five game streak. Ladd is having a great season and would set career highs in goals, assists, points & hits if it weren't for the shortened season.

Maybe somebody was better than this but Nate Thompson's line of A, seven PIMs, three hits, two blocks & 10/15 FOs is FLOTN-worthy.

Not sure where this came from... Jack Hillen had a goal last night and has 3+3=6 & plus-7 over his last five games. Prior to that he had one assist in his first 13 games this season and has actually seen a reduction in his ice-time lately.

Jacob Markstrom gave the Isles a hi-5 on 18 shots last night and has now given up 17 goals over his last four games, all losses.

Mark Streit had a PPG plus an assist last night which totals to 1+7=8 over his last eight games.

Pair of A last night for Tomas Fleischmann gives him 3+7=10 over his last nine games. He's had a decent season, his 82 game pace would put him very close to his career high of 61 points set last season.

I wouldn't get too excited about this but Steve Mason looked good last night stopping 38 of 40 to beat the Rangers. He has a .941 sv% in four games with the Flyers. I even rebooted my CPU and checked again to make sure I read that right.

Erik Gustafsson has a goal in back-to-back games as he has logged 23+ minutes in each of his last three games for the Flyers.

Jared Cowen made his season debut last night and he probably thought he would just take a game or two to get himself back up to speed... no deal as apparently the going rate for laying a clean check on a star player for a team that is out of the playoffs is two fights. Cowen also had four hits & two blocks in a busy debut.

Milan Michalek had a goal on eight shots and chipped in seven PIMs as well.

It hasn't been a stellar season for David Backes offensively with just five goals so far but he keeps on doing his thing in the peripheral cats with six PIMs, six hits & going 15/21 at the dot last night. He's never been better than 50% on faceoffs in a season but is adding to his credentials with a solid 52% so far this season.

Juicy news here as the Habs are expected to give Peter Budaj an unscheduled start tonight when they visit Pittsburgh.

Upgrade: David Savard, Sami Vatanen, Brandon Manning, Reilly Smith & Mikhail Grigorenko (from The Q).

Downgrade: Cristopher Nilstorp, Daniel Bang, Austin Watson, Mattias Ekholm & Jordan Caron.

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