Fantasy Hockey News for Sunday

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A fantasized look at Saturday's NHL action

The fantasy line of the night goes to Wayne Simmonds with the hat trick. He also added an assist, 4 shots, 2 hits, 2 PIM, and plus-4. All his points came at even strength and he's followed up a breakout season with possibly an even better one.

Matt Read had 1+2=3, 3 shots, and plus-4 as he enjoyed his third three point game of the season. He had just 7 points in his previous 20 games since returning from the injury.

Justin Faulk scored a goal and was plus-3 in a 5-3 loss which speaks to how well he must have played. He's on a four game point scoring streak with 2+3=5 and 16 shots. He's trying to tell us something for next season.

Alex Ovechkin could very well be looking at another MVP. If those words were uttered before the season began, you would likely have been laughed at. But after another great fantasy line of 2+1=3, 6 shots, and 2 PPP he's the league's only 30 goal scorer. He's also just 5 points behind Crosby and 2 points behind MSL and Stamkos in points. Over his last 20 games he has 21+10=31, 107 shots, 54 hits, and 15 PPP.

A couple of goals including the game winner for Troy Brouwer and he now has 6 goals in his last 5 games. He also chipped in with 5 hits, 4 shots, 2 blocks, and plus-2. It's been a breakout season for Brouwer but like with a few others who are enjoying breakout years, it really sucks for him that it came during a shortened season.

Mike Ribeiro with a trio of assists to extend his point scoring streak to five games. The playmaker has 1+8=9 with 6 PIM and 6 PPP for the streak as he continues to be a point per game player on the season.

Max Pacioretty scored the only Canadiens goal to extend his point scoring streak to four. For the month of April, MaxPac has 11 points in 11 games.

The juicy one, Jussi Jokinen is really enjoying his new home in Pittsburgh. He had a hand in all three of the Penguins goals to the tune of 1+2=3, 2 PIM, and 2 PPP. That's 8 points in 6 games for him since the trade.

A powerplay goal and a fight for Jarome Iginla yesterday and he's also liking the Steel City with 2+4=6 and 4 PPP over his last five games.

Two assists for Zdeno Chara yesterday including one on the powerplay, but you can't be happy with his output this season (19 points in 43 games).

Patrik Elias came into yesterday afternoon's game with just 4 points in his pervious 16 games but he scored twice yesterday. He doesn't have to be the focus of attention with Kovalchuk back in the lineup so he might be able to string together a little streak to end the season here.

David Clarkson's troubles have been well documented. After a torrid start of 10+6=16 in his first 14 games he was pathetic with just 5 points in his next 29 games. That is certainly not fantasy worthy. He did put up 1+1=2 with 2 PIM and 8 shots yesterday so maybe he'll ride Kovy's coattails to fantasy relevance again.

Zach Bogosian gave you a potpourri of numbers last night with a goal, 5 hits, 3 shots, and 2 PIM as he extended his point scoring streak to four games. He has a scorching two goals and five assists for the streak.

Bryan Little netted a powerplay goal to put his point scoring streak at six games. He has 2+8=10 and plus-7 for the streak.

Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves for the shootout win last night. He's won 3 in a row and 6 of his last 7 starts. I don't think too many of us banked on a 23-11-5 record from Nabby this season.

Sick game for James Reimer as he stopped 49 of 50 shots for the win. The 49 saves tied a career high for him (the last time he did it was also against the Senators). He's 5-1-1 in his last 7 starts and going back a bit further 9-2-3 in his last 14 starts.

Two powerplay goals for Brent Seabrook and he also put up 4 shots and 3 blocks in the game. He hadn't had a powerplay point in about six weeks and not a powerplay goal in about three months.

Patrick Kane assisted on both of Seabrook's PPGs for his second straight two point performance. He's tied with Ovechkin for fourth in the league in points currently with 51.

Corey Crawford took the SOL but played well, stopping 29 of 31 shots. He rarely loses in regulation and is 5-0-2 in his last 7 starts. With a 1.99 gaa to go with his 18-4-5 record, he will certainly be getting at least a little Vezina consideration.

Cory Schneider made 33 of 34 saves and stopped all three shootout tries against him for the win. He had dropped his last three starts, giving up 10 goals in the process.

Called Up: None

Sent Down: Daniel Bang, Kevin Henderson

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