Fantasy Hockey News for Thursday

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A fantasized look at Wednesday night's NHL action

Well, it only took 3 weeks, but someone finally overtook Sidney Crosby for the scoring lead. All it took was Martin St. Louis to turn the trick. We'll give him the line of the night for those 3 even strength goals, 5 shots, and plus-4. It was his 17th multi-point game of the season and MSL is certainly a hart trophy candidate but I think Stamkos and him might cancel each other out. It also won't help that the Lightning are awful.

Steven Stamkos tied Crosby and is just two points behind his little buddy for the scoring lead after his 1+1=2, 4 shots, 3 hits, and plus-5. He has a healthy 151 shots but it's hard to believe that he isn't even top 10 in the NHL in that category.

Third straight game with a goal for Joffrey Lupul and he's got 11 goals in 11 games since he returned to action on March 16th. Taking into account the shortened season and the injuries, it will be interesting to see where Lupul gets drafted in next years' drafts given his torrid pace.

Nazim Kadri misses the month of March. After a doughnut last night, he's got just three points in 10 games in the month of April. He also has only 15 shots over that span. I guess he was bound to come back to earth at some point.

Three point game for Patrick Kane as he leap frogged Alex Ovechkin in the points race. He's finishing off his impressive season strong with 2+6=8 over his last five games. Not sure if anyone else has pointed this out but his shooting percentage is .165, the highest by far of his career.

Nail Yakupov broke a three game pointless streak by scoring the only Oilers goal last night. Still, his 6+4=10 over the 12 April games is an encouraging sign.

Michal Handzus had 3 assists, 2 blocks, plus-3, and went 9 for 13 in the faceoff dot. He's got 5 points in his last 4 games.

Another goal for Johan Franzen last night and he's got 6 goals in his last 6 games with 25 shots.

Brendan Smith notched an assist for the fourth time in his last seven games. He also has 8 PIM in those games showing off his potential scoring touch and mean streak that so many are betting on.

Keith Yandle scored a powerplay goal to put him at 10 goals for the season, just one behind the leader among defensemen. The offensive d-man's season would look a lot better if it wasn't for a pathetic 15 assists.

Shane Doan broke a streak of seven straight games without a point when he registered two assists in last night's tilt. One of the assists came on the powerplay but that was just his third PPP on the season. The soon to be 37 year old is certainly slowing down.

Got the Call: Frederik Andersen, Devante Smith-Pelly, Patrick Maroon, Jared Staal, Tyler Toffoli, Joe Cannata

Got the Fall: Igor Bobkov, Riley Nash, Stephane Veilleux

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