Fantasy Hockey News for Friday

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A fantasized look at Thursday's NHL action

Let's go right to Carolina to give out our fantasy line of the night to a goalie, for a change. Ben Bishop made his Lightning debut and stopped all 45 Hurricanes shots for his second shutout in the last three starts. Many criticized Steve Yzerman for trading away youngster Cory Conacher to bring back the 6'7" goaltender, but so far so good.

It's been a while since I've talked about Martin St. Louis on here but after his 1+2=3, 3 shots, 4 blocks, and plus-3 last night, he stands all alone in 3rd place in the point scoring race. That's a 105 point pace, folks, for the soon to be 38 year old. Age really is just a number.

Alex Killorn had an assist last night and he's on a nice little 3-game point scoring streak with 2+2=4, 8 shots, and plus-5. He's actually tied for 8th in the rookie scoring race with Vladimir Tarasenko. Also on a 3-game point scoring streak is teammate Matt Carle with 4 assists after notching 2 last night.

Jaromir Jagr scored a goal for his sixth NHL team last night in his Bruins debut and it turned out to be the lone goal of the game. Who cares if it just went in off his skate?

Tuukka Rask might have sat out two straight games in favor of Anton Khudobin but he made up for lost time last night making 40 saves to shutout the Devils. He had just one win in his last 5 starts coming into that game, but something tells me he's going to go on a nice run, now.

I made a joke on here the other day about how we should look out for Mike Green scoring in 8 straight games like it was 2008-2009 again. Well, he made it four straight as he put home another goal last night. Confidence is soaring in the nation's capital.

Ruslan Fedotenko has a four game point scoring streak after an assist last night. This has also coincided with four straight wins for his fellow countryman, Ilya Bryzgalov. Coincidence? I think not.

Two assists for Erik Gustafsson as he played the second most minutes among the Flyers with 19:42. He's got some offense to offer as he also scored a goal the night before.

Dion Phaneuf continues to stuff the stat sheet giving you 2 assists, 2 PIM, 2 hits, and 2 blocks last night. Over his last four games he has 2+4=6, 12 blocks, 7 hits, and plus-6.

Joffrey Lupul ran up his point scoring streak to 7 games with an assist, even if he did play only 1:40. More on him in the injury updates.

Michael Ryder took a couple of games off of the scoresheet but he came back with authority last night scoring two goals and adding an assist. His first goal was a powerplay and his second goal turned out to be the game winner. How efficient.

I'm tired of waxing poetic about P.K. Subban but I should mention that after two assists last night, he stands alone atop the defensemen point scoring race with an even 30. When you look at his all around numbers, I'm not sure you can make a better argument for the Norris.

No scoring on this one but plenty of everything else as Evander Kane dropped a PIM bomb with 17 but also gave you 3 shots and 3 hits. He boosted his shot totals to 156 on the season, good for second in the league. He's also 11th in the league with 121 hits. If only he had more than just 3 PPP.

Doesn't it seem to always turn out this way? Marian Gaborik scored the eventual game winning goal in the third period last night in his Blue Jackets debut. Guy couldn't sniff the nets in New York with just 2 goals in his previous 22 games. He also added a powerplay assist while being reunited with a familiar face in Brandon Dubinsky who returned from injury with two assists himself.

Matt Calvert scored a goal on 3 shots and added an assist last night. He now has 3+2=5 over his last four games.

Another great performance by Sergei Bobrovsky as he stopped 38 of 39 for his second straight win. With the season winding down, you're only going to hear his name and the word Vezina in the same sentence more and more.

Jonathan Toews had 1+1=2, 3 shots, and plus-2 last night. He's got a very productive 3 game point scoring streak going with 2+4=6, 9 shots, and plus-6. All six of those points have been even strength.

Second straight two point game for Keith Yandle as he had two assists and 4 shots. He has 3+4=7 over his last six games.

Michael Stone played a career high 25:42 last night contributing a line of 1+1=2, 4 blocks, 2 PIM, 2 shots, and plus-2. He had 28 points in 36 games at the AHL level this season so the scoring potential is there.

Justin Williams scored twice including the game winner and he's on a five game goal scoring streak with six. This came out of nowhere as he had just four goals for the season (32 games) coming into the streak.

Jonathan Bernier is forcing the Kings to make a really tough decision as he just keeps winning. Last night it was a 23 save shutout of the Wild. He's won four straight games, he's 9-0-0 in his 10 starts, and his peripherals are a sparkling .927 sv% and 1.77 gaa. Can they really slap him in the face and go back to the lesser Jonathan tomorrow afternoon?

Jeff Carter scored a goal last night and I'm really only mentioning this so that I can bring up his ridiculous goal to assist ratio of 21 to 4. Don't you dare make another pass all season, Jeff.

The fourth shutout of the night went to Cory Schneider as he stopped all 23 shots. It was his third shutout in the last seven starts and a nice bounce back from two straight losses.

Got the call: Ryan Ellis, Mikael Granlund, Gabriel Dumont, Chris Mueller, Brett Carson, Joe Colborne

Got the axe: Cal Heeter

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