Fantasy Hockey News for Sunday

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A fantasized look at Saturday's NHL action

Wow what a night for the great 8, Alex Ovechkin. His magnificent line of 3+1=4, 3 PPP, 4 shots, and plus-1 easily nets him fantasy line of the night. He snapped his point scoring streak last game against the Islanders but obviously made up for it big time last night. Over his last 13 games he has 14+7=21, 11 PPP, and 67 shots. Is he playing his way back into the top 3 in our drafts?

Nicklas Backstrom is benefitting big time from Ovechkin's resurgence. He assisted on all 3 of Ovi's goals and extended his point scoring streak to five. Over his last 11 games he has 3+14=17 and 7 PPP. He's now over a point per game on the season with 39 in 38.

Marcus Johansson has also been benefitting from skating with Ovechkin and Backstrom. His two assists last night extend his point scoring streak to 4 games. Over his last 12 games he has 4+11=15 which is likely the most productive stretch of his career. He's owned in just 8% of Yahoo! leagues. You know what to do.

Great line for Tomas Kopecky as he scored 2 third period goals and added 2 hits, 4 shots, and plus-2 in just under 18 minutes of ice time. He has 3+2=5 over his last 5 games.

Shawn Matthias continued his productive play of late as he notched two assists last night. Over his last five contests he has 5+2=7, 15 shots, and 6 PIM.

Breaking a 3 game pointless streak was Evander Kane as he had a line of 1+1=2, 7 shots, plus-2 yesterday. You can never keep EKane away from the scoresheet for too long.

Both Tobias Enstrom and Dustin Byfuglien failed to record a point for the sixth straight game. They're also a combined minus-13 over that period. This dynamic duo picked the wrong time to offer their fantasy squads absolutely nothing.

Ondrej Pavelec made 30 of 31 stops for a rare win yesterday. While he's not a very good goaltender when you look at his overall stats (16-18-2, .904 sv%, and 2.82 gaa), he's started 35 of the Jets 40 games this season. Only Pekka Rinne and Ilya Bryzgalov have started more games (36). Just in sheer volume, he's worth drafting and plugging in.

Ray Emery finally lost a game in his last start out but he made up for it by posting a 20-save shutout yesterday. With his record standing at 13-1-0 and peripherals of .923 sv% & 1.95 gaa it will be interesting to see if anyone wants to give the UFA-to-be a starting gig next season.

Jeff Carter scored the GWG on the PP last night but he also recorded an assist, much to my dismay. He did a little bit of everything yesterday with 3 shots, 2 PIM, and 2 blocks as well. He's 4+2=6 over his last six games.

I was surprised to see that the reigning Vezina winner, Henrik Lundqvist, had no shutouts (in 33 starts) on the season. So his 48 saves on 49 shots in last night's victory was his best outing all year. He's really rounded into form of late, allowing 2 goals or less in 10 straight going 6-2-2 over that span.

Derek Stepan ran his point streak to four games with a goal and an assist last night. For the streak he has 3+3=6, with 13 shots and plus-6.

Rick Nash scored for the second straight game and added 8 shots. He has 3+2=5, 22 shots, and plus-4 over his last four matches.

All of a sudden Josh Bailey is on a hot streak. He had 1+1=2, 4 shots, 2 blocks, and plus-2 in 19:32 of ice time. He has points in four straight to the tune of 2+3=5.

Matt Carle is on a four game point scoring streak that has to be at least a little bit surprising considering in his pervious 18 games he had just 2 assists. After 1+1=2, 3 hits, and 2 blocks last night he has 1+5=6 for the streak.

The twins had matching 3 point efforts last night. Henrik Sedin went 1+2=3 for his second straight multipoint game and Daniel Sedin recorded 3 apples for his troubles.

Mike Smith made a triumphant return to the nets recording a 24-save shutout last night. Maybe he needed the time off as he hadn't had a win in his previous 5 starts before it.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two assists last night and he's hoping his luck will be turning around a bit. In the previous 15 games, he had just 3 assists and was minus-5.

Second straight game for Martin Hanzal with a goal and an assist. He has 3+4=7 over his last 5 games. Radim Vrbata had two assists and he's at 3+3=6 over his last 5 games.

Got the Call: Max Reinhart, Riley Sheahan, Scott Timmins, David Rundblad, Alexandre Bolduc, Cody Goloubef, Zac Dalpe, Stefan Elliott

Got the Fall: Ryan Ellis

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