The Blue Jackets put on a very impressive show last night against the Caps with Cam Atkinson leading the charge. He finished with 2 goals, 5 shots and the game winner. He currently has 15 goals and 11 assists in 47 games, but more importantly, 6 points in his last 5 games. If he is available in your league, you could do much worse than the speedy winger.
Another great performer for the Jackets, and the better fantasy player last night, was Ryan Johansen, a personal favorite. I was a big fan of him in the WHL and he has been my favorite prospect, by far, for quite some time. He's a natural leader and playmaker and has preformed quite well this season. He scored a goal and an assist last night and now has 18 goals and 18 assists in 47 games. He also added 4 shots, 2 hits and 2 blocked shots. He slowed down for a bit, but has once again heated up, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games. He should be owned in all league formats at this point of the season, as his all-around ability keeps him relevant when the points stop coming.
Sergei Brobovsky has been solid since returning from an injury, and continued his stellar performance last night. He was able to stop one of the stronger scoring teams and left some of the best players in the league off the scoreboard. He finished the game with 27 saves and just 1 goal against. He is the reigning Vezina trophy winner and he seems to be returning to form, start him accordingly.
The Capitals were awfully quiet, with Braden Holtby replacing Philipp Grubauer. The goaltending situation in Washington is somewhat troublesome, and they are left hanging by the abysmal defense on the Caps. If you own this fluctuating duo, chances are you're quiet frustrated, I know I am. John Carlson was the only goal scorer for the Capitals.
This clash of juggernauts was a great way to end the night. The Ducks came in on a ridiculous streak and were facing the reigning Stanley Cup champions. The most impressive player in this game was easily Marian Hossa. While one of his goals was an empty netter, his first was a shorthanded goal which opened the scoring for the Hawks. He had a game-high of 8 shots and also blocked 2. Kris Versteeg followed that up with an unassisted goal, and Bryan Bickell sealed the deal. Jonathan Toews also picked up an assist while seldom point-getter Niklas Hjalmarsson racked up 2.
For the Ducks, Jonas Hiller did what he could facing 34 shots, but it simply was not enough. The usual duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry connected on Getzy's goal, while Kyle Palmieri scored the other. Cam Fowler picked up an assist and is becoming the player people expected. If he is for any reason still available in your league, taking a chance on the American blueliner is an absolute must, especially in keeper leagues.
Play of the Night
Getzlaf's goal last night was nothing short of filthy. After Perry was able to pick off Hjalmarsson's pass, he immediately sent a tape-to-tape pass to the big Canadian and he finished in style. Check the fake shot and pullback on the diving Hawks' defender. SNIPE.
Three Fantasy Stars of the Night
First Star: Marian Hossa - 2 G, 1 SHG, +1, 8 S, 2 BS
Second Star: Ryan Johansen - 1 G, 1 A, +1, 4 S, 2 Hits, 2 BS
Third Star: Sergei Bobrovsky - 1 GS, 1 W, .963 SV%, 1.00 GAA on 27 Shots
Enjoy the Saturday games folks!