Fantasy Hockey News for Friday

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A fantasized look at Thursday's NHL action

Joe Pavelski just cannot stop scoring. He scored the only goal in the Sharks game last night and he now has goals in four straight games. His 10 goals in the last 8 games have pulled him into second in the goal scoring race, ahead of guys like Sidney Crosby, Corey Perry, and Phil Kessel.

Alex Stalock got his first start in a week since he shutout the Panthers. Notch another shutout for Stalock as he stopped all 20 of the Jets' shots. He plays very sparingly as he's backing up Antti Niemi but his stats are just plain stellar. He's 7-2-0 with a 1.62 gaa and .942 sv%.

Alexander Semin potted another two goals and that gives him a four game goal scoring streak. Something has really gotten into him over this stretch as he's got 6 goals, 17 shots, 4 PIM, and plus-5 in those four games. Must be the Olympics call he got.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that Andrej Sekera had himself the best game of his career as he put up 1+2=3, plus-4, 4 shots, and 2 blocks. His 28 points is currently 18th in the league among defensemen. This can't continue, can it?

It's a three game point scoring streak for the mostly disappointing Jiri Tlusty as he had a goal and an assist for the second straight game. He played close to 19 minutes and he may be starting to find a groove here. I'd pick him up but be ready to drop him as soon as he goes cold again.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves on the way to a 5-2 win last night. That extends his win streak to a blistering 9 games. It's also the fifth straight game that he's made 26 saves which means absolutely nothing but is pretty crazy when you think about it.

Jack Johnson put one home last night and he stayed hot with points in five of his last six games to the tune of 1+6=7, 17 shots, and 4 PPP.

Matt Niskanen stretched his point scoring streak to six games last night with two apples. Those 9 points over his last 6 games puts him at 30 points on the season. Some team is going to be disappointed when they pay him a lot of money this coming offseason to put up points like that again.

A goal last night and it's a four game point scoring streak for Kyle Okposo as he continues to make any owner who picked him up off the wire look like a genius. His 6 points in the last 4 games have pulled him into point per game status (52 in 52).

Victor Hedman matched a season best with a 3 point game (all assists). If he could get himself involved in the powerplay a bit more (just 6 PPP on the season), he would really be an elite d-man in fantasy.

Clarke MacArthur kept his hot streak alive with a powerplay goal and a powerplay assist last night. He has 7+4=11 and 5 PPP over his last 10 games. He also has a seven game hit streak going with 15 over the span. He's really a great option in multicat leagues.

Tyler Johnson scored a shorty to keep his points scoring streak alive at four. He also fired 6 shots on goal and he now has 8 points in his last 8 games. Pretty good for an undrafted undersized guy.

Valeri Nichushkin broke out of a streak of six straight games without a point and two healthy scratches. He had 2+1=3 and 3 shots in a 7-1 Stars thumping. I'd expect more of this from the kid going forward.

Carter Hutton doesn't seem to be bothered by the Devan Dubnyk trade as he stopped 33 of 34 shots for his fourth straight win last night. It was the second straight start for Hutton since Dubnyk debuted and allowed 5 goals.

Darcy Kuemper got the start in net for the Wild for the sixth straight game and was impressive. He held the high powered Chicago offense to just one goal, making 33 saves. He's a great option while Josh Harding is out.

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