Some of you may remember last week I went off on Rick Nash calling him mediocre, overrated and other words of critique in the world of fantasy hockey. Well Mr. Nash clearly didn't like me tarnishing his name as he put up a solid week extending his goal scoring streak to 5 games after scoring last night against the Devils. Sorry Rick, I'm not that easy to win over, you'll have to keep up your play for me to start swooning over you like the rest of the fantasy hockey realm. I'm just not that easy you see?
Apologies to those of you uninterested in my lovers' quarrel with Mr. Nash.
Despite their collapse, I wanted to touch on some Devils that have really become useful contributors recently after a collectively slugish start. Sure there's the obvious choices of Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias who have been consistent all year long but take a look at Ryane Clowe who looks to be the 40-50 point forward he was a few seasons ago in San Jose. Also, Marek Zidlicky has been remarkably consistent as he's emerged to be the offensive defensemen the team has needed for years. Finally, I have a hunch (and that's all that is for now) that if Damien Brunner get a solid stretch of games in without injuries, he could return to productivity as well. So scan your free agent pool, they might just be that little mid-season push you need to sneak into the playoffs or cement a seed.
Anyways, I digress. Your notables from the tilt at Yankee Stadium were: Patrik Elias (2+0=2, 2 PIMs, 3SOGs), Mats Zuccarello (2+0=2, +2, 4SOGs and 2 HITs) and Mark Staal with (1+1=2, +4, 4SOGs, 2BSs and 1Hit)
My heart broke (again) in Detroit last night as the Red Wings blew at 4-2 lead over the Panthers to succumb in the shootout (again). No real notables here as the forward with most fantasy relevance, Tomas Tatar, put up a solid, 1+1=2, +1, 5SOGs.
How about those Jets? One coaching change and suddenly they're beating the defending champs. Goaltending altogether has vastly improved (except for Ondrej Pavelec's last game). Al Montoya turned aside 34/35 shots in the W and Blake Wheeler scored twice to lead the Jets.
If only Devan Dubnyk was in net for the Oilers clobbering over the Predators. Oh the beautiful irony that was never to be. This was Ben Scrivens first noticeable start as he got the W turning away an impressive 34/35. There were also a number of Oilers with a pair of points including: Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall (big surprise), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Justin Schultz and Ryan Smyth. So the big guns were firing in Edmonton.. except you Smyth... you're not a big gun... sit down.
I feel bad for all of those pro-liners out there who bet on a 2-1 Phoenix victory as this game was not what you'd expect from the two clubs.
Antoine Vermette with the hat trick, +1 and 5 shots for the Fantasy Line of the Night
On the other side, Chris Higgins threw up three points of his own (1+2=3, +3, 3SOGs, 1 Hit) in the winning effort.