Wednesday's NHL Fantasy Hockey News

Hannah Foslien

A fantasized look at NHL action from Tuesday night

I am going to continue my trend of just reviewing a couple players that stood out for me from each of last night's games. As always, use the comments section below to talk about anyone I did or did not discuss. I've already advanced past the wild card round in one of my leagues so how are all of you doing? For those of you in a battle down the stretch or are about to start the playoffs, now is not the time to fall asleep! Good luck to you all!!

Nashville Predators 4 vs Buffalo Sabres 1

A great night for Paul Gaustad owners (1G, +1, 17PIM, 1SOG, 3 Hits, 63.64FO%) on 10:39 TOI. Too bad he was sitting on your bench (or on the waiver). He won't do much for your club unless you are in need of Hits and a bump in FO%.

Craig Smith (1G, 1A, +2, 7SOG) to give him goals in B2B games now. He now has 20G and 20A in 63GP and a respectable 172SOG. Next season will be his magical 4th year and I would keep him on your radar late in the draft round next season

New Jersey Devils 2 vs Philadelphia Flyers 1

Tuomo Ruutu (2A, +2, 4PIM, 3SOG, 2 Hits) now has B2B 2 point games. He is on the top line with Zajac and Jagr but is not seeing any top PP time. However, you might as well ride the streak well its going.

Travis Zajac (1G, +2, 2SOG, 1BS) has himself 6 points over his last 6 games.

Honorable mention to Jaromir Jagr (1G, 1A, +2, 2PIM, 1SOG) for extending his point streak to 4 games. This top line is clicking for New Jersey right now so enjoy the ride while it lasts.

New York Rangers 1 vs Carolina Hurricanes 3

Not sure what to think of the Canes these days as they seem to win games they are not expected to and lose games they shouldn't be. Anyways...

Jordan Staal (1G, 1A, +2, 1SOG, 3 Hits, 1BS) now has 5 points in his last 3 games. Here's another streaky player you want to jump on while he is going. His brother Eric Staal (1A, 2PIM, 3SOG, 1Hit) played just under 17 minutes TOI but he is just recovering from the flu bug. Stick tap for toughing one out.

Cam Ward stopped 24-25 for the win here, his first since December 31st against Montreal. At the way Ward and Khudobin have been playing lately, I can't recommend either of them for the rest of the year. Nobody seems to play with any consistency to steal the #1 job from the other. A good outing here from Ward but let's see how he does next game.

Martin St. Louis now with just 1A in 4GP since joining the Rangers.

Detroit Red Wings 1 vs Columbus Blue Jackets 4

Nathan Horton is starting to collect some points finally. His line for the night (2A, +1, 1SOG, 2Hits) . He had a goal in the Dallas game that was postponed the other day so counting that he has 3 points in his last 2GP. It's not much but it's something and us Horton owners will take it as a sign of things to come.

The Sergei Bobrovsky show stopped 39-40 shots for the win, his 5th in his last 6 games, including 1 shutout. He also helped stave off the red hot Gustav Nyquist and Johan Franzen in the process. Not too shabby.

I was really pulling for Petr Mrazek in this game who did stop 33-37 shots he faced, but not enough in the end. I like his potential for stealing starts from Howard next year and beyond, despite the hefty contract Howard has.

Phoenix Coyotes 3 vs Florida Panthers 1

The often underrated Radim Vrbata (1G, 2A, +2, 2PIM, 3SOG) powered his yotes to the win here. That gives him 6 points in his last 4 games.

Nick Bjugstad (1A, 5SOG, 5 Hits) extends his point streak to 3 games.

Roberto Luongo stopped 23-26 for his second consecutive loss after posting a shutout since being traded to Florida. He has allowed 7 goals against in these past 2 games.

Mike Smith stopped 31-32 for the win, his fourth in his last five games. After 56 games this year, Smith boasts a 2.69GAA and .914SV% . Of note, he also ranks 1st in the league for both Shots Against and Saves.

Washington Capitals 0 vs Pittsburgh Penguins 2

Lee Stempniak (1A, +1, 3SOG, 3 Hits) in a follow-up to his 2A on Monday night. Even I was beat to the wire to pick him up but to be honest, I didn't have room for him. Imagine the look on stumpy's face when he was told he was traded to the Penguins? Imagine the look on Ryan Kesler's face when he was told he was not traded to the Penguins? Priceless.

Evgeny Kuznetsov was absolutely robbed by Marc-Andre Fleury (32-32) of his first NHL goal. Kuzy saw nearly 15 minutes TOI and a minute on the PP. Look for them to continue to ease him in while he adjusts to the NHL game. Although his ice time was up nearly 5 minutes from his first game and he saw 8 more shifts as well.

Sidney being Crosby (1G, +1, 3SOG, 1 Hit) as he continues to ride the coat tails of Stempniak.....

Dallas Stars 3 vs St. Louis Blues 2 OT

Ryan Miller finally gets beat after stopping 27-30 shots faced. Still, not a bad start for Miller rattling off 4 straight wins since joining the Blues so look for those wins continue to rack up.

Jamie Benn (1G, 1A, +2, 3SOG) which gives him 12 points in his last 8 games.

Alex Goligoski (1A, +1, 2SOG, 1 Hit, 1BS) continues to roll as he has a 5 game point streak going with 3G and 3A over that span. Picking it up just in time for my playoff run!

Edmonton Oilers 4 vs Minnesota Wild 3 SO

A couple of first games in an Oilers uniform here that I will cover...

Oscar Klefbom (1A, 2SOG, 2BS) made his long awaited debut on just over 15 minutes TOI. I like the patient approach the Oilers are taking with this kid. Yeah he had injuries early on but he is the best D prospect the Oilers have and should be given all the opportunity next year. With all the talent Edmonton has up front, this is one swede you want to keep your eye on.

Viktor Fasth made his debut for the Oilers stopping 28-31 for the win. If he can stay healthy I like his future in oil country. IF he can stay healthy. Another swede to help solidify the backend for the Oilers. Seeing a pattern here...

I was hoping to see Bryz get the start against his former team but Kuemper got the call and stopped 23-26 for the loss. Kuemper had rattled off 5 straight wins which started before the Oly break but look for Bryz to get the next start.

Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs San Jose Sharks 6

Whoa....the Sharks fired 48 shots on James Reimer who stopped 42 of them for the loss. His team could only muster 21 shots on Niemi so we can tell how this game unfolded.

I could talk about who racked up the points for the Sharks but they were your usual suspects in Pavelski, Thornton but surprisingly Marleau and Couture were held off the scoresheet. Ouch!

Impressed with the pickle's numbers however. Marc-Edouard Vlasic (1G, +5, 8SOG, 2BS) took advantage of the open ice.

Phil Kessel was a -4 on the night, worst on the team and Dion Phaneuf had 16PIM.

That's it for me this week. Feel free to comment on any player mentioned or not in the comments below! Don't forget to follow @TheScouts for regular updates or myself at @Pope604 for the random well spaced out thoughts.

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