Fantasy Hockey News for Tuesday

Harry How

A fantasized look at Monday night's NHL action.

Sergei Bobrovsky and James Reimer both looked phenomenal last night. The top cop on the force led his team to victory, stopping 28 of 29.

#Lumbus seems to be content doing the offence by committee thing, which is a shame because I'm sure Marian Gaborik owners would love to see if he could develop chemistry with Ryan Johansen. Tom Collins over at dobberhockey says Gaborik, who has battled injuries again this year, is a great buy-low candidate.

Tyler Ennis scored the only two goals the Buffalo Sabres mustered against the Dallas Stars. He's had a terrible season overall, but he has points in seven of his last eight. In fact, 17 of his 32 points have come in the 19 games he's played in 2014 (compared to 15 in the 40 games of 2013 this season). He's taking barrels of shots too. 2014 is the year of the horse and Ennis is on his. Steal him from an unsuspecting competitor while you still can.

I can't be the only Jamie Benn owner out there who checks the boxscores and sees "J. Benn" on the scoresheet and gets excited, only to be disappointed to find out it was Jamie's brother, Jordie Benn. Tonight they each had a point, dulling the pain somewhat. Jordie remains fantasy-irrelevant; Jamie remains fantasy gold.

Speaking of brothers sharing a first initial, Mikael Granlund bested younger brother Markus Granlund with two assists last night. However, Markus had an assist of his own, his first NHL point. He's a "7.0 C"-rated prospect according to hockeysfuture, ranking him behind Sean Monahan and two others at the centre position in the Calgary Flames organization.

Mikael, meanwhile, has put together an outstanding sophomore season for the Minnesota Wild and really stepped in for injured Mikko Koivu. When Koivu returns, I'd expect a slight drop, but at least we know Granlund capable of top-six and even top-line production.

P.K. Subban scored for the second consecutive game after going 13 without a twine-bulger before that. I see no discernible changes in shots or icetime or linemates that would explain this, so let's wait and see. He added seven hits tonight too.

Jeff Carter lit the lamp, his 40th point in 53 games. Compared to last year, he's shooting the puck more, and setting up his teammates more, which is making up for his lower (but very much in line with his career average), 11% shooting. Last year's 26 goals on 20% shooting, and just seven assists, was bizarre. In any event, Carter is on pace for 62, which, treating his 84-point season as the aberration that it is, is in the 60-to-65-point range that we expect from Carter.

Jonathan Quick only had to stop 17 of 18 shots to get the win. He's 3-0 since the Olympics and has only been beaten twice.

Does anyone know what's happening with Alex Galchenyuk? Remember when he started the season with seven points in his first four games? I almost traded half my team for him. Anyway, we need to keep in mind he's a still just a 20-year-old sophomore.

Final note: no injury update today as Johnny9k covered the injuries with great care yesterday.

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