Fantasy Hockey News for Sunday

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A fantasized look at Saturday's NHL action

Let's start with Ryan Miller in St. Louis where he won his fourth straight game since joining the Blues, stopping 27 of 28 shots in Minnesota. It's hard to argue against the fact that Miller owners were the biggest winners of the trade deadline.

I'll go with Ales Hemsky for fantasy line of the day with his 3 assists, 2 PPP, 3 shots, 3 hits, and plus-2. The 3 hits especially stuck out to me. He had only 20 hits on the season prior to last night so the hitting suggests he's playing harder than he did in Edmonton. Everyone knows he has the talent but he finally might have some motivation, even if it is short lived. Definitely worth a flier.

Big game for Milan Michalek as he went for 1+2=3 including a powerplay goal. Since I predicted a good season for him at the start of the year, I'm happy that he's showing signs of life with 5 points over his last 4 games.

You can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him. Adam Henrique extended his goal scoring streak to 7 games after he scored a pair of goals (one shorthanded) for the second straight game. He has 20 shots in that span and obviously is brimming with confidence. You should cash in, too. He's owned in only 26% of Yahoo! leagues.

Anton Khudobin was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 22 shots to the Devils yesterday. He didn't get the loss, however, but it marked the 4th time in his last 6 games that he allowed 3 or more goals. Hard to blame him as the team in front of him is hardly NHL caliber, but I imagine this means that Cam Ward will get the next start.

What a multi-cat's dream for Tuomo Ruutu owners last night. He victimized the team that traded him for 1+1=2, 2 PIM, 4 hits, 5 shots, plus-2, and the game winning goal. This was on the heels of a 7 game point scoring drought so I wouldn't get too excited.

The Olympic Break didn't seem to do Ben Bishop any good. He took the SOL last night and has a 1-3-1 record allowing 15 goals in those five games. He still has to be the front runner for the Vezina, however.

Carl Soderberg posted a goal and an assist on 2 shots in yesterday's Bruins win. He has 4 points over his last 4 games. Not the sexiest of pickups, but you could do a lot worse.

That bronze medal that Kimmo Timonen and the rest of the Finns won must have sent his confidence through the roof. He scored twice yesterday marking his third multi-point effort in the 4 games since his return from Sochi. You can't do much better than 2+5=7 in 4 games from the blueline.

Jaroslav Halak won his debut for the Capitals last night, making 31 saves along the way. The starting job is wide open for him to take with Braden Holtby playing to almost a 3.00 gaa on the season.

It's been a down season for Troy Brouwer but it's not too late to turn that around and that's exactly what he's attempting to do. He scored another goal last night and that gives him 4+1=5 over the 6 games since the Olympic break. He also scored 4 goals in the 4 games prior to the break so there are some serious signs of life here. Give him a look.

Sergei Bobrovsky did just fine after getting yanked from a 4 goal lashing at the hands of the Blackhawks. He got back to his winning ways by shutting out the Predators in Nashville on 28 saves.

Pekka Rinne lost his third straight game since his return from injury. He played well, however, stopping 35 of 36 shots. You can't really blame him for these losses as the Preds have scored a pathetic 2 goals in those 3 games.

Erik Cole looked vintage last night scoring the game winning goal and adding a powerplay assist. He also chipped in with 5 hits and a block. It's hard to look past no goals and just two assists in his previous 13 games, however. Maybe wait for another game before you think about hitting that add button.

Scoring twice including one shorthanded (which also turned out to be the GWG) was Tommy Wingels last night. He also fired 8 shots on goal. He's a guy who gets his points in bunches so look for the flurry to continue here.

A couple of other Sharks player with big games were Logan Couture (1+2=3, 4 shots, plus-3) and Antti Niemi (27 saves for the shutout) but you already know how good those guys are so I wont pontificate.

It was nice to see Eddie Lack bounce back from a serious drubbing with 22 saves in a 2-1 win last night. The punchless Canucks aren't offering any help as they've scored just 8 goals in his last 7 starts. Oh, how far the mighty have fallen.

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