Marc Savard has 12 points in his last 7 games, is alone in 4th place in the scoring race and is creeping up on the Big 3 (Geno, Ove & Sid). Add to that his +28 and 44 PIMs so far this year and his fantasy owners are almost incredibly giddy.
Maybe we worry too much, lately we've been worried about Ilya Kovalchuk cause he hasn't been shooting the puck enough... well Kovy doesn't like us to worry so he's been firing puck more often lately (27 shots in his last 5 games) and whaddayaknow? They've been going in... he's got 4 goals and 6 points in his last 5 games.
Andrei Kostitsyn is hot... well not that kinda hot, actually one of our female scouts says that he may rival Jason Blake for the ugliest dude in the league award, but that's neither here nor there. On the ice, his play is a real panty-remover for fantasy GMs as he's 6+4=10 in his last 7 games.
Bobby Ryan picked up his first career NHL hat trick last night. That's 11 goals and 25 points in only 23 games this year. Hopefully you grabbed Ryan when we first told you to because he's gone now. Ryan has definitely answered any doubters he had with his performance this season. He's a keeper.
Mikhail Grabovski might face a short suspension for shoving a ref last night. Just an FYI that Grabs might be out a game or two this week, although we owe him a beer next time we see him for that fantastic Richard Nixon like farewell as he left the ice, take that Montreal.
Daymond Langkow's hot streak continued as he picked up a goal and two assists last night. That's 12 points in his last seven. Start 'im if you got 'im.
Langkow's linemate, Todd Bertuzzi, couldn't go last night (see below) but that opened the door for Mikael Backlund to get into his first NHL game. He played 10:44, looked a little lost out there and couldn't muster anything. He should be heading to Kelowna shortly.
Wojtek Wolski picked up another two more points last night. That's four in two games. He's on the top unit with Milan Hedjuk and Ryan Smyth so he might be able to keep this hot streak going. Worth a shot in deeper leagues.
David Booth kept his scoring streak alive as well last night when he picked up a goal. That's 11 points over seven games. If you're looking for scoring help you could do much worse than Booth.
Curtis Glencross had a little hot streak going in December that was halted with a 6 pack of games out with an LBI but he's come back and picked it right back up with 3+1=4 in his last 4 games.
Kari Lehtonen and the Thrashers picked up the shutout last night against the Devils. Wow. We didn't see that one coming. We don't recommend Kari for your fantasy team as his shutouts should be pretty infrequent.
Another one that we didn't see coming was the renaissance of Andrew Raycroft. This chump is 8-1 on the year and has won his last 6 starts, only give up 12 goals over that stretch. Maybe Brian Burke will bring him back to Toronto, I think they've got a 1st rounder they can spare. We'd only recommend adding Raycroft if you enjoy ulcers and swearing at your TV, otherwise, steer clear.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Rick DiPietro seems to be on a... play once, take 3 games off and then complain about swelling in one of his flimsy joints routine. Yesterday it was the knee that was swollen, so he'll have that re-evaluated back in New York today. All this and he's only got what? a decade and change left on his contract?
Pascal Leclaire is back on the IR with that pesky ankle injury that he can't shake, he's listed as day-to-day but combine the injury with his poor performance and Mason's brilliance and we may not see Pazzy for a while.
Todd Bertuzzi has been very healthy and somewhat motivated this year... well you knew that couldn't last long... he missed last night's game with a sore back, we'll see if it lingers, as it has been known to do.
Oscar Moller came back from the WJHC and oh, he has a fractured clavicle. Take that for being so generous Dean Lombardi. Sounds like he'll be out for about a month.
Matt Stajan returned to action last night and picked up a goal. He's got 30 points in 34 games so far this season. He's one of the few weapons the Leafs have so he should keep scoring near that pace.
Patrick Kane returned from his injured ankle and picked up an assist last night. He looks good to go. Use him like you normally would.
Also returning from injury last night was Paul Ranger.
What's distracting us today? It's one of those weird days were there are lots of little things floating around out there but nothing that really blew us away:
- Jarkko Ruutu bites Andrew Peter's finger and gets two games. Good thing he didn't insult his ex-girlfriend. We kid, we kid.
- Mats Sundin made his triumphant return to hockey...he scored no points and got booed by Oiler (or maybe Leaf) fans.
- It's on celebtv.com..it's official. Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood are an item. Finally...Sens fans might have something interesting to look at during a home game.
- Yesterday Puck Daddy posted an awesome Pavol Demitra re-mix. Today FHS goes one better (or worse?) with a musical tribute to Alex "the treasure of his team" Kovalev :
If you didn't make it all the way through that video we can't really blame you. But we have to point out one line: "K for the King, O the overwhelming, V victorious, A for the artist, L for the lonely, E the exception, V for the Volcano (or did he say Vulcan)....Kov-a-lev, Kov-a-lev"
What the hell? Is Kovalev any of those things? A Volcano? Lonely? We had no idea!
In the video's description on YouTube the composer describes Kovalev as "one of the most passionate and skilled players in the National Hockey League". Passionate? Kovalev? Somebody has gotten into the happy juice by the sounds of things.