Congrats to the BU Terriers on taking the Beanpot last night in a 5-2 victory over Northeastern... one kid from BU who we're watching, Colin Wilson, had a 3 point night and leads the conference in scoring with 36 points in 26 games.
The Kings netminder, Jonny Quick, was the league's 1st star last week and has really put together a nice run with a 6-1 record in his last 7 (including wins vs Chi, @Was & @NJ) with a 2.42 gaa & .925 sv%... and given LA's surprising defensive acumen this year (2nd in the league in shots against) he's looking like a solid start right now in most fantasy hockey leagues.
Speaking of royalty, we told you about Dustin Brown's hot streak lately with 6+7=13 in his last 8, well his Cman isn't too shabby right now either... Jarret Stoll has a solid 4+5=9 in his last 7 and is back in his familiar spot on the point on the #1 PP unit so he's one to watch and/or pick up.
Tough year for Wade Redden and when we mean year we're talking 2009 as so far he's got one point and a -6 in 15 games in '09... hell, 2008 was a bountiful year for Wade in comparison.
Zach Parise scored two goals last night...one on the power play [video] and one empty netter. He now has an incredible 63 points in 54 games and a nice streak of 13 points in 10 games. He's fifth in the league in scoring and has been one of the best fantasy surprises of the season.
When Parise scores it's usually Travis Zajac who sets him up. Last night was a great example of this as Zajac assisted on both of Parise's goals. Zajac's white hot lately...6+12=18 in his last 14 games. He's a great pickup (as we've been telling you for ages) if he's available in your league.
All is not rosy in New Jersey, as Brian Rolston's days of being a fantasy hockey contributor appear to be over... this is a guy who's averaged around 65 points and 300 shots the past three years in M'sota but with only 17 points in 36 games this year, he's a write-off. Who's to say what caused this as he's getting old, been battling injuries, only seen action on the 3rd line and reduced PP time.
In practice yesterday, Derek Roy filled in for Thomas Vanek on the Sabre's number one line alongside Tim Connolly and Drew Stafford. That's good news for all three players as D-Roy will have slightly better linemates and Cons and Staffy shouldn't experience much of a drop off with Vanek out.
Of course Vanek's injury has to affect somebody negatively...that would be Jason Pominville and Jochen Hecht. They will loss Derek Roy from their second line unit and have Clarke MacArthur joining them. We'll see if these combos stick this week.
Matthew Lombardi hit from long range last night with the 3-pointer but don't be fooled by this guy's promise as his 6 goals and 23 points this year aren't getting it done and with this being his 5th year in the league... if he hasn't had a breakout yet, it ain't ever gonna happen.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Steve Mason was back at practice yesterday and Ken Hitchcock is optimistic he'll be ready to go for their game against Detroit on Friday. We're thinking that Mason will have to be in pretty rough shape not to suit up for the big game against the Wings.
Marty Brodeur said on Monday that he's planning on an early March return. Big news for Brodeur owners as that high draft pick might finally bring you some value this year. Owners of Scott Clemmensen need to know the ride is about to come to an end in three or four weeks -- although he'll probably play a bit more than he did in prior years as Marty's backup.
A different kind of Marty update...this time it's Marty Hanzal. Hanzal will be out at least two weeks with a separated shoulder. We guess Hansel isn't so hot right now.
Daniel Carcillo is day-to-day with a mild concussion he suffered in a fight on Saturday. If you have daily transactions... get your PIM's somewhere else.
What's distracting us today? Sean Avery cleared waivers today. The rumoured plan for Avery is a conditional stint in the AHL (possibly with the Rangers affiliate, the Hartford Wolfpack). Then Avery would need to clear re-entry waivers where any team that claimed him would only be responsible for half of his remaining salary. It's sounding like the Rangers are going to bite. So the best possible case for the Stars is that they will be paying $7.75 million over the next four year for Avery to wear another team's uniform. Way to go Hull...nice work.
Anyway, we found this video of Brett Hull talking very highly of Avery when both were members of the Red Wings in 2001-03. We're surprised this video hasn't been making the rounds (at least where we've been watching) as it's pretty good fodder on Hull's blunder.