Shea Weber added a goal to his loot bag last night giving him 20 on the year (3rd best in the league among dmen) and despite a mid season slump he has picked up his game lately with 3+4=7 in his last eight games and 6+7=13 with 21 PIMs in his last 14 games. So its safe to say that Shea's place among the elite dmen in the fantasy hockey world is secure. Btw he's also 3rd among dmen in shots.
This paragraph is for really desperate fantasy hockey GMs only... if you're interested in 3rd liners who don't see much PP time then look no further than Raffi Torres from Columbus... he's only got 10 goals and 16 points on the year so he's probably available but seven of those goals have come in his last 12 games. Do we think he'll keep it up?... probably not, but if you're still reading to this point then you must be pretty desperate.
Just your semi-daily Ryan Kesler update... two more goals last night gives him eight points in his last five games and 5+10=15 in his last 12. This guy is a solid add and start right now, especially with the Canucks playing four games both this week and next.
With the complete over-turning of the Lightning's defense core this year, who knows what the future holds but Matt Lashoff is the latest to get an opportunity to show his stuff and he's starting to step up with four points (three on the PP) in his last three games.
Kari Lehtonen and the Thrashers were looking unbeatable for awhile there -- five wins with 0, 2, 0, 3, and 1 goals against. Not so much over his last two games -- two losses with 6 and 6 goals against. Par for the course for the Thrashers.
Marian Gaborik scored in his second game back from injury. We worry this may jinx him but he looks good to get back into your lineup.
Alexei Kovalev and Alex Tanguay lined up next to Saku Koivu and looked pretty impressive. The line combined for 11 points. The power play was cooking as well. Maybe the Habs have finally hit rock bottom and are now coming alive.
Ty Conklin picked up the win over the Oilers by stopped 24 shots. The Wings are still expected to ride Chris Osgood down the stretch and into the playoffs. If we were the coach of the Red Wings (and god willing, one day we will be) we would be riding Conks and his 25-9-2 record all the way to the Stanley Cup.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Word out of Toronto is that Tomas Kaberle is coming back a week from today. We're not sure you would want to roll him out there the last week of the season but we guess that depends on how desperate you are.
Cam Barker has been keeping his owners in limbo lately as he's on an eight game point streak but has been alternating games on and off due to injury. He missed Sunday's game and the report is that he should be back for tonight's game.
Keith Tkachuk missed one game with a wrist injury that originally was thought to be broken but later turned out to be ok... he returned last night, so he's probably playing hurt. We'd tell you to be cautious with Walt but if he's on your roster then you already know that.
Tomas Holmstrom returned from injury last night and picked up an assist in less than 12 minutes of play. Looks like the Wings are easing him back into the lineup but once he gets back to his big minutes with Pavel Datsyuk he's worth a start.
This one went right under our radar... Justin Williams made his Kings debut last week and is now pointless in his first three games back. Just staying healthy should be his goal for right now.
Also returning to action from the injured list last night was Marek Zidlicky.
What's distracting us today? Today's lesson is "There are jackasses in hockey and there is hockey in jackass"