A few guys with favourable schedules next week that you might want to consider... Matthew Lombardi is the #1C in Phoenix and as wrong as that is he's 4+1=5 with eight PIMs in his last five games and the Yotes play four games next week. San Jose also plays four next week and Joe Pavelski goes into the week on a five game point steak that features seven points. Boston only plays three next week but all are at home they get TB & Ottawa so consider Chuck Kobasew for a position on your wing as he's 5+3=8 in his last 10 games.
And here's a few guys that you might consider benching next week... Brian Campbell only has three assists to show for his last 10 games and sports a -8 over that span, it might be tough to sit him down as Chicago plays four games next week, it depends on what options you have. Andrei Kostitsyn has missed the last two games with the flu but even before that he should be benched as he's only managed two points in his last 14 games. Thomas Vanek hasn't seemed himself after coming back from the jaw injury and has only six points in 12 games since his return and his ice time and shots are down from their usual levels.
Patrik Berglund picked up a goal last night to give him four points in three games. He's got loads of talent but he's bounced between hot and cold streaks all year. He shouldn't top 50 points this year (he's at 43 right now) but next year we see a breakout coming.
Craig Anderson played in his second game in a row last night...both wins. He stopped 72 shots in the two games and it looks like the Panthers might stick with the hot hand. Not good news for Tomas Vokoun's owners in the short term.
Jason Spezza was 2+1=3 last night and now has 17 points in his last 10. If he keeps this up maybe Ottawa will make the playoffs...but don't get your hopes up Sens fans.
Sticking with the Sens, Nick Foligno and Dany Heatley have swapped spots as Foligno moves up to line #1 last night and continued his fine form as he has six points in his last five games while the Heater is off as he has only one point to show for his last five games.
The resurgence of Tobias Enstrom continued last night. He went 1+2=3 last night and now has 12 points in his last nine games. Eight of those 12 points also came on the PP. If somebody dropped him in your league go grab him.
Scotty Hartnell picked up a 1+1=2 last night to give him 59 points on the season. When you add in his 127 PIM's and 190 shots he's one of the few true all-fantasy players in the league.
Jason Pominville extended his point streak to six games last night (2+8=10 during the streak) and he's really clicking on a line with Tim Connolly (4+2=6 in his last three games) that has become Buffalo's #1 line lately.
Have you heard this one before?... What happens when you get a Russian, a Ukrainian and a Belorussian together?... I'm sure there a great joke that starts like that but if we're talking about the Maple Leafs then that's the recipe for a hot line right now... Alexei Ponikarovsky is 5+12=17 in his last 10 games, Mikhail Grabovski is 5+9=14 in his last nine and Nikolai Kulemin is 4+2=6 in his last six.
After only two points in eight games Alexei Kovalev has picked up two goals last night to give him five goals and an assist in his last three games. He's one of the most frustrating guys to own so ride out the hot streak while you can cause who knows when Kovalev will put it back into neutral.
If you're desperately seeking dmen for your stretch drive then take a boo at... Bruno Gervais from the Islanders. He's got six points and 13 PIMs in his last 10 games and plays with Mark Streit at even strength and occasionally on the PP as well. Also consider Matt Hunwick from the Bruins as he's had points in three straight (five points in total) and plays on the #2 PP unit. Only issue is that Hunny is prone to regular scratchings.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Jonathan Cheechoo skated yesterday but still missed last night's game with his lower body injury. We have a rule here at FHS: If a player doesn't score when he plays with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau (like Cheechoo was doing before he was hurt) it's time to cut him loose.
Speaking of Patty Marleau, he left last night's game early with a LBI... the team says its not serious and that he's only day-to-day but combine this with the fact that he only has three points in his last eight games and Marleau owners are in a dilly-of-a-pickle when it comes to setting their lineup next week.
The Wild says that Mikko Koivu will play tonight in Edmonton so keep an eye on that game if you're a Koivu owner before you put him in your lineup next week.
Niklas Hagman returned to action last night after missing the last 13 games with concussion related issues and he scored his 20th goal, so he looks to be fine.