Editorial Note: In a cruel April Fool's joke on ourselves we deleted our April 2nd post and replaced it with April 3rd... guess its better than the opposite happening? Oh well, onward...
David Backes is one of our favourites here at FHS and he had one of the biggest fantasy games of the year last night. Four goals, +2, nine shots and four PIM's. Wow. With the game, Backes officially hit 'breakout' in our eyes (50 points). Backes has 17 points in his last 15 games and 163 PIM's this season. That sounds like a fantasy stud to us.
Speaking of breakouts...Niklas Kronwall hit 50 points as well yesterday with a 1+2=3 night. We all knew Kronwall was going to take a step up but nobody expected a jump from 35 points last year to the 50 he has so far.
We couldn't stop laughing at Rod Brind'Amour earlier in the year with his rather rotund plus/minus but with a +10 in his last 13 games he's brought that down to a less hilarious -20 on the season. In addition, he's been racking up the points with 7+10=17 in his last 13 games to go along with a seven game point streak.
Another big game for Bobby Ryan last night as he put up a trifecta of points in the win over the Canucks and Bab's has been rolling lately, not unlike a lot of Ducklings, with 4+4=8 in his last four games.
Al Montoya followed up his shutout against the Avs with a 20 out of 21 save win against the Kings. As long as Ilya Bryzgalov is around Montoya doesn't have any fantasy value but it's still a nice story.
The Leafs have signed Tyler Bozak, the free agent Cman from the University of Denver... you'd think he'd get into a few games this year to show his stuff. The Leafs have also announced that Marty Gerber will play the rest of the games for them this year... okay then.
Two of this scout's favourites... Joe Pavelski extended his point streak to seven games, with nine points and eight PIMs during the streak and David Krejci is not just satisfied being this year's biggest breakout player, he wants to finish with a bang as he's had eight points in his last four games and should top the 75 point level this year.
Alex Tanguay picked up a goal last night to give him 11 points in seven games. He's up to 40 points in 46 games which is a big improvement on his 58 points in 78 games last year. AT's linemate Alexei Kovalev has also seen a big improvement lately as he's 6+5=11 in his last five games. The third member of that trio, Saku Koivu, is a not too shabby 3+5=8 in his last five as well and he might be worth a look if he's on your waiver wire as the Habs play four games next week.
Yesterday Mathieu Schneider picked up this 15th point in 20 games with the Habs. It took him 44 games to do the same with the Thrashers earlier this season. He looks like a reliable start down the stretch. A nice pickup by the Habs and you (if you listened to us).
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Vincent Lecavalier is scheduled to have surgery on his wrist. He was supposed to have surgery last summer but delayed it as long as possible. Sounds like he'll be good to go next season though. Here's one of those pieces of news that doesn't impact the NHL but could change a fantasy league dramatically. Good luck, Lecavalier owners.
Ryan Smyth is done for the year as well, he hurt his hand on Wednesday night and the word came back yesterday that it was fractured... his hand and the Avs season.
Patrik Berglund left last night's game with a LBI. No word on the extent of the injury but we would like to see the talented rookie in the playoffs this year so cross your fingers.
Atlanta rookie Anssi Salmela is out with a head injury and will miss the next few games... please accept our condolences on your fantasy team's loss.
Carey Price sat out last night's game but it was only due to the influenza virus... a few Neo-Citron's and he should be good to go shortly.
Rob Blake returned from injury yesterday. He picked up an assist and played over 20 minutes. He looks good to start down the stretch.
Also returning to action from the injured list last night was Roman Hamrlik.
What's distracting us today? We were talking Slapshot the other day and that started us thinking about classic hockey movie scenes. We thought of Dumb & Dumber. While it isn't a movie about hockey it does star a hockey player...Cam Neely.
Neely has, most likely, the greatest ever acting performance by a hockey player in a movie. His portrayal of 'Seabass' should have been Oscar worthy: