Stammering on about Stamkos... can Malone keep it up?... Hedman awful (lately)... Toews' numbers down... a 'chunk' defined as a month... WTF + fights = distraction
Let's talk Stevie Stamkos... another 1+1=2 with seven shots last night and he's showing no signs of slowing down with 5+4=9 in his last 10 games and is still on pace for 50+ goals, 90+ points & 250+ shots through the first quarter of the season. We're pretty pumped about this guy as we pegged him as our #1 breakout candidate and for 75-80 points (higher than anyone else) in our Breakout Bible. We don't like to toot our own horn, so we just put all our breakout picks, good (Stamkos, Goligoski, Bogosian, etc.) and bad (Jack Johnson, Frolik, Callahan, etc.), on display every month in the Breakout Tracker and let you figure out who's giving you the best information.
We've mentioned this before but it's worth another chat, take a look at Ryan Malone if he's available in your league as he's on a torrid pace for 54 goals and 85 points. Now for a guy who's averaged 43 points through his first five seasons you might say that he has no chance to keep that up but if you do a deep dive into the numbers (new corporate lingo I just picked up) you see that he's averaged 140 shots per season during his career and he's on pace for around 240 this year... that should make you go hmmmm.
With three assists last night Marty St. Louis continues his hot start. He's picked up a point in all but three games this season and has 24 points in 21 games... they don't get much more consistent than Mighty Mite.
One measly assist is all Vic Hedman has to show for his last 15 games and he's really not adding that much in other categories and, it gets worse, he's now been removed from the PP units as he he's barely seen any PP time over the past three games. We still like this kid to have an impact this year but we're starting to have doubts.
Kurtis Foster has taken over Hedman's duties on the #1 PP unit and now has 1+2=3 in his last two games after starting the season with nothing in his first 10. This scout is not really a fan of Foster's (the player or the beer), as he's always hurt, but we've got another scout who thinks he's the greatest thing since Pizza Pops.
Antti Niemi picked up his 2nd shutout of the season last night and bettered his numbers to 4-1-1, 1.85 gaa and a .921 sv%. If Cristobal Huet starts to struggle again, Niemi is a top priority pickup but until then he just doesn't play enough to make an impact.
Jon Toews has been productive with 3+5=8 in seven games since returning from that concussion... good for him but the projected numbers are still down this year as he's on pace to finish with significantly lower totals for goals, PIMs & shots from last year's numbers.
Another goal last night for Evander Kane and the kid, while not lighting it up (7+5=12 through 20 games), is having a pretty productive season. He's on pace for close to 30 goals and 50 points which, for a kid who's only 18 and still needs to bulk up, is very solid. So if somehow he's available in a keeper league, grab him & if you already own him, congrats and don't let go.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Daniel Sedin made it back to the lineup for the Nucks last night after missing 18 games with his broken foot. He's a big addition to Vancouver's lineup and fantasy squads... he played over 18 minutes but didn't score a point, don't expect him to remain pointless long.
Matthew Lombardi returned on Saturday night and picked up a 1+1=2... both points came on the PP. He was out three games with a LBI.
Yesterday we told you Mike Babcock said Niklas Kronwall would be out a 'chunk' of time. Apparently to Babcock a 'chunk' is at least a month, and maybe two.
Jarret Stoll is out with a LBI, not sure how long he's out but hopefully not too long as he's been helping fantasy GMs out this year after being a major disappointment the past two years.
What's distracting us today? We saw the title "Top 5 Most WTF Moments in Hockey Fights" and we were instantly intrigued. Pretty much five clips we've all seen before, but five clips that you can watch over and over... particularly this one featuring Aaron Downey: