Don't punk the Dunc... Giggy making his case... why 40 for Hagman isn't outrageous... fully endorsing Huet (gulp)... Hemsky, Lucic & Fish all hurting... Crosby knows his periodic table (after someone tells him about it)
Happy Thanksgiving to our friends south of the border (no, not you guys in Mexico, different border)... enjoy the dirty bird!
Its best not to underestimate Duncan Keith... he's well on his way to increasing his point total & plus/minus for the fifth straight year and with 2+11=13 & plus-8 in his last nine games he's on a ridiculous pace for 74 points & plus-42 this year.
Corey Perry extended his loco point streak to 16 games last night... love this guy, he's fantasy gold.
Second straight strong start (lots of 'S's there) and win for JS Giguere... grab him if you own Hiller or if you need help in goal. The Ducks are giving up way too many shots this year (33.6 /game, 27th in the league) but Giggy seems determined to take back his #1 job and could get you some wins.
We mentioned Trent Hunter the other day and we'll mention him again as he scored last night bringing his point streak to eight games. He's playing on the top line with Tavares and Moulson right now and played a season high 18:48 last night. Proceed with caution as the dude's not this good.
Niklas Hagman potted another two goals last night and has five in his last five games. He's on pace for 40 goals right now and you might call bullshit on his chances (his career high is 27) but he's on pace for 250 shots which is well above his usual level, so he should be good for around 30 goals this year, maybe more. Just don't expect much in the other categories, for example, his career high is 20 assists.
Carl Gunnarsson had three assists last night and the late blooming Swede has been seeing decent minutes & PP time for the Leafs. Take a flier on him, if you like, but we're not very high on his chances to keep this up. He put up some points in the SEL last year (6+10=16 in 53 games) but doesn't have much of a history for offensive production.
TJ Hensick and Ville Koistinen will spend Thanksgiving on waivers... have fun with that. Hensick was a big scorer in college but can't translate those numbers to the NHL... we'd like to see someone give him a fresh start. Koistinen's got some offensive skills from the backend but can't seem to find a home... he's probably destined to bounce around a few more places before heading back to Europe for good.
A goal last night for Patrik Elias gives him six points in his last four and other than his breakdownability (I think we just made up a word) we love this guy, very consistently productive. See if you can buy low on PE as his career ppg is .86 and he's never been below .70 over his last nine seasons. He'll also give you around 250 shots and good PP production as well.
The ice-time has been creeping up for Max Pacioretty lately and so have the points as he is 2+3=5 in his last five games. We're really high on this kid long term and called him an under-the-radar breakout candidate in the Breakout Bible. He's probably not going to help too many people this year but he's worth keeping an eye on.
Another strong outing for Semyon Varlamov last night as he posted a 25 save blanking of the Buffalos. He's only lost once in regulation this year to go along with nine wins and two OTLs and combined with his stellar averages (2.35 & .922), its gonna be hard to keep him out of the net. Theodore will probably get a few more chances to heat up but this job is definitely looking like Varlamov's for good.
Against our best judgment we're ready to fully endorse Cristobal Huet now. Not just cause he's won seven in a row but more cause the Hawks are really keeping the shots down (23.8 /game, easily the best in the league) and Huet has only given up more than three goals on one occasion this year (he gave up four goals to Dallas on Oct. 17th) and was really only roughed up in one game this year (three goals on five shots to Calgary on Oct. 12th).
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Ales Hemsky left last night's game with a UBI after getting rammed into the boards from behind. Not sure on the extent but count on him missing some time as the dude's about as durable as wet toilet paper.
Milan Lucic went down awkwardly on his leg last night and left the game. It looked bad but the early word is that its nothing to worry about. Either way, we told you a little while ago that the Looch ain't gonna be fighting for a while so he ain't gonna be helping many fantasy GMs for a while either.
Andrei Kostitsyn couldn't go last night with a leg injury, its only a day-to-day thing but we'd make it a permanent thing and just drop the guy... waste of space.
Ales Kotalik has a bum shoulder, we've heard its nothing too serious but he sat out last night's game to rest.
Mike Fisher sat out last night's game with a UBI... its not considered serious and he's day-to-day. Dude is carrying a few of this scout's fantasy teams right now so lets all wish him a speedy recovery.
The Avs Kyle Cumisky missed last night's game with a foot injury, he's listed as day-to-day.
Andrei Loktionov won't soon forget his first NHL game, hell, he can still feel it as he left his debut after suffering a separated shoulder. Not sure how long he's out for.
Marian Hossa made his Hawks debut last night and he wasn't so terrible with two goals, including a shorty. The Hawks are rolling and Hossa's a stud so enjoy the ride if you own him.
Also returning to action from the injured list last night was: Drew Stafford, Eric Staal, Chuck Kobasew, Chris Drury, Zbynek Michalek and Ed Jovanovski.
What's distracting us today? A couple of videos for you.
First up, the always awesome Bloge Salming delivers some more gold in video format with their play on the The $100,000 Pyramid:
We also picked up on this video from the Post Gazette (via Illegal Curve). We didn't realize This Hour Has 22 Minutes actually produced anything funny anymore... apparently we were wrong as this clip featuring Sid The Kid is pretty entertaining.
87 - 8 = Gold. We love it.