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Fantasy Fortnight - Who's Cold - Dec 22nd, 2010

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Hey Mike Green you know what would look cool?  A point-a-game pace.
Hey Mike Green you know what would look cool? A point-a-game pace.

We'll take a look back at the last two weeks (that's a fortnight) and see who is hot and who is not.  We're not just looking for who's hot or cold but who is playing above or below what we were expecting.

We divided things up into two posts.  Apparently you readers don't have long attention spans or something.  Click here to see who's HOT.

Statistics are up to Dec 22nd, 2010

FORWARDS

Valtteri Filppula : 7 gms with 0+2=2
After .64 ppg last year we were expecting a step up and a potential breakout season.  Instead he's on pace for just 42 points and this recent cold spell isn't helping matters.

Jason Arnott : 6 gms with 0+0=0
I thought Arnott had a good chance at a great season (if he could stay healthy).  He was going to be playing with Kovy and Elias and played at a .73 ppg pace last year.  Makes sense right?  He's been healthy but has put up the worst ppg of his NHL career.

Todd Bertuzzi : 7 gms with 0+1=1
He's been hot and cold all year.  He followed up nine points in ten game with only two over the next ten.

Nathan Horton : 6 gms with 1+0=1
Started out the season with 18 points in 17 games but he's had only five in 15 since. 

Nicklas Backstrom : 7 gms with 0+2=2
After 101 points last year owners have to be disappointed by the 77 point pace he's putting up this season.

Others forwards who are struggling of late: David Booth, Simon Gagne, Alexander Semin, Derick Brassard, Patrick Marleau and Patrik Berglund.

DEFENSE

Ian White : 6 gms with 0+0=0
We guess the change of scenery isn't working... just three points in 14 games with the Canes so far.

Mike Green : 5 gms with 0+0=0
He's been over a point-a-game player for the last two years but has only 14 in 29 games so far.  What gives?

Derek Morris : 6 gms with 0+1=1
He's not really an offensive powerhouse but after 29 points last year he has just six in 29 games this year.

Jay Bouwmeester : 7 gms with 0+0=0
Hard to believe he's playing at an even worst pace this year (.31 ppg) than he did last year (.34).  We guess the days of J-Bouw being a 40 point d-man are over.

Andy Greene : 6 gms with 0+0=0
37 points and a +9 last year made Greene a decent fourth d-man.  This year has been a disaster as he's on pace for just 23 points and a crazy -58.

Others who are struggling: Victor Hedman, Sergei Gonchar, Michael Del Zotto, Ed Jovanovski and Paul Martin

ROOKIES

Andreas Nodl : 7 gms with 1+0=1
He had a nice little streak of 10 points in 12 games but Nodl is coming back down to earth with just three points in his last 12.

Marcus Johansson : 5 gms with 0+1=1
I'm reading a lot of hype about this kid but he's failing to live up to it with only six points in 23 NHL games.  Many are hoping he's the answer to the Caps 2nd line center woes but he's not.  He's a few years from being fantasy relevant.

Alexander Burmistrov : 8 gms with 1+0=1
Another guy I'm continually hearing the hype about but I'm just not buying it.  Sure he was a 1st round pick but he has only one good season in the OHL under his belt.  He's another guy that's a few years away from deserving your attention.

Other struggling rookes: Kyle Turris. Alec Martinez, Tyler Seguin, Mattias Tedenby and Nazem Kadri

GOALIES

Carey Price : 1 wins, 3.83 gaa & 0.867 sv%
He's faced some tough competition lately and came out on the worse end of it.  He still leads the league in wins.

Semyon Varlamov : 0 wins, 3.91 gaa & 0.842 sv%
Looked good to capture the Caps #1 job a few weeks ago but now he's watched Michal Neuvirth start three straight games.

Brian Elliott : 0 wins, 4.21 gaa & 0.845 sv%
Cam was expecting big things from Elliott so I traded Elliott to Cam.  Smart move by me.

Sergei Bobrovsky : 1 wins, 4.18 gaa & 0.885 sv%
One of the biggest surprises of the year has been scuffling along lately.  Add in Boucher's hot play as well as Leighton's return and Bobrosky owners must feel a little panicked.

Steve Mason : 1 wins, 5.19 gaa & 0.859 sv%
He's been on the bench for three of the last four and there have even been a few rumours he might get demoted to the minor (he won't). 

Others goalies who are struggling: Marty Turco and Miikka Kiprusoff