Today 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 for Who's Cold.
Statistics are up to the All Star Break.
Lee Stempniak : 8 gms with 5+6=11
This guy is as streaky as they come. Before this streak he had only three points in the previous 16 games. He's not getting a ton of PP time or playing with great linemates (Belanger and Pyatt), so we can't see this streak continuing. Roll the dice, if you feel lucky.
Jordan Staal : 6 gms with 3+4=7
After coming back from injury, Staal went five games without a single point. Looks like he's shaken off the rust as he put up the above numbers in the six games since. Overall, he's only playing at a .64 ppg pace, which is pretty much in line with the career numbers. We'll see if he can keep this hot streak up... a return of Malkin and Crosby can only help.
Jiri Hudler : 6 gms with 1+5=6
Looks like Hudler is finally starting to put things together with 12 points in his last 14 games. Considering he had only six point in the 30 games before.... that's some big progress. I like Hudler down the stretch for deep leaguers. He's got more upside than a lot of guys on the wire as he could play at a 60 point pace the rest of the way.
Claude Giroux : 8 gms with 3+8=11
In addition to the points, he even added 9 PIM's and a plus-9 this fortnight. He now sits at 47 points, which is good for 13th (tied) in the league. Those 47 points also match what he put up last year... just in 32 less games. He's looking good to be the breakout of the year.
Mike Ribeiro : 6 gms with 1+8=9
It's easy to understand why Ribeiro wasn't a big target on draft day as he doesn't score a lot, was coming off a bad (injury shortened) season and was even the subject of many the trade rumour. But if you're in a medium to deep league Ribeiro is making a great 2nd C. He's on pace for 75 points, something he's done two of the last three years.
Other forwards who are hot: Jeff Carter, Steven Stamkos, Brian Rolston, Eric Staal, Mike Richards, Daniel Sedin, David Moss (yeah really), Thomas Vanek, Patrice Bergeron, Derick Brassard, Jussi Jokinen, Jason Pominville, Teemu Selanne, Jakub Voracek, Bobby Ryan, Brad Boyes, Matt Cullen, Rick Nash, Dave Bolland, Kyle Brodziak, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Troy Brouwer, Andrew Brunette and Jamie Benn
Keith Yandle : 8 gms with 2+11=13
Just to put this into perspective: this hot streak over a whole season is a nutso 133 points. This fortnight pushed him into the league lead in dman points. Love what Yandle has been doing the last few years but I didn't see this superstar breakout coming.
Dmitry Kulikov : 6 gms with 2+4=6
In the FSR we picked Kulikov as our breakout for the Panthers, we figured 16 points in 68 games as a 19 year old rookie meant good things could come. He started out the year with only 3 points in his first 22 games but has 14 points in the 28 games since. Don't pick him up expecting Bobby Orr but a 30 point pace the rest of the way seems likely.
Grant Clitsome : 6 gms with 2+4=6 / Fedor Tyutin : 6 gms with 2+4=6
We've talked about these guys a lot lately. While we don't really know if they can keep their recent hot streaks up they are worth a short-term add in deep leagues as they are getting a ton of PP TOI.
Joe Corvo : 8 gms with 1+7=8
Last season was a pretty ugly year for Corvo and his owners with only 18 points in 52 games... that was the worst pace he's put up since 2003-04. Four of his past five seasons have been over 37 points and expect that trend to continue this year.
Brent Burns : 6 gms with 2+3=5
Burns has teased fantasy owners for many years but injuries have always killed the party. He's finally healthy and has cracked the 30 point barrier for only the second time in his career, with much more to come. He's on pace for 51 points and 105 PIM's... gotta love that
Other hot dmen...Lubomir Visnovsky, Zdeno Chara, Alexander Edler (now injured) and Chris Pronger.
Tyler Ennis : 7 gms with 3+6=9
He's fifth in rookie scoring now but he's charging hard. He's not getting as much pub as the guys ahead of him (Skinner, Couture, Hall and Stepan) but it wouldn't surprise me if he finished the season behind only Skinner on that list.
Michael Grabner : 8 gms with 6+3=9
The former first round pick is on a bit of a tear playing on the 2nd line with Okposo and Nielson. Don't get too excited though as he went 18 games with only three points before this streak and he's getting barely any PP time.
Brad Marchand : 8 gms with 5+2=7
9th in rookie scoring and on pace for 41 points. Those totals are especially surprising as he's getting almost zero PP TOI (only averaging 0:13 / game). Marchand, Recchi and Bergeron are showing a lot of chemistry at even strength but this pace can't continue with no PP time.
Other hot rookies: Taylor Hall, Jeff Skinner, Nathan Gerbe, P.K. Subban and Kevin Shattenkirk
Martin Brodeur : 6 gms with 4 wins, 1.98 gaa & .925 sv%
Really starting to look like Marty and the Devils have turned a corner with their recent success, although this hot streak really isn't helping John MacLean's resume. I'd be willing to take the gamble on Brodeur, Kovalchuk, Elias, etc... as long as I could get them at a discount.
Sergei Bobrovsky : 5 gms with 5 wins, 1.80 gaa & .937 sv%
After a rough stretch from Dec 8th to Jan 8th, Bob has been hot and the it has brought Bob back into ROY talk. He's started six of the Flyers last nine and won all of them. He's on pace for 34 wins, 2.42 gaa and .920 sv%.
Marc-Andre Fleury : 5 gms with 5 wins, 1.40 gaa & .956 sv%
He's been one of the hottest goalies in the league for a while now and he hasn't allowed more than four goals in a game since Nov 19th. Even including his brutal start, he sits fifth in the league with a 2.19 gaa and sixth with a .925 sv%
Other hot goalies: Tim Thomas, Dwayne Roloson, Ryan Miller, Pekka Rinne, Ilya Bryzgalov and Antti Niemi.