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Fantasy Fortnight: Who's Cold - Frolik, Byfuglien, Elliott and more

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Dustin Byfuglien is attemping to be the first player in NHL history to play at a point a game pace in the first half and go pointless in the second.
Dustin Byfuglien is attemping to be the first player in NHL history to play at a point a game pace in the first half and go pointless in the second.

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 Hot.

Statistics are up to games played on Feb 1st, 2011


Michael Frolik : 9 gms with 0+0=0
It actually gets even worse as Frolik hasn't hit the scoreboard in 12 games... not just the nine above.  Before those 12, he was rolling along pretty nicely with 13 points in 14 games.  He needs to get more consistent if he's ever going to breakout like we feel he can.

T.J. Oshie : 5 gms with 1+0=1
He's back... but not really like we hoped.  Be patient, as he's got some rust he needs to shake off.  He's now playing at a  .61 ppg pace which is lower than last year.  He's better than that.

Rene Bourque : 9 gms with 1+1=2
What is going on with Rene?  22 points in his first 26 games but only six in the 24 games since.  We thought he was a lock for 60+ points if he could stay healthy.  The health has been there but not the production.

David Backes : 7 gms with 2+0=2
He's having the best season of his career so we'll just assume this is a minor bump in the road.  The best thing with Backes is that even when he's struggling he'll still help your fantasy team (4 PIM's and 20 shots in the fortnight)

Mason Raymond : 9 gms with 1+1=2
Those two points are his only ones in his last twelve.  The 53 points he picked up last year seem like a long time ago... he's only on pace for 39 this year.

Other forwards slumping: Loui Eriksson, Patrick Sharp, Nikolai Kulemin, Bryan Little, Phil Kessel, Matt DucheneBrooks Laich, Tyler Bozak, Evander Kane, Ryan Malone, Kris Versteeg, Wayne Simmonds and Jeff Tambellini


Dustin Byfuglien : 8 gms with 0+0=0
When Big Buff was busting out to start the year it was all we (and everybody else) was talking about.  How come his 12 game pointless streak isn't getting as much attention? (Although we're sure his owners are well aware of this slump).  Before this big slide he was a point-a-game player.  Amazing drop of in production.

Mike Green: 8 gms with 0+2=2
I've been one of Green's biggest supporters through his early season struggles.  Any d-man who scores back to back 70+ point seasons has a spot on my team.  I figured his slow start would make him a great trade target but I'm starting to think it's a good thing I wasn't able to pry him away from his owners.  He's on pace for just 38 points... exactly half the total he picked up last year.

Tomas Kaberle : 8 gms with 1+1=2
After that four assist game he had a few weeks ago he had only three in the next ten games.  He runs hot and cold but is still on pace for 50 points.

Marc Staal : 9 gms with 0+2=2
Staal has been playing big minutes on the PP (and in general) but the points just aren't coming.  He's playing at a 29 point pace which is only slightly above last season's mark.

Kevin Bieksa : 9 gms with 0+1=1
Kevin, Kevin, Kevin.... I thought we were past this.  He had 11 points in 13 games and it looked like we had the Bieksa of old back.  Instead we get the crappy line above. 

Other slumping d-men: Brian Rafalski, Sergei Gonchar, Jack Johnson, Kris Letang, Alex Goligoski, Toni Lydman, Nicklas Lidstrom, Jay Bouwmeester and Anton Stralman.


Tyler Seguin : 9 gms with 0+0=0
Yeah I'm the guy who picked him in the 2nd Half Draft.  I figured with Savard out and the Bruins a little desperate for for scoring they might give Seguin a bit more responsibility.  So far, not good.  I'm still hopeful he'll have a strong 2nd half... just less hopeful.

Evgeni Dadonov : 9 gms with 1+0=1
After that strong start to his NHL career (10 points in his first 15 games) Dadonov has really struggled.  You really shouldn't have been expecting that pace to continue.

Other rookies slumping: Alexander Burmistrov, Andrei Loktionov and Patrice Cormier


Brian Elliott : 6 gms with 0 wins, 3.45 gaa & 0.871 sv%
He's allowed less than three goals only one in his last seven games.  If you've been depending on Elliott your season probably isn't going too well and it could get even worse if Lehner plays well.

Tuukka Rask : 2 gms with 0wins, 3.59 gaa & 0.899 sv%
Who would have bet that half way through the season Rask would be the definite backup and Tim Thomas would be having another Vezina caliber season in Boston.  So glad I backed up Rask with Thomas in one of my leagues.

Nikolai Khabibulin : 4 gms with 0 wins, 3.31 gaa & 0.867 sv%
The Bulin Wall takes his regular spot on this list.  He's 2nd last in gaa (thanks to Chris Mason) and he's fifth last in sv%... all while playing more games than any of the guys at the bottom of the leaderboard.  It takes a special kind of talent to suck and still get playing time.

Other goalies slumping of late: Steve Mason, Craig Anderson, Jimmy Howard, Rick DiPietro & Andrew Raycroftt