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Fantasy Hockey News for Friday

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A fantasized look at the NHL action from Thursday night

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Busy night with 12 games, here's what caught my eye...

Cody Eakin was the 1st star as Dallas ended the Sharks winning streak in a shootout.  Eakin had 1+1=2 while leading all Dallas forwards in ice-time with 21:40.  I like the Ginger Ninja quite a bit as he does a little of everything, scores, hits, wins faceoffs... smart player.

Pair o' helpers for P.K. Subban last night to give him 2+8=10 & 23 shots during a six game point streak.

Ben Bishop stopped 25 of 26 for his fifth straight win.  He hasn't lost yet this year and hasn't given up more than two goals in a game yet either, so dude. is. feeling. it.

A weak one or two snuck past Jonas Gustavsson but he clamped down on 38 other shots to record his 3rd straight win.  His .953 sv% looks much nicer than the .879 he had last season.  Something in between is closer to his true ability.

Daniel Alfredsson had an assist hat-trick last night and has 1+7=8 during a four game point streak.  Nonetheless, I still loathe this guy.

I figured Tim Thomas would put on a good show last night against the Bruins and he delivered denying 37 of 40 shots but the rust may have shown a little as the GWG with a minute left had some odour.

Time for some Arcobellove as I don't think Mark Arcobello is feeling the warmth from us fantasy GMs enough.  He had 2A, four shots and was 13 of 18 at the dot last night.  He's up to 8A, plus-5 & is 60% on facecoffs through his first eight games (17 mpg)  while lining up with Hall & Eberle.  He's not afraid to shoot or hit either, so he's been a surprise fantasy contributor so far.

Who is typing this sentence, has two thumbs and is a big Ryan Murphy fan?  This guy (sorry, visuals would help here).  Murphy had his first NHL goal last night and has 1+3=4 in his last six games.  More impressive was his end-to-end rush right before the goal, see below.

Another rookie dman who is making an impression is Morgan Rielly with an assist, three shots, four hits & two blocks last night.  He has four assists over his last four games and whether he should head back to Moose Jaw is sure to be a hot topic over the next week as he's played six games so far.

2A last night for Mike Santorelli as he was pretending he was still playing with the Sedin's.  Kesler took his spot on the top line but Santo did his damage mostly playing with Higgins & Hansen.  He's not someone you want to be relying on but definitely use him while he's hot.

Definitely not hot is the start for Jiri Tlusty this year.  Most of us knew a regression was coming here but I didn't think it would be this dramatic... no points through eight games so far.  He's kept his place on the top line with Staal & Semin but he's been bumped off the PP and his minutes are down about three mpg this year.

Something has to give here... Mikhail Grigorenko returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch last game but only saw 6:43 of ice-time.  He's been a scratch or seen less than nine minutes in five of the last six Sabres games, so the writing is on the wall... what does that even mean?

Decent evening for Matt Niskanen with A, plus-2, six shots & three hits.  He's on the Pittsburgh Penguins Power Play Unit 1, or what I like to call PPPP1.  That will likely change when Letang returns but Niskanen is off to a nice start with 1+5=6 & a plus-10 through his first seven games.

Game of NHL firsts for Boone Jenner as he had his played over 20 minutes for first time, saw his first PP action (3:21) and put home his first two NHL goals (both on the PP) on six shots.

The Sens have placed Stephane Da Costa on waivers.  We'll see if anyone takes a chance on the former college standout who has looked overmatched at the top level.