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A fantasized look at Monday's NHL action

Marianne Helm

Not too much happening with just three games on tap last night, but several players did specific things at specific times. Things you wanted them to do, or perhaps things you didn't want them to do. I'm paraphrasing edanger's "Meaning of Fantasy Hockey", forgive me.

Some interesting Bruins names putting up points last night. Reilly Smith (1+1=2, +1, 2:12 PP) and Carl Soderberg (1+1=2, +1, 5 SOG, 2:12 PP) were helping you, or probably not.

Some stats brought to you by the line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla: in even-strength situations, they are used together 27.1% of the time. On the power play, 56.8% of the time ( In 20 games so far, they are a combined plus-33 with 16 goals, 28 assists and 57 PIM. Interestingly, Iginla leads in that category with 25 PIM while Lucic and Krejci have 16 each. Lucic had an empty net goal and six hits last night. Iginla had an assist and the line finished a collective plus-6.

Cam Ward started his first game since Oct. 24th and stopped 29 of 32 shots in the loss to Boston. Ward continues to be overvalued in a lot of leagues, but that's gotta be coming to an end. Unless you only count saves and wins, Ward just hasn't emerged as a solid #1 or even #2 option in shallower leagues. He's had only one season with a save percentage better than .916, and only one season with a GAA less than 2.56. And no, it wasn't the same season.

Hopefully you didn't leave Brian Gibbons on your bench last night. Uh, yeah. The 5' 8", 170 pound undrafted dynamo potted a goal and an assist in the best night of his life ever and it's all downhill from here.

Evgeni Malkin had two helpers and a plus-2 and you know you're doing alright when a down year looks like 3+17=20, 16 PIM and 56 shots in 21 games. Actually, 56 shots is pretty damn low. On pace for 218? He had 339 two years ago and a 261 pace in the lockout season.

Why is it that Al Montoya always seems to be playing on my Dosage night? He follows me and it's creepy. I actually had him starting in one league yesterday. Figured an easy W against the Flames, right? Anyway, couldn't do it. Put him back on the bench, and I'll remember that restraint if the goalie categories end up squeakers. Montoya allowed four goals on 33 shots and lost in the shootout.

Reto Berra was busier, stopping 43 of 47 shots for the win. Stay far, far away.

TJ Brodie had a goal and an assist for his first points in November. Mike Cammalleri, also 1+1.

For the Jets, standouts were Bryan Little (fantasy line of the night with 1+1=2, plus-1, 10 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 hits and 1 block), Grant Clitsome (2A, plus-1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 4 hits, 3 blocks) and Dustin Byfuglien (1+1=2, 6 PIM, 6 SOG). Evander Kane's cold streak continues with no goals in nine games now, although he did have 10 shots and eight hits last night, so that's alright.

Up: Tyson Barrie, Brad Malone, Darcy Kuemper, Anders Nilsson
Down: Rickard Rakell, Mike Murphy, Luke Glendening, Johan Gustafsson, Brandon Mashinter, Jason LaBarbera (waived), Yannick Weber (waived)