clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Fantasy Hockey News for Thursday - The Humpday Edition or Thanks for Alex Steen Edition

A Fantasy Hockey perspective of what went down in the NHL on Wednesday Night

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow fantasy hockey fanatics.

So I was thinking what is applicable in my fantasy hockey world to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day.

I know in the real world I have family who sort of like me, so that's a big win for me and worthy of giving thanks.

My fiance, an incredible and beautiful woman, who against all odds more than likes me, and indulges my hockey whims with as much excitement as I do.

That indeed is worthy of giving thanks for.

Here in my hockey fantasy world however the 2013-14 season didn't look so good.

Ilya Kovalchuk was a mainstay on my teams as one of my favorite players and a steady producers in the points department, while I never begrudged his decision to go home to be with family and friends it did leave my teams  lacking a large part of their offensive potential.

My strategy to replace this production at the time was a gamble on Alex Steen.

Now all I can say is Thank God for Alex.

Was a busy night with 26 teams in action, here is a very incomplete rundown

Your Daily Dosage for the games of Wednesday, November 27

Boston Bruins @ Detroit Red Wings

As a Red Wing fan I find it much easier to be thankful for Mike Babcock when they go out and play the way they did last night.

The promise and energy from the young guns shone thru, as well as some of the fire of the veterans.

Tomas Tatar potted his 3rd goal on the season while adding an assist, a plus-2

Gustav Nyquist scored his 3rd goal in four games, adding an assist and a plus-2, on 2 SOG

Henrik Zetterberg, 1 goal and 1 assist, a plus-2, 2 PIM

Niklas Kronwall 1 power play goal, 1 assist 3 SOG 4 Hits and 3 Blocks

Johan Franzen had the only 3 point night contributing 3 assists, a plus-3, 2 PIM, with 3 SOG to go with 3 Hits

Justin Abdelkader (3) Assisted by Johan Franzen

Tomas Tatar (3) Assisted by Brian Lashoff, Joakim Andersson

Henrik Zetterberg (11) Assisted by Gustav Nyquist, Niklas Kronwall

Niklas Kronwall (3) Power Play Assisted by Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg

Drew Miller (2) Assisted by Joakim Andersson, Tomas Tatar

Gustav Nyquist (3) Assisted by Johan Franzen

Jarome Iginla (5) Assisted by Matt Bartkowski

Tuukka Rask allowed all 6 of Detroits goals on 28 shots (.786 SV%)

Jonas Gustavsson only faced 17 shots in the win, his third consecutive, stoppping 16 (.941 SV%)

Montreal Canadiens (3) @ Buffalo Sabres (1)

Andrei Markov led the Habs offense with 3 assists

Alex Galchenyuk (6) Assisted by Andrei Markov, Lars Eller

David Desharnais (2) Power Play Assisted by P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov

Matt Moulson (9) Assisted by Drew Stafford

Brendan Gallagher (9) Power Play Assisted by David Desharnais, Andrei Markov

in a battle of Olympic hopefuls Carey Price 24/25 (.960 SV%) bested Ryan Miller 28/31 (.903 SV%)

Carolina Hurricanes (4) @ New Jersey Devils (3)

Justin Faulk with his first of the season

Andrej Sekera with 2 more assists has put up 5 points (3G+2A) on 9 shots, is a plus-6 to go with 3 Hits and 5 Blocks, in his last four games, giving him 13 points 5G+8A thru the first 25 games this season. While neither of his points came on the power play Wednesday night, his time on the man advantage is trending up, and he has 4 power play points 2G+2A. Perhaps at 27 he is becoming that steady do it all defender that we've only seen glimpses of as yet. You could do worse in a depth blueliner.

Justin Faulk (1) Assisted by Jiri Tlusty, Manny Malhotra

Tuomo Ruutu (3) Assisted by Eric Staal, Andrej Sekera

Travis Zajac (4) Assisted by Dainius Zubrus, Andy Greene

Ron Hainsey (3) Assisted by Radek Dvorak, Andrej Sekera

Patrick Dwyer (4) Shorthanded Unassisted

Andy Greene (3) Assisted by Patrik Elias

Jaromir Jagr (10) Assisted by Eric Gelinas, Patrik Elias

each goaltender faced the same number of shots 22 Cam Ward was able to stop one more, allowing 3 goals (.864 SV%) while Martin Brodeur allowed 4 on his 22 chances (.818 SV%)

Winnipeg Jets (3) @ New York Islanders (2)

Mark Stuart (1) Assisted by James Wright

Andrew Ladd (7) Assisted by Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little

Devin Setoguchi (6) Assisted by Keaton Ellerby, Mark Scheifele

Andrew MacDonald (2) Power Play Assisted by Thomas Vanek, John Tavares

John Tavares (11) Assisted by Matt Carkner, Brock Nelson

Al Montoya stopped 28 of 30 .933 SV%

Kevin Poulin could manage only 26 of 29 .897 SV%

Ottawa Senators (6) @ Washington Capitals (4)

While Alexander Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet

Bobby Ryan potted his 12 and 13th goals on the season

John Carlson 10 points (6G+4A) and 4 power play points (3PPG+1PPA) in 13 November contests, with increased ice time and power play time this multi cat blueliner is a must own

Eric Fehr (2) Assisted by Michael Latta

Bobby Ryan (12) Power Play Assisted by Patrick Wiercioch, Clarke MacArthur

Marcus Johansson (3) Power Play Assisted by Troy Brouwer, Alex Ovechkin

Brooks Laich (4) Assisted by Joel Ward, Jason Chimera

Chris Phillips (1) Power Play Assisted by Kyle Turris, Erik Karlsson

Colin Greening (1) Assisted by Marc Methot, Erik Karlsson

Mika Zibanejad (6) Power Play Assisted by Jason Spezza, Chris Phillips

John Carlson (6) Power Play Assisted by Joel Ward

Zack Smith (4) Assisted by Chris Neil

Bobby Ryan (13) Empty Net Unassisted

The goaltending was less than inspiring.

Craig Anderson gave up 4 goals on  33 shots .879 SV%

Braden Holtby allowed 5 goals on 40 shots .875 SV%

Nashville Predators (4) @ Columbus Blue Jackets (0)

Rookie goalie Marek Mazanec made 19 saves for his second shutout on the season

After a rough start losing his first 2 NHL starts Mazanec has looked like an all star in winning 5 of 6 allowing 2 goals or less in each, and not losing a game in that stretch in which Nashville has managed a goal.

Sergei Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 29 shots. His Vezina win in the abbreviated 2012-13 season, is becoming a distant memory. Consistency in the Blue Jacket lineup would certainly help but if Bob is going to turn this season around he'll need to start now.

Matt Cullen got the scoring started with what proved to be the game winner adding an assist,  plus-2, 2 SOG, 1 Hit

Nick Spaling 1G+1A, plus-2, 1 SOG, 1 Hit

Ryan Ellis 2 assist, plus-3, 1 SOG, 1 Hit

Matt Cullen (5) Assisted by Ryan Ellis, Nick Spaling

Mike Fisher (5) Power Play Assisted by Gabriel Bourque, Roman Josi

David Legwand (5) Assisted by Viktor Stalberg, Gabriel Bourque

Nick Spaling (4) Assisted by Matt Cullen, Ryan Ellis

Toronto Maple Leafs (5) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (6) SO

Who said Evgeni Malkin was done?

Geno showed last night why he is still a top 3 option, scoring two goals one a power play tally to begin the comeback and the game tying goal in the 3rd period to complete it.

He also assisted on the James Neal power play goal to get the Penguins within one goal of the floundering Leafs.

Chris Conner (1) Assisted by Andrew Ebbett, Brandon Sutter

James van Riemsdyk (10) Power Play Assisted by Dion Phaneuf, Cody Franson

Nazem Kadri (7) Assisted by Mark Fraser

James van Riemsdyk (11) Unassisted

Phil Kessel (13) Assisted by Tyler Bozak

Evgeni Malkin (5) Power Play Assisted by Kris Letang, Sidney Crosby

Kris Letang (5) Power Play Assisted by James Neal, Chris Kunitz

Tyler Bozak (4) Assisted by James van Riemsdyk

James Neal (7) Power Play Assisted by Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang

Evgeni Malkin (6) Assisted by Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz

Marc-Andre Fleury who allowed 3 goals on 11 shots, was yanked 13 seconds into the 2nd period, after a keystone cop routine ended in a James van Riemsdyk unassisted goal less than a minute into the second period.

Jeff Zatkoff was also greeted rudely when Phil Kessel one timed a feed from Tyler Bozak less than 30 seconds after he entered the game, he did manage to stop 11 of the next 12 shots to make it thru OT and get the shootout win.

Jonathan Bernier who was peppered with 48 shots on his net stopped 43 in the losing effort.

Philadelphia Flyers (2) @ Tampa Bay Lightning (4)

Victor Hedman with 2 goals, one a power play tally, and a shorthanded assist on 3 shots added 2 PIM, 3 Hits and 1 Block

Ondrej Palat scored the shorthanded tally on a rebound from an onrushing Hedman.

Hedman the 2nd overall pick, is playing with more confidence and looks the most at ease that I have ever seen him. The power play goal he scored was the result of his netfront presence, in the absence of Ryan Malone I can see where he could get more time on the power play.

Victor Hedman (5) Assisted by Nate Thompson, Tyler Johnson

Ondrej Palat (4) Shorthanded Assisted by Victor Hedman, Andrej Sustr

Victor Hedman (6) Power Play Assisted by Teddy Purcell, Valtteri Filppula

Vincent Lecavalier (9) Power Play Assisted by Brayden Schenn, Mark Streit

Mark Streit (1) Assisted by Claude Giroux

Tyler Johnson (6) Empty Net Unassisted

Ray Emery 31/34 .912

Anders Lindback 19/21 .905

New York Rangers (5) @ Florida Panthers (2)

Mats Zuccarello led the offense for the Rangers Tallying a power play goal and power play assist on 2 shots

Derick Brassard (5) Power Play Assisted by Mats Zuccarello, Derek Stepan

Brad Richards (7) Unassisted

Rick Nash (2) Unassisted

Scottie Upshall (5) Assisted by Brad Boyes

Nick Bjugstad (3) Unassisted

Mats Zuccarello (3) Power Play Assisted by Chris Kreider, John Moore

Carl Hagelin (5) Empty Net Assisted by Ryan McDonagh

Henrik Lundqvist allowed 2 goals while stopping 31/33 shots  .939 SV%

Tim Thomas 4 goals stopping 17/21 shots  .810 SV%

Phoenix Coyotes (3) @ Minnesota Wild (1)

Dany Heatley scored his fifth goal of the season, He started on the Wild's top line with Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle in Zach Parise's absence due to a foot injury.

Heatley has just eight points in 26 games, but has shown signs of life with three goals and four points in his last five games.

Radim Vrbata with a power play goal and an empty netter has 21 points in 23 games, I bet you're still wondering why you didn't grab him with that 7th, 8th round selection you used on

Mikkel Boedker (6) Assisted by Shane Doan, Derek Morris

Radim Vrbata (7) Assisted by Tim Kennedy, David Schlemko

Dany Heatley (5) Assisted by Nino Niederreiter, Kyle Brodziak

Radim Vrbata (8) Power Play, empty net Assisted by Martin Hanzal, Antoine Vermette

Thomas Greiss making only his 3rd start on the season all W's stopped 28 of 29 (.966 SV%)

Niklas Backstrom allowed 2 goals stopping  23/25 (.920 SV%) he's been good since returning from concussion, allowing 2 goals in each of his last 3 games since Harding injured himself. Backstrom only has one Win to show for it as the Wild offense struggles.

St. Louis Blues (4) @ Colorado Avalanche (1)

Life is good for the first line of The Blues

David Backes with a goal and a power play assist, plus-1, 4 shots, 5 Hits, 1 Block, followed up a scoreless game with the 2 pont effort to get back on that point per game pace with 24 points in 24 games.

Alexander Steen sniped a power play goal, his 20th goal and 30th point in 24 games,

Steen after being blanked for three straight games now has another point streak going with 3 goals and 1 assist in his last three.

T.J. Oshie rounding out the big three had an assist on 1 shot

Jay Bouwmeester had an assist and contributed 4 PIM's and 3 shots to go with a Hit and 3 Blocks

Derek Roy with 2 assists in the contest, now has 8 points in his last 8 games, however he also has seen diminishing ice time and only received 0:36 seconds of power play time and 11:45 in total ice time.

Jaden Schwartz, riding a 5 game point streak, with a short handed goal for his 5th on the season, to go with 10 assists in 24 games.

I don't know if he reaches his potential exactly what he will be able to do, he should look into a Marty St Louis fitness regimine as he is a little on the smallish side, but he is certainly one to watch, he has a tremendous sense of where to go on the ice and has the skills to be a very, very good player. He's not getting much ice time right now on the power play due to the depth of the Blues forwards, but he is certainly one to be rostered in medium to deep leagues and a consideration for keeper league managers.

Chris Stewart, the ever tantalizing promise of nearly reached potential, got his 5th into an empty net.

David Backes (11) Assisted by T.J. Oshie, Jay Bouwmeester

Alexander Steen (20) Power Play Assisted by David Backes, Derek Roy

Patrick Bordeleau (3) Assisted by Jan Hejda, Brad Malone

Jaden Schwartz (5) Shorthanded Unassisted

Chris Stewart (5) Empty Net Assisted by Derek Roy, Patrik Berglund

Both goalies came in having won 3 straight starts.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 25/26 (.962 SV%) to pick up his 14th win, he's been a bit sporadic in his peripherals this season, but with the Blues defense in front of him, I think you'll see him even things out before too long, providing he stays healthy which is always the bigger issue.

Semyon Varlamov 31/34 (.912 SV%) dropped only his 6th decision on the season against 12 Wins.

Chicago Blackhawks (3) @ Calgary Flames (2)

Matt Stajan (4) Assisted by Jiri Hudler, Lance Bouma

Sean Monahan (9) Assisted by Jiri Hudler, Kris Russell

Patrick Kane (14) Assisted by Brandon Saad, Duncan Keith

Patrick Sharp (9) Assisted by Marian Hossa, Niklas Hjalmarsson

Patrick Kane (15) Assisted by Niklas Hjalmarsson

Los Angeles Kings (2) @ San Jose Sharks (3) SO

Jeff Carter got his 6th on 5 SOG, he has points, (1G+1A), in both games since returning from the foot injury that sidelined him for 10 games.

Joe Thornton's 3rd goal of the season moved him to 50th in the NHL's all-time points list.

both Ben Scrivens and Antti Niemi had identical numbers in regulation and OT allowing 2 goals on 40 shots

Jeff Carter (6) Assisted by Dwight King, Mike Richards

Joe Pavelski (9) Assisted by Tyler Kennedy, Martin Havlat

Joe Thornton (3) Assisted by Tomas Hertl

Drew Doughty (5) Assisted by Ben Scrivens

That's all folks, enjoy your Holliday and let me know what I missed in the comments, I'm sure I missed a lot.