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Fantasy Hockey News for Thursday - The Humpday Edition or The Resurgent Edition

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

Mats Zuccarello maing himself at home in the crease
Mats Zuccarello maing himself at home in the crease
Maddie Meyer

Your Daily Dosage November 6, 2013

Braden Holtby is an instance of resurgence.
This guy has been tremendous, might be the most overlooked tender in the NHL right now.
since beginning the season winless in his first 4 starts the faith which Coach Adam Oates has placed in him has been rewarded and then some.
In the 8 games he has started since he has 6 Wins vs 2 Losses while posting a GAA 1.87 with  a SV% .943 while facing an average of 33 Shots directed at him per game
Sure he can deliver a clunker such as the game at Calgary on Oct. 26th, where he was yanked after 12 min. (it wasn't all him as the unchallenged Flames had already fired 14 shots at him halfway thru the first period) however those games don't seem to bother him in the least. He came back and posted his 30 save shutout, while being an unwilling punching bag at Philly, in his very next start.
(this game is included in the above totals without it you get a GAA 1.71 with  a SV% .951)

National Hockey League Schedule

Pittsburgh Penguins (1) @ New York Rangers (5)

The Rangers on October 25th were 2-6-0 and eight games into their nine game road trip to begin the season.
During that stretch they had reasonable production from their top players, Ryan Callahan, Brad Richards and Derek Stepan, yet were recieving no secondary scoring and were averaging only 1.5 goals per game.

Mats Zuccarello was pointless in the first seven games of the season. This led to head coach Alain Vigneault to sit him down for game number eight,
Chris Kreider failed to make the cut out of camp didn't see game action til October 24th game number eight.
Since that game number eight, these two speedy players have been in the middle of a resurgent Ranger offense which scored 5 goals on Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury, who came into New York sporting a 10-2-0 record and a career best 1.83 GAA.

Sidney Crosby went pointless for only the third time this season, he remains league leader with 23 points (8+15) (8 PPP 2+6)
Evgeni Malkin had an assist. He's been effective but not quite Geno like yet with 14 points thru 16 (3+11) if you have PPP he is still paying dividends with 7 PPP (1G+6A)
Chris Kunitz saw his 4 game goal streak halted but picked up an assist on 3 shots with 4 PIM
He remains the teams second leading scorer with 16 in 16 games

Kris Letang (3) Power Play assisted by Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin

Ryan McDonagh (3) assisted by Brian Boyle
Derek Stepan (4) assisted by Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider
Brian Boyle (1) assisted by Brad Richards, Anton Stralman
Ryan Callahan (4) assisted by Brad Richards, Carl Hagelin
Derick Brassard (3) assist by Derek Dorsett

Carl Hagelin is quite the team player. So unselfish that he shot the puck off of both his liney's sticks past Fleury giving the entire trio a point
With the assist Hagelin now has 5 points in 5 games since returning from shoulder surgery (2G+3A) plus-3
Brad Richards picked up a pair of helpers
Ryan Callahan scored his 4th goal on 2 shots to go with his 4 Hits
Brian Boyle potted his first on the year also registering an assist

Henrik Lundqvist was once again stellar in stopping 28 of 29 in the Win

Winnipeg Jets (1) @ Chicago Blackhawks (4)

After besting The Mighty Red Wings, former first round pick (6th overall in 2004 by New York Rangers) Al Montoya 2-1-0 with a .939 SV% and a 1.69 GAA was rewarded/cursed with the start over the ever inconsistent yet incumbant Ondrej Pavelec. Unfortunately for Al the team that dominated the Wings on Monday was M.I.A. on Wednesday, So Al is now 2-2-0 with a .921 SV% and a 2.20 GAA beware the small sample size.

Corey Crawford picked up the win stopping 24/25 to run his record to 9-2-3 with 2.10 GAA and .921 SV%
after a slow start he seems to have gotten into a groove

Jonathan Toews (8) assisted by Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith
Patrick Kane (9) assisted by Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith
Brandon Pirri (3) assisted by Ben Smith
Patrick Sharp (4) unassisted

Patrick Sharp seems to be heating up, with a goal and an assist, giving him 6 points (3G+3A) in his last 5 games, to go with 4 SOG, 3 Hits and 1 BLK, I thought Sharp was the best player in the game, but what do I know. He received 2nd star to Captain Serious, so maybe I have a bias against Toews, never been a Foote lover.

Devin Setoguchi (3) assisted by Olli Jokinen, Dustin Byfuglien

Winnipeg's top line, which was so instrumental in defeating Detroit, Blake Wheeler / Bryan Little / Andrew Ladd combined to go minus-9 with 3 SOG

Nashville Predators (6) @ Colorado Avalanche (4)

Nashville is now officially a juggernaut... not!
They have scored 14 goals over there last 3 games, a total they normally struggle to reach in twice that many.

Colin Wilson had our stat line of the night with 2 Goals on 3 shots (one a power play the other a game winner) and 2 assists one at evens and the other on a power play, his peripherals were nothing much... actually they were just nothing. The 4 points nearly doubling his season totals, the 3 shots move him just over 1 shot per game
I know he has a draft pedigree, it just happens to be a Nashville pedigree, so I'll remain skeptical for now
Viktor Stalberg after being recently consigned to pressbox duty had a nice game with a goal and assist on 6 shots, in what little of this game I saw, he was quite noticeable.

Viktor Stalberg (1) assist Colin Wilson, Mattias Ekholm
Craig Smith (3) Power Play assist Colin Wilson, Ryan Ellis
Paul Gaustad (3) assist Filip Forsberg
Colin Wilson (2) Power Play assist by Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi
Colin Wilson (3) assisted by Viktor Stalberg, David Legwand
Gabriel Bourque (1) Empty Net assisted by David Legwand

The Colorado machine continued to put up points
Mat Duchene with a goal and 2 assists puts him over a point per game pace with 17 (10G+7A)
He's another points only guy but he is very capable of the elite point numbers and isn't shy about firing the puck from all over the ice.
P.A. Parenteau also with a multi point effort (1G+1A) giving him 5 of each thru 14 games.
I was surprised to see he hasn't registered a single point on the power play as yet, as that was his specialty. His ice time is down across the board which will happen when you get depth lines that can score.
Ryan O'Reilly whose ice time has not gone down also scored a goal with 8 shots

P.A. Parenteau (5) assist Matt Duchene
Ryan O'Reilly (5) assist P.A. Parenteau, Matt Duchene
Paul Stastny (5) assisted by Jamie McGinn
Matt Duchene (10) assisted by Cody McLeod, Cory Sarich

Andre Benoit was back in the lineup and skated 24:22 second only to Jan Hejda

Phoenix Coyotes (2) @ Anaheim Ducks (5)

Hey Cam, did you tell Mike Smith that it was still October?
Maybe he was trying to normalize his production as he allowed 4 goals on 28 shots in the loss.
Shane Doan continued his recent point per game pace with a goal and he has 7 points over his last 7 games 4G 3A
Mike Ribeiro added a helper only his 2nd point in the last 7 games, both assists.
Martin Hanzal picked up an assist to continue his surprising production giving him 13 points in 15 games 5G+8A add in the 3 Hits/2.5SOG/1.5 PIM/per game and he has been a nice late round addition
Michael Stone, one of my sleeper picks for the season, notched his 3rd goal of the season, a Power Play tally.
His play has been spotty and I can find little info on why he has only dressed for 11 of the 'Yotes 17 contests.
If anyone knows the score I would appreciate it.

Jonas Hiller was better than Smith in stopping 24 of the 26 he faced and gets the win, no doubt an attempt to fend off the never ending cycle of goalies trying to steal his job.
Teemu Selanne was back in the lineup after missing 3 games with a bit of grill work. He didn't figure into any of the scoring or register a shot. I didn't see the game so I don't know if he was whiney.
There were several Ducks with two point nights
Hampus Lindholm who has been solid for the Ducks this season scored the first of what I'm sure will be several or more in his career he also picked up an assist.
Ryan Getzlaf with a goal and an assist to go with 6 SOG 3 HITS a BLK and 6 for 8 on draws
Corey Perry scored the game winner adding 2 PIM and 4 SOG
Nick Bonino who Cam likes added 2 assists, he's a Duck so I don't like him.
The most surprising stat line of the night to me was...
Cam Fowler Scored A Goal! and an assist
I don't roster any Ducks if I can find equal value elsewhere, thankfully in his case they have been plentiful, never had a thought about drafting him, even though I heard the hype. Sometimes a hate Duck can be a good thing, 

Shane Doan (6) Assisted by Mike Ribeiro, Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Michael Stone (3) Power Play asisted by David Moss, Martin Hanzal

Hampus Lindholm (1) assist Mathieu Perreault, Devante Smith-Pelly
Ryan Getzlaf (7) Power Play assist Cam Fowler, Nick Bonino
Corey Perry (10) assist Hampus Lindholm
Cam Fowler (1) Power Play assist Nick Bonino
Andrew Cogliano (3) Empty Net assist Dustin Penner

Sami Vatanen healthy yet still not in the lineup I don't imagine Lindholm is gonna make it easy.

What did I miss, let me know in the comments...