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Fantasy Hockey News for Wednesday

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A fantasized look at the NHL action from Tuesday night

Paul Bereswill

More amazing stuff from David Clarkson as the tough guy had 2+1=3, PPG, GWG & plus-2 last night. He now has at least a point in eight of nine games to start the season and is tied for third in the league with seven goals and amongst the league leaders in shots with 38. If you were counting on a major regression from him this year then it looks like Clarkson wants to make you eat your words.

You know what's hot?... Pekka Rinne is hot. Third straight road win for the big Finn last night and he's only allowed a single goal in each contest. So he has shaken off the early season rust that saw him go winless in his first five games this year.

You don't see this too often as Blues tender Brian Elliott was roughed up last night giving up four goals on 11 shots before being pulled in the 2nd period. His sv% is a disturbing .874 through his first six games this year, just a tad lower than the .940 from last season.

Flyers tough guy Tom Sestito shocked everyone with the only two Flyer goals of the game last night in a win over Tampa. He saw a season high eight minutes of ice-time, which should tell you about all you ned to know about his fantasy value.

Mike Richards has disappointed to start the season with no goals through his first seven games but he offered an olive branch to his fantasy owners with 1+1=2 and the always appreciated instigator with visor-fight-misconduct combo for a total of 19 PIMs.

Jarome Iginla finally broke the seal for the season with his first goal in the win over the Wings last night. He is typically a slow starter but has been getting plenty of chances so expect him to go back to the well again shortly.

Not a big fan of Simon Despres but have to give it up to the kid as he scored a goal last night to go along with four PIMs. He's been a solid contributor with 2+2=4, 14 PIMs & 15 hits in eight games while only seeing limited minutes (13 mpg) this season.

I am a fan of Tommy Wingels though as he can chip in a few points, like 1+1=2 last night, and will likely finish top 10 in the league in hits. After five hits last night, he sits tied for 13th in the league with 29 through nine games.

Hawks rookie Brandon Saad with his first NHL goal last night in San Jose. He's been taking regular shifts on the top lines for Chicago but didn't have anything to show for it until now. He looks like a good one for the future but keep your expectations in check for this season.

A pair of primary assists for the Jets Zach Redmond including setting up the GWG in OT. This was just his third NHL game but he's been logging decent minutes (20 in each game so far) with Byfuglien out. I'd recommend this kid to you if I thought he was going to get an extended look but I doubt he will.

The Avs claimed Habs farmhand Aaron Palushaj off waivers. He is just returning from a shoulder injury and hasn't played in over a month. I used to like this kid as he has put up some nice point totals in college and the AHL but was pretty ineffective in 38 games with Montreal last season (1+4=5). We'll see what kind of role he gets with Colorado.

Up from the A: Petr Mrazek, Tomas Tatar & Mark Arcobello.

Down to the A: David Rundblad & Devante Smith-Pelly