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Fantasy Hockey News for Friday

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A fantasized look at the NHL action from Thursday night

Dilip Vishwanat

Is there anything hotter than Chris Stewart right now?... 2+1=3 last night and 6+6=12 & plus-6 over his last six games and only one of those points has come on the PP.

Almost as hot as Stewart lately is Blues tender Jake Allen as he won for the fourth straight time since being called up. Last night was his finest performance of the season being a 28 save shutout of Phoenix.

Your other shutout of the night went to Evgeni Nabokov but his came against Tampa who apparently have misremembered how to shoot lately as they only managed 18 shots against the Islanders last night.

Adam Oates reunited Alex Ovechkin & Nicklas Backstrom last night and it seemed to spark Ovi as he had 1+1=2 & six shots.

Brutal penalty shot attempt from Marian Gaborik last night, which is not inspiring a lot of confidence and neither is the fact that he has just one goal in his last 13 games.

Lovely SHG from the emerging Shawn Matthias and that gives him five scores in his last eight games.

I'm not sure if this is truely the best line of the night but let's say it is... two goals, plus-2 & 18/23 at the dot for Patrice Bergeron last night. He is having a heck of a season as his goals, shots & FO% are all up compared to the last five seasons.

Pascal Dupuis had the game-tying & game-winning goals last night as part of seven shots he put on net. He has 6+1=7 over his last five games as he plays the Mike Krushelnyski role while Crosby & Kunitz imitate Gretzky & Kurri.

Nik Antropov is surely a hot item on a lot of waivers wires (he was in the FHS UDL) after another strong outing with a PPG, two PIMs & five hits.

2A & seven shots last night for Matt Cullen and he has 8A over his last eight games... which coincides nicely with the fact that I just traded for him.

Guess who leads the Preds in goals?... why it's Gabriel Bourque after his 8th last night. He now has four goals in his last six games.

Jannik Hansen stroked a three-pointer against the Preds to give him 4+5=9 in seven games.

Jonathan Quick was removed from the net last night after allowing three goals on 12 shots. He sports a .851 sv% in seven games in April and his only two decent outings this month were against the hapless Flames at home.

Jake Muzzin found a way to make you like him even more last night, without registering a point, as he dropped the gloves and grabbed a few misconducts for a total of 19 PIMs

1st career goal for Jonas Brodin last night, his first point in over a month... still not convinced about this guy.

The old LoCo that we know and love is back as Logan Couture has four goals & 22 shots over his last four games.

Tampa called up the AHL leader in goals (32+26=58 in 59 games), Tyler Johnson, yesterday but he did squat last night in 11 minutes of ice-time.

Going Up: Jarred Tinordi & Edward Pasquale

Heading Down: Nick Johnson, Mark Stone, Rostislav Olesz & Ben Eager.