So MoP is gone and I'll be your new host for Thursday mornings. A downgrade I'm sure, but nothing we can do about it, let's go...
Ladies and Gentlemen we have a couple of trades to dissect:
Devan Dubnyk is going to the Preds for Matt Hendricks. You have to like this for his future prospects. He gets a chance to show what he can do before he becomes a UFA this summer.... and Nashville is a great place for him to do that. The big problem is Pekka Rinne should be back in the next few weeks. So good news for Dubie in the very short term but don't expect much down the stretch this season.
Ben Scrivens is the Dubie replacement in Edmonton. He was picked up for a 3rd rounder (which seems like a lot for him). He's a decent enough goalie but, like Dubioe, he's also a UFA so I don't see the point of this trade from the Oilers perspective. With Ilya Bryzgalov around, he won't get a ton of starts and the Oilers have been pretty good at hanging their goalies out to dry this year. I wouldn't expect anything this season.
The best news from a fantasy perspective is that the Kings will be calling Martin Jones back up and he'll be Quick's full time backup. He's been lights out this year (in limited action) and since he plays on the defensive Kings you can to expect good things going forward. He's one of the better backups to own in the league.
Not much happening in the Leafs-Sabres game last night as not one player managed to do the multi-point thing.
Zemgus Girgensons didn't pick up any points but he did notch 13(!) hits and picked up the 2nd star of the game. He's only had one other game he's had more than four hits in a game and that was only six. So what I'm trying to say is don't go rushing to your waiver wire thinking you've found your Hits Jesus.
Matt Moulson picked up his 15th goal last night and he's apparently on the trade block even though Sabres don't seem too interested in trading him. We hope that is posturing as his fantasy value would look much nicer on another team.
Tyler Bozak had 16 points in the 12 games previous to last night, but he was held scoreless yesterday. He did score the clincher in the shootout, but that's not helping your fantasy team. If you're expecting Bozak to continue over a point-a-game you're dreaming.
Own any Penguins? Well last night was there only game this week. Which means in some weekly leagues the best player in the world might have been on your bench. Crazy days. (He picked up an assist, by the way).
The real fantasy star for the Pens was Jussi Jokinen (1+1=2). Jussi is on pace for a surprising 58 points, which would be the second best total of his career. Good for you Jussi!
Olli Maatta (1+1=2) and Matt Niskanen (2 assists) also made their owners happy. Niskanen, in particular, has been a real find this year. He's on pace for 42 which would be a career high.
Nicklas Backstrom was all zero's except for a minus-3 (which is worse than a zero, btw). Ouch. He's now scoreless in the last three games. Triple ouch.
Alex Ovechkin scored again. That's kinda his thing. He's now on a pace for 60.
Michal Neuvirth started for the 2nd time in four games. He allowed 4 goals on 37 shots. It's looking like Braden Holtby has dropped another spot on the depth chart. Time to cut bait on Braden, if you haven't already.
Eddie Lack got pumped for three goals on 13 shots. He's been off and on since he took over for Luongo. Four bad games, one okay and five great. Have fun predicting that going forward!
Joacim Eriksson cleaned up the mess after Lack left and didn't do a very good job of it. Letting in six goals on 31 shots.
So for those of you counting at home that's nine goals (six on the PP) on 44 shots for Anaheim... which means a lot of Ducks had big nights, like:
- Corey Perry who picked up 2+2=4. Perry sometimes gets a little forgotten about in the "best fantasy player" argument nowadays but he's on pace for a very fine line of 89 points, +38, 70 PIM's, and nearly 300 shots. That would be his second best season to date.
- Teemu Selanne picked up a 1+2=3 and now has six points in his last four games played. Nice little hot streak but don't forget this guy is on pace for just 32 points and is old, oh so old.
- Patrick Maroon had two assists last night and now has five points in his last five games. He doesn't get much playing time (like 10-12 minute a night) but he does bring a few PIM's (on pace for 126 this year)
- Nick friggin' Bonino picked up two grapes and now has 10 points in his last eight games. He's on pace for 58 points. Great out of nowhere season here.
- Sami Vatanen had a 1+2=3 night and now has five points in his last five games and is on pace for 26 points. He's been playing 12-16 minutes a night most of the year but was well over 20 last night and obviously responded in a very positive manner. Maybe a bit more playing time in the future?
- finally, Hampus Lindholm racked up two assists and he's now on pace for the magical (and breakout worthy) 30 point season.
One guy that didn't hit the scoreboard for the Ducks was Cam Fowler. He has zeros for the last six games. He's still on pace for a big 44 points though so he's got that going for him. Gotta think he comes around eventually with the minutes he's playing on this team.
Not much to tell you from the Vancouver side of things (Zach Kassian has 12 PIM's and a goal) so how about we just point out that Tom Sestito picked up another 22 PIM's last night. That's 49 in his last two games! Old Time Hockey!