Tampa Bay defeats Calgary 2-0
The Flames were unable to muster very much offense and were blanked last night against the Bolts. Ondrej Palat had an impressive game, scoring a goal and adding an assist. If you're in a deep league, Palat could be worth a look, especially with the impending return of Steven Stamkos. There will be a few youngsters who will be lucky enough to play alongside the elite-level talent, so keep your eyes peeled for his linemates when they're announced.
The story of the night was Ben Bishop, who finished the night with a 19-shot shutout. While the shot total remained relatively low, it was generally a low scoring affair and Bishop kept his team in it all night. This was a solid outing for both him and his owners. Karri Ramo did well given the circumstances, but was pegged with the loss nonetheless. Not many skaters on the Flames are fantasy relevant, so steer clear if you have the luxury of doing so.
Anaheim defeats Edmonton 5-2
The Ducks continued to make their mark on the 2013-14 campaign. They have been on an absolute tear and last night was no different. As usual, the Ducks had production across the board, while limiting the Oilers to just 2 goals, which were scored by Nail Yakupov and Boyd Gordon. Anyone in non-keeper leagues still holding on to Yakupov should be quite happy with his performance, as he now has a goal in two straight games.
For the Ducks, the hero last night was Ben Lovejoy, who scored two goals including the game winner. Kyle Palmieri had another productive night with 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots and 3 hits. While his overall stats may not be exceptional, Hiller has helped his team win games, staying fantasy relevant in the process. He is on a ten-game winning streak and will continue to get the starts in Anaheim as long as Fasth remains sidelined. Continue to roll with Hiller while he gets the starts, as the goaltending factory in Anaheim is always working.
Pittsburgh defeats the NY Rangers 5-2
This was a great night for the Pens and any manager with players on the Eastern Conference powerhouse. They thumped the Rangers for 5 goals and were able to solve Henrik Lundqvist with ease. Unsurprisingly, the NHL's best duo continued to dominate. Chris Kunitz finished with 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 PPP and 3 hits. His better half, Sidney Crosby, had a somewhat similar night, finishing with 1 goal, 2 assists, 1 PPP and was dominant as usual.
The Rangers were relatively quiet. The best surprise in New York all season long has been Mats Zuccarello. He has maintained a spot on the top two lines and has been a solid producer for the Rangers. He finished last night's game with 1 goal, 1 assist and 2 PIMs. Ryan Mcdonagh scored the other goal for the Rangers.
Rick Nash owner's must be getting a little frustrated. The talented winger has just 2 points in his last 5 games and has not had a multi-point game since November 30. After missing 17 games due to injury, Nash owner's must be feeling a little frustrated at this point. His 16 points in 25 games is not that bad, but he is currently on pace for just 41 points in 65 games. This is far from his normal production and something needs to change soon.
Chicago defeats New Jersey 5-3
Speaking of torrid paces, the Hawks have been nothing short of spectacular this year, picking up right where they left off last season. The Hawks were the third team to rack up 5 goals last night and it would not have been possible without Patrick Sharp. Sharpie had a hat trick and was easily the best player on the ice. Duncan Keith finished with 3 assists while both Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook finished with 2.
The only good thing for the Devils last night was Marek Zidlicky. He scored 2 of the Devils' 3 goals with one coming on the man advantage. Martin Brodeur got lit up for 5 goals and continues to split time with Cory Schneider. While the Devils have looked good at some points this season, the games against top teams in the NHL will likely result in a similar outcome. Manage your goalie starts accordingly.
Fantasy Stars of the Night
First Star - Patrick Sharp: 3 G, +4, 5 shots, 1 hit
Second Star - Chris Kuntiz: 2 G, 1 A, 1 PPP, +2, 3 shots, 3 hits
Third Star - Duncan Keith: 3 A, +4