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Wednesday's NHL Fantasy Hockey News

A fantasized look at NHL action from Tuesday night

Jim McIsaac
The Canucks continue their Sochi break in Boston, the Rangers are looking good and the Leafs get pasted by the Panthers. Let's take a look at the 9 games played last night before I begin my Olympic break...

Vancouver Canucks 1 vs Boston Bruins 3

Milan Lucic (1G, 1A, +1, 3SOG, 5 Hits, 1BS) continues to contribute on the scoresheet even if he is not sitting in the box. He now has 7 points in his last 6 games, but on the downside for those that count PIMs, just 2 minutes in that span.

The Canucks are just 3 for their last 48 powerplay opportunities and were shutout in their last outing. Henrik Sedin nursing some kind of rib injury should not be playing right now as it was noticeable all throughout the game that he is still in discomfort, avoiding body checks and taking just one faceoff.

Zdeno Chara Alert! He will not be playing in the Bruins final 2 games before the Sochi break as he will be heading to the Olympics early to participate as the flag bearer. Adjust your lineups accordingly.

Colorado Avalanche 1 vs New York Rangers 5

Ryan Callahan (2G, 1A, +3, 6SOG, 7 Hits) with a massive game last night. I think the Rangers will be foolish to trade him but if they do, his owners shouldn't worry where he ends up as this guy is a multi-cat stud and will be for years to come.

Kudos to those of you who happened to trade for Henrik Lundqvist during his much talked about slow start. He has now rattled off 4 straight wins allowing just 6 goals against during that span. King Henrik is back, as if there was any doubt.

Honorable mention to Gabriel Landeskog (1G, 2PIM, 5SOG, 4 Hits, 1BS) for extending his point streak to 7 games last night with 4G and 6A.

Winnipeg Jets 2 vs Carolina Panthers 1

Both Pavelec and Khudobin had solid games here but what caught my eye was Khudobin getting the start over a healthy Cam Ward. Might we see Ward on the move? I'm a fan of Khudobin and think he can handle #1 duties and I also think of Ward as a solid #1 guy as well. I just think he needs a change of scenery. So I guess what I am saying is buy low on Ward and hope he gets moved somewhere by the deadline. I am not one to report on rumours and I for sure do not want to start any of my own but as I sit here writing this, I can't help but think how a Ward for Vanek deal makes sense for both teams.

Toronto Maple Leafs 1 vs Florida Panthers 4

David Clarkson (1G, 2PIM, 1SOG, 7 Hits) scored here in his first game since January 15th. An obvious regression year for the prized off-season signing of the leafs but I see him as a great buy low candidate for next season. Too much pride in this guy.

Jonathan Bernier was bombarded in this game stopping 44 of the 47 shots he faced. His first loss since rattling off 3 straight victories. But hey, you can't win if the team in front of you doesn't score, right Eddie Lack?

Honorable mention goes out to Jonathan Huberdeau (1A, 5PIM, 3SOG, 1 Hit) for dropping the gloves with Gardiner. His first fighting major of his career to his credit.

Calgary Flames 0 vs Montreal Canadiens 2

Carey Price stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout, his fourth of the year and second in the past week. He hasn't allowed more then 2 goals against in his last 4 games as well. The Habs are now 4-0 when Price records a shutout, fwiw...

Dale Weise in his first game as a hab since being traded there received almost 13 minutes TOI and finished with 3SOG and 3 Hits.

Honorable mention to Reto Berra stopping 25 of 26 in the loss. He has a chance to take the riegns in Calgary now but I also like callup 22 year old Joni Ortio who has posted an impressive 19-5 record with a 2.08GAA and .930SV% with the Abbotsford Heat. I'm hoping he gets a look just to see what he can do. He is from Turku, Finland where someone by the name of Miikka Kiprusoff was also from.

New York Islanders 1 vs Washington Capitals 0

Another goalie battle here but how about the power play time for Tavares (6:29) and Ovechkin (9:23) yet no points for either. Also, without Mike Green it was John Carlson who picked up the whopping 8:05 of PP time, who also had zero points of course as the Caps were shutout thanks to Nabokov. Your heavy hitters on the night were all from the Islanders here as Clutterbuck (7), McDonald (6) and de Haan (6) lead the way. Calvin de Haan has cooled off but is still averaging over 20 minutes TOI and is finally seeing some PP time too.

Ottawa Senators 5 vs St. Louis Blues 4 (SO)

After just one goal in the first the teams exlploded for a combined 7 goals the rest of the way.

Jason Spezza (1G, 2A, +2, 1SOG) bumped a 2 game slide last night with this output.

Bobby Ryan has now gone 3 games without a point and has just 4 points in his last 9 games.

T.J. Oshie (1G, 1A, +2, 3SOG) with a solid outing and if you are looking for hits then Shattenkirk and Backes each had 7 a piece.

Tampa Bay Lightning 1 vs Minnesota Wild 2

Don't look now but Dany Heatley (1G, +1, 2SOG, 1BS) now has a 3 game point streak going with 2G and 2A. He played just over 14 minutes TOI but is also getting top PP time. Perhaps a good short term pickup while he is scoring.

Darcy Kuemper stopped 34-35 for the win and improving his record to 7-3-2 with a 2.50GAA and .918SV%.

Honorable mention to Valtteri Filppula for scoring his 20th goal of the season. He has 41 points now in 55 games this year but how will he fair when Stamkos returns? He is going to get less ice time but he will also be seeing lesser quality checkers too. Either way, he is on pace for 59 points now and his career high was 66 a couple years back in Detroit where he scored 23 goals, which he should break.

Dallas Stars 3 vs Phoenix Coyotes 1

Ryan Garbutt (1G, 1A, +2, 4SOG, 4 Hits, 2BS) and 15 minutes TOI snapped a 7 game pointless streak to add to his already career high totals.

Honorable mention to Mike Smith stopping 37-39, even if it was for the loss. He hasn't been what many had hoped this year but he is seeing more rubber then anyone else too. Last night was a good outing for him but his owners are hoping for more of that on a daily basis.

That's it for me this week! Enjoy the Olympics everyone and I will be back after the dust has settled. And as always, feel free to mention any notables I did not discuss below. And don't forget to follow @TheScouts for regular updates from around the NHL or myself @Pope604 for the random well spaced out thoughts.