Sunday, October 18, 2009

Just Fantasy Hockey - Saturday Night Round-Up

A few fantasy-worthy notes from ALL of last night's games.

PIT defeats TB 4-1
PIT: Alex Goligoski got his 6th point of the season last night. He played over 6 minutes on the powerplay and almost 21 minutes overall. Bylsma loved Alex while coaching Wilkes-Barres last season and Alex is quickly establishing himself as the Pens #2 Dman - averaging 21:03 a game. If he is still sitting on your league's Free Agent wire, snap him up or look to buy him off a GM that wants to maximize value from a hot start. This kid is legit.
TB: Steven Stamkos scored his 4th of the year. With 8 points in 7 games, Stamkos is becoming a must-start centre who could finish with 75 points.

ATL defeats BUF 4-2
ATL: Rich Peverly picked up another assist and now has 7 points in 5 games. A point-per-game player with the Thrashers last season, Peverly looks to be the real deal and could be an effective #2 fantasy center. He also won 13 of 15 faceoffs for those in roto leagues.
BUF: Drew Stafford had a goal and 5 shots. He now has a point in each of the three games since Vanek went down. Stafford started slow but is the Sabres flashiest winger sans Vanek. He'll get plenty of opportunity to produce over the next month.

COL defeats DET 4-3
COL: Rookie Matt Duchene scored his first of the year in over 18 minutes of ice-time. Tough guy Cody McLeod scored his 2nd and 3rd goals of the year in over 14 minutes of ice-time. McLeod scored 15 goals last year wile putting up 162 PIMS. He could be a great pick-up in leagues that reward PIMS.
DET: With all the injuries, both Valtteri Filppula and Ville Leino are taking advantage of more ice-time. Filppula scored a goal in over 21 minutes last night while Leino assisted and played almost 19 minutes for the second straight game - a big spike from his previous high of 13:47. As long as Datsyuk and Franzen are out, Babcock will rely heavily on these two. Their production should spike.

OTT defeats MTL 3-1
OTT: Mike Fisher had 2 assists and 10 FOW in over 20 minutes of ice-time. He now has 6 points in 7 games and looks to be breaking through as a #2 centre now that Ottawa has surrounded him with 2nd line talent. Grab him off the FA wire if he is still there.
MTL: Cammalleri finally got his 1st of the season while putting 5 shots on goal. Head Coach Jacques Martin is leaning heavily on the top line of Gomez & Cammo as they each had over 4 minutes of PP time. Carey Price continues to struggle, letting in 3 goals on just 21 shots.

NJ defeats CAR 2-0
NJ: Martin Brodeur gets his first shut-out of the season and is rounding into form after a shaky start. Zach Parise had a goal and an assist and is back to his point-per-game pace.
CAR: Cam Ward stood on his head in this game but didn't get any support. Eric Staal is still battling through injuries and was a minus 2 in 19 minutes of ice-time. He has just 2 goals in 7 games and hasn't looked at all like his dangerous self.

SJ defeats NYI 4-1
SJ: With Joe Pavelski out, Patrick Marleau is excelling back at his natural Centre position. Playing over 21 minutes last night, he scored his 6th goal of the season and seems more focused on just playing hockey after being stripped of the C this summer. Marleau is an excellent #2 fantasy centre right now and could even be a #1 if he can keep up his current level of play.
NYI: Matt Moulson is proving that he can be a player in this league. Flanking star rookie John Tavares, Moulson netted his 4th goal of the season, and 3rd in as many games. The big winger has some skill and is getting to play big minutes, in all situations, with the young Islanders team. As long as he keeps putting the puck in the net on the top line, Moulson belongs on your fantasy squad.

NYR defeat Toronto 4-1
NYR: With a goal in over 18 minutes last night, rookie Michael Del Zotto continues to impress on the Ranger's powerplay. He is only averaging 15 minutes of ice-time a game but is still getting top PP time. Del Zotto could have a Cam Barker type of impact this year but dont expect this point-per-game pace to continue. He will slow down and will probably see a few healthy scratches before the year is up.
TOR: Not much to like in Toronto right now from a fantasy prospective. Rookie Viktor Stalberg played 4:33 of the PP last night but failed to register a point for the 4th straight game. He'll finish with decent rookie numbers but those that bit on his pre-season points are scrambling to move him.

WSH defeats NSH 3-2
WSH: Now playing with AO, Mike Knuble had 2 assists in over 17 minutes. He now has 7 points in 8 games (6 in his last 3) and is a great compliment to Ovechkin. Knuble could challenge his career numbers of 65 points if he can stick on the top line.
NSH: Patric Hornqvist had another assist and played 3:32 on the PP. That's 3:25 more PP time then JP Dumont received. It's clear that Barry Trotz trusts Hornqvist to be a point producer on this team and he should get his opportunities all year long. Grab him off the FA wire if he is still there.

CLB defeats LA 4-1
CLB: Jakub Voracek scored his 1st of the year. The talented second year player is struggling to find consistency in his game. Averaging just over 14 minutes of ice-time a game, Voracek is getting lots of PP time but is not yet trusted in all situations. Coach Ken Hitchcock likes to ease in his young players until they can be effective in all three zones. Voracek owners need to be patient as it will take him some time to produce at the level he is capable of.
LA: Ryan Smyth had an assist in 19:20 of ice-time. With 10 points in 8 games, Smyth is a great sell-high candidate right now. His style and leadership is becoming quite valuable to a young Kings team, but it is that same style that always gets Smyth on the IR. His time will come so you should sell him to an optimistic owner that thinks Smyth is going to have a career year at age 33.

DAL defeats CHI 4-3
DAL: Rookie Jamie Benn had another assist and played almost 5 minutes on the Stars' PP - most of any Stars' forward. Benn has 6 points in 7 games, but only one goal for the former 56 goal scorer in the WHL. Benn will start putting some pucks in soon and should be grabbed in any league. He will challenge Tavares for the rookie scoring title.
CHI: Jonathan Toews finally notched his 1st of the year. Toews played just 18:36 last night and 2:56 on the Powerplay. Compare that to second line centre Dave Bolland's 22:36 and 4:11 on the PP and you see that Coach Joel Quenneville is losing some patience with Toews. Toews is a great buy-low candidate but manage your expectations. He is not a 90 point player yet and may struggle to hit 75 this season.

PHX defeats BOS 4-1
PHX: Keith Yandle had his first 2 points of the year in 19:35 on the ice. Yandle is a talented young Dman that many predicted would have a breakout season. Coach Dave Tippet wanted Yandle to focus on being a more complete Dman and Yandle has responded. His ice-time has increased to about 19 minutes a game and he is now playing in all situations. Yandle is currently on the 2nd PP unit but could quickly oust Adrian Aucoin if his play continues to progress. If an owner gave up on the talented reaguard, grab him now.
BOS: David Krejci played a season-low 14:09 last night but notched his 3rd point of the year. Krejci missed all of training camp after off-season surgery and is still adjusting to the pace of regular season play. With just 3 assists in 7 games, you may be able to grab Krejci off an owner who is ready to bail on him. Krejci is one of the leagues' talented young pivots and should finish near 65 points.

VAN defeats MIN 2-1
VAN: Roberto Luongo looked sharp last night with 17 saves. The only goal he allowed was re-directed by teammate Kyle Wellwood. Luongo has struggled early this season but wants to backstop Canada at the Olympics. Look for one of those dominating Bobby-Luo stretches very shortly.
MIN: In the other net, Niklas Backstrom made 37 saves and was the only reason this was a close game. Backstrom is one of the top goalies in the game but just doesn't get the offensive support. If your league counts GAA and SV %, see if you can buy him cheap off a disappointed owner.

STL defeats ANA 5-0
STL: Erik Johnson had 3 assists last night and now has 6 in 6 games. Johnson missed all of last year after a freak golf cart injury. That allowed him to drop in many drafts, but the youngster is only 21 and already a complete Dman. He should flirt with 50 points this year and will be a top 10 drafted Dman starting next year. Get him now, if you can.
ANA: Jonas Hiller was pulled last night after giving up 3 goals on 12 shots. Call it a rough outing as Hiller has played very well this year, making at least 32 saves in each of his prior starts. Don't let last night fool you, Hiller is still the number one in Anaheim and will continue to get more starts then JS Giguere.


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