FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? A Deke Through the National Hockey League from the Past Week (March 16, 2014)

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NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Louis Blues

Ryan Miller – Freed from the shackles of life tending goal for the Buffalo Sabres, Ryan Miller is reborn in St. Louis.  With a juggernaut roster in front of him, Miller is facing 10 fewer shots per game as his save % has risen to 0.932, to go along with a 1.70 GAA.  So far, the Blues have gone 6-0-1 with Miller behind their formidable defence and expect them to roll heading into the playoffs.

 

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Tyler Seguin – After watching his partner in crime, Jamie Benn, rip up the Olympics on the world stage, Seguin has come out of the break flying.  Seguin’s 3 goal, 2 assist game against the Vancouver Canucks was startlingly his fifth game this season with 4 points or more.  Those offensive outbursts have helped him climb the NHL scoring ladder to 5th overall with 68 points in 64 games.

 

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Ryan O’Reilly – Once pegged as a defensive center, O’Reilly is proving he has all sorts of offensive ability with 25 goals and tied for a career high, 55 points.  Given his recent rampage with 14 points in 9 games since returning, he is a lock to set career marks.  Playing on the top line with 2009 draft buddy, Matt Duchene, O’Reilly is setting himself up nicely going into restricted free agency.

 

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Steven Stamkos – Struggling to regain his form coming off a leg injury, Stamkos has just 1 goal since returning.  Missing pal Martin St. Louis only adds to Stamkos’ adjustment being the new captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  After seemingly lighting the lamp at will the past five seasons, Stamkos is facing some adversity for the first time since his rookie year.

 

Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Rangers

Marty St. Louis – Point per game player, St Louis, took a fair amount of criticism after demanding to leave a Tampa Bay team he captained.  Playing for the New York Rangers is a dream fulfilled for St. Louis, but 2 assists in 6 games is likely not how he envisioned it.  Although the bright lights of New York isn’t for everyone, St. Louis should start producing once he rediscovers some chemistry with former Stanley Cup winning teammate, Brad Richards.

 

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Evander Kane – Pegged by many in the Peg for a breakout season, Kane has so far disappointed with just 15 goals and 32 points in 50 games.  Currently on an 11 game goal drought, his second such drought of the 2013-14 season, Kane has to start producing to bring his team out of a 6 game losing streak.  With oodles of offensive talent, Kane will be someone to target on the cheap in next year’s drafts.

 

Free Agent Pickups

NHL: Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins

Evgeny Kuznetsov – The Washington Capitals’ saviour has finally arrived, at least thats what the fans will tell you.  With a dazzling 3 assist display against the unravelling Vancouver Canucks, Kuzya gave the league a glimpse of his offensive ability.  Keep in mind, Kuznetsov played on the fourth line most of that game.  If we ever see Kuzya, Ovy, and Nicky line up together, a Kuznetsov pickup could single handedly win you your pool.

 

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Ales Hemsky –  A long awaited move from Edmonton finally happened for Ales Hemsky, and he landed in a great situation on the Senators’ top line.  With Czech pal, Milan Michalek, and Jason Spezza, Hemsky has already put up 7 points in just 4 games with his new team.  A pair of 3 assist games hint at Hemsky ability to help in that category during the fantasy playoffs.

 

Vancouver Canucks v Calgary Flames

Michael Cammalleri – Playing for the never say die Calgary Flames, Cammalleri has settled in after the trade deadline and produced.  If you are sorely in need of goals heading into the fantasy playoffs, then look no further than Cammalleri’s 6 goals in his past 8 games.  Getting over 20 minutes per game and owned in just 31% of Yahoo leagues, Cammalleri is a sneaky source of shots and points down the stretch.

 

For Hockeyland Canada,

 

Ahmad Scientist

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