Tuesday was a very odd night in the NHL. It is safe to say fantasy owners saw a little of everything and maybe some of what they did not want to see. That is just how the night went. There was the good, bad, and ugly all rolled into one. I am supposing we should just start off with something really good first, shall we? Sure.
Viktor Stalberg, LW, Chicago Blackhawks — Now here is a guy who typically gets 12-14 minutes a night on the ice tops and yet has 25 points in 40 games this year. This includes a six game stretch where he was a brutal -9. All that was forgiven last night as Stalberg notched a hat trick on four shots, including the game winner in a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Now he is not the type of player that gets power play ice time but when he is on the ice, look out, he could net you a point. In deep leagues, he is more than worth the gamble.
Brian Gionta, RW, Montreal Canadiens — Gionta went out with an injury in the third period last night against St. Louis and literally was flinging anything and everything in frustration. He seemed to hurt his arm and shoulder again after a collision with the boards that appeared relatively harmless. Gionta will be reevauluated later today.
Zach Bogosian, D, Winnipeg Jets — It seemed Bogosian was on his way to a whale of a night with two points early and then the injury bug hit and fast. He will be checked out today to see if he will miss any time. Winnipeg and fantasy hockey fans will hold their breath a bit as the defenseman was really starting to come into his own with his two way game.
Paul Martin, D, Pittsburgh Penguins — Martin was a relatively late scratch with the flu. Isn’t that nice to know that the up and down temperatures this Winter have driven so many hockey players to the sick bey? The answer is resoundingly no. Martin is questionable for tonight’s game against Washington as well. Keep an eye out.
Erik Karlsson, D, Ottawa Senators — Karlsson is day to day with an upper body injury. Ottawa does not believe it to be very serious but he was out Tuesday and is questionable for the rest of the week. Why risk the player to further injury down the road seems to be the plan. Check daily for further updates.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
|Pittsburgh||at||Washington||7:30 PM | Gameday|
|New Jersey||at||Edmonton||9:00 PM | Gameday|
Last night had all this action and tonight seems to just feel like a huge fantasy letdown. Just think of all the goals, the shutouts, and the craziness. Think about this for a second. Curtis Glencross had a goal and three assists against New Jersey. Milan Michalek tallied twice for Ottawa as he seems fully back from his concussion. Jaroslav Halak pitches a shutout in his former stomping grounds of Montreal. Even the immortal Saku Koivu scored a hat trick against the Dallas Stars. It was that kind of fantasy night but tonight figures not to be as much of one. Let’s exhale a bit.
KEEP AN EYE ON:
New Jersey Goaltending — Can these guys keep it together? The duo of Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg were awful last night and that is being kind. Then again the entire team failed to show up in the first period and then came out in a big way for the last 40 but the goaltending was still bad to say the least. It seems like a 50-50 proposition. You either get the goaltending or you do not but tonight whomever plays in net is going to have to stop some shots early to stop the bleeding. Proceed at your own risk fantasy fans.
Battle for 8th? — This sounded crazy at the start of the season but the Caps and Penguins are essentially battling for 8th in the East tonight. Sure it is early but some disappointing fantasy performances and injuries galore have hurt both teams this year (more the Penguins who have double digits on the injury counter). Evgeni Malkin Vs. Alex Ovechkin is the marquis attraction but the goaltenders will have to be just as much in the way of scene stealers if they expect to win. That is how far these two teams have fallen and fantasy wise too.
Good luck fantasy hockey fans and we will try to keep everyone updated all night even though yes it is a slow night. Thanks again.