The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 01/12/12 at 01:51 AM ET
There are 11 games on the schedule for Thursday, including a matchup that will perhaps make the Boston Bruins forget all about those evil Vancouver Canucks.
If you’re like me, then you’re probably growing weary of the hair-pulling and name calling that is still going on between Boston and Vancouver players, coaches, general managers, and media. I mean, this game took place last Saturday. It’s just Game 42 on the schedule. Let it go, okay? How has your fantasy team been doing in the meantime?
Milan Lucic, LW, BOS – start
Here the matchup I hinted at: Boston vs. Montreal – no further explanation needed. With no pesky Brad Marchand for the Big Bad Bruins, somebody has to wreak havoc. Fresh off a (rescinded) game misconduct against one hated rival in Vancouver, Lucic faces another possible slobberknocker against Montreal. If you need penalty minutes and perhaps a goal or two, you know what to do.
David Krejci, C, BOS – add/start
After a slow start, Krejci has taken over as the most reliable scoring option for the Bruins. He is currently riding a nine-game point streak with goals in three consecutive games before Tuesday’s game against Winnipeg. I was lucky enough to add him in two shallower leagues that I play in, and you should do the same if you happen to play in one of those leagues too. Krejci is available in about one-third of Yahoo leagues.
P.K. Subban, D, MON – add/start
Whenever Montreal plays Boston, P.K. always seems to be right in the middle of things, as evidenced by 27 penalty minutes in 10 career games vs. Boston. His 17 points in 40 games is unimpressive, just like the Habs’ entire team this season. However, if there is ever a game that you would add or start him, this would be the one.
Kyle Turris, C, OTT – add/start
Turris still has yet to justify the third overall pick that was used on him. However, a change of scenery seems to have revitalized him. As a Senator, Turris has eight points (1g-7a) in 11 games – a very good total for a team that is playing better than expected. His +8 is also a nice surprise, but that number could also be inflated by the fact that he has no power-play points. Since Turris was a highly touted prospect at one time (and perhaps still is), it is time to add him in deeper leagues.
Blake Wheeler, RW, WPG – add/start
With a goal against Boston on Tuesday, Wheeler has points in eight of his last nine games and has vaulted into the Jets’ scoring lead with 32 points. There may not be much scoring punch in the Peg besides Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien, but the numbers on the former first-round pick of the Phoenix Coyotes (how ironic) are becoming increasingly difficult to ignore.
Saku Koivu, C, ANA – add/start
Just nine percent owned in Yahoo leagues, Koivu has posted back-to-back three-point games, including a hat trick against Dallas on Tuesday. Playing alongside fellow Finn Teemu Selanne seems to help, as Selanne recorded helpers on two of Koivu’s goals on Tuesday. It’s never a bad idea to add players when they are red-hot, and Koivu’s point-per-game totals (24 points in 33 games) aren’t that bad. The Ducks have to be better than their 26th-ranked offense this season.
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My name is Ian Gooding, and this is The Goods on Fantasy Hockey. Given my ability to understand numbers, write sentences, and follow hockey, it’s not a surprise to those who know me that I became a fantasy hockey writer. I started writing about fantasy hockey in 2006 for fantasyhockey.com and became the site’s content editor in 2007. Looking to expand my audience, I joined Kukla’s Korner in the summer of 2011 to create the site’s first fantasy hockey blog.
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