The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 03/22/12 at 02:50 AM ET
A quick Pick Six tonight, although I should have something to prepare you for a Thursday in which 16 teams are in action.
Brian Rolston, LW, BOS – add/start
Rolston is on a roll with the Bruins, as he is currently on a three-game point streak with a +5 over that span. He performed his greatest damage on Monday, scoring four points in the 8-0 whitewash over Toronto. It is also worth mentioning that Rolston has eight points in 12 games as a Bruin. Perhaps the 39-year-old isn’t quite ready to hang ‘em up.
Cory Schneider, G, VAN – start
Although the Canucks haven’t announced it yet, expect Schneider to start Thursday’s game against Dallas, which will be the second of back-to-backs. The Canucks have been sputtering lately, but that is certainly no fault of Schneider’s. Since the new year, Schneider has allowed more than three goals in a game just once. With a 2.08 GAA and a .933 SV% this season, Schneider is clearly ready to be an NHL starting goalie somewhere.
Alexander Radulov, RW, NSH – add
It’s official: Radulov is returning to the Predators, and he may even suit up for Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh. His name finally appears in the search box in Yahoo leagues, so you can get your waiver claim on him now. What have you got to lose? There’s only a few weeks left in the season, and he racked up 1.5 points per game (301 points in 210 games) in the KHL.
Jaden Schwartz, C, STL – watch
Want to catch lightning in a bottle from a rookie late in the season? Schwartz, the Blues’ first-round pick in 2010 and a former Canadian World Junior captain, has goals in each of his first two games. Don’t be surprised to see the Blues give Schwartz a test drive while they seemingly cruise toward a President’s Trophy. Keeper leaguers might want to consider him a person of interest too.
Daniel Sedin, LW, VAN – bench
Sedin left Wednesday’s heated rivalry game in Chicago because of a vicious elbow to the head from Duncan Keith. Sedin was on the ice for the resulting power play but then left the game immediately afterward. The Canucks haven’t announced that he has a concussion, but at this stage he seems unlikely to play the second of back-to-backs on the road Thursday in Dallas.
Dany Heatley, RW, MIN – bench
It seems surprising that Heatley leads the Wild in goals (20), since he has found the net just once over the past month. In addition, Heater hasn’t even found the scoresheet in eight games. Perhaps he is battling another unknown injury as he was during last year’s playoffs, but he is becoming increasingly difficult to rely on in your fantasy playoffs.
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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.
A few times each week, I’ll provide an article called “Pick Six” where I will write about six players that should either be in your fantasy team’s starting lineup or bench for the upcoming game. As well, I’ll provide the fantasy takes on important hockey developments. You can also email me your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow me on Twitter.