The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 03/08/12 at 02:23 AM ET
At this time of year, teams are not all facing the same situation. Some teams are fighting tooth and nail for a playoff spot, some teams have packed it in and are playing for jobs next season, while some teams would prefer that the playoffs start today. These differing situations can play a key role in the production of players on your fantasy team. As well, these situations are clearly noted in the Pick Six for Thursday – a day featuring 24 of the NHL’s 30 teams in action.
David Krejci, C, BOS – start
After a prolonged slump through most of 2012, Krejci has found his form once again on the Bruins’ top line with Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic. Krejci and his linemates are each riding a four-game point streak, so it’s time to move him back to your starting lineup now. Since the Bruins seem to enjoy playing the Sabres, there shouldn’t be any doubt that all three linemates are start material – especially Lucic, given his recent past when the two teams play.
Evander Kane, LW, WPG – start
E-Kane recently had an eight-game point streak snapped, but he will be looking to impress in front of friends and family in his hometown of Vancouver on Thursday night. During his streak, Kane scored seven goals and added seven assists, including a four-point night last Thursday against Florida. The Canucks appear to be lollygagging their way toward the playoffs right now, so Kane could earn a couple of points while his Jets steal a couple points of their own to help their playoff cause.
Daniel/Henrik Sedin, VAN – watch
Speaking of the Canucks, Daniel and Henrik owners have to be growing concerned. Daniel has just one point in his last six games, while Henrik is on a six-game point drought. These two have a history of consistent play and bouncing back, but the trouble is that the Canucks have very little to play for with at least the number two seed in the Western Conference all but wrapped up. Since the twins are both elite performers, you should continue to start them and hope the slumps end soon.
Ben Bishop, G, OTT – add/start
Following a brief stint with the Senators’ AHL team, Bishop made his first start as a Senator against Tampa Bay on Tuesday. He made 25 saves in what had to have been a wide-open affair, a 7-3 win over the Bolts. Bishop faces a tough test against the Rangers, but as mentioned before, he has the potential to be a solid mid-level fantasy goalie for the remainder of the season as the Senators attempt to catch Boston for the Northeast Division lead.
Dustin Tokarski, G, TB – watch
Tokarski was recalled from the Lightning on Wednesday and could even receive his first taste of action on Thursday against the struggling Capitals. His NHL resume is very brief (44 minutes two seasons ago), but he has the kind of goaltending numbers (27-11-0, 2.34 GAA in AHL) that are unheard of in Tampa this season. Assuming that the Bolts don’t make a serious run for the playoffs, there should be no reason that the elderly Dwayne Roloson starts every game down the stretch while Mathieu Garon is sidelined.
Ryane Clowe, LW, SJ – bench
Considered the strong favorite to win the Pacific Division this season, the Sharks have made things interesting recently, allowing Dallas and Phoenix to have a say for the number three seed in the Western Conference. A look at who’s struggling on the San Jose roster reveals Clowe, who has just two points in his last nine games, two goals in the last month, and only half his goal total (12) from last season. At a minimum, those in shallow leagues should move Clowe to the bench, as the Sharks face a hungry, motivated Stars team that is currently playing solid hockey at both ends of the rink.
Goalie information courtesy Goalie Post.
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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.