The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 02/14/12 at 02:03 AM ET
If you have to take a pass on watching hockey on Tuesday because of dinner reservations with the significant other, then I’m here to fill you in on what you’re about to miss. Valentine’s Day features nine NHL games, with two in particular that stand out: the top two teams in the Eastern Conference face off, and a perennial Western Conference powerhouse attempts to make history in front of its home fans. Two players that I have chosen for the Pick Six have been plucked from these matchups.
Here are the confirmed starting goalies for Tuesday, according to Left Wing Lock: Martin Brodeur, NJ; Jaroslav Halak, STL; Kari Lehtonen, DAL; Joey MacDonald, DET; Craig Anderson, OTT; Ray Emery, CHI.
Ryan Callahan, RW, NYR – start
Captain Callahan has been the strongest Ranger recently with five goals in his last three games. Included in that total was a hat trick against the Flyers on Saturday. In a matchup of the two top teams in the Eastern Conference, Callahan will attempt to extend his goal streak to four games. You know what to do.
Olli Jokinen, C, CGY – start
The Flames fancy themselves to be a Stanley Cup contender, which means that they will need a continued bounceback season from Jokinen. Centering the all-important Jarome Iginla line, Roli Poli Olli had a five-game point streak snapped against the Canucks on Saturday. With 46 points in 56 games this season, Jokinen is back to the point where he should be starting in fantasy lineups once again.
John Tavares, C, NYI – start
The Islanders’ leading scorer has cooled off considerably recently with no goals, one assist, and a (-4) in the last six games. Tavares is a good bet to bump the slump on Tuesday in a matchup against the Jets, who will no doubt be checking for holes in the goalie gear after allowing eight goals to Pittsburgh on Saturday. In spite of his recent struggles, Tavares is still a point-per-game scorer this season (54 points in 55 games).
Andy McDonald, C, STL – add/start
Andy Mac returned to the Blues’ lineup on Sunday after missing 51 games with a concussion. He paid immediate dividends for those fantasy owners who added him immediately, recording an assist against San Jose. The top-5 ranked Blues have a date with the last-place Blue Jackets on Tuesday, which makes the onetime point-per-game scorer an intriguing possibility as a Tuesday waiver-wire add.
Joey MacDonald, G, DET – add/start
The Red Wings will attempt to secure their place in the record book with a 21st consecutive home victory against Dallas on Tuesday. With Jimmy Howard secure as the Wings’ starting goalie for years to come, the third-string MacDonald seemed to be an unlikely candidate to be a part of any kind of record anytime soon. But there he is: the potential winner of what could be a special game for the Wings (MLive). Add or start Joey Mac with confidence, as he attempts to record his personal fourth consecutive win. However, MacDonald owners should keep in mind that Howard could return as early as Friday.
Ray Emery, G, CHI – bench
If you took a poll amongst the Blackhawks fans that you know, Emery would probably be the preferred choice in net over Corey Crawford at this very moment. That’s not saying a whole lot, given that the Hawks have now lost eight games in a row and Emery has lost three in a row of his own. The Blackhawks and their sinking 26th-ranked goaltending will be in tough against the Predators in Nashville on Tuesday, so it is difficult to feel confident in any Hawks goalie right now (Tim Sassone). In fact, MacDonald should be the preferred option over Emery on Tuesday. Are the Blackhawks desperate enough to reacquire Nikolai Khabibulin? What about firing Joel Quenneville?
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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.