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Pick Six: Tuesday January 24

A total of 26 teams are in action on Tuesday – all teams except Carolina, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Montreal. Detroit and Montreal are the only two teams playing on Wednesday, which is the last day before the All-Star break. Plan accordingly.

ESPN and Yahoo leagues are all operating under extended weeks, so there should be no worry about a three-day week in most formats. However, one CBS league I play in (and a money league at that) is operating on a three-day week, for some strange reason (hello Commissioner Jack?) Check your league settings to be sure.

Oh yeah, wasn’t there something about an Alex Ovechkin suspension that got lost in the Thomas-gate scandal? Don’t forget to bench Ovie for tomorrow’s game, although his three-game suspension won’t affect his status for the All-Star Game (would the NHL really do that?)

Onto the Tim Thomas situation, now that everyone else has issued their two cents’ worth by now. Shouldn’t it be an honor to carry the Stanley Cup into the White House and meet the President? Can’t he put aside his political allegiances for just one day? His decision takes away from the entire event, and only gives people one more reason to dislike the Bruins. (I know that as a Canucks fan, I have plenty of reasons, but I’ll spare you those right now.)

Those of you that argue in favor of freedom of speech and freedom of thought have a point. However, haven’t we all been forced to attend a work function, a family gathering, or a party against our will? We attend as a favor to someone else, or we simply to put the group or team ahead of our own self-interests. We crack a smile, imagine that we are someplace else, and hope that it will be over soon.

Thomas may have attempted to send a message standing up for better (read between the lines: Republican) government. In the process, he snubbed another long-standing organization with a proud tradition. That organization is the Boston Bruins, who no doubt preferred not to be dragged into a heated political debate on what was supposed to be an enjoyable day recognizing a major accomplisment.

For a deeper probe into Thomas’ personality, check out this read from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com.

Enough political commentary – how about that Pick Six?

Kyle Okposo, RW, NYI – add/start
Before Monday’s shutout at the hands of the Leafs, John Tavares was on a 12-game point streak. Okposo, who recently moved onto the Tavares line, has points in 10 of his last 12 games. Okposo has 8 points in 13 games against the Leafs, so he is definitely worth a look again in fantasy leagues.

Martin Erat, RW, NSH – add/start
The Predators mean business again this season, in no small part to Erat. The streaky Czech is having a January to remember, scoring 10 points (3g-7a) in 10 games this season. With 33 points (11g-22a) in 40 games this season, he has a chance to reach 60 points for the first time in his career.

Wayne Simmonds, RW, PHI – add/start
As I mentioned on Twitter, weekend injuries to Danny Briere and Jaromir Jagr create a big-time opening for Simmonds. He paid immediate dividends on Saturday, scoring a goal and two assists against New Jersey. The Flyers have a strong schedule for the extended fantasy hockey week, so Simmonds is worth at least a short-term pickup.

Francois Beauchemin, D, ANA – add/start
Beau’s season total (18 points in 47 games) isn’t great, but he is having stellar January (7 points and +10 in 10 games this month) along with the Ducks. He didn’t record a point Sunday against Colorado, but the icetime eater logged 29 minutes in that game. If you need a fourth defenseman, he could be your guy.

J.S. Giguere, G, COL – start
Jiggy is at it again with another fabulous run (wins in three of his last four starts). He has also been confirmed as the starting goalie for Tuesday’s matchup against the struggling Wild (Mile High Hockey). The Avs appear to be going with the hot goalie, Jiggy for a few games, then Semyon Varlamov for a few more. Right now it’s Jiggy’s turn on the merry-go-round.

Nathan Horton, RW, BOS – bench
The Bruins have been recently been accused of being on the wrong end of some thuggish play, but Horton has found himself the victim of another concussion (CSNNE). Mild concussion or not, expect Horton to rest until at least after the All-Star break.

That’s enough for tonight. Let’s get some comments happening here. Or, you can .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) me or follow me on Twitter.

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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 gooding74@shaw.ca, or follow me on Twitter.