The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 03/06/12 at 03:05 AM ET
Tuesday features 12 games on the schedule, so it is a relatively busy day with some important decisions for fantasy owners. Many key decisions start in net, so you may be happy to know that four of the six choice in this version of the Pick Six happen to be goalies. Let’s start with one well-known goalie who has once again found NHL employment after an almost year-long hiatus.
Marty Turco, G, ??? – ignore
Just when you assumed that player transactions ended with the trade deadline last week, Turco virtually reappeared from outer space, signing a contract for the rest of the season with the Bruins. Assuming that he clears waivers (and that is not a given, considering what happened to Evgeni Nabokov last season), Turco would lighten the workload for Tim Thomas the rest of the way, now that Tuukka Rask is on the shelf for the next 4-6 weeks. Feel free to drop Rask if needed, but please don’t add Turco along the way. Even though Turco has had a solid career, his numbers over the past three seasons suggest that you should stay away – whether he lands in Beantown or elsewhere.
Mathieu Garon, G, TB – add/start
Given the Lightning’s porous defense (30th in NHL), I can hardly believe that I’m suggesting to add Garon. However, the Bolts netminder is on a four-game win streak. He has allowed three goals in three of the four wins, but who says the Bolts need to play defense when Steven Stamkos will score at least a goal anyway? The Bolts are playing at home against Ottawa, so add Garon if you are chasing wins.
Ray Emery, G, CHI – add/start
Razor is on a roll of his own right now, having won three consecutive games while allowing one goal in each of those games. Facing the Blues in St. Louis won’t be an easy task, but rolling with the hot goalie is never a bad idea as the Hawks attempt to avoid losing ground in the Western Conference playoff race.
Joey MacDonald, G, DET – add/start
Because Jimmy Howard is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, MacDonald has been thrust into the starter’s role for Tuesday match with Philadelphia. MacDonald was no ordinary replacement the last time Howard was on the shelf, posting a seven-game win streak. His numbers this season are absolutely stellar (7-2-1, 1.69 GAA, .933 SV%), so he is a deep sleeper that could turn out to be a massive help in your playoff push.
Ryan Malone, LW, TB – add
Malone has mainly been an afterthought in fantasy leagues this season, but it’s worth mentioning that he has points in six of his last seven games. The possible season-ending injury to Vincent Lecavalier could result in more power-play time for the power forward, who has the potential to be a multicategory performer the rest of the way. Malone has reached the 20-minute mark for icetime in each of his last two games.
Mike Green, D, WAS – drop
Green is on the waiver wire in one of my leagues, but I am letting him sit there. What I am saying seemed inconceivable just a few short months ago, but the onetime unquestioned number one defenseman in fantasy has a grand total of six points – SIX POINTS – this season. Worse yet, the last time he scored a point was in October! He has missed a significant portion of that time since because of injury, but Green has been held without a point in the eight games since his return. If someone offers him to you in a trade, don’t take the bait. There’s plenty wrong with the Caps right now, and you don’t need any part of it.
Goalie information courtesy Left Wing Lock.
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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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