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All the way back in 2011 (December 4 to be exact), I said this about David Krejci:  “In a  12 team league he’s a legit #3 Center.”  And even prior to that (November 30 to be exact) I said this:  “Krejci is a key cog in Boston and an ideal #3 Center on your fantasy team.”  And I feel exactly the same today.  Yes he’s capable of awful stretches (just 2 Goals in his previous 13 games) but that’s why he’s not a #1 (or #2) Center in fantasy.  Odds are if you own Krejci and are really high in the standings, then you’re forced to bench him from time to time.  I just hope for your sake he wasn’t ridin’ pine last night…

Claude Giroux – C/RW (Phi):  There will be a ton of new faces in the first 2 rounds next year, and Giroux will certainly be one of them.  His 3 Assists last night gives him an impressive 75 Points and 90 on the season is within reach.  Now if only Philly can find a Goalie so his +/- can improve…

Nicklas Backstrom –  C (Wsh):  It’s been a while since I updated the Backstrom concussion shituation so I’ll remind anyone who owns him:  It’s over Johnny!

Niklas Backstrom – G (Min):  And the one without the C is also out.  He left yesterday’s game with (what their calling) a leg injury.  But he did it while sprawling to make a save and it looked like he tweaked his groin.  And I don’t mean the good kind…

Ryan Miller – G (Buf):  As I write this Ryan Miller is 5 minutes away from 2 Shutouts in 24 hours.  Not bad for a guy I left for dead a month ago. Oh and I’ll keep you posted on the Shutout….  WOW – What a badass… 39 Save Shutout in San Jose the night after a 43 Save Shutout in Anaheim.  I am feeling hyperbolic right now, so lets just go ahead and say it:  The greatest back-to-back performance ever by an Eastern Conference Goalie in California…

Matt Kassian – LW (Min):  Okay I’m a little freaked out by this, but yesterday I said:  “trading a potential #2 Center for a role player like Zack Kassian?  It’s generally not good practice to make trades like that….”  So then tonight a guy who I had no idea existed, with the same last name Kassian, scores the first 2 Goals of his NHL career.  Whoa…. I won’t be leaving my house for a few days…

Martin Biron – G (NY):  No King?  No problem.  Biron has been able to hold his own all season and it continued with a 3-2 Win last night.  Now granted Biron is a good backup and Lundqvist is the King, but lb-4-lb the Rangers have the best defensive Defenseman in the NHL.  Girardi, Del Zotto, McDonagh and (a healthy) Staal can flat-out shut down your teams offense… Yes even that offense…

Evander Kane – LW (Wpg):  Another great game for Kane and he is quickly becomming a ‘streaking’ legend.  The best part though is that he’s just 20 years old, so streaking at his age points to future greatness.  I have a feeling Evander and I will become much closer as the 2012-2013 season approaches…

Ondrej Pavelec – G (Wpg):  After 2 weeks I’m feeling okay about trading for Ondrej the Giant.  And if he keeps up the Shutouts (like yesterday) I just might crack the Top 5 in my Yahoo!  F & F League.  Then there’s no way they don’t invite me back!!!

Steve Mason – G (CBJ):  A Shutout?  What the?  Well if you’re feelin’ lucky….. punk……. then I guess you could grab him off the waiver wire.  Just don’t blame me when he gets pulled in the next game and kills your week.

Mike Cammalleri – C/LW (Cgy):  The Goal last night is going to be the start of a hot streak, of this I am sure.  What I’m not sure of is why I continue to pimp this guy, because he’s been mediocre for about a season and a half now.  I guess I just believe

Roberto Luongo – G (Van):  Snagged his 3rd Shutout of the season last night but so what?  (Ummmm, this is fantasy hockey right?)  Okay you have a point.  But whatever, win a Cup Luongo.

Andrej Meszaros – D (Phi):  A strong candidate for the title of “Toughest Name to Spell in the NHL” had a huge 3 Point night last night.  But overall he hasn’t benefitted from the Pronger injury like I thought he would.  35 Points with a +9 (his current pace) is a far cry from the guy who had 39 Points (+24) when he was a 20 year old rookie in 2005!

Programming Note:  Cactus League!  Cactus League!  Oi Oi Oi!

 

  1. It’s absurd how few shots the Rangers need to take to win games. They really can just let their defense do the work.

    That said, I wanted to go down the turnpike. Is Danny Briere droppable? I am in first in my league and I could survive waiting for him to come back for fantasy playoff time, but is it worth it? Gabe Landeskog, Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler are all sitting on my waiver. I might be better off grabbing one of them and letting Briere deal with his concussion problems on his dime. What do you think?

    • DC

      DC says:
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      Briere can get hotter than any of those 3 guys

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