If you are among the many owners who benched Semyon Varlamov, G (W, 54 SV, 0 GA, 1.000%, SHO) and David Backes, C (4 G, 6 SOG, +2) take some solace in the fact that it was the right call. It might sting, but don’t second-guess yourself here. Before either guy found some semblance of their 2014 selves on Wednesday night they were hot garbage with a side of crusty old gym socks so there was no reason to put either of them in your lineups. Generally the rule of thumb is to always, always start your big names. You drafted them, you can’t trade them and if there’s nothing better on the wire, you just slot them in and live or die with your decisions. But both Varly and Backes have been so bad this year that you almost had no choice but to bench them. With performances this good it begs the question whether or not either of them has found their stride for a big second half, but I’m sorry to say that neither is poised for a big run and neither of them has earned the right to be regularly inserted into your lineups moving forward, either.
The Canadiens won a tough division but fell apart in the playoffs. Montreal had plenty of value in fantasy in 2013 so let’s take a look back and see which players are Must-Habs for the coming season. Please, blog, may I have some more?
We’re not sure if the ice in Uniondale is made with holy water but John Tavares and Matt Moulson each had four-point nights in a 5-1 exorcism by the Islanders over the Devils. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Let’s take a look at who’s hot and who’s not in the NHL and how it impacts your fantasy team. Safe to say, if you have Patrick Marleau or plenty of guys from Tampa or San Jose you’re probably winning. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Evander Kane is showing everyone that he is a M-A-N at the ripe age of 20. 2 Goals last night put him just 2 short of last season’s total of 19. Please, blog, may I have some more?