Crashing the net
Skating on a line with
After scoring 10 goals and 24 points in 62 games with the Blackhawks last year, nothing was expected of Bourque. Turns out we may have misjudged him. He continues to skate on the Flames' third line with
Skating with arguably the best player in the world certainly has its benefits as Dupuis continues to ride the
Is everyone in Boston doing well of late? Well, the unheralded Hunwick certainly has as he has racked up 14 points and a +14 in just 18 games this season, his second in the league (he skated in 13 games last season). As great as his numbers are, the truth is he has been even better of late with all of the points coming in his last 13 games, meaning we are talking about 14 points and a +13 in that time. If he is on waivers in your deep league, grab him immediately.
Modin was mentioned a few weeks back as a player to keep an eye on in another
Kaberle is tied for 20th among blue liners with 17 points in 29 games, but has the worst plus/minus of all those players at (-11). Kaberle also has gone 12 games without a goal, and his total of three assists in that time certainly doesn't remotely make up for his (-5) rating. Kaberle still runs the power play with aplomb: he has 12 points with the man-advantage. Given that he has recorded at least 53 points in each of the previous three seasons, we would expect the points to continue to flow despite his recent slump.
After bursting from the shadows into the light last season to score 83 points in 76 games, Ribeiro has faltered in the early going with just four goals and 22 points in 29 games. Particularly telling is that his shooting percentage is down to 8.5 percent, this after pacing the circuit with a 25.2 percent mark last season. Over his last 12 games he has but four points, and the loss of linemate
Twenty-one points in 28 games is a great total for most players, but not for a player who scored at least 70 points from 2002-06. Almost as bad is the fact that the former power-play specialist has been held to eight points with the man-advantage, including a current stretch of six games with nary a point. Richards has also been a defensive liability at times given his (-7) rating the past five games. Too talented not to snap out of it, it still remains to be seen if a 70-plus point campaign with a solid plus/minus ratio is doable for Richards in Dallas this season.
After finally returning from a bum ankle on Dec. 4, Rolston has gone pointsless in five games. He is currently skating with
Spezza scored in four-straight games only to be held pointless with a (-2) rating in his last three games. Overall, Spezza is well off the pace with just 22 points in 28 games, a 0.79 per game mark which is embarrassingly low for a guy who has averaged 1.27 points per game the past three years. If his current owner is frustrated with his inconsistency, pounce before the Ontario native blows up.
What can make a rookie smile faster than a "call me" glance from
Williams has been a disappointment in his first season in Atlanta with only 14 points in 29 games, but he has recently been placed on a line with
It's too late to come to the party now as Clemmensen has clearly taken over the reigns in New Jersey, but in case you have been packaging presents at the North Pole, Clemmensen has been on quite a role. Clemmensen has won his last four starts, and an amazing eight of nine in a
Gerber will have started three games in four nights after the decision was made to play him against the Thrashers on Tuesday, and he may finally be thrusting himself back into importance after
If you hadn't heard,
This rugged winger has all of two goals and three points in 29 games this season, though he does have 67 PIM, putting him on pace to smash his career-high of 103 set in 2005 as a member of the Isles. He has been particularly testy of late; perhaps he had trouble hanging his holiday lights (don't we all trying to find that one bulb that caused the whole string to crap out?), but regardless, he has been a PIM machine with penalties in seven of his last eight games leading to 38 PIM.
* Eight teams play four games this week: Carolina, Colorado, Los Angeles, Montreal, New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Jose and St. Louis. Some names you might want to keep in mind from these squads would include the following:
Since it seems like everyone on San Jose is scoring, why not Goc? Sure, he has only six points in 22 games this season, but he has two points in his last three games and will likely pick up a bit more ice-time with
Since being recalled from the minors of Nov. 6, this center has done a pretty good job for the Avalanche with seven points in 18 games. While the totals aren't awe-inspiring, he does have two points in three games, and with injuries up front, and four games this week, he might be a short-term fix.
Stoll has 16 points in 30 games, with three assists in the last three contests. He has been erratic to be sure, but he does have four power-play goals and five power-play assists while being a +7 on a dreadful team.
He scored 14 times with 30 points in 61 games last season, a pace he is behind this year with five goals and 10 points in 29 games. Still, he has two goals the past five games and over his last six games he has piled up 21 PIM.
* Six teams play only two games this week: Anaheim, Florida, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Vancouver.