Crashing The Net: Dawes, Hartnell heating up fantasy rink
With all of the scoring weapons that the Flames possess, a guy like Mr. Dawes is looked at as merely a depth option who is asked to play a gritty, tough, two-way game. Well he has done that for the most part, but of late he has also added a bit of offense to the party. Dawes has four assists in his last two games, in addition to a +4 rating, and dating back six games the man has two goals and four helpers or, clearly, a point-per-game pace. If he continues to see time on the second scoring line he might end up being a nice depth play for a squad looking for an offensive boost, but Nigel only scored 10 times last season with 11 helpers in 64 games so it is clear that he isn't going to challenge for the team scoring lead at any point moving forward.
Like American Express says, membership has its privileges. I don't know who Hartnell banks with, but I can tell you this -- skating on the first line with
Nasty. That's a word that is used so often with this guy that some people might think it's his middle name. Perry does whatever it takes to win, and that makes him exceedingly valuable on the ice. In terms of his fantasy value, we love everything this guys does. Perry has 11 goals and eight assists in 15 games, and things have gotten even better of late as he has really found the scoring touch having recorded a point in 8-straight games for the Ducks (7g, 5a). Still, a glance over to the PIM column reveals the number 20, far from an ideal total. However, he has produced at least a single PIM in four of six games, and it's likely just a matter of time before he punches someone in the face, or slaps his stick across someone's midsection to add to that total. We all know the name and over the past three weeks the game has lived up to it.
Limited to nine games last season because of injury, Pothier probably wasn't rostered in a single league heading into 2009. When he began the year with a run of one assist and an even rating through 12 games, he likely still wasn't on a single roster. However, with the turn of the calendar to November things have totally changed as Pothier has looked, shockingly, like
Clearly he can't get it done on his own and really misses
What were the Wild thinking? They rid themselves of one injury risk (
I'll cut Semin some slack as he is dealing with a minor injury of some kind that he played through in the last game. But honestly, that injury doesn't remove him from the "ice" list this week. Semin has seven goals and 15 points on the year, so he has done just fine by his owners, but things have certainly taken a turn for the worse of late as he has a mere two points in his last six games. Even worse for the goal scorer, the red light hasn't come on once in those six games on a shot off Semin's stick. The dude is far too talented to see this slump last much longer, but the Caps could certainly use some scoring from this Alexander since the other, Ovechkin, is on the sidelines with a shoulder injury. If you can get Semin on the cheap, don't hesitate to jump at the chance.
Giguere (groin) appears to be healthy, a fact that is easily discerned as the Ducks sent
"The Monster" allowed only three goals on 72 shots over the weekend, and with that it would appear that
That rib injury continues to leave the Canucks' star on the sidelines. "I'm practicing with no problems. There still a little discomfort there, but it might be there for a few more weeks. It's just a matter of making sure that if I'm out there, there's no chance of me re-aggravating it." Look for Luongo to sit out Tuesday's game but he could be back between the pipes on Thursday. When he returns, don't expect
Ward was injured when