Crashing the net
Usually we reserve this space for some out-of-the-way players who are hot, but there was just no way we could ignore Elias any longer. A year after recording just 55 points, Elias already has 37 in 31 games, thanks to a massive run of points in 15 of 16 games. During that streak he has posted 28 points, thanks to 12 goals and 16 assists as he has been putting up points like he was in 2000 when he recorded 96 points. Elias is only three goals away from matching his three-year average of 19 markers, so consider yourself extremely fortunate if you took a gamble on Elias this draft season.
Kessel currently has the league's longest point streak at 18 games, and he hasn't just been a guy dishing out an assist here and there to extend the streak. While he has handed out 14 assists during the streak, he has also tallied 14 goals. It's safe to say that the 2006 first round draft pick has arrived, especially considering he has already set a career best in goals (21) and tied his career-high in points (37) in just 33 games.
It seems rather unlikely to list a guy as "hot" after a nine-game scoreless drought and just 13 points in 30 games, but the spunky left winger does have three goals and four points in three games, with two of the allies coming with the man-advantage. In 82 career games, Kostitsyn has scored 15 goals along with 25 assists, but he is still nothing more than a depth play at the moment.
As shocking as it sounds to say, Krejci is one of the best scorers in the league right now (and no, we aren't drinking spiked eggnog). Over his last 22 games, David has registered nine goals and 30 points, and if you can't believe that, you certainly wont believe the recent run he is on in which he has recorded at least a point in 14 of 15 games. And they haven't been merely helpers; He has lit the nine times during that stretch while dishing off the puck for 18 assists. Amazingly, four times in his past eight games he has recorded three points, and that means it will certainly be a white Christmas in the Krejci household.
Ten points in 30 games -- big whoopee, right? Wrong. With
After scoring 13 goals in his first 21 games the Predators captain has gone eight games without a goal and he has recorded only a measly two assists as his holiday season has been decidedly unhappy thus far. Arnott still gets all the ice-time he can handle, and there is no way that will change, so just grit your teeth and hope that his stocking this year is filled with a whole bunch of goals (it should be considering he averaged 29 goals a season the past three years).
Thirty, twenty-nine and twenty-two, those are the goal scoring totals of this rugged forward the past three years despite an average of just 68 games a season. However, that scoring touch has virtually vanished as Cole has all of four goals in 31 games in his first season in Edmonton which includes a current run of just one goal in 16 games. Everyone expects him to pull out of this, and given his record of success, now is the perfect time to offer something "nice" to his owner who certainly views him as "naughty" for his lack of production this season.
After missing some time with an injured shoulder, Jokinen returned with three goals in two games and everything was right in the world. Then, it all went horribly wrong. Olli has been held without a point in four straight games and the normally aggressive shooter has all of three shots in three games. You know it's just a hiccup you have to ride out, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating.
Four games without a point and an amazing 16 without a goal mark this Alberta native as a pretty big disappointment at the moment. Still, when you look at his three year run of consistency in goal scoring (20, 17 and 17) and points (49, 50 and 60), you know that the points will be there, an in fact he has 23 points in 33 which is actually a pace for nearly 60-points this season -- it just seems worse because of the lack of goal scoring.
Demoted to the third line and in danger of being a healthy scratch, Spezza is clearly in the doghouse in Ottawa where things continue to go horribly wrong. Spezza has one point in six games, is an abysmal (-7) in that time, and appears completely lost/disinterested, which makes this a perfect time to pounce on a frustrated owner to make a play for a skater who has averaged 90 points a season the past three years.
With two of their top forwards on the sidelines --
The Bruins lead the NHL with a 2.18 GAA thanks to the stellar play of
Fernandez made his second consecutive start on Sunday night as he continues to eat into Thomas' playing time after Tim hit a bit of a rough patch in his last three starts (4.13 GAA). Fernandez hasn't overtaken Thomas for the top spot, but with his superb play (1.69 GAA in December and more than two goals allowed just once in eight appearances), it is clear that this has basically become a 1A and 1B type situation.
Seems like every week we are writing about Rinne or
Vokoun recorded a shutout on Sunday night as he has started three of the Panthers last four games (2-0-1). Tomas will also be in net on Tuesday night against Nashville, and he appears to have reclaimed his starting spot from upstart
This long-time pugilist is likely already owned if you are in a league that counts PIM's, but if he isn't you might consider adding him to your squad considering his work of late as he produced 26 PIM in his last appearance against Philly as he beat down
* Six teams play four games this week: Anaheim, Atlanta, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver. Some names you might want to keep in mind from these squads would include the following.
Besides those rumors that he might be on his way to Minnesota, Armstrong has picked his play up of late with three goals and 12 PIM over his last three games. He has never scored more than 16 times in a season, but he is still young (26) and has a fair amount of upside depending on how much ice-time he receives.
Hagman, rather quietly, has 20 points in 28 games, thanks in part to three goals and four assists in his last eight games. He is seeing time on the power play (eight points) and bares watching in those leagues where people forgot that he scored 27 times last season with Dallas.
Besides his penchant for dropping the gloves at a moments notice just to get on TV to show off the leagues best porn-stache, Parros has actually been an effective offensive player of late with four points in his last six games. Parros also owns a solid +9 mark on the year, so he won't hurt you in that category while he mixes things up on the ice.
* Eight teams play only two games this week: Calgary, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Minnesota, NY Rangers and San Jose. Be careful if you own any Canadiens -- they play only a single game this week.