Crashing the net: Canucks' Sedin finds it's better to give than receive
Armstrong scored 22 goals last season for the Thrashers, a career best for the 2001 first round draft pick. This season he has a mere six goals in 29 games, putting him on pace to fall well below his total from last season. That's the bad news. The good news is that Armstrong is currently hot with a goal in each of his last three games (he also has an assist in that stretch). Shockingly, Armstrong has taken but a single shot on goal in each contest, and that certainly isn't a recipe for long-term success (he has only six shots in six games). If you are in a deep league Armstrong should be on your radar, but even with his minor goal scoring streak, he doesn't profile as an option off the wing in standard depth leagues.
He must like the holiday season. After struggling to produce more offense than a third-line winger, Havlat has finally awakened and given the Wild the type of production that they were hoping for when they brought him into the fold to replace the scoring exploits of
This is getting flipping ridiculous, and that is not an exaggeration. Take a look at Henrik's game log from December and you will see what I mean.
Dec. 2: two assists
That's right, Sedin has an amazing streak of six straight games with at least two helpers (if we go back to November, he also had two assists in one of his last two contests, giving him two or more assists in seven of eight games). Have you ever in your life seen such a productive run from a forward who hadn't scored a goal in eight games? Me neither. With this amazing run of offense he has vaulted into second in the NHL with 41 points (tied with Gaborik). He will continue to be a point-per-game performer, so consider yourself lucky if you rostered the twin.
In each of the last two seasons Kostitsyn has scored at least 23 goals. However, he saw his point total fall from 53 to 41 last season as some offensive production started to slip through his fingers. Until recently, his productivity had taken another dip causing him to be cast adrift in most fantasy leagues. Consider that time of ineffectiveness to have ended. In addition to recording points in eight of 10 games (11 points), Andrei has lit the lamp four times in the past four games. Skating on a line with the teams top two offensive weapons (
This second-year blue liner is tied with another second-year blue liner,
This is starting to get pretty ugly, and the continued struggles of Doan on the ice may have opened a shot at team Canada for a guy like
This rearguard has scored at least 49 points in four straight seasons coming into this year, so the fact that he has but 12 points in 29 games certainly is a bit surprising. However, nearly the entire Wings club seems to be in a malaise, though that is what happens when so many skaters are in and out of the lineup due to injury. As for Rafalski, he has been as cold as Frosty the Snowman of late, going nine consecutive games without a point. Moreover, he has only two goals on the year and just one in his last 23 games. Another great buy low option, Rafalski is in one whopper of a slump.
In 2006 Tanguay scored 81 points. In '07 he slipped to 58 points. In '08? Try 41. Looks like Tanguay is intent on attempting to extend his run of declining scoring to three years as he has 17 points in 32 games. Besides the tumble in points, Tanguay has only four goals in his first year in Tampa, leaving him on pace to fail to hit even double-digits this season as his goalless streak has reached 14 games. Tanguay also has a mere assist in eight games and clearly has lost favor with the coaching staff. If you can get him for nothing do so, but don't expect anything resembling the nearly point-per-game performer that he was a few years back.
Want to know how to become fantasy relevant? Skate on your team's first scoring line. Such is the case with Mr. Little, who found himself promoted to the first line in Atlanta alongside passer
This is not a name you think of when you think offense. Besides recording a mere 84 points in 219 career games, Paille has just eight points in 24 games this season. So why do I mention him here? Obviously it's because he is now in a better place to produce offense. The left winger has skated on a line with
Setoguchi scored 31 goals last season while averaging about three shots on goal per game. This season, he has eight goals while averaging about two shots per contest in just 22 games as he has been kept out of action for a couple of stretches due to a lower body injury. In his last 10 games the former goal scorer has not only lit the lamp a grand total of never, he has also failed to produce even a single assist, a shocking run of ineffectiveness. However, he was placed on the first line with
Talk about making the most of a chance. After being called up from the minors, Sexton has settled in on the second line with the Ducks recording four goals in five games. "Are there some things he can improve on? Sure," said head coach
The Wings are in trouble. Floundering in ninth place in the Western Conference, one of their biggest problem areas this season, other than poor health, is the fact that
If you predicted that Quick would be second in the league in wins (19) as the season approached the halfway point, you would be alone (don't even try to sell me that bill of goods). He has been a rather remarkable find for those that took him extremely late in their drafts when the pickings were thin in net. Alas, despite the terrific win total, Quick's ratios are merely average with a 2.60 GAA and a .903 save percentage meaning he hasn't been quite as valuable in the fancy world as he has been in real life.
• A whopping 15 teams play four games this week: Atlanta, Buffalo, Columbus, Detroit, Florida, Montreal, Nashville, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, St. Louis, Toronto and Vancouver.
• Only one team play only two games this week: Colorado. One team, the Sharks, play a single game.