The Power Play
As we enter the final week of the NHL regular season, most of us are probably looking toward the playoffs since our fantasy teams have long since been eliminated from playoff contention for a while. Still, The Power Play rolls on undaunted. The Sharks have three movers on the list in the league's reigning MVP (No. 7), his right wing (No. 49) and the team's current No. 1 goalie (No. 50). Two other goalies have also seen a recent surge in their play including last season's Vezina trophy winner (No. 10), and the man who calls Broadway his home (No. 20).
Note: The Power Play is a Top 50 fantasy list that covers the entire season. It makes no claim to list the 50 best players in the NHL, it merely records the 50 best fantasy performers to date.
1. Martin Brodeur, G, NJ: March was rough for this all-time great (6-6-2, 2.92 GAA), but Brodeur has allowed just two goals in his past two games as he challenges the single-season win mark of 47 (he has 46).
2. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT: Crosby had a strong March with 20 points, including 10 goals, in 17 games for the playoff-bound Penguins.
3. Vincent Lecavalier, C, TB: Lecavalier was the NHL's No. 3 Star for the month of March, finishing with 10 goals and 12 assists in 14 games.
4. Dany Heatley, RW, OTT: Heatley has recorded triple-digit points (he has 100) for the second straight season; now he needs two goals to reach 50 again.
5. Marian Hossa, RW, ATL: Hossa had 17 points and was a plus-6 in 14 March games. He needs three points in three games to reach 100.
6. Teemu Selanne, RW, ANA: Selanne is third in the league with 45 goals. With five points in his past two games, Selanne has 91 points, one better than his total from last season.
7. Joe Thornton, C, SJ: The NHL's No. 2 Star in March with 24 points in 14 games, Thornton began April with a four-assist game. Thornton is also an amazing plus-19 during this stretch.
8. Martin St. Louis, RW, TB: In each of the past five months, this 100-point scorer has scored at least 16 points (he has 101 total).
9. Dominik Hasek, G, DET: Believe it or not, Hasek's 37 wins are the second most of his career for a single season, despite just 55 games played (he had 41 in 2001-02).
10. Miikka Kiprusoff, G, CGY: Kiprusoff was the NHL's No. 1 Star past week ,as he went 3-0 with a 1.59 GAA to end March at 9-3-1.
11. Sheldon Souray, D, MON: Though he has 21 points over his past 30 games, Souray is also a terrible minus-15 during that stretch.
12. Nicklas Lidstrom, D, DET: Lidstrom has missed some time due to a lower back injury. Perhaps the injury is the reason for his below-average play of late (five straight games without a point).
13. Roberto Luongo, G, VAN: Since Dec. 1, Luongo is 33-10-5. He now has 45 victories this season.
14. Jaromir Jagr, LW, NYR: Over his past eight games Jagr has five goals and seven assists to push his season total to 93 points.
15. Jarome Iginla, RW, CGY: With 89 points in 67 games, Iginla would have recorded 109 points if he had played a full season (his career-high is 96 points).
16. Alexander Ovechkin, LW, WAS: Over the past 28 games, Ovechkin has played arguably the worst hockey of his NHL career -- though he still has 11 goals and 20 points (he also has a minus-9 rating).
17. Daniel Alfredsson, RW, OTT: Alfredsson has 82 points in 74 games and is sporting a career-best plus-40, tied with Tomas Vanek for the NHL lead.
18. Tomas Vanek, LW, BUF: Over his past 29 games, Vanek has 15 goals, 28 points and is a plus-14.
19. Daniel Briere, C, BUF: Over his past six outings, Briere has seven points to up his season-best scoring total to 93 points.
20. Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR: This is getting a bit ridiculous. In his past 27 starts, Henrik is 15-5-5 with a 1.87 GAA and four shutouts.
21. Marc Savard, C, BOS: Once a sure bet to reach 100 points, Savard has only two in his past nine games. He has 93 points with three games left.
22. J-S Giguere, G, ANA: Over the six-month season, February was the only month in which he lost more than three games in regulation (he was 4-4-2).
23. Joe Sakic, C, COL: Even with only one point in his past three games, Sakic still has 14 points in his past nine contests.
24. Evgeni Malkin, C/LW, PIT: Malkin has a point in nine of his past 10 games (two goals, 10 assists) and 85 on the season.
25. Chris Pronger, D, ANA: Pronger is rounding into playoff form with two goals and two assists in his past two games.
26. Pavel Datsyuk, C, DET: Datsyuk has scored in 16 of the past 17 games in which he skated (8 goals, 15 assists). He is three points off his career high of 87 points.
27. Jason Spezza, C, OTT: Currently working on a five-game point streak, Spezza has 83 points in 64 games.
28. Scott Niedermayer, D, ANA: On balance, March was a great month for Niedermayer, who had a season-best 15 points.
29. Olli Jokinen, C, FLA: Has scored a point in eight-straight contests (six goals, 10 assists), and is just three points off his season best of 89 points set last season.
30. Daniel Sedin, LW, VAN: Over the Canucks' past eight games Sedin has produced a multipoint effort six times (six goals, eight assists).
31. Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, ATL: The ever-streaky Kovalchuk has just two points over his past five games.
32. Marty Turco, G, DAL: Despite the persistent questions because of his postseason failures, Turco has won at least 36 regular-season games in three straight seasons.
33. Alexander Semin, RW, WAS: Semin has scored five goals and added nine assists in 10 games.
34. Sergei Gonchar, D, PIT: How good has Gonchar been with the man-advantage? Gonchar has 47 power-play points -- or one fewer than the 48 points Dion Phaneuf has produced overall.
35. Henrik Zetterberg, LW, DET: Zetterberg (back) hopes to return by the end of the week. In 29 games at Joe Louis Arena, Zetterberg has scored 39 points and is a plus-29.
36. Kristen Huselius, LW, CGY: Over his past 41 games, Huselius has 18 goals and 48 points.
37. Ray Whitney, LW, CAR: Whitney has a career-best 81 points as well as a career-high-tying six game-winning goals.
38. Patrick Marleau, C, SJ: The Sharks captain has seven points in his past five games and has 34 power-play goals the past two seasons.
39. Rod Brind'Amour, C, CAR: Though he has four game-winning goals, he hasn't scored one since November.
40. Michael Nylander, C, NYR: With 81 points, Nylander has bested his career-high total of 79 set last season.
41. Slava Kozlov, LW, ATL: Kozlov has four goals in his past three games and his 77 points are a career high.
42. Daymond Langkow, C, CGY: Langkow has slowed a fair bit from his early-season pace, but he still has 25 points in his past 31 games.
43. Michael Cammalleri, C, LA: Cammalleri has only one goal in his past six games, but that is really nit-picky with this future star (76 points in 78 games).
44. Rick DiPietro, G, NYI: DiPietro's head-first dive that resulted in a concussion has held him off the ice since March 25. Still has a career-best 32 wins.
45. Ray Emery, G, OTT: Though he is just 2-3-0 against the Western Conference, Emery is 30-12-5 against the East.
46. Dan Boyle, D, TB: Boyle's 62 points are a career best -- as are his 10 power-play goals and 27 power-play assists.
47. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT: Fleury is up to 38 wins and his GAA (2.85) and save percentage (.905) have improved for the second straight season.
48. Dion Phaneuf, D, CGY: Phaneuf had finally found his grove again with four points in his past four games though he has been dealing with the flu of late.
49. Jonathan Cheechoo, RW, SJ: Cheechoo has 35 goals with 15 coming on the power play this season. However, few have been better of late as Cheechoo has 13 goals and is a plus-21 in his past 15 games.
50. Evgeni Nabokov, G, SJ: If only he had received more playing time. Nabokov has seven shutouts, second in the league, and his 2.24 GAA is fourth overall.