Sometimes, a player can go on a hot streak and really help their team or, perhaps, your fantasy team. Is there any guarantee these hot streaks will continue? Of course not. A cold streak could be just around the corner. However, sometimes a streak of good play can be more than just happenstance. Those are the significant streaks, and they usually stop being streaks and start being the way things are. So, here’s a look at who’s hot in the NHL. Maybe you want to take a shot at one of these guys for your fantasy team.
Over the last two weeks, the top ranked player on Yahoo(!)’s fantasy hockey game is Corey Perry. In addition to seven goals and six assists, he has 24 penalty minutes. I don’t really like the way Perry plays hockey. I find him an unlikeable player. Still, his tendency to be a jerk and take penalties can help your fantasy team, even if it hurts the Ducks. Not that you can pick him up, of course.
The next player in the rankings is Dustin Brown, who may actually be available. He has four goals, but over the last four weeks he has more assists than anybody with nine. Stephane Robidas is the top ranked defenseman. No goals, but seven assists and 14 penalty minutes.
A couple of San Jose Sharks players worth mentioning, and neither of them is a Joe Thornton or a Dany Heatley. Ryane Clowe has four goals and five assists, and rookie Logan Couture has six goals and an assist. Couture leads all rookies in goals (18) and points (25), though Jeff Skinner who has 24 points has a better points per game average. Of course, Couture is plus-9 while Skinner is minus-5, so there’s that.
While Dustin Byfuglien is continuing his top notch season in Atlanta, Evander Kane has had the better two week stretch. He has two goals, four assists, a plus-7, and 12 PIMs. However, he only has 11 goals and 11 assists with a zero rating, so he may not be a great fantasy pickup. That just may make him the red herring of the past two weeks. Good player with some promise, but not fantasy viable just yet.
The top ranked goalie on Yahoo(!) is Anders Lindback of all people. He has five wins, a 1.55 GAA, a .942 SV%, and two shutouts. Of course, there is the looming spectre of Pekka Rinne. Goalie usurping the starting role has become passe in Nashville, and it may just happen again. Still, Lindback right now seems like a short term solution. Jonas Hiller, however, is legit, and he posted a 1.50 GAA and a .955 SV% the past two weeks.
Another name worth mentioning is Brian Boucher. He had four wins with a 1.33 GAA and a .953 SV%. Sergei Bobrovsky was the big story in Philly early in the season, but it appears that Boucher might be the guy, at least for the time being. Bobrovsky’s SV% is only slightly less than Boucher’s (.919 to .921) but that’s with his good start. This is a situation to monitor. The Flyers are fortunate they have options.
That’s it for now. Will any of these players continue their excellent play? Or will they come crashing back down to Earth? These are questions for the future, or the Cake Boss (who has the gift of the second sight due to being bitten by a cake bug) to answer. I’ll just watch the hockey and see how things play out. That’s usually the most enjoyable way to go.