Fantasy Roundup: Week 15, Jan. 6-12
The Anaheim Ducks have yet to lose in regulation on home ice and are currently 19-0-2 at the Honda Center which is impressive if nothing short of remarkable. Over the course of the months of January and February, 13 of their 19 games are at home. Team captain Ryan Getzlaf has picked up a foot injury that Ducks fans are hoping is minor, but with goalie Jonas Hiller playing the way he has the Ducks incredible season seems poised to continue. The Ducks have been impressive across the board and the stats show it. Getzlaf’s previous career high for goals was 25 – he’s already scored 23 this season just past the half way point (and let’s not forget the 2 hat tricks). Perry, during his Hart trophy winning season back in 2010-2011 scored 50 goals, and although he’s not on pace to break the numbers from that season, he’s shooting the puck with greater frequency than he ever has (3.58 SOG per game) and is currently 6th in league scoring and tied for 2nd in the league for goals. Cam Fowler, who was largely disappointing after an amazing rookie season, is finally proving that he can be among the elite defencemen in the NHL. Dustin Penner, who had fallen off the fantasy radar in recent seasons, has also returned thanks largely to playing alongside Getzlaf and Perry. Finally, although some of the wily old veterans of the team, like Selanne, Beauchemin and Saku Koivu, aren’t posting the kind of numbers they did in their heyday, younger stars are beginning to emerge with the likes of Bonino, Cogliano, Lindholm, Silfverberg, Vatanen, and Perreault all proving that they are, or will be, fantasy relevant. If you have any Ducks players in your lineup then let the good times roll.
He’s on Fire!
Jonas Hiller, ANA G – It’s basically an automatic win. His splits are good, and he’s surrendered more than 2 goals only 3 times over the course of his impressive 14-game winning streak. It can’t last forever, but owners should not feel shy about starting him even against the most formidable opposition as the Ducks are ranked 3rd in the NHL in team scoring which means he’s almost guaranteed to get run support. His contract is up at the end of the season and there was talk earlier in the year of a trade. With Viktor Fasth and Frederik Andersen both providing impressive performances in support, the Anaheim Ducks goaltending situation should be interesting to watch over the next few months as Hiller makes a case for an extension. Someone will be on the move, the question is who and when.
Martin St. Louis, TB F – He’s proving that his being snubbed from the Canadian Olympic roster might be a decision Steve Yzerman will live to regret. Since the news broke, St. Louis has a 4-game point streak. At 38-years old there seems to be no slowing him down.
He’s Heating Up
Brad Richards, NYR F – The Rangers have been a puzzling team this season combining long stretches of impressive hockey with long stretches of futility. Although Richards is the team’s leading scorer, he hasn’t been overly impressive, but we know he’s capable of being among the league’s elite forwards. He’s currently riding a 5-game point streak and has been firing the puck with alarming frequency lately including 8 shots against the Philadelphia Flyers – only Jeff Carter fired more shots than Richards over the last week.
Matt Carle, TB D – He’s only got one goal on the season, but Matt Carle is currently riding a 7-game point streak. He hovers around the bubble when it comes to fantasy relevancy and he’s more of a shot blocking defenceman, but it’s nice to see him contributing in other areas. He also went +6 against the Flyers a few nights ago – yikes!
Kevin Poulin, NYI G – By no means are the Islanders going to consider their goaltending issues solved, and they are likely candidates to trade for a seasoned number 1 before the trade deadline, but 23-year-old Kevin Poulin is not going down without a fight having won his last 5 starts including all four last week. Four of those 5 wins were away from home.
Cold as Ice
Tyler Seguin, DAL F – It’s been a breakout season for Seguin after being traded to the Stars from Boston during the offseason, but he hasn’t registered a point in 5 games. Dallas has failed to win a single game in 2014 and unless Seguin gets going again the trend could continue. He’s far too talented, and gets too much opportunity, for the situation to continue much longer.
P.K Subban, MON D – After a 4-point night against the Dallas Stars back on January 2nd Subban got the Olympic nod he was looking for – he hasn’t scored a point since. Don’t worry, a 4-game point slump isn’t the end of the world and things should turn around shortly.
Mike Smith, PHO G – The guy hasn’t won a game since before Christmas and back up Thomas Greiss is waiting patiently for the opportunity. Faith in Smith depends a lot on your faith in the Coyotes who are currently on the periphery of the playoff bubble. Hopefully Smith owners have other options.