Monday, February 5, 2007

Who was hot in the NHL last week

This is the first of regular Monday morning posts covering the hot players from the previous week. I will also pick a player worth watching at each position that may be available in your league.

Centers: Surprise, surprise Sidney Crosby does not lead the list of centers over the last week. He is tied with 6 assists but Michael Cammalleri also has 6 points and a game winner to put him over the top.

Michael Cammalleri: 3 goals, 3 assists, 1 GWG
Sidney Crosby: 0 goals, 6 assists
Zach Parise: 3 goals, 2 assists, 1 GWG
Daniel Briere: 3 goals, 2 assists
Chris Drury: 4 goals, 2 GWG

Players to watch: Since returning to Calgary Conroy is on a 3 game point streak with 2 goals and 2 assists. He is currently on a line with Iginla and all indications are that this pairing will last through the rest of the season.

Wingers: Marian Gaborik is healthy and showing us all why he should be drafted in the early rounds this week with 3 goals and 2 assists to go with 2 game winning goals.

Jamie Langenbrunner: 2 goals, 5 assists
Henrik Zetterberg: 2 goals, 4 assists, 1 GWG
Martin St. Louis: 2 goals, 4 assists
Marian Gaborik: 3 goals, 2 assists, 2 GWG
Trent Hunter 3 goals, 2 assists, 1 GWG

Players to watch: Jason Pominville of Buffalo had a strong week with 2 goals and 2 assists last week and 10 points in his last 10 games. The high powered offense of the Sabres makes Pominville a potential short term pick up while his production lasts.

Defensemen: Who the heck is Alexandre Picard? The Philadelphia D-man has only 13 points this season but has 4 multi-point games this year. He potted 5 assists on Thursday in the Flyers 6-5 win over the Devils. I wouldn't rush out to pick him up though, those 5 assists are his first points in 20 games.

Nicklas Lidstrom: 0 goals, 6 assists
Alexandre Picard: 0 goals, 5 assists
Mark Streit: 3 goals, 1 assist, 1 GWG
Sheldon Souray: 2 goals, 2 assists, 1 GWG
Ryan Whitney: 2 goals, 2 assists

Players to watch: Mark Streit is on a 4 game point streak and has 6 in his last 7 games. If your defense needs an offensive shot in the arm Streit is probably available in your league.

Goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury has swung hot and cold all season long, I guess you could call this a hot streak with 3 wins and 2 shutouts in the last week.

Marc-Andre Fleury: 3 wins, 2 shutouts
John Holmqvist: 3 wins, 1 shutout
Miikka Kiprusoff: 3 wins
Andre Raycroft: 3 wins
Niklas Backstrom: 2 wins, 1 shutout

Players to watch: If you didn't listen earlier this week then listen now. Niklas Backstrom should be picked up immediately. With Manny Fernandez's knee injury a concern the Wild will likely start Backstrom fairly regularly over the last third of the season to keep Fernandez fresh for the playoffs. Backstrom's play of late has given Minnesota the confidence to rely on him while Manny recovers fully. The Wild are hot lately and Backstrom is no small part of that.

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