Monday, April 2, 2007

NHL Weekly Wrapup - Who's Hot and Who's Not

This week the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers have been hot lately and are getting production from their 2nd and 3rd lines. Scan the waiver wires for guys like Mike Comrie, Sean Avery and Brendan Shanahan for some key additions in the last week of the regular season.

Centers: Mike Comrie snapped a 5 game pointless streak on Friday by contributing a goal and two assists and followed it up on Saturday with 2 goals. He potted the game winners on both nights.

Ollie Jokinen: 1 goal, 6 assists, 1 GWG
Saku Koivu: 1 goal, 5 assists, 1 GWG
Vincent Lecavalier: 2 goals, 4 assists
Sidney Crosby: 2 goals, 4 assists
Michael Nylander: 2 goals, 4 assists

Who's Not: Other than my entire center corps? How about Pavol Demitra, and yes he is on my roster. Demitra is pointless in 4 games, at this point in the season drop him for a hot replacement... or a bag of pucks.

Wingers: Peter Schaefer had back to back multi-point games and managed 5 assists last week.

Jaromir Jagr: 3 goals, 3 assists
Daniel Sedin: 3 goals, 2 assists
Zach Parise: 2 goals, 3 assists
Simon Gagne: 1 goal, 4 assists
Evgeni Malkin: 1 goal, 4 assists

Who's Not: Paul Kariya is on a 4 game pointless streak and has only 1 point in 8 games as the Predators have lost 5 of their last 8.

Defensemen: Don't look now but Mark Streit is on another streak, he has 5 points in his last 5 games as the Canadiens make a push for the last playoff spot in the East. And in case you missed it, super prospect Jack Johnson was called up by the Kings and will play the remainder of the season. If you are hurting for points from your d-men take a chance on Jack.

Tomas Kaberle: 2 goals, 3 assists
Ryan Whitney: 3 goals, 1 assist
Mark Streit: 2 goals, 2 assists
Chris Pronger: 2 goals, 2 assists
Brian Rafalski: 4 assists

Who's Not: Brian Campbell is on a 4 game pointless streak. Don't panic, he should snap out of it.

Goaltenders: Miikka Kiprusoff has singlehandedly kept the Calgary Flame in the last playoff spot in the West and put up 3 wins and a shutout last week. An interesting side note, Niklas Backstrom posted 0 wins and 1 shutout last week, he got the shutout in a 1-0 shootout loss to Kiprusoff and the Flames. How often do you see two shutouts in 1 game?

Miikka Kiprusoff: 3 wins, 1 shutout
Martin Brodeur: 3 wins
Evgeni Nabokov: 3 wins
Marty Turco: 2 wins, 1 shutout
Roberto Luongo: 2 wins

Who's Not: Dwayne Roloson lost twice last week and let in 6 goals on 48 shots. However, if you are desperate enough to be starting an Edmonton Oiler goalie at this point in the season you obviously have nothing to lose by continuing to start him.

Who to watch this week: Any New York Ranger. The Rangers seem to be on a mission and their lines are clicking right now. For some reason Martin Straka was available in my league this morning and I dumped Pavol Demitra for him. Sean Avery, Brendan Shanahan and Michael Nylander all put up multiple points last week. On the defensive side, as noted above, Jack Johnson has been called up by the L.A. Kings, if you need some help on the back end this may be a good gamble.

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