Fantasy Hockey 2011: The Good, the Bad and the Streaky

This article highlights some players in each of their respective positions who are either hot or cold and what you could do with them.

HOT

Brenden Morrow, Stars (3 G, 1 A, -3, 16 PIM, 2 PPP, 13 SOG) - He had a 4 game point streak before getting goose-eggs Wednesday but he did manage to get 12 Penalty Minutes in that game. He's returned from a back injury so he's playing fresh out on the ice but to expect this output from here on out from the power forward is a bit much. He's still worth a pickup in deeper formats if he's available thanks to his healthy combination of points, powerplay chances and penalty minutes.

More hot and cold players after the jump...

Ian White, Red Wings (0 G, 3 A, +5, 2 PIM, 1 PPP, 16 SOG) - He's not a great point producer but that doesn't mean he's still not valuable for your team. He's contributing some in the score sheet and getting some powerplay chances with a great Wings offense. What also boosts his value is his +/-. His total is a redonkulous +22, which is tied with Tyler Seguin for the league lead. If you're in Roto leagues that use +/- and are struggling with the stat, be sure to get White on your roster.

Evgeni Nabokov, Islanders (1 Win, 0.00 GAA, 100% Sv%) - Yet another goaltender is injured for the Islanders when Al Montoya suffered a concussion and Rick DiPietro is dealing with a groin injury. While this would cripple most teams, the Islanders were smart kept Nabokov for this very reason. Now, it presents itself as a great opportunity for Nabokov to flex his wings and perhaps cause the Islanders to force their hand in either giving him more starts or trade him to another team with goaltending issues (there are plenty out there). He's going start most games for the forseeable future and he's worth the pickup now and maybe stashing beyond then in case he's traded to another team for more starts.

COLD

Eric Staal, Hurricanes (0 G, 0 A, -3, 0 PIM, 0 PPP, 10 SOG) - Just as I was hoping that he was turning a new leaf this past month, now he comes and gives me goose-eggs again in the score sheet for this past week. It's going to have to be a given that consistency will be a problem for the likes of Staal even though he's a very good forward that can provide a great amount of points along with powerplay points and penalty minutes. Those who've invested/drafted him high will have to hold on and hope he gets back to normal soon. But don't give up on him, his potential for scoring and penalty minutes is a premium.

Dan Boyle, Sharks (0 G, 2 A, +2, 0 PIM, 0 PPP, 5 SOG) - Word got slipped out that he's been playing with a broken for since mid-November. It's been tough for him to play with the injury but with his name showing up on the score sheet alittle more lately and his defense getting better, the time to try to buy low on Boyle is closing fast.

Carey Price, Canadiens (0 Wins, 4.08 GAA, 8.68 Sv.%) - He's having a great season but he's starting to stack up his games where he's giving up too many goals to help his team. The past four games he's started alone has allowed 15 goals! He's still a borderline elite goalie but this is very disconcerting for those who own him and they can only hope that that returns back to form. He's slated to get a day or two of rest so this may help him get back to shape.

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