Stopped all 67 shots he faced in two starts this week giving him three shutouts on the year. Although he's played the lesser number of games in a somewhat time share with Marc-Andre Fleury, he'll see a few more with Fleury battling injury. Both tenders are a good play on a team that has won 14 straight games nonetheless, even though their captain is out for the regular season.
5 goals, 4 assists and a plus-4 rating this week. Three of his goals came via the powerplay and he's easily been the hottest player in the league since coming back from a broken forearm. Posting eight goals and six assists for 14 points on his current six game point streak is evidence of that.
4 wins in week 10 including back to back shutouts (his second and third of the season). The Sharks started off on fire, and then really cooled off, and now they're back to being hot again. They'll have to keep doing well as they duke it out for a spot in the bottom half off the playoff bracket in the Western Conference. That makes Niemi a strong fantasy play to finish the regular season.
5 goals (a pair on the PP), 3 assists and a plus-5 rating in four games this past week. He broke Wayne Gretzky's Oilers record for fastest hat-trick to start a game on Saturday against the Canucks. He's been on par with what he usually does production wise this year, and scoring half of his 11 goals this year in the past seven days helps a lot.
1 Goal, 6 assists and a plus-2 rating this week as the Captain fights to keep the Flyers in the playoff race. He's been pretty consistent this year although his team has underachieved for the most part. 35 points in 35 games is nothing to sneeze at.
3 goals, 3 assists and a plus-5 rating this week. He's the scoring leader on a Wild team that is on fire lately, and although he's lightly off the pace of his 69 points from last year with the Devils, he has done his part to make his team a contender and he's also helping you, the fantasy owner too!
7. Mikko Koivu - Minnesota Wild (C)
2 goals and 5 assists this week. He's on a seven game point streak and has points in 12 of his last 14 games (6 goals, 13 assists for 19 points). He's one of the hottest players in the league but somewhat flying under the radar because he's more of a playmaker rather than goal scorer. He should stay hot the rest of the way.
3 goals, 2 assists and a plus-5 rating this week. Turning it on late in the season seems to be his style. If this season is like last year, the Kings will be in position to take a decent run at defending their title, and that may mean a fantasy title for you as the prelude.
9. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Edmonton Oilers (C)
7 assists this week nearly doubles his point total on the season (16) in what's been a disappointing shortened year for the sophomore. After 52 points in 62 contest last season, he'll be lucky to hit half as many this year. The good news is he's getting hot at the right time, so the past my very well be irrelevant in the "what have you done for me lately" world that is the fantasy post-season.
A goal and 4 assists (two on the powerplay) to go with a plus-4 rating and four minutes in the box. After making some enemies in the locker room for holding out earlier this season, the young blueliner is proving he's worth signing on for big dollars the next time free agency rolls around. 27 points in 28 games this season puts him in Erik Karlsson territory.
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