Congratulations to us.
While we haven’t necessarily brought home any hardware quite yet, let’s take this moment to give thanks for the pleasantry of latching on to the voice of Doc Emrick as Saturday awaits with a day fulfilled with hand-passes, Patrick Roy sending a sixth attacker down four goals with 11:00 left in the third (they don’t even play but watch it happen) and far too many icing calls for any fan once pondering to become a hockey guru.
My eardrums have had no such luxury the recent few days with Buffalo Sabre announcers and talks of the McDavid Cup, so while I match the intensity alongside my fellow NHL fantasy users, let us assemble a masterful lineup with points in bunches.
C Evgeny Kuznetsov (WSH) $3,900
Solid time to fade Alex Ovechkin in my opinion as the the Russian skates off a flurry of goals spanning the recent week or two.
If Trotz sends out the Ovi-Kuznetsov-Ward, the Sens will obtain the task of stifling the probable Rocket Richard winner, opening up some gaps for the other Russian.
C Mikko Koivu (MIN) $5,000
The buzz and atmosphere around the Xcel Energy is all too real for the playoffs, the Wild faithful with hopes of a Stanley Cup in their back pocket.
Koivu searched, destroyed obstacles, and found twine three times in consecutive games before that streak halted versus New York.
The center still managed three shots to the bread basket of Cam Talbot, so I’ll take the hot hand here.
W Filip Forsberg (NSH) $5,200
Perfect time to grab a winger in Forsberg here as the Nashville forward’s now gone consecutive contests without putting the puck toward the opponent’s crease.
The mental effects can really frustrate such an elite player like Forsberg, and I bet he comes out roaring against a depleted Dallas team that just gave up seven tallies to St. Louis at home a night ago.
The unlikely core of Stalberg, Beck, and Franson all lit the lamp in Wednesday’s loss to Vancouver-expect the Predator studs to regroup with a tight-knit divisional race.
W Kyle Okposo (NYI) $5,200
Okposo knows it and must hold in the patience just a bit longer until playoffs surround the Islanders.
The winger still attempts to sort out the kinks and return to regular skating with the boys out of Long Island following a strenuous injury. While he’s out of rhythm, a perfect situation may be brewing when the Sabres visit.
W Marion Gaborik (LAK) $5,200
Gaborik’s more than made the cut for my roster as I always have a slot available for a crafty veteran in search of another ring.
The stakes are about as high as they come for Los Angeles. I’ve said it once and I’ll repeat myself: it’s up to the guys who’ve been there before.
D Torey Krug (BOS) $4,800
“Why’s the line so long, mom”
“Because, honey, the B’s are one of the sickest, hottest teams in the League at the moment and every owner is exploring which Boston skaters to stack as they prepare for a beat down versus Toronto and their selfish media.”
Does that sound pretty accurate?
Listen, I’m infatuated with the Bruins just as much as the next, and I’ll be the initial guy to admit I fear them as a ‘Hawks fan if we we intertwine with those B’s. Puns. The hot wave, in large part stemming from late-season heroics by Brad Marchand (goodnight Flyers), Milan Lucic (playoff warrior) and Zach Trotman (who?) all chipping in.
I feel as if Krug’s enough of an “under the radar” type player, as we get a two-way defenseman that likes to shoot, especially on the man advantage.
D Anton Stralman (TBL) $4,000
We now obtain two offensive-happy blue-liners with the Stralman add, a guy that’s been more than active in what the Bolts do best: putting pucks in the net.
12 shots on goal the previous three, let’s roll on Anton Stralman.
G Jaroslav Halak (NYI) $8,800
Extremely normal pick here in Halak, but if there’s one way the netminder can boost his confidence, it’s by playing his game versus a team that needs to quadruple their points to even consider a playoff bid.
UTIL Jiri Hudler (CGY) $5,200
Have yourself a year, Jiri Hudler.
Calgary’s leader with 72 points gets my vote at the utility position as the Flames seek some momentum into mid-April.