December 6, 2009

Dobber Sports

2009-12-06

If you are in a keeper league, then Matthew Bugg’s article Hockey Night in Slovakia is absolutely required reading. If you don’t read it, or if it doesn’t interest you, then call the commish of your league and hand in your resignation – fantasy hockey has passed you by.

 

Since returning from injury, Eric Staal has six points in five games. He also has 26 shots on goal in that span. The Staal we’ve come to expect may be starting to appear.

 

Chris Stewart has 10 points in his last eight games and is a plus-2 in that span. He is on pace for 46 points, which may be a little high for this season – I’m thinking 40 to 42. He should be a good bet to hit 100 PIM.

 

Is anyone else tired of Martin Erat? Three points in two games, followed by none in four. five points in three games followed by none in three. Now four points in three games. I guess right about now he’ll have three or four pointless games again. He does this every year it seems. It’s hard to set your lineup with mini-streakers. I like long-term streakers such as Fleischmann – that guy will go 6-10 games hot and then 4-6 games cold. None of this three/four games crap.

 

Mike Rupp had six points in seven games prior to getting shutout yesterday. He has been seeing time with Crosby (who was hurt last night – day to day). I wonder if we’ll see the creation of the next Mike Knuble or Chris Clark here – a tough, 10 or 20-point plugger who stumbles onto a line with a star and starts posting four to five times as many points as he should. Just a fleeting “I wonder”. I get a lot of those. In fact, I think today’s article will have me run through some of them.

 

After four points in his first 21 games, David Backes has seven in his last six.

 

Vladimir Zharkov has points in each of his last two games. If he continue with a point every two games up until Clarkson returns, they’ll find a way to keep him up. I’m starting to like his long-term potential as a second liner. Huge strides over the past year.

 

The Parse/Handzus/Simmonds line is on fire. Parse has six points in his last six games, while Simmonds has eight points in that span. Simmonds is on a six-game points streak. I had him – and still have him – labelled as an elite third-line checker, but this offensive performance is pretty impressive. I’d be surprised if he ever got 65 points, but he could be one of those covetted 50-point checkers that NHL teams love to have and are oh so rare (Handzus was a member of that club, until he came down with suckitis a few years ago). Yeah, I stole Angus’ word again…

 

Was anyone else disappointed to see a 2-1 game between CHI and PIT? I was hoping for 5-4.

 

Peter Mueller has missed three games now due to an undisclosed (probably UB) injury. I can’t help but wonder if this has contributed to his horrible numbers throughout the season to date. This may be one of those cases where you just write him off for the year and he’s in and out of the lineup trying to play through it…and then bounces back next season.

 

With Teemu Selanne on the shelf, the Ducks shifted Bobby Ryan back to a line with Saku Koivu and Dan Sexton (?); Joffrey Lupul returned to action on the top line with Perry and Getzlaf – that is where he has had success this season and as long as he remains there he is a threat for a point per game. He scored twice and played over 19 minutes.