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The Midseason Guide, you can buy it here, re-released Friday with some updates to prep you for this weekend’s midseason draft.
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Interesting hot streaks I’ve observed, researching for this week’s auction in my one keeper league:
Gregory Campbell has six points in four games.
Brian Rolston has been playing 19 minutes per game and has had two two-point games in his last three. He’s loving the new/old coach.
Milan Michalek has three points in two games. Another Mr. Streaky that could help you out for a week or two.
Taylor Pyatt has seven points in his last seven games. I’ve always had a soft spot for this guy, as I thought his career curve was exactly mirroring Todd Bertuzzi’s. But then around the age of 26 he stopped mirroring and started regressing. Now 29, it may be too late to have any hope. But with Keith Yandle emerging, he’s going to create a star or two. For now, consider Pyatt “on fire” and temporary help. But man, if a 6-4, 230-pound forward can start finding the net, watch out.
Brad Marchand is a talented prospect thought to be on a team that is too deep up front. And since he can play defense, many have labelled him a third liner, myself included. However, the guy has five points in his last five games and is a plus-7 as well. He’s seeing second-line ice time. Still just 22, don’t pigeonhole him on a checking line just yet.
Corey Crawford’s shutout string ran past eight periods of hockey before giving up two to the Preds in the third, and he took the shootout loss. Losing late in the game has happened often with Crawford. Without looking it up, I would bet that five of his eight losses have come despite having the lead heading into the third. It just seems that way to me. At any rate, the guy is on pace for 28 wins and I think he’ll get 34. Jimmy Howard had 37 when he was a Calder nominee. But Howard was up against some rookies with big points, whereas Crawford is up against Jeff Skinner, who will probably win and is on pace for 66.
Jarret Stoll has six points in his last five games and is on pace for close to 60. Big season for him, though his PIM are down.
Marco Sturm has five points in his last five games. He’s found his timing and is really starting to roll, and provided he stays healthy I think he can get another 30 points this year – so 38 in total.
These days, every time I look I see the Coyotes scoring lots of goals. I really do think we have Yandle to thank for that. I always bought into the theory that he was/would be a 50-point defenseman – but now he’s REALLY sold me. I think he’s a potential 70-point star. Or better. And on Phoenix, that makes him the best player.
Anaheim’s Matt Beleskey has again settled in at the NHL level, and he’s really enjoying the extra ice time thanks to the Getzlaf injury. He has five poi