February 11, 2012

Jeff Angus

2012-02-11

 

My fantasy hockey mailbag is open once again – first time in almost two months. Ask your questions until Monday right here!

 

Jordan Staal is back tonight after missing 15 games. He is going to start the game with Cooke and Dupuis – should help him get off to a blazing start…

 

Cal O’Reilly is centering Steve Sullivan and Dustin Jeffrey.

 

James Wisniewski is back for the Jackets tonight. He’s a great buy low for the rest of the season. Nothing to play for, but he is a good multi-category defenseman who can get hot.

 

The top three scoring duos in the league this season – Sedins, Lupul/Kessel, and Neal/Malkin.

 

Consistency is a very important quality to look for when constructing a fantasy lineup, especially in weekly head-to-head leagues. The most consistent players this season:

 

Patrik Elias (78 percent of games with a point), Malkin (76), and Stamkos (75).

 

Erik Karlsson has a point in 60 percent of Ottawa’s games – incredibly impressive for a defenseman.

 

Corey Crawford’s struggles continue. I finally dumped Dwayne Roloson in one of my leagues this week, and picked up Ray Emery. He hasn’t been any good either, but I was about four months overdue on dropping Dwayne.

 

Brendan Morrison was a healthy scratch for the Hawks yesterday. Unsurprisingly, he’s not working out as the second line center.

 

Did anyone expect such a strong season from JS Giguere? If so, kudos. He stopped 39 shots last night and has been Colorado’s best player this season.

 

Today’s Studs and Duds from the DobberHockey forums. Always a great read.

 

Two assists for David Jones. He’s a likely trade target for some contending teams at the deadline.

 

Drew Stafford led Buffalo with seven shots on goal last night – he finished with only one assist, though.

 

To say I am excited to get back to rambling would be an understatement. Thanks a ton to Mike for covering me for the past two weeks. I really enjoyed his content and angle on the issues he covered. Always great to get a fresh perspective.

 

I was in Maui for 10 days with family – was great to get away from the computer, twitter, writing, etc. Needed a bit of a mental recharge after a tough January (lost some people close to me), and the trip did exactly what I was hoping it would.

 

I'll have a fresh 15 Prime Cuts this Monday morning, and I'll get back on the monthly fantasy mailbag wagon soon – likely in the next week.

 

A solid read from my buddy and fantasy hockey competitor, Rhys Richards. Rhys is a Wings fan and has a great read on the team.

 

"Nabokov has been unconscious of late, but his cap hit of just over a half million dollars will probably mean any team interested in him will have to overpay. In addition, several teams, not the least of which is last year's surprise playoff Cinderella story Tampa Bay Lightning, may be willing to pay more than Detroit can or should.


The pre-cap Red Wings were known for substantial acquisitions at the Deadline. Holland may be downplaying Detroit's interest in order to hook a big fish that may not be currently available due to ongoing playoff hopes or interconference rivalries. Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, Brenden Morrow, or Shane Doan could very well see their names scroll across the tv or computer screen at the Trade Deadline as they prepare to make the D home."

 

Assuming or guessing what Detroit does this summer is premature, but they are in a great situation to make some significant additions to a very, very good club. I wonder if the Winter Classic next season is enough to lure Lidstrom back for one more season? I think a lot of that depends on how the playoffs go.

 

I didn't catch any Canucks games while I was away, but I did see the Kings a few times (Hawaii picks up the LA Fox feed). The Kings have some good parts, but outside of Kopitar no forward creates offense.