November 30, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-11-30

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It was a busy schedule on Friday because of American Thanksgiving and the action got started before noon as the Flyers beat the Jets 2-1. The big news out of that one wasn't the scoreline, as Evander left the contest with a lower-body injury and did not return. If Kane is out for any substantial amount of time it will be a big low to the fantasy hockey world, as the young Jet is one of the more versatile players around. He can help you greatly in points, shots and hits, so let's hope he returns to the ice sooner rather than later.

 

As far as the game itself goes, the lone bright spot for the Jets was Ondrej Pavelec's 32 save performance in a losing cause. The knock on Pavelec so far in his career has been his consistency, but he has now strung three straight starts together where he has posted no worse than a .941 save percentage. Let's see how long he keeps this going.

 

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Sean Couturier played nearly 23 minutes, which was a season high, and picked up a goal to give him five points in his last six games. He's become more of a defensive player in that Philly lineup, but if he can pick it up offensively a bit he would become a nice fantasy asset.

 

Matt Read also saw over 22 minutes, but don't be fooled as more than six of those came in shorthanded situations. He's seeing minimal power play time, which is unfortunate.

 

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Brad Marchand had his first multi-point game of the season on Friday as the Bruins took down the Rangers 3-2. His goal and an assist came in just over 14 minutes of action, which was the lowest ice-time he has seen in a couple weeks. Perhaps the strong effort earns him some more minutes going forward.

 

Zdeno Chara had quite the day with a goal and a helper to go along with seven PIM, two shots and a block. However, the most encouraging part of his day might be the fact that he finished plus-2. Chara is currently sporting a minus-1 rating for the campaign and was minus-3 over his previous three games. Very un-Chara like.

 

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Carl Hagelin is an interesting option right now from the Rangers. His assist against Boston gave him points in two straight games and he has been around 16 minutes a night in that span. The previous couple of weeks he was seeing closer to 12-13 minutes.

 

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Pittsburgh shutout Tampa Bay 3-0 and until Friday the Lightning had been doing a decent job of finding the back of the net minus Steven Stamkos.

On the brightside, JT. Brown had four shots and three hits. He won't get you many points, but Brown has 15 shots in the last four games and seems to be getting respectable minutes with Stamkos out of the lineup.

 

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The usual suspects were at it for the Pens with Sidney Crosby getting three assists and Chris Kunitz added two goals, while Marc-Andre Fleury picked up the shutout.

Kris Letang followed up his three-point performance on Wednesday with an assist against the Lightning. With Paul Martin on the shelf, Letang is going to receive major minutes.

 

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The Islanders continue to struggle and were blanked 5-0 by the Red Wings on Friday. Kevin Poulin gave up five goals and saying he hasn't exactly been the answer in goal since Evgeni Nabakov went down would be putting it nicely. Although he isn't getting much help.

 

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Detroit was powered by two goals each from Daniel Alfredsson and Darren Helm. Knock on wood, but Helm looks to finally be healthy and has eight points in eight games.

And if Helm wants to stay healthy he might want to avoid plays like this. Even though he scored.

 

 

Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson are a very underrated pair of