Cammalleri, Marner, Schwartz, Ducks’ goaltending, plus more…
If you go to the Frozen Pool RotoRanker and press the Yahoo buttons and rank for the past week, you’ll find Mike Cammalleri near the top of each list. That’s because he’s been arguably the league’s hottest player over the past five games. Cammalleri scored two goals on Saturday, which gives him seven goals and four assists over his past five games. There’s a good chance that he was dropped in your league back in October or early November, as he failed to score a goal in his first ten games. So things have averaged out for Cammalleri, who sits at a relatively normal (for him) 15.6 shooting percentage. Another 25-goal season is well within reach.
Cammalleri wasn’t the only star for the Devils in their 4-3 shootout loss. Backup goalie Keith Kinkaid made 46 saves, which gives him some solid numbers this season (2.33 GAA, .933 SV%). Cory Schneider has struggled in November (3.04 GAA, .892 SV%) and has overall season numbers that are slightly worse than Kinkaid’s (2.53 GAA, .915 SV%). So at this point I don’t think it would be a stretch to assume Kinkaid will start at least once a week. He’s someone to consider for a spot start, at least in a back-to-back.
Your Penguins’ line combinations for Saturday:
22.55% EV CROSBY,SIDNEY – CULLEN,MATT – SHEARY,CONOR
13.73% EV GUENTZEL,JAKE – MALKIN,EVGENI – RUST,BRYAN
13.07% EV BONINO,NICK – HAGELIN,CARL – KESSEL,PHIL
7.52% EV FEHR,ERIC – KUHNHACKL,TOM – WILSON,SCOTT
Yes, the HBK line that was so successful in last year’s playoffs was back in action. That didn’t seem to affect Jake Guentzel, who scored again to give him three goals and an assist in his first four NHL games. Guentzel was profiled in our Waiver Wire article for Sportsnet this week. He’s still worth a look in deeper leagues, but you’ll want to pay attention to his linemates. If he is downgraded to the fourth line, he becomes irrelevant for fantasy purposes.
After replacing the injured Jimmy Howard on Friday and earning the win, Petr Mrazek played his second game in as many nights, stopping 22 of 24 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss. But with four potential games next week, Mrazek should help with your minimum number of goalie starts. But these are not the Wings of old, so wins won’t be as easy to come by, particularly with the Stars and Penguins on the schedule.
Artturi Lehkonen was back in the lineup for the Habs, playing on a line with Andrew Shaw and David Desharnais. With the Habs still rolling, the rookie probably won’t be back in the top 6 in the near future like