Ramblings: Beaulieu, Matthews, Kucherov, Orlov and more (Jan 4)

Dobber

2017-01-04

Ramblings: Beaulieu, Matthews, Kucherov, Orlov and more

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Well, Columbus won again. Sorry, but I’m going to keep leading with this story and pumping their tires for as long as they keep winning. Because it’s just so unbelievable. Cam Atkinson scored again. He now has 34 points in his last 30 games and is plus-11 in that span. I know he’s not the most popular name out there (other than to the readers of this site and the fans in Columbus), but if he doesn’t make the All-Star game then it’s time to hand in our NHL fan card. Atkinson had four shots on goal and it was the 12th time this season that he’s had at least that many in a game. He’s on pace for 237 shots, which would be a career high but only barely.

The usual suspects got their points: Alexander Wennberg got a points for the ninth time in 10 games. He has 12 points in that span; Nick Foligno now has nine points in five games; Zach Werenski has four in four; Seth Jones is on a four-game points streak; Brandon Saad is on a six-gamer, and has 11 points in eight games. And on and on and on. This whole thing is just astounding, not just as a hockey fan, but it’s turning the fantasy hockey world upside down. Anyone with Blue Jackets on their team is at least doing reasonably well – and they’re likely dominating if they own three or more!

All that – and Sergei Bobrovsky is the best goalie to own in fantasy hockey right now. And it’s not even close. He has 25 wins, which is six more than the next guy on the list. He could go the rest of January without getting another win…and still very likely lead the NHL still.

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Shea Weber and Alexander Radulov returned to Nashville last night and they certainly came to play. Radulov was a beast, setting up both goals including the OT winner, while Weber scored the first one. PK Subban did not get to play his former team as he is on the IR. Although Radulov is now on a four-game points streak, that was his first multi-point game since December 10 and he had somewhat been slumping with just three points in nine games heading in. This should be enough to light a fire under him – and Weber, for that matter – to get things rolling again.

Radulov to Weber for Montreal’s first goal of the game:

Hey, remember that white-hot streak that Jeff Petry was on? He has cooled down some. But even when he was on fire, his points didn’t come from the power play. He’s firing a ton of shots on net at even strength and