Ramblings: Don’t Forget About Hellebuyck, The Next Predators’ Defenseman (Oct 13)

Ian Gooding

2017-10-13

Don’t forget about Hellebuyck, the next Predators’ defenseman, plus more…

Happy Friday the 13th! Hopefully you are one of the select few (such as myself) that actually consider 13 to be a lucky number.

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Several Lightning players had a nice night against Pittsburgh on Thursday. Steven Stamkos scored his first goal since November 15. Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and added an assist. Slater Koekkoek scored two goals. Chris Kunitz even recorded an assist against his former team. But the major contributor for the Bolts was Alex Killorn, who recorded four assists, two of which were on the power play. Killorn has a goal and six assists in just four games mainly playing on a line with Tyler Johnson. He’s only 5 percent owned in Yahoo leagues.

In case you’re wondering how the third man on the Stamkos/Kucherov line performed, Vladislav Namestnikov recorded an assist on the power play while delivering six hits. He’s still unowned in two-thirds of Yahoo leagues. I mentioned Namestnikov in my first offering of the season for Sportsnet, which is called Finding Fantasy Value. Go ahead and check it out. You might agree with my observations. Or you might not.

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A few Panthers had solid games on Thursday. Roberto Luongo stopped 37 of 39 shots to earn his first win of the season (and the 454th of his career, tying him with Curtis Joseph for fourth on the all-time list). Aaron Ekblad scored a goal and added an assist with a plus-3.

Two former first-round picks that have become afterthoughts in fantasy leagues have clicked together on a secondary scoring line for the Panthers. Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann each scored a goal and added an assist. Both have two goals and two assists in three games. I’d want to see more before recommending either, but it’s worth mentioning nonetheless.

Even though the Blues were handed their first loss of the season, Alex Pietrangelo was still able to assist on both goals and take seven shots on goal. In case there’s any doubt which defenseman runs the St. Louis power play, Pietrangelo logged 6:12 o