Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sports With The StatMan: Fantasy Hockey Edition - Week 19

For the Games of February 7th-14th, 2010

Washington is on one of the best winning streaks of all-time.  As of Saturday night, the Capitals have won 13 in a row.  The all-time record is the 17-game winning streak posted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1993.  Washington has four games before the Olympic Break, hosting Pittsburgh and traveling to Montreal, Ottawa, and St. Louis.  The hallmark of the winning streak has been scoring.  Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom earned the first and second star among forwards and Tom Poti was the top-ranked defenseman in the NHL last week.

WEEK 18 REVIEW (Games of 1/31-2/6/2010)
-         1st Star: Alex Ovechkin WSH – 33.5 points (5-3-8 in 4 games, +4, 2 PIM, 2 PPG)
-         2nd Star: Nicklas Backstrom WSH – 33.5 points (3-7-10 in 4 games, +5, 6 PIM, 2 PPG)
-         3rd Star: Marian Gaborik NYR – 30.5 points (5-2-7 in 4 games, +4, 4 PIM, 1 PPG)

Local Forwards
-         1st Star: Marian Gaborik NYR – 30.5 points (#3 Forward overall)
-         2nd Star: Vinny Prospal NYR – 19 points (Tied-#12 F overall, 2-4-6 in 4 games, +2, 2 PIM, 1 PPG)
-         3rd Star: Ryan Callahan NYR – 14 points (Tied-#22 F overall, 2-2-4 in 4 games, -1, 2 PIM, 1 PPG)

-         1st Star: Tom Poti WSH – 27 points (1-3-4 in 4 games, +5, 1 PPG)
-         2nd Star: Jack Johnson LAK – 24.5 points (1-4-5 in 4 games, +2, 2 PIM)
-         3rd Star: Brian Rafalski DET – 20.5 points (0-4-4 in 4 games, +2)

Local Defensemen
-         1st Star: Marc Staal NYR – 14 points (Tied-#15 Defenseman overall, 0-3-3 in 4 games, +1)
-         2nd Star: Michael Del Zotto NYR – 9 points (Tied-#28 D overall, 0-2-2 in 4 games, +1, 4 PIM)
-         3rd Star: Matt Gilroy NYR – 8.5 points (Tied-#31 D overall, 0-2-2 in 4 games)

-         1st Star: Jean-Sebastien Giguere TOR – 30 points (2-0-0 in 2 games, 2 SO, 0.00 GAA, 60 SV, 1.000 SvPct)
-         2nd Star: Jeff Deslauriers EDM – 27.4 points (2-2-0 in 4 games, 1 SO, 2.02 GAA, 137 SV, .945 SvPct)
-         3rd Star: Marty Turco DAL – 26.6 points (2-1-0 in 3 games, 1 SO, 1.01 GAA, 98 SV, .970 SvPct)

Local Goaltenders
-         1st Star: Ray Emery PHL – 12.6 points (#17 Goalie overall, 1-0-0 in 1 game, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 18 SV, 1.000 SvPct)
-         2nd Star: Henrik Lundqvist NYR – 10.7 points (#21 G overall, 1-2-0 in 3 games, 3.03 GAA, 86 SV, .905 SvPct)
-         3rd Star: Chad Johnson NYR – 8.8 points (Tied-#24 G overall, 1-0-0 in 1 game, 1.00 GAA, 34 SV, .971 SvPct)

Special Teams
-         Best in League: Atlanta Thrashers/Calgary/Los Angeles/Pittsburgh +9 points each
-         Best among locals: New York Rangers +5 (#7 ST overall, 5-18 PP, 20-23 PK, 0 SHG, 1 SHGA)

WEEK 19 PREVIEW (Games of 2/7-2/14/2010)
4-Game Weeks:
- Sunday-to-Saturday scoring period (17): Anaheim, Boston, Colorado, Edmonton, Montreal, New Jersey, Nashville, N.Y. Islanders, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Washington
- Monday-to-Sunday scoring period (13): Anaheim, Colorado, Edmonton, New Jersey, Nashville, N.Y. Islanders, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Vancouver

2-Game Weeks:
- Sunday-to-Saturday scoring period (1): Toronto
- Monday-to-Sunday scoring period (1): Toronto

Local Matchups:
- Devils at Flyers (Monday), Flyers at Devils (Wednesday)

Last Week (Start vs. Sit)
- Forwards: Mike Knuble WSH (2-2-4 in 4 games, +6, 2 PIM) vs. Ryan Kesler VAN (1-1-2 in 3 games, -2, 2 PIM, 1 PPG) (W, Knuble 17.5, Kesler 4.0)
- Defensemen: Ian White CGY (0-1-1 in 4 games, +1, 2 PIM) vs. Zdeno Chara BOS (1-0-1 in 3 games, -2, 2 PIM, 1 PPG) (W, White 5.5, Chara 0.0)
- Goaltending: Jonathan Quick LAK (4-0-0 in 4 games, 2.50 GAA, 84 SV, .894 SvPct) vs. Brian Elliott OTT (2-1-0 in 3 games, 2.62 GAA, 89 SV, .927 SvPct) (W, Quick 18.8, Elliott 14.8)

Season: 11-4 (3-0 last week)

- Start: James Neal DAL – In the first few weeks of the season, Neal was a solid performer with three double-digit weeks in his first four.  In the next 11 weeks, Neal had one double-digit week, went through a slump, a suspension, and a groin injury.  Since, he has put up two double-digit weeks in the last three and looks like his early-season self.
- Sit: Ryan Malone TBY – Malone has been in a bad way lately.  I mean, really bad.  Since a 23-point week in Week 12, Malone has scored -3 fantasy points.  How he is starting in any fantasy league is beyond me.  Why is he still on my fantasy roster?  Since December 21st, where he had two goals and two assists against the Islanders, Malone is 3-3-6 in 21 games and is playing at a minus-12.

- Start: Mark Giordano CGY – Giordano may be the NHL’s best-kept secret.  Don’t look now, but two goals in his last two games give him 10 markers on the season.  Only five defensemen have more.
- Sit: Christian Ehrhoff VAN – Ehrhoff has not put points up lately and even though he has a plus-22 rating this season, he is a minus-3 in his last 3 games and the Canucks are going to be on the road for a while.  Ehrhoff is a +21 in 31 home games and +3 in 27 road contests this year.

- Start: Michael Leighton PHL – Ray Emery is hurt again and may be out for a while.  Leighton was good when the Flyers really needed him and there is no reason to think he will let them down this time.
- Sit: Jose Theodore WSH – Theodore and the Caps goaltending is the only facet of their game that is not firing on all cylinders right now.  Also, Semyon Varlamov is getting healthy, so Theodore’s days of being the starter may be numbered.

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