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Fantasy Hockey Friday #5 (11/14/14)


Flash Sale = Players that are on strong hot streaks that you will need to add immediately before they are claimed by another team.

Bargain Bin = Similar to the ODO category, except these players will not be as highly demanded. They will be claimed relatively quickly, but are not completely known to all teams.

Line Scorers = Players that are currently very low in ownership percentage and includes less-skilled players who are currently playing on productive lines, and have proved/might prove worthy of adding. As every studious fantasy owner knows, line combinations are everything.



Flash Sale

Jori Lehtera

– C, 46% owned

The best line in St. Louis includes this red-hot Finnish center between wingers Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko. They’ve proven to be one of the best trios in the NHL in recent weeks. Lehtera now has has six goals and ten assists, including four goals and six assists in his last six games (including a hat trick two games ago). He’s a plus-eleven too. His Yahoo! ownership percentage has risen 32% this week, so grab him quick.

Sean Monahan – C, 34% owned

There are a lot of young talented centers in the NHL this year (and many in this article). Monahan has produced around the same number of points as Lehtera, but he scores more goals. He currently has seven goals and five assists for the year, including five goals and three assists in only his last seven games. He has 46 shots on goal and has earned a plus-four rating while now playing on Calgary’s top line.

Reilly Smith – RW, 26% owned

His promotion to Boston’s top line has proved beneficial the young winger Reilly Smith. In his last five games he has collected two goals and three assists. Two of those points came on the power play. His production has really increased recently, so he is proving to be a really solid short-term boost for fantasy rosters.

Elias Lindholm – C/RW, 12% owned

The 19-year old sophomore has been spending a lot of time on the first line in Carolina with linemates Jiri Tlusty and Eric Staal (he’s currently dealing with a foot injury). After a very slow start to his season, he has now scored six goals and two assists in his last seven games (three power play points in that span). He shoots and hits often as well.

Bargain Bin

Jake Muzzin

– D, 36% owned

Muzzin’s scoring draught came to an end four games ago, and in that time, he scored a goal and four assists, which accounts for his entire production this season. He is back to playing top pairing minutes while also spending time on the Kings’ top power play unit. His 25 shots and 27 hits can be very valuable for leagues that count those stat categories.

Aaron Ekblad – D, 24% owned

The rookie blueliner in Florida has now scored a goal and five assists in his last five games, giving him eight points for the year. Don’t expect that production pace to continue, but feel free to add him for a few games.

Marcus Johansson – C/LW, 21% owned, Andre Burakovsky – C/LW, 17% owned, Troy Brouwer – RW, 20% owned

All three of these players have proved worthy of adding. Johansson has scored five goals and three assists in his last six games. Burakovsky has scored four points in his last three games., and Brouwer has scored a goal in four of his last seven games.

Leo Komarov – C/LW, 10% owned

The third line winger in Toronto has scored four points (one goal) in his last three games, increasing his point total to eleven. He’s a plus-two with 28 shots and 69 hits. While the Leafs continue to win games, he’s a good add.

Riley Nash – C, 5% owned

Nash scored only 24 points last season, but already has 12 this year. Since October 24, he has been held scoreless twice. He has scored a power play point in three consecutive games. He is centering the second line in Carolina between Nathan Gerbe and Alex Semin.

Line Scorers


Emerson Etem – LW/RW, 1% owned

Team: Anaheim Ducks

Line: 1st

Linemates: Devante Smith-Pelly, Ryan Getzlaf

Power play unit: 2nd

Zemgus Girgensons – C/LW, 3% owned

Team: Buffalo Sabres

Line: 1st

Linemates: Matt Moulson, Tyler Ennis

Power play unit: 2nd

Markus Granlund – C, 0% owned

Team: Calgary Flames

Line: 2nd

Linemates: Johnny Gaudreau, Jiri Hudler

Power play unit: 2nd

Zach Boychuk – Lw/RW (while Lindholm recovers from a foot injury), 0% owned

Team: Carolina Hurricanes

Line: 1st

Linemates: Jiri Tlusty, Eric Staal

Power play unit: N/A

Kris Versteeg – LW/RW, 6% owned

Team: Chicago Blackhawks

Line: 1st

Linemates: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane

Power play unit: 2nd

Alex Tanguay – LW, 11% owned

Team: Colorado Avalanche

Line: 1st

Linemates: Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly

Power play unit: 2nd

Brian Gibbons – LW, 0% owned

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets

Line: 1st

Linemates: Ryan Johansen, Nick Foligno

Power play unit: 2nd

Benoit Pouliot – LW, 2% owned

Team: Edmonton Oilers

Line: 1st

Linemates: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle

Power play unit: 1st

Mikael Granlund – C, 18% owned

Team: Minnesota Wild

Line: 1st

Linemates: Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville

Power play unit: 1st

Nikolay Kulemin – LW/RW, 3% owned

Team: New York Islanders

Line: 1st 

Linemates: John Tavares, Ryan Strome

Power play unit: N/A

Derick Brassard – C, 26% owned

Team: New York Rangers

Line: 1st

Linemates: Rick Nash, Martin St. Louis

Power play unit: 1st

Tomas Hertl – LW, 55% owned

Team: San Jose Sharks

Line: 1st

Linemates: Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski

Power play unit: 2nd

Matthew Nieto – LW/RW, 3% owned

Team: San Jose Sharks

Line: 2nd

Linemates: Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture

Power play unit: 2nd

Jonathan Drouin – LW, 61% owned

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Line: 1st

Linemates: Vladimir Namestnikov, Steven Stamkos

Power play unit: 2nd

Vladimir Namestnikov – C, 1% owned

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Line: 1st

Linemates: Jonathan Drouin, Steven Stamkos

Power play unit: N/A

Line combinations courtesy of DailyFaceoff. Stats courtesy of Yahoo!, Hockeydb, and Hockey-Reference.


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Kevin Sporka is the Senior Media Analyst and Detroit Red Wings beat writer at HOHM. He is also the author of the Fantasy Hockey Fridays, In Retrospect, Milestone Monday, and Legends By the Number segments.
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