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Fantasy Hockey Fridays Week #11

Injury List

Who’s Back?

Patrick Kane (F – CHI) – Illness

Marian Hossa (F – CHI) – Upper Body Injury

Craig Anderson (G – OTT) – Ankle – Won’t play tonight, but will probably start next game


Who’s Day-to-Day?

Ryan Getzlaf (F – ANA) Lower Body Injury

Patrice Bergeron (F – BOS) Moderate Concussion

Patrick Sharp (F – CHI) – Shoulder – Will return very soon

Damien Brunner (F – DET) – Hip Flexor – Will not play tonight against Phoenix

Dany Heatley (F – MIN) – Wrist – No timetable yet, still considered DTD

Tomas Plekanec (F – MTL) – Groin – Did not play last night

Max Pacioretty (F – MTL) – Ankle

Kimmo Timonen (D – PHI) – Undisclosed Injury

Joffrey Lupul (F – TOR) – Upper Body Injury

Mason Raymond (F – VAN) – Shoulder – Did not play last night


Who’s Out?

Justin Faulk (D – CAR) – Knee – Is skating with the team and might be back next week

Paul Stastny (F – COL) – Foot – Still on injured reserve

Milan Hejduk (F – COL) – Shoulder – Still on injured reserve

Brandon Dubinsky (F – CLS) – Knee – Should be practicing soon

Nick Foligno (F – CLS) – Upper Body Injury – Should be practicing soon

Todd Bertuzzi (F – DET) – Back – May in fact return next week

Raphael Diaz (D – MTL) – Concussion – Is cleared to skate

Ilya Kovalchuk (F – NJ) – Shoulder – Might miss the rest of the regular season

Mike Smith (G – PHO) – Upper Body Injury – Will return soon

Kris Letang (D – PIT) – Broken Toe – Skated this week

Sidney Crosby (F – PIT) – Broken Jaw – Does not have concussion symptoms, no timetable for return

Jaroslav Halak (G – STL) – Groin – Will be out around 3 weeks

Ryan Kesler (F – VAN) – Foot – Might be back in a week or so

Nik Antropov (F – WPG) – Lower Body Injury – Will be out for about 2 weeks


Who to Pick Up – Forwards

Derick Brassard (12.2% – NYR) – His first game as a New York Ranger after the trade deadline saw him score a goal and three assists in a blowout of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He now has goals in three straight games.  For the year he has 8 goals and 14 assists in 35 games.  The weird thing now is that the Blue Jackets now look like the more structured team, so I can’t promise an improvement in +/- in this case.

Tyler Bozak (77.9% – TOR) – He wasn’t traded at the trade deadline, and maybe that’s a good thing.  He has 9 points in his last 10 games, including 3 goals.  His ice time has increased from 17-18 minutes per night to 21-22 minutes.  To go along with his 57 shots on net (which isn’t spectacular), he has 49 hits.  For the year he has 10 goals and 13 assists (7 points came on the powerplay) in 37 games.

Brandon Saad (61.1% – CHI) – Saad has 4 goals in his last 3 games (4 points, and a 3 game goal streak).  Playing for the dominant Blackhawks, he has a +/- of +13.  He also has 75 shots on net.  He is starting to shoot the puck more of late.  His ice time varies anywhere from 16-21 minutes per night.

Who to Pick Up – Defensemen

James Wisniewski (64.8% – CLS) – Wisniewski’s return couldn’t have come at a better time.  The new-look Blue Jackets are doing great right now, and so is he.  In his last 3 games, he has a goal and an assist (8 shots).  He has 38 shots and almost as many hits (34).

Nick Leddy (85.8% – CHI) – Leddy is a +16 on the Blackhawks so far.  He has 4 goals in his last 9 games (including 3 assists in the same stretch).  Some nights he plays an average of up to 19-20 minutes a night, but most nights he plays around 17.

Who to Pick Up – Goalies

Ben Bishop (50.9% – TB) – The move from Ottawa to TampaBay will greatly benefit Bishop, who would’ve been the third wheel for the Senators with Craig Anderson returning from injured reserve.  I was a little skeptical as to how well he would play with the subpar Lightning defense in front of him.  However, in his first start last night, he recorded a 45 save shutout against the Carolina Hurricanes.  Two starts before that resulted in a 24 save shutout against the New York Rangers.  He will now be starting most nights after Anders Lindback failed to hold down the starters job.  He has also won 5 of his last 6 starts.  With the help of the two recent shutouts, Bishop’s record improved to 9-5 and his SP and GAA improved to .930 and 2.27.  This shows how good Robin Lehner and Anderson have been this season.

Jonathan Bernier (30.5% – LA) – The goalie situation in Los Angeles confuses me greatly.  Jonathan Quick has gone 12-11 with a 2.54 GAA and a .896 SP in 27 starts.  On the other hand, Bernier has gone 9-2 in 10 starts with a 1.77 GAA and a .927 SP.  I understand that Quick’s making the bigger bucks, but Bernier has been lights-out this season.  There’s no reason why Bernier can’t steal more starts here and there with the lackluster play of Quick.  Darryl Sutter may soon realize this and give Bernier the starting job.  Watch out Conn Smythe winner, Steve Mason may in fact have better stats than you by season’s end.(his SP is already better at .899).


Part 2:

The Playoffs have begun in HOHMFL, and the Top 6 teams have been determined.  They are:

1. Steve Auld 65-32-3   66.5% winning percentage   Total Points in regular season – 133

2. Adam Bernard 64-31-5   66.5% winning percentage   Total points in reg. season – 133

3. Andrew Williams 57-34-9  61.5% winning percentage Total points in reg season – 123

4. Joshua Beneteau 53-37-10   58% winning percentage   Total points in reg season – 116

5. Kevin Sporka 54-40-6   57% winning percentage   Total points in regular season – 114

6. Igor Burdetskiy 53-40-7   56.5% winning percentage   Total points in reg season – 113


Teams 1 and 2 have a First Round Bye this week.  Teams 3 and 6 and Teams 4 and 5 play each other this week.  The winners of these two playoff matchups will move on to Round 2 next week.  The lower seed of the two winners will play Team 1, and the higher seed of the two winners will play Team 2. 


HOHM Fantasy League (HOHMFL)

Here are the 12 writers and their initials:

BD – Bob Duggan (Buffalo Sabres)

AC – Alvin Cho (Winnipeg Jets)

AW – Andrew Williams (Carolina Hurricanes)

KC – Kevin Cawthra (Vancouver Canucks)

SA – Steve Auld (Toronto Maple Leafs)

JB – Josh Beneteau (Team Canada/Various NHL news)

IB – Igor Burdetskiy (Founder and Editor-in-Chief of HOHM)

MK – Mike Kluxdal (Minnesota Wild)

DD – Dawson Drolet (Calgary Flames)

KS – Kevin Sporka (Detroit Red Wings)

AB – Adam Bernard (New York Rangers)

KW – Kayla Winsett (Nashville Predators)


Our Transactions in the Past Week


SA – Dropped Viktor Fasth and Added Matt Cullen

SA – Dropped Dan Hamhuis and Added James Wisniewski


SA – Dropped Viktor Stalberg and Added Derek Stepan

AC – Dropped Brayden Schenn and Added Nikolai Kulemin


AB – Dropped Mike Green and Added Jakub Kindl


JB – Added Brooks Orpik

SA – Dropped Brendan Morrow an Added David Perron

AC – Dropped Robin Lehnerand Added Jacob Markstrom

AW – Dropped Ben Scrivens and Added Viktor Fasth

IB – Dropped Jake Allen and Added Anton Khudobin

IB – Dropped Dan Ellis and Added Mathieu Garon


KS – Dropped Carl Hagelin and Added Vinny Prospal


No Transactions

4/3: AW – Dropped Joni Pitkanen and Added Mike Green

4/4: No Transactions

Current Rosters

Team 1 – Steve Auld

F Chris Kunitz (Pit – F)

F Troy Brouwer (Was – F)

F Evgeni Malkin (Pit – F)

F Matt Cullen (Min – F) DTD

F Nazem Kadri (Tor – F)

F Dustin Brown (LA – F)

F Ryan Getzlaf (Anh – F) DTD

F Corey Perry (Anh – F)

F Chris Stewart (StL – F)

D Dan Boyle (SJ – D)

D Dion Phaneuf (Tor – D)

D Dustin Byfuglien (Wpg – F,D)

D Jared Spurgeon (Min – D)

D James Wisniewski (Cls – D)

Util Nicklas Backstrom (Was – F)

G Tuukka Rask (Bos – G)

G Miikka Kiprusoff (Cgy – G)

BN Chris Neil (Ott – F)

BN Derek Stepan (NYR – F)

BN Teddy Purcell (TB – F)

BN Mikkel Boedker (Pho – F)

BN David Perron (StL – F)

IR Patrick Sharp (Chi – F)

IR Ryan Kesler (Van – F)


Team 2 – Adam Bernard

F Jordan Staal (Car – F)

F James van Riemsdyk (Tor – F)

F Ryan Callahan (NYR – F)

F James Neal (Pit – F)

F Milan Lucic (Bos – F)

F David Backes (StL – F)

F Logan Couture (SJ – F)

F Derek Roy (Van – F)

F Lee Stempniak (Cgy – F)

D Alexander Edler (Van – D)

D Luke Schenn (Phi – D)

D Kevin Bieksa (Van – D)

D Jakub Kindl (Det – D)

D Stephane Robidas (Dal – D)

Util Jiri Tlusty (Car – F)

G Carey Price (Mon – G)

G Pekka Rinne (Nsh – G)

BN Jeff Carter (LA – F)

BN Brian Gionta (Mon – F)

BN Mike Ribeiro (Was – F)

BN Keith Yandle (Pho – D)

BN Corey Crawford (Chi – G)


Team 3 – Andrew Williams

F Andrew Ladd (Wpg – F)

F Ales Hemsky (Edm – F)

F Eric Staal (Car – F)

F David Clarkson (NJ – F)

F Brandon Saad (Chi – F)

F Patrik Berglund (StL – F)

F Michael Cammalleri (Cgy – F)

F P.A. Parenteau (Col – F)

F Tyler Ennis (Buf – F)

D Marek Zidlicky (NJ – D)

D Tyler Myers (Buf – D)

D Brian Campbell (Fla – D)

D Adam Larsson (NJ – D)

D Mike Green (Was – D)

Util Scott Hartnell (Phi – F)

G Kari Lehtonen (Dal – G)

G Viktor Fasth (Anh – G)

BN Tomas Plekanec (Mon – F) DTD

BN Claude Giroux (Phi – F)

BN Jakub Voracek (Phi – F)

BN Steve Sullivan (NJ – F)

BN Devan Dubnyk (Edm – G)


Team 4 – Joshua Beneteau

F Mike Richards (LA – F)

F Nathan Horton (Bos – F)

F Brendan Gallagher (Mon – F)

F Brandon Sutter (Pit – F)

F Damien Brunner (Det – F) DTD

F Henrik Zetterberg (Det – F)

F Thomas Vanek (Buf – F) DTD

F Loui Eriksson (Dal – F)

F Jason Pominville (Min – F)

D Lubomir Visnovsky (NYI – D)

D Slava Voynov (LA – D)

D Niklas Kronwall (Det – D)

D Tobias Enstrom (Wpg – D)

D Brooks Orpik (Pit – D)

Util Dave Bolland (Chi – F)

G Henrik Lundqvist (NYR – G)

G Ben Bishop (TB – G)

BN Jeff Skinner (Car – F)

BN Adam Henrique (NJ – F)

BN David Krejci (Bos – F)

BN Andrei Markov (Mon – D)

IR Kris Letang (Pit – D)

BN Jonas Hiller (Anh – G)


Team 5 – Kevin Sporka

F Jaromir Jagr(Bos – F)

F Matt Martin (NYI – F)

F Alexander Steen (StL – F)

F Jonathan Toews (Chi – F)

F Vinny Prospal (Cls – F)

F Teemu Selanne (Anh – F)

F Kyle Turris (Ott – F)

F Jakob Silfverberg (Ott – F)

F Daniel Alfredsson (Ott – F)

D Alex Goligoski (Dal – D)

D Ryan Suter (Min – D)

D Jake Muzzin (LA – D)

D Sheldon Souray (Anh – D)

D Kevin Shattenkirk (StL – D)

G Antti Niemi (SJ – G)

G Ryan Miller (Buf – G)

BN Brandon Prust (Mon – F)

BN Taylor Hall (Edm – F)

BN Max Pacioretty (Mon – F)

BN Wayne Simmonds (Phi – F)

BN James Reimer (Tor – G)

BN Ray Emery (Chi – G)

IR Craig Anderson(Ott – G)


Team 6 – Igor Burdetskiy

F Evander Kane (Wpg – F)

F Mason Raymond (Van – F) DTD

F Patrik Elias (NJ – F)

F Michael Ryder (Mon – F)

F Daniel Sedin (Van – F)

F Bryan Little (Wpg – F)

F Devin Setoguchi (Min – F)

F Andrew Cogliano (Anh – F)

F Saku Koivu (Anh – F)

D Dennis Wideman (Cgy – D)

D Shea Weber (Nsh – D)

D Nick Leddy (Chi – D)

D Patrick Wiercioch (Ott – D)

D Fedor Tyutin (Cls – D)

Util Sami Salo (TB – D)

G Evgeni Nabokov (NYI – G)

G Mathieu Garon (TB – G)

BN Martin St. Louis (TB – F)

BN Tyler Seguin (Bos – F)

BN Brent Seabrook (Chi – D)

BN Justin Peters (Car – G)

BN Anton Khudobin (Bos – G)


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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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