Thursday, January 20, 2011

Studley's Fantasy Studs: January 19, 2011

The New York Rangers' Top Line (Avery - Anisimov - Gaborik)
I actually saw this explosion coming for the following three reasons:
  1. Gaborik went 8 games without a goal, even though he averaged more than 3 SOG/game. He has far too much talent to go much longer than this without scoring.
  2. New York has been scoring at an abysmal rate. While this is related to my first point, the other part that made me think this would end is my belief in the Law of Averages: teams are going to get out of their offensive funk every once in a while to normalize their season's numbers.
    • A point about the Rangers' previously-abysmal scoring, I believe TSN said they are leading the league in wins when scoring 2 goals or less with 9.
  3. Possibly the most important point of the three, the Toronto Maple Leafs are horrible.
Putting all of this together, I was very intrigued when I saw Tortorella going with this line for last night's game as I have both Avery and Gaborik in one of my deep leagues (12-team H2H league with 25-man rosters, 25-man farm rosters plus prospect rosters).

Let's just look at the statlines from last night and say even I underestimated the potential there:
Avery: 3 A, +3, 3 SOG, 1 hit
Anisimov: 4 A, +3, 1 PPP, 1 hit
Gaborik: 4 G, 1 A, +3, 2 PPP (including 1 PPG), 1 GWG, 7 SOG, 3 hits

Niklas Backstrom
Backstrom came back from injury in a big way, posting 37 saves in a 6-0 shutout of the Calgary Flames (another team I think is horrible).
Backstrom: 1 W, 37 SV, 1.000 SV%, 0.00 GAA
Martin Havlat
Havlat scares me for obvious reason (see: his medical background) but he's had a very good year and added to it in Minnesota's romping of the Flames.
Havlat: 2 G, 1 A, +3, 2 PIM, 1 GWG, 2 SOG, 1 BS
R.J. Umberger
Umberger's a guy I grabbed early in the season in my league which counts hits and blocked shots, as he was a stud as a C, then LW, in these categories. Over the past few games, R.J.'s on a bit of a roll for the BJs and he had a very good game for them again last night, though more offensive than defensive.
Umberger: 1 G, 2 PIM, 1 PPP (including 1 PPG), 1 GWG, 8 SOG
Fedor Tyutin
Another guy who's been on a roll for the BJs, Tyutin has been providing offense from the blueline on a team that's had next to none of that this season.
Tyutin: 1G, 1 A, 2 SOG, 3 hits
Henrik Lundqvist
Have to mention him because of his shutout, as easy as it may have been.
Lundqvist: 1 W, 22 SV, 1.000 SV%, 0.00 GAA

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