Though he's been a very steady fantasy asset this year for the Flyers, Mike Richards has never really stepped to the forefront in Philadelphia thanks to strong seasons from Danny Briere, Jeff Carter, and Claude Giroux, amongst others. Last night the Flyers captain took on most of the team's offensive load, notching 4 points in a 6-2 win versus the struggling Sens.
Richards: 2 G, 2 A, +2, 2 PPP (including 1 PPG), 1 GWG, 4 SOGIlya Bryzgalov
So far this year Bryz hasn't really been putting up the same numbers that made him a Vezina candidate last season. That said, the Coyotes have seemingly picked up their play lately with their goaltending playing a large role in that. Bryzgalov demonstrated this again last night, posting a shutout against LA even though the 'Yotes were out-shot 36-15.
Bryzgalov: 1 W, 36 SV, 1.000 SV%, 0.00 GAAClarke MacArthur
This season, my roommate and I have had an on-going joke about how much of a beast MacArthur has been for the Leafs. Living in Toronto, it's hard not to hear about the Leafs' successes when they happen.
However, MacArthur has seriously been, for lack of a better word, a stud for the buds. Clarke has already set a career high in points this season, with 40 in 46 games, and has been able to ignite the offensive spark of his center, Mikhail Grabovski.
As much as I rag on him, he's proving he is a legitimate top-six forward in the NHL, and games like last night make it harder and harder to disagree.
MacArthur: 1 G, 2 A, +1, 5 SOG, 2 hits, 1 blocked shotNicklas Backstrom
Despite a generally consistent fantasy player amongst the NHL's elite, Backstrom has been suffering offensively much like the rest of his squad. That said, Backstrom posted a very good game last night against a not-so-good Islanders squad.
Backstrom: 1 G, 1 A, +2, 2 PIM, 1 GWG, 2 SOG, 1 blocked shotChris Pronger
In his first game back from injury, Pronger posted a very solid game in all categories.
Pronger: 2 A, +1, 2 PIM, 1 PPP, 1 SOG, 3 hits, 2 blocked shotsThomas Vanek
Even though left wing tends to be a rather shallow position for talent, I can't say I'm a big fan of drafting Vanek as he simply teases his owners so much with his potential. Vanek's having a very good January, notching 14 points in his last 9 games including 8 in his past 4. If Vanek could play a majority of the season with this kind of consistency, I would definitely change my opinion on him.
Vanek: 1 G, 1 A, +1, 2 PIM, 1 GWG, 4 SOGMartin Brodeur
Having counted on Brodeur in many of my fantasy leagues this season, I'm glad Marty seems to have finally turned his season around. That said, knowing he was facing the Penguins I had to sit him on the bench as a precautionary measure. Brodeur managed to prove me wrong, posting a 23-save shutout; then again, the Penguins were only missing two mediocre players (Crosby and Malkin).
Brodeur: 1 W, 23 SV, 1.000 SV%, 0.00 GAACody Franson
With Shea Weber and Ryan Suter logging so much time on Nashville's blueline, it's been hard for Franson to produce this season; however, the Preds' secondary scoring shone last night against the Avalanche with Franson leading the way from the back-end.
Franson: 1 G, 1 A, +3, 2 PIM, 1 GWG, 1 SOGPatrik Berglund
Right now Berglund has himself a nice little streak going: 5 points in his last 4 games to go with 10 SOGs and 9 hits.
Berglund: 1 G, 1 A, +1, 5 SOG, 4 hitsChad LaRose
No one would call Chad LaRose a huge fantasy contributor; however, last night's performance definitely deserves some recognition. I'm sure the 'Canes are hoping LaRose's apparent chemistry with Jeff Skinner can continue.
LaRose: 1 G, 1 A, +1, 6 SOG, 4 hitsSteven Stamkos
Another game, another 2 goals for Stamkos: oh yeah, they were Tampa's only goals, too.
Stamkos: 2 G, +1, 2 SOG, 2 hitsJiri Hudler
Hudler has been taking advantage of the injuries in Detroit's top-six, but he's not much to consider unless you're in a points-only league.
Hudler: 3 A, +1, 1 SOG