Quick update. Nazem Kadri scored. It took him 10 more shots to do it, but he has dropped from 3rd to 5th after Brent Burns and Daniel Sedin were tapping the C-button every time they got the puck. Kadri's shooting percentage is now up from 1.35% to a fresh 2.3%.
Here are your two and four game teams for the week:
Two Game Teams: San Jose, Toronto, Vancouver
Four Game Teams: Buffalo, Edmonton, Nashville, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Washington, Winnipeg
* Daniel Sedin - 5 Goals (3 PPG, 1 GWG), 2 Assist (1 PPA, 1 SHA), 22 Shots
If the Sedins aren't getting points, they're worthless in fantasy hockey. It's why I always avoid drafting them. But when they are getting points, they are fun to have. Right now, they are fun to have. Daniel has 7 goals, 7 assists, and 49 shots in the last 10 games.
** Henrik Sedin - 2 Goal (1 PPG, 1 SHG), 6 Assists (3 PPA), 8 Shots, 5 Blocks
Where one goes, there's the other, which is the usual with the creepy twins. 5 of these 8 points by Henrik came on Saturday against the Blackhawks in a 6-3 win. He has 4 goals and 8 assists in the last 7 games, including a shorty against the Devils in Sunday's game.
*** Vladimir Tarasenko - 3 Goals (1 PPG), 3 Assists (2 PPA), 11 Shots
He has 6 goals, 3 assists, and 21 shots in the last 6 games. I'd like to see a little more success on the power play for him, but you can't complain with his point per game pace.
Rankings: 5 Points - Patrick Kane, 3 Points - 6 players tied
* Brent Burns - 3 Goals (1 PPG, 1 GWG), 2 Assists (2 PPA), 23 Shots, 7 Blocks
Across the board numbers like this are what make guys like Brent Burns so valuable. He does it all. Plus, getting 23 shots from your defenseman is obscene. He is averaging 4.5 shots/game, which has him on pace for 369 total. That is 77 more than the leading blue liner had last year (Erik Karlsson) and only 26 less than last season's overall leader (Alex Ovechkin). This is Burns's second visit to this category, both times as a 1st star.
** Kevin Shattenkirk - 2 Goals (1 PPG), 4 Assists (1 PPA), 10 Shots, 8 Blocks
He's now on a 5 game point streak. He's healthy and coming alive and will continue to be the fantasy factor you hoped for when you drafted him.
*** Erik Karlsson - 2 Goals (1 GWG), 3 Assists (3 PPA), 8 Shots, 6 Blocks
Just last week I predicted we'd see him on this list at least one more time before November was out. I was right. I also said he'd score 4 more before December 1, and he already covered half of that.
Rankings: 6 Points - Brent Burns, 4 Points - John Klingberg, P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, Erik Karlsson
* Martin Jones - 3 Starts, 3 Wins, 1 Shutout, 97 Saves, 1.63 GAA, .951 SV%
This is the first time we've seen this guy on here since he started the season with back-to-back 2nd Star nods. This pushes him ahead of Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price in the Stars of the Week goalie ranking.
** Craig Anderson - 3 Starts, 2 Wins, 2 Shutouts, 94 Saves, 1.32 GAA, .959 SV%
This is his second time on the list (1st Star in Week 5). He didn't start the week well when he let in 4 against the Red Wings, but he finished the week with back-to-back shutouts. Andrew Hammond is out with concussion issues, so Anderson is the man in Ottawa for the time being.
*** Ben Bishop - 2 Starts, 2 Wins, 1 Shutout, 50 Saves, .50 GAA, .980 SV%
I almost put Bobrovsky (3 Starts, 2 Wins, 1 Shutout, 82 Saves, 1.67 GAA, .943 SV%) here instead since Bishop played just 2 games, but Bishop did a lot with those 2 appearances.
Rankings: 7 Points - Martin Jones, 5 Points - Henrik Lundqvist, Craig Anderson, Carey Price, 4 Points - Marc-Andre Fleury
Teddy Purcell (RW-EDM) - Last two weeks, 2 Goals (1 GWG), 5 Assists, 15 Shots, +6
I feel like I'm recommending an Oiler every week. Purcell has been getting points at a decent clip lately. I like that he's a RW and that he has been seeing a lot of ice time, too. He only skated 14 minutes against the Devils on Friday, but the two games before that he skated over 20 minutes. I wish he shot a little more and participated in any way in the Hits and Blocks categories, but you can't ask for everything from a week 7 free agent.
Shane Doan (RW-ARI) - Last two weeks, 3 Goals (2 PPG, 1 GWG), 1 Assist, 14 Shots, 11 Hits, 28 PIM
The old man certainly doesn't see as much time on the ice as he used to, but he's been making the most of it these last couple weeks. He has goals in 2 straight games and has 8 hits in the last 3. He also picked up 20 of his 40 total penalty minutes a few games ago against the Blue Jackets. I'm not recommending you get Doan for his scoring, but he is one of those guys that can get you a little bit of everything. The truth of the matter is that the waiver wire is a little thin right now.
Michael Hutchinson (G-WPG) - Season, 8 Starts, 5 Wins, 2.69 GAA, .915 SV %
Pavelec was injured in a collision with the above mentioned player and was later seen leaving the arena on crutches. You can't take crutches onto the ice, so that's bad news for Pavelec, but good news for Hutch. He's only started 2 games over the last 2 weeks, but if he's the every day starter for a little while, he's worth an add. Both Hutch and Pavelec have been inconsistent this year (and last year), but they both did tend to go on hot streaks.
DEVILS FANTASY VALUE
The Devils didn't have a great week, so there isn't a lot to report.
Mike Cammalleri - 1 Goal, 3 Assists (2 PPA), 6 Shots
His 3 point Sunday night against the Canucks saved this entire section from being in a sad state. He's still the most valuable skater on the Devils for fantasy... and probably real hockey, too.
Two Point Players - Kyle Palmieri (RW), Lee Stempniak (RW), Travis Zajac (C)
These guys all had 2 points in 3 games this week. There are 5 Devils owned in 84.5% or more on ESPN, which is definitely 2 or 3 more players than it should be. The next best is Adam Larsson at 21.9%. This goes to show how imbalanced this team is playing so far. It also could be said that the top few are outperforming expectations. I truly only expect 2 players to get above 55 in points.
Let me know what's good and what's bad in the comment section below. Did any of my advice at any point really help your team? What about hurt your team? I'm curious.