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Rookie Stymies Canucks

12/24/2011 2:10 AM - 

Leland Irving stopped 29 shots in the Flames’ 3-1 win over Vancouver on Thursday.

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Analysis: 

Irving was called up by the Flames from AHL affiliate Abbotsford (just outside Vancouver) when regular backup Henrik Karlsson went down with an injury. Irving was three minutes away from a shutout in this one, but he managed to post his first NHL win in his second start. The Flames will need to find a way to give Irving more starts before Karlsson returns.

Hat Trick, Five Points

12/24/2011 2:05 AM - 

Brad Marchand scored three goals and added two assists with a +5 in the Bruins’ 8-0 pounding of the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

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Analysis: 

The hat trick was Marchand’s first since his junior days. Marchand is already up to 15 goals, 14 assists, 58 penalty minutes, and a jaw-dropping +25. You may not like him, but you have to admit that Marchand is helping fantasy teams in many different ways this season.

Second Straight Shutout

12/24/2011 2:01 AM - 

Tuukka Rask stopped all 30 shots he faced in the Bruins’ 8-0 win over Florida on Friday.

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Analysis: 

Rask earned his second consecutive shutout and his fourth consecutive win, while posting a record of 7-1-1 in his past nine starts. Rask would probably be a starter on many other teams, but he plays behind the stellar Tim Thomas in Boston. Despite his lack of regular starts, Rask is worth owning in many fantasy leagues.

Out With Bruised Hand

12/23/2011 3:17 PM - 

Danny Briere is expected to miss Friday’s game against the Rangers with a bruised hand.

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Analysis: 

Add Briere’s name to the list on the injury-ravaged Flyers. Use another option for the final day of the fantasy hockey week.

Healthy Scratch On Thursday

12/23/2011 2:46 AM - 

P.K. Subban was a healthy scratch for Thursday’s game against Winnipeg.

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Analysis: 

According to new coach Randy Cunneyworth, Subban was “one of a few (young) players” that could have been taken out of the lineup. With two goals, 14 points, and just four power-play points in 35 games this season, Subban hasn’t delivered on what was supposed to be his breakout season. Waiver-wire options probably won’t have greater upside, so the best option is probably just to be patient and to hope that Subban will return focused after the break.

Hat Trick In Loss

12/23/2011 12:44 AM - 

Jeff Carter scored three goals in the Blue Jackets’ 6-5 loss to Nashville on Thursday.

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Analysis: 

Carter, the Jackets’ key offseason acquisition, reached the ten-goal mark with his hat trick goal. With 16 points and a (-9) in 23 games this season, his fantasy owners probably hoped for better results than he has provided playing for the last-place Jackets.

Teammates Finally Helped

12/23/2011 12:41 AM - 

Ondrej Pavelec stopped all 27 shots he faced in the Jets’ 4-0 win over Montreal on Thursday.

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Analysis: 

Pavelec’s shutout was his third of the season. Following the Jets’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders on Tuesday, Pavelec criticized his teammates for not driving to the other team’s net. Jets’ head coach Claude Noel affirmed Pavelec’s statement, saying that he was the main reason the team earned a point in that game. Obviously his team heard the message, as he was provided with more goal support against a struggling Habs team.

Wheeling And Dealing

12/23/2011 12:37 AM - 

Blake Wheeler scored two goals and added an assist in the Jets’ 4-0 win over Montreal on Thursday.

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Analysis: 

After a slow start in the goal-scoring department, Wheeler has three goals in his last three games. He has just five goals in total this season, but his 19 assists makes him a somewhat reasonable fantasy option.

Leaves Thursday’s Game

12/23/2011 12:35 AM - 

Stephen Weiss left Thursday’s game against Ottawa in the first period with an upper-body injury.

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Analysis: 

The Panthers play again on Friday, but Weiss could be out of the lineup depending on the severity of the injury. The Panthers are down several other regular forwards, so this injury to the team’s second-leading scorer (32 points) does not come at a good time.

Alfie Adds Another Three Points

12/23/2011 12:29 AM - 

Daniel Alfredsson scored a goal and added two assists in the Senators’ 4-3 overtime win over Florida on Thursday.

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Analysis: 

The Sens’ captain has been one of the league’s hottest players this past week, scoring nine points (3g-6a) over his last four games. After being slowed by injuries last season, the aging Alfie has proven he has something left in the tank with 25 points (10g-15a) in 29 games this season.