Contributed by Linton Yee
It’s almost as if Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Kaberle have flipped their respective early season starts and current play. Recently acquired Lubomir Visnovsky has found new life in old surroundings. Recent callup Jamie McBain could help fantasy teams over the last part of March and April.
Mike Green (17G, 53A, +30, 52 PIM, 183 SOG, 9 PPG, 25 PPA, 1 SHA)
Washington is 7-1-2 since the break and continues to lead the league in team scoring and the power play. Green has 3 goals, 7 assists, +2, 8 penalty minutes, 25 shots on goal with 2 power play goals and 3 power play assists during this time. He is the top defenseman in total points, goals scored, assists, plus/minus, power play goals, and power play assists.
Duncan Keith (13G, 51A, +20, 43 PIM, 187 SOG, 3 PPG, 13 PPA, 1 SHG, 3 SHA)
Keith has 2 goals, 9 assists, (-3), 9 penalty minutes, 18 shots on goal, one power play goal and 2 power play assists in his last ten games. He is the second leading scorer among defensemen and is second in total assists. With Brian Campbell out, there may be a need to rely on Keith during the last ten games of this season
Nicklas Lidstrom (8G, 37A, +21, 20 PIM, 185 SOG, 5 PPG, 13 PPA, 2 SHA)
Detroit has been reenergized and has been 7-2-1 recently. Lidstrom remains on fire with 2 goals, 8 assists, +1, 4 penalty minutes, 30 shots on goal with 1 power play goal and 6 power play assists over the last 11 games. Detroit is healthy again, so Lidstrom will close out this season strong.
Lubomir Visnovsky (15G, 24A, (-4), 20 PIM, 109 SOG, 5 PPG, 14 PPA)
Since being freed from exile in Edmonton and returning to southern California, Visnovsky has been the Ducks’ best defenseman since the break (with Scott Niedermayer also playing well). In eight games he has 5 goals, 2 assists, even, 4 penalty minutes, 31 shots on goal, with 1 power play goal and 1 power play assist. He is averaging nearly 4 shots per game, and the second leading goal scorer among defensemen has a pretty good chance of continuing this scoring output.
Joni Pitkanen (6G, 38A, (-10), 70 PIM, 144 SOG, 1 PPG, 18 PPA)
Despite not taking a lot of shots on goal, Pitkanen continues to accumulate points with 2 goals, 7 assists, +4, 12 shots on goal, and three power play points in his last 11 games. Pitkanen and the recently called up Jamie McBain have been involved in a considerable portion of Carolina’s recent scoring.
Jamie McBain (1G, 4A, +2, 10 SOG, 2 PPA in 4 games)
With the Canes looking to the future, 2006 second-round pick Jamie McBain has been getting tons of ice time and power play time and has responded exceptionally well. Scoring was always one of his attributes in college so this trend may continue, as the Canes will give him every opportunity to succeed.
Tomas Kaberle (6G, 41A, (-16), 24 PIM, 141 SOG, 3 PPG, 22 PPA, 1 SHA)
Despite Toronto’s recent success (7-2-1), Kaberle has been ice cold with 1 power play assist, (-7), 6 penalty minutes, and 26 shots on goal over the last 12 games. Once the defenseman point leader, he remains in the top ten only because of a tremendous start.
Ed Jovanovski (10G, 21A, (-6), 53 PIM, 104 SOG, 5 PPG, 8 PPA in 58 games)
The Coyotes’ 9-1 play has vaulted them into first in the Pacific. Even with considerable ice time and power play time, Jovanovski has only 2 assists, (-3), 2 penalty minutes, 14 shots on goal, and one power play assist during this impressive run by Phoenix. It will more than likely be another subpar season for Jovanovski.