Fire on Ice

03/16/2010 12:54 AM -  Evan Reynar

 

Alexander Steen has quietly scored 33 points in his last 35 games.

Alexander Steen has quietly scored 33 points in his last 35 games.

Alexander Steen, C, STL (53GP-19g-18a-37pts, with a +4 and 26 PIM)

Steen quietly keeps rolling with the Blues on way to his most consistent season yet. After a slow start to the season he now has 33 points (17g-16a) over his last 35 games, and he’s particularly hot at the moment with nine points (4g-5a) in his last six. If you’re looking for someone reliable down the stretch, Steen is one of your best bets.

Lee Stempniak, RW, PHO (66GP-19g-17a-36pts, with a (-3) and 13 pp points)

Stempniak hasn’t been quite as consistent as Steen over the course of the season but he’s been on fire for the Coyotes since coming over in a deadline deal. With just 5 games under his belt in Phoenix, Stempniak has already tallied 6 goals and an assist with a highly impressive +7 rating. He does have a history of streakiness so if he slows down you may want to look elsewhere.

Peter Mueller, C/RW, COL (60GP-6g-19a-25pts, with a (-3) and 6 pp points)

Speaking of players whose value increased with a change of address at the trade deadline, here’s one player whose value improved with a move out of the desert. Mueller was reportedly unhappy in Phoenix, and it showed in his play (17 points in 54 games). Now that he’s in Denver, he’s showing why he was the 8th overall pick in the 2006 draft. Don’t let the season totals fool you: Mueller has eight points in six games with his new club. As well, four of his six power-play points are with the Avalanche, so his value has already improved in that category.

Justin Williams, RW, LA (35GP-8g-16a-24pts, with a +3 and 31 PIM)

Is there a player who has had a worse run of luck with injuries over the past few seasons than Williams? Before his leg was broken just after Christmas, Williams found solid chemistry alongside Kings’ first liners Anze Kopitar and Ryan Smyth. The Kings are easing Williams back into the lineup, as evidenced by his 15 minutes of icetime in his last game. Williams has not earned a point yet in his two games back, but it shouldn’t be long. Don’t forget that Williams was a back-to-back 60-point scorer with Carolina a few seasons ago.

Kim Johnsson, D, CHI (60GP-7g-10a-17pts, with a +10 and 30 PIM)

If you’re looking for a defenseman who could fill in for Brian Campbell on your roster, you could look to one of Campbell’s teammates. Johnsson had logged over 23 minutes a game with the Wild before being traded to the Hawks and being buried on their deep defense. Now that Campbell may be out for the season, Johnsson could be the player who benefits the most. Keep in mind, however, that Johnsson missed Sunday’s game with an upper-body injury, but he is expected to be on the Blackhawks’ three-game road trip this week.

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