Fire on Ice

01/30/2011 5:31 PM -  Evan Reynar

Brian Rolston (Source: Creative Commons user Resolute)

Brian Rolston, LW, NJ (32GP-6g-10a-16pts, with a (-6) and 18 PIMs)

It’s been a rollercoaster of a season for Rolston so far this year. The overpriced 37 year-old is about four years removed from being a fantasy stud, but his recent resurgence since being reunited with coach Jacques Lemaire should get him back on your fantasy radar. Rolston’s role with the Devils has gotten a legitimate boost under Lemaire and it’s showed up on the scoresheet in the form of 11 points (4g-7a) in his last 8 games, with a +7 over that span.

Tyler Ennis, LW BUF (49GP-12g-16a-28pts, with a (-8) and 11 pp points)
Nathan Gerbe, C BUF (32GP-6g-8a-14pts, with a +6 and 18 PIMs)

Every year there’s a couple of teams that just can’t shake the injury bug, and it’s safe to say the Sabres fit in to that category this year. With number one centerman Derek Roy done for the season and oft-injured Tim Connolly and breakout winner Drew Stafford constantly in and out of the lineup, the diminutive duo of Ennis and Gerbe have been forced to step up, and so far they’ve done an admirable job. Ennis was already enjoying a decent rookie season, but his best stretch of games has come over the past two weeks with nine points (3g-6a) in six games, with six of those points coming on the power-play. Gerbe has really been stepping up his game since early December and is finally starting to see some power-play time himself. He has four goals and an assist in his last four games, with two of those goals coming with the man advantage. 

Grant Clitsome, D CMB (7GP-2g-4a-6pts, with a +1 and 3 pp points)

It’s been a big year for obscure late-round drafted defencemen, and Clitsome is looking to keep the trend going for the Blue Jackets. The 271st overall pick in 2004, Clitsome has performed like a seasoned vet since being called up in early-January. He has six points (2g-4a) in seven games, and has immediately become a mainstay on the power-play.

Braden Holtby, G WAS (8GP-4-2-2, with a 2.47 GAA and .908 SV%)

With either Michael Neuvirth or Semyon Varlamov able to stay healthy enough to take over the number one spot in D.C., Holtby is a nice little insurance pickup. The Caps’ might not being blowing teams out of the water like they were last year, but their commitment to improving defensively means whoever they stick between the pipes will have legitimate fantasy value. Holtby is coming off a stellar work week with three straight starts and two wins, giving up just three goals on 87 shots.

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