Fire on Ice

04/03/2011 7:56 PM -  Evan Reynar

Sergei Kostitsyn, LW, NAS (74GP-20g-26a-46pts, with a +7 and 12 pp points)

The Kostitsyn brothers have to be among the streakiest players in the league, but when they’re flying high, they can serve as a great addition to your fantasy lineup. Sergei’s currently riding his second hot streak of the season, and with Nashville in the thick of the playoff race, you can expect them to continue to lean on the hot hand. Sergei currently rides a nine-game point streak (4g-11a) as he sits on the verge of posting a slightly better season than his much more highly touted brother.

James van Riemsdyk, C, PHI (72GP-21g-18a-39pts, with a +13 and 30 PIMs)

With the Flyers firmly entrenched in a playoff spot, you can expect them to not lean as heavily on their top lines in the final week of the regular season, and instead look more to guys like the still developing van Riemsdyk. Quietly putting together his first 20-goal season, van Riemsdyk is coming along nicely for a Philly team that’s really been allowed to take their time with him. He has seven points (5g-2a) in his last seven games, highlighted by his first career hat-trick last week against the Islanders.

Trevor Lewis, C, LA (68GP-3g-10a-13pts, with a (-8))

Last week we highlighted Michael Handzus as a possible sleeper with the injury to the Kings’ top centerman Anze Kopitar, but it appears the team has opted to promote former first round pick Lewis to top-line duties alongside Ryan Smyth and Dustin Brown. Lewis has filled in admirably with five points (1g-4a) and a +4 in four games since the Kopitar injury.

Carl Gunnarson, D, TOR (65GP-4g-15a-19pts, with a (-1) and 3 pp points)

Considering he’s playing in the center of the universe, Gunnarson sure hasn’t received mush acknowledgement for the huge strides he’s taken in his development this year. Starting the season on the fringe of the Leafs’ roster, Gunnarson enters the final week of the season second only to captain Dion Phaneuf in terms of ice-time over the past two months, and that increase in ice-time has coincided very closely with the Leafs’ improvement in the standings. He has six points (1g-5a) in his last seven games, and he’s been seeing the power-play, with two of his three power-play points on the season coming over this recent hot stretch.

Jhonas Enroth, G, BUF (10GP-7-2-2, with a 2.52 GAA and .915 SV%)

While the seriousness of the injury to Ryan Miller remains a mystery in Buffalo, look for Enroth to get at least one more start for a Sabres’ team that desperately needs to win games. Enroth was decent in earning a point against the Capitals on Saturday night before a fluke Alex Ovechkin goal redirected in off his defenceman’s skate in OT. Enroth rebounded effectively with a 35-save performance in a 2-1 shootout win over Carolina. The Sabres may look to Enroth again this week, as they will need a healthy Miller for any hope of playoff success.

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