Week 11 was highlighted by a number of tremendous performances which you will see highlighted in the top studs of the week. Though there were some other honorable studs and duds worth discussing, we’ll start with the team of the week for week 11, the New York Rangers. The defending Eastern conference champions are currently riding a 6 game winning streak. Rick Nash has enjoyed a tremendous bounce back season for the Rangers, adding two goals this past week to his tally of 20 goals. Nash currently sits tied for second among the league leaders in goals. Henrik Lundqvist was back to his old ways, leading the Rangers during the streak and the king went 2-0 this week.
Around the league, there were some other honorable studs and duds in net this week that didn’t make the list. Jaroslav Halak found himself back in the winning column, as Halak went 3-0 while putting up a 1.28 GAA during the week. After dropping 2two straight starts, Halak has won his last four in a row. Calvin Pickard also had a tremendous week, coming on in relief for the injured Semyon Varlamov. The 22 year old went 2-0-1 while sporting a stingy 0.96 GAA. In his only loss of the week in overtime, Pickard stopped 47 shots after finally getting beaten in overtime. The Avs may be inclined to keep on riding Pickard.
On the other side of the spectrum, a couple of goalies had a rough week during week 11. Brodeur endured a tough loss against the defending cup champs, as Marty lead in 6 goals on 37 shots. Former teammate Cory Schneider didn’t fair very well either, as Schneider let in three goals on just 20 shots Saturday night an d the Devils number one goalie has dropped five out his last six starts. Cory leads the league with 16 loses and it’s been a rough season so far for the Devils number one net minder.
A couple of players upfront deserve some recognition for their week as well. Vladimir Tarasenko continued his coming out party in week 11, as the Blues top forward recorded a hat-trick along with an assist in a victory against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Tarasenko sits behind only Tyler Seguin for the league lead in goals. Keeping with Seguin, an honorable mention goes out to him and teammate Jamie Benn for their week. The Stars are finally winning games, sweeping their three game trip in Western Canada. The duo of Benn and Seguin combined for eight points during the three wins.
That’s a wrap for this week’s honorable mentions, let’s now take a look at our list of tremendous performances in our top 5 studs of the week and the not so glamorous players of the week with the top 5 duds, enjoy!
10. DUD: Ilya Bryzgalov (0W, 1L, 6.44 GAA)
If you were thinking about pulling a fast one and picking up Bryzgalov, think again. Ilya has gotten off to a horrible start in his two appearances so far this season. In Bryzgalov’s debut in relief of Andersen against the Leafs this past Tuesday, Ilya let in two goals on seven shots. Two games later, Bryzgalov got the start for the Ducks and he let in six goals on 31 shots against the Senators, picking up a loss. Bryzgalov was added in order to help Andersen with his heavy work load, so if you’re looking for starts, don’t count on Bryzgalov to give you that on a nightly basis, as he is simply a part-time fix.
9. STUD: Marc-Andre Fleury (3W, 0L, 1.00 GAA)
After yet another rough ending to a season, Marc-Andre Fleury has bounced back and is currently playing some of the best hockey of his career. Fleury had another tremendous week, going 3-0 and Fleury was spectacular in two of his wins during the week, He picked up a 1-0 shutout against the Avalanche and made 45 saves in a 3-1 win against the Panthers on Saturday night. Fleury has been terrific all season long, posting a 19-4-2 record in 25 starts. Fleury credits his success this season to a sport psychologist he began to see after last season’s tough ending, Fleury is much calmer in the net and it’ s showing. What a great story Fleury has been for the Pens so far this season.
8. DUD: Dion Phaneuf (1G, 0A, -5)
How quickly things changed for Dion and his teammates during week 11. After having their their six game win streak snapped, the Leafs proceeded to lose three in a row during week 11. What makes matters worse is how the Leafs lost, as they were outscored a combined 15-5 in the three defeats. Phaneuf had a night to forget this past Saturday against the Flyers, as Dion was a -4 in the 7-4 loss. Phaneuf struggled to contain the Flyers top line featuring Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, and Michael Raffl. It will be interesting to see how Dion and the Leafs respond in week 12.
7. STUD: Patrick Kane (2G, 5A, +5)
No team in the NHL has been more impressive than Chicago Blackhawks recently, as the Hawks have only one regulation loss in their last 10 games. Patrick Kane is a big reason the Hawks are streaking, as Kane has picked up his game to a new level as of late, recording points in six straight games. Kane continues to climb up the fantasy mountain week by week and currently sits tied for seventh in the league for points. Another impressive stat for Kane is he’s one of the best third period players in the league so far this season. It is indeed “ShowTime” as of late for Pat Kane and you should ride this guy every night.
6. DUD: Johan Franzen (0G, 0A, EVEN)
It’s been a tough season so far for the Mule, as Franzen has gone goalless in his last 10 games. Johan is known to be very streaky player, but right now he is streaking for the wrong reasons. During his goalless drought, the Mule has been a liability defensively picking up a -5 rating. Not playing with the Magic Man, Pavel Datsyuk, has noticeably hurt Johan so far this season,so it will be interesting to see if Johan can turn his season around. Franzen has only six goals in 26 games so far this season and the Wings need much more from their power forward.
5. STUD: Alex Galchenyuk (4G, 2A, +5)
The more he plays, the more it’s looking like an absolute star is being born in Montreal. Galchenyuk is currently on pace for a breakout season, putting up career numbers in every single statistic. The Habs protected the young 20 year old and kept him on the wing to lessen his responsibilities, but now, Alex is playing his natural position at center on the team’s top unit with Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher. Since the switch, Galchenyuk has thrived for the Habs and this past week, Alex recorded his first career hat-trick during a 4-1 victory against the Hurricanes. Line mate Max Pacioretty also had a great week, putting up five assists while playing on Galchenyuk’s wing. What a week and what a future for Montreal’s top prospect.
4. DUD: Paul Stastny (0G, 1A, +2)
I think it’s fair to say that Blues’ fans were expecting more out of their $28 million dollar man. Stastny’s transition to a more defensive minded system hasn’t gone smoothly and it appears that Paul is still adjusting. Stastny hasn’t been the teams go to center so far and he’s currently regarded as the teams third line center, playing with Patrik Berglund and Dmitrij Jaskin. For a player who was signed for $7 million a season, placing him on the third line wasn’t the plan for the Blues. With Tarasenko carrying the load offensively for the Blues, look for Stastny to have some added pressure to contribute in the upcoming weeks. Stastny has 13 points in 25 games so far this season.
3. STUDS: Claude Giroux & Jakub Voracek (5G, 8A, +13)
Despite a tough start to the season for the Flyers, Giroux and Voracek been a joy to watch. The forwards are tearing the league up while playing together on the Flyers top line. Voracek currently leads the league in points with 44, while Giroux is not doing too bad for himself, sitting third overall with 40 points. The two put on a clinic against the Leafs this past Saturday nightm combing for eight points. Voracek closed off the week in style, scoring the game winner 10 seconds into overtime against the Jets. These two players are fantasy gems this season, logging loads of ice time and picking up points on a regular basis. If you were lucky enough to draft either of the two, ride them out as starters throughout the season, as they are one of the league’s top duos.
2. DUD: David Krejci (0G, 0A, -3)
The Bruins were desperate for the services of their top offensive player after he was out for a month. Since returning in the last three games, Krecji has gone pointless playing on the team’s top line with Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson. It was unreasonable to think David would make a quick impact after being sidelined for a month. It will take the Bruins forward a little bit of time to get back up to speed, so stay patient, as Krejci will play important minutes for the Bruins down the stretch. Don’t think about giving up on him this early.
1) STUD LINE OF THE WEEK: Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar & Jeff Carter (8G, 14A, +2)
Judging by the numbers this line put up, it’s pretty safe to say the defending Cup champions are back. This newly put together top line was electric for the Kings this week and the line had a coming out party in a 6-4 victory against the Blues. They combined for 12 points on the night. The beast has finally awoken and after a slow start to the season, Kopitar exploded with a five point night against the Blues. Anze followed that performance up with a three assist game against Arizona. Gaborik is hot as well, scoring five goals in three games during week 11. Good luck to teams facing this line during week 12.
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