I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and welcome back to week 13 of fantasy hockey’s 5 duds and 5 studs. The Montreal Canadiens are week 13’s team of the week. The Habs continue to roll, as they went 4-0 this past week while sweeping their five game road trip. The Habs relied on solid goaltending and some balanced depth throughout the line up. Max Pacioretty led the way offensively for the team, picking up three goal and an assist in four games. Carey Price was tremendous as well and we'll have more on him a little later.
Around the league, there were some other notable studs worth mentioning. Sid Crosby looks to be back on track after registering a six point week. Crosby had a whale of a game against the Lightning, picking up four assists. Crosby sits five points back of league leader Jakub Voracek and Voracek’s days at the top may be numbered. After a slow start to the season, Bobby Ryan seems to be picking up his play and Ryan was a true stud in week 13, picking up a hat-trick against the lowly Buffalo Sabres. Finally, two underrated players deserve some praise for their play this past week. Ondrej Palat is one of them. Palat is quietly enjoying great success on Tampa’s second line featuring Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and himself. The line, as of right now, has been the Bolts most consistent line all year long. Palat shined bright against the Sabres, picking up four points and, in the next game, Palat added to his hot streak picking up two assists against the Penguins, capping off an impressive seven point week for the young Lightning winger. The second underrated player worth mentioning is probably the least talked about number one center in the league, Bryan Little. The Jets top center has been quietly impressive this season, putting up 15 goals and 15 assists along with a +9 rating. Little is currently red hot, riding a six game point streak. Bryan had five points this past week and he was particularly tremendous in a 5-1 victory against the Leafs, as he picked up a goal and two assists in the victory.
Switching over to the goalies, a couple of goaltenders who didn’t make the studs or duds list this week deserve some recognition for different reasons. Jaroslav Halak continued his dominance, almost having another perfect week before finally getting beaten Sunday night against the Oilers. Halak has been a pure fantasy gem so far this season, going 21-7. Halak had picked up victories in seven consecutive starts before the loss. What a year it’s been for Halak and the Islanders thus far. On the other side of the spectrum, Tuukka Rask continues to struggle, picking up only 15 wins out of 32 starts this season. Rask had another tough week during week 13, going a mediocre 1-3. Rask has dropped eight out of his last 11 starts and fantasy owners of Rask are beginning to lose their patience with Boston’s number 1. Tuukka and the Bruins desperately need to turn around their season before it’s too late.
That’s a wrap for this week’s honorable mentions. Let’s now take a look at week 13’s 5 duds and 5 studs, enjoy.
10 DUD: Jakub Voracek (1G, 1A, -3)
9 STUD: Kevin Shattenkirk (2G, 4A, +3)
8 DUD: Corey Perry (1G, 0A, -2)
7 STUD: Ryan Strome (1G, 6A, EVEN)
6 DUD: Ryan Suter (0G, 0A, -2)
5 STUD: Carey Price (3W, 0L, 1.33 GAA)
4 DUD: Steve Mason (0W, 4L, 2.97 GAA)
3 STUD LINE OF THE WEEK: Alex Steen, David Backes & T.J. Oshie (7G, 10A, +6)
2 DUD: Patrick Marleau (0G, 0A, -3)
1 STUD: Jaromir Jagr (4G, 1A, +3)
After picking up a hat-trick at the age of 42, how can this guy not be the number one stud of the week? Jagr set a record this week, becoming the oldest player in NHL history to record a hat-trick just a month shy of 43 years old. Jagr claims he can play till 50 and after seeing what he can still do on a nightly basis, I really don’t doubt this at all. Almost 43, Jagr leads his team in assists with 16 and points with 25. I don’t think this will be the final season we see Jagr and there's already speculation rising about where Jagr will end up at the deadline. It will be interesting to see how things work out for number 68 and if he will in fact compete for the Cup on a different team this season.
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