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Fantasy Hockey Week #14: 5 Duds and 5 Studs

Welcome to week 14 of fantasy hockey’s 5 duds and 5 studs, the official midpoint of the NHL season. This is the point of the season where the contenders and pretenders begin to take shape. An emerging contender, and fantasy hockey’s team of the week for week 14, goes to the New York Rangers. The Rangers are in fine form as of late, winning nine out of their last 10. The Rangers just completed a rare sweep in California, defeating the Ducks, Sharks, and Stanley Cup Final rivals the LA Kings. Rick Nash continued his resurgence, picking up goals against the Sharks and Ducks. Nash is now tied with Tyler Seguin at the top of the Rocket Richard race with 26 goals. Henrik Lundqvist has also really turned up his game as of late, as  “The King” has remarkably picked up only one loss in his last 10 games. In addition, Lundqvist has let in more than two goals only once in his last 10 starts, so the king of New York is on fire.

Staying with hot goaltenders, Tuukka Rask finally collected consecutive wins for the first time since December 23. Rask picked up a couple of victories during week 14 against the Penguins and Flyers. After a poor first half of the season, it looks like Rask is finally beginning to catch heat at the right time for the Boston Bruins. Keep an eye on what Rask does during week 15, as it will be crucial for his game and the Bruins as well. We'll have much more on goalies during the official studs and duds list of the week, so stay tuned!

A couple of underrated players deserve an honorable shout out for their week. Justin Abdelkader of the Detroit Red Wings is one of them. The underrated Red Wing led the Wings to a couple of wins on the road in Western Canada, as Justin picked up five points on the week. Abdelkader has already set a new career high in goals, surpassing his previous career high of 10.

Former 3rd overall pick Jonathan Huberdeau picked up his game in week 14, Huberdeau picked up five points on the week, scoring two goals and an assist against the Canucks and following that up the very next night with a goal and assist against the Flames. Huberdeau is enjoying success on a line with Vincent Trocheck and Brad Boyes.

Finally, stud praises go out to the underrated defensemen in Nashville, Roman Josi. The young 24 year old defenseman is enjoying a terrific season, picking up 27 points in 41 games for the Preds. Josi is playing a ton of minutes for the Predators and Saturday against the Wild. Josi lead all players in the game in ice time playing almost 29 minutes. Josi is currently playing on the top defensive pairing with Shea Weber and also plays the power play unit with Weber on his right as well. If still available, Josi can be an absolute steal for your fantasy team.

Alright, that is all for the honorable studs of the week, lets now begin with the top 5 duds and top 5 studs for week 14 in the NHL.

10 10. DUD: Tyler Seguin (0G, 1A, -4)

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9 9. STUD: Melker Karlsson (3G, 0A, +1)

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8 8. DUDS: Henrik & Daniel Sedin (1G, 1A, -1)

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7 7. STUD LINE OF THE WEEK: Scott Hartnell, Ryan Johansen & Nick Foligno (4G, 9A, +2)

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6 6. DUD: Antti Niemi (1W, 2L, 4.34 GAA)

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5 5. STUD: Semyon Varlamov (3W, 0L, 1.66 GAA)

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4 4. DUD: Thomas Vanek (0G, 1A, -3)

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3 3. STUD: Pekka Rinne (3W, 0L, 1.66 GAA)

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2 2. DUD: Jonathan Quick (0W, 2L, 3.895 GAA)

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1 1. STUD: David Backes (5G, 3A, +4)

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I think it’s pretty safe to say no player in the league was better than David Backes during week 14. Backes tore it up early in the week, feasting on Arizona with four goals. What's even more remarkable is that all four goals were scored consecutively. Backes didn’t stop there, as he had multi point nights against the Sharks and Hurricanes. His teammates also deserve a mention for their week, as David’s linemates T.J. Oshie and Alex Steen were tremendous, picking up five points apiece. Jaden Schwartz and Paul Stastny also ripped it up, picking 10 points combined as well. What a week for the Blues, going 3-0, while outscoring the opposition by a combined 18-6. The Blues are scary good going into week 15.

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