Welcome to week 5 of fantasy hockey’s 5 studs and duds. It was an action packed week that was certainly full of studs and duds. The Lightning get my vote for stud team of the week, going 3-0, and scoring 16 goals in the process. The Lightning currently lead the league in goals with 58 on the season, as the team is scoring goals due to the great depth on the team. Tyler Johnson was a notable stud for the team this week, scoring 4 goals to go along with a plus 3 rating.
On the opposite of the spectrum, a pair of Hawks coukd use some goals. Surprisingly, Marian Hossa has struggled to score this season, as the big “Hos” has only 2 goals on the season, while going goalless in his last 5 games and only scoring once in his past 10, ouch. His teammate Patrick Kane hasn’t done very well either, Kane has remarkably scored once in his last 10 games, along with only 5 assists. In addition, the two players are oddly both in the minus column, as the two Hawk players are combined -2 so far this season. A dud start to the season for these two stars.
Flipping over to goalies, a couple of goaltenders around the league this week earned stud status. Craig Anderson caught some serious heat in week 5, going 2-0-1 for the Sens during their home stand, while only giving up 2 goals in 3 starts. Anderson’s only loss came during a shootout, despite stopping the first 5 shooters. Jaroslav Halak was another goalie who earned stud status for week 5, as Halak bounced back in style after a tough week, going 2-0 and allowing only 2 goals.
Up front, praise goes to Phil Kessel, who finally had his impressive 6 consecutive game point streak snapped. Kessel put up 4 goals and 7 assists during his hot streak. Finally, I tip my hat to a pair of rookies. Johnny Gaudreau is beginning to get comfortable and is improving week after week. Gaudreau led his team to a tremendous 3-1 road trip, where “Johnny Hockey” put up an impressive 6 points. A big shout out also goes to Filip Forsberg, as the rookie enjoyed yet another tremendous week, picking up 4 points. Forsberg has been a mainstay on the first line for the Preds, and what makes his play so impressive is his defensive awareness, as Forsberg leads the league at a plus 15 rating. Let’s check who else made this list for week 5’s studs and duds!
10. STUD: Jakub Voracek (3G, 3A, +2)
Nevermind week 5, Voracek has been a true stud this entire season. Voracek is one of the hottest players in the league, as he’s on an impressive 8 game point streak, where he’s had 6 multi-point games. The former 7th overall pick is really finding his form this season, as the Flyers forward currently sits second only to Sidney Crosby in the scoring race with 22 points. His linemate Claude Giroux is also beginning to heat up as well, with Giroux picking up 5 points on the week. Look out for this stud duo in week 6.
9. DUD: Gabriel Landeskog (0G, 1A, -2)
Struggles continue in Colorado, as the Avalanche picked up one win in 3 games this week. It seems like every week, a different Colorado superstar takes part in the “duds” list, as week 2 and 3 featured MacKinnon as a dud, while week 4 saw Duchene land here. For some reason, the Avalanche superstars haven’t been good at the same time this year. Landeskog was Colorado’s dud of the week picking up only 1 point, but Gab’s struggles go beyond week 5. The Avs’ captain is currently on a 6 game goalless streak. In addition, Landeskog is a minus 9 so far this season, which is odd, especially when you remember that he was a career high plus 21 at the end of last season.
8) STUD: LINE OF THE WEEK- Jaden Schwartz, Jori Lehtera & Vladimir Tarasenko (5G, 10A, +9)
The youth movement is officially on in St. Louis, as these three young superstars aided the Blues to a 7 game win streak before finally seeing it snap against the Predators. This line of young studs was flaming this week, putting up 15 points and scoring half of the teams goals. Tarasenko in particular is coming of a career week, putting up points in all 4 games and scoring two beauties against the Devils and Rangers in the same week. His goal against New York was so good that it may already be the goal of the year. Tarasenko is becoming a HUGE star.
7. DUD: Cory Schneider (0W, 3L, 2.67 GAA)
Schneider is finally getting an opportunity to play every night, as the Devils’ goaltender has gotten the start for all 14 games this season. Unfortunately, Cory had a rough week, not only going 0-3, but getting pulled twice in a row against the Blues and Red Wings on back to back nights. Schneider is a major dud for the week but his struggles go way back, as Schneider has only picked up 3 wins in his last 10 starts. My advice is to ride it out with him. Even though it does seem rough at the moment, Cory will have plenty of games to make up for his weak play.
6. STUD: Steve Mason (3W, 0L, 1.67 GAA)
Goalies can quickly go from dud to stud, and Mason is the perfect example of this. After a rough start to the season, Mason was a major dud and the Flyers relegated their goaltender to back up status behind Ray Emery. However, Philly gave Mason some time and put him back between the pipes early in week 5 against the Oilers. After beating the Oilers, Mason went perfect during the rest of the week, letting in only 5 goals over 3 games. Major props go to Mason for turning into a major stud this week.
5. DUD: Ales Hemsky (0G, 0A, -3)
It’s been a disastrous start to the season for the newly acquired Dallas Stars’ player. Hemsky has been a major bust for the Stars so far, putting up a single assist on the entire season. In an effort to revive the forward, Lindy Ruff broke up his top line and re-united Hemsky with his former linemate, Jason Spezza. The move did not work as planned, as the former Sens duo went a minus 5 combined Saturday night during a 5-3 loss to the Sharks. If you still have Hemsky on your fantasy team, I praise you for your courage.
4. STUD: Sidney Crosby (0G, 6A, +2)
No big shock, as Crosby is once again an absolute stud, finding tremendous chemistry with linemates Chris Kunitz and Patric Hornqvist. Crosby’s line has been dynamite so far this season. To end week 5, the Pens top line combined for 10 points against the lowly Buffalo Sabres. Crosby was sensationalm putting up 5 assists on the night in true stud fashion. Sid currently leads the league with 24 points and 17 assists, and it seems like only a matter of time before Sid pulls away from the league in points.
3. DUD: Thomas Vanek (0G, 1A, -2)
Another rough week for Vanek, who only has 1 goal in his first 13 games of the season, which is a long ways away from his career high of 43 goals. Vanek has yet to find the right chemistry with the Wild so far this season. With Parise out of the lineup, the Wild are hopeful Vanek will step up his game. Thomas will get the opportunity to play on the top line along side Granlund and Pominville, and this upcoming week 6 will be crucial for Vanek to finally put up some goals.
2. STUD: Mark Giordano (2G, 5A, +3)
What a week and what a season for the Flames captain, who put up 7 points this past week. Giordano has earned major stud status so far this season, as his play has been so good that he’s an early candidate for the Norris trophy. The Flames captain has enjoyed tremendous success alongside T.J. Brodie, and the two defensemen sit number 1 and 3 in points for defenders, with Giordano leading the way at 18 points. With the Flames looking like a major dark horse this season, I praise all the fantasy hockey teams that drafted Giordano this season.
1. DUD: P.K. Subban (0G, 1A, -5)
Subban has struggled to find the back of the net recently, as he’s not scored in his last 9 outings. A huge reason for Subban’s lack of scoring has been due to Montreal’s struggles on the power play, as the Canadiens sit 3rd last in the league with a power play that is inexplicably operating at a 7.7% clip. P.K. has a single power play point this season, as opposed to his 23 from last season, so expect to see Subban’s offensive struggles end once the power play finally gets going.
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