Yet another fantasy hockey week in the books and week 6 featured several honorable studs and duds. The Habs were certainly the stud team of the week going 4-0, while outscoring their opponents 18-5 in the process, and we'll have much more on the Habs in a little bit.
There were many other studs around the league that deserve a mention this week, who did not make the list, and we'll first give kudos to a trio of Flyers players. Jakub Voracek is one player who is continuing his ridiculous run, as he put up 4 points in 2 games this week. In addition, not only is Voracek leading the league in points with 26, he is currently in the midst of a 10 game point streak where the power forward has collected 15 points. Honorable mentions also go to his teammates Brayden Schenn who collected 3 points on the week, as well as Claude Giroux who is riding a 5 game point streak.
Big praise also goes to Ryan Kesler who stepped up his game like a true stud this week. The Ducks got Kesler specifically for big games. In his first true test Kesler delivered, putting up 3 goals and an assist in a home and home against the defending Stanley Cup champion, LA Kings. What a performance by Kesler in the two games.
Staying in the west, we want to alert fantasy hockey teams that own a pair of under achieving Hawks, as it finally looks Kane and Hossa are beginning to catch a bit of heat. Despite a minor slip against the Wings, Hossa and Kane combined for 7 points on the week. Teammate Kris Versteeg also had a notable week, putting up 4 points. The trio of Hawks had a big night against the Stars, which is no shock, as it seems every time there’s a big offensive explosion, it’s against the Stars.
Finally, our last honorable mention goes out to a pair of goalies in St. Louis, Brian Elliot and Jake Allen. The two goaltenders had a perfect week going 3-0 while allowing 5 goals against. Thanks to this tremendous duo in net, the Blues have won 9 of their last 10 games.
That's it for this week’s honorable mentions, let’s check who made the official list of week 6’s 5 studs and duds.
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10 STUD: Nino Niederreiter (4G, 0A, EVEN)
The Wild have been expecting big things out of the former 5th overall pick, and this week Minnesota got a taste of just how good this guy can be. Nino put in a major stud-like performance against the Sabres, recording his first career hat-trick. This was especially huge as the Wild were looking for someone to step up in the absence of Zach Parise. Niederreiter developed some serious chemistry on a line with young studs Mikael Granlund and Charlie Coyle. Keep an eye on Nino in the upcoming weeks, as he may be an interesting option for your team.
9 DUD LINE OF THE WEEK: Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture & Matthew Nieto (0G, 0A, -3)
It’s been a really poor road trip for this line, as they failed to record a single point while playing against the Panthers, Bolts, Blue Jackets and Hurricanes in week 6. After a stud start to the season, the two main players on this line, Marleau and Couture, have lost their way a little bit recently, as Marleau is currently riding a 5 game goalless drought, while Couture has failed to earn a point in his last 5 games. Despite their recent poor play, look for these players to pick it up soon, especially with a game against the Sabres coming up, along with a 6 game home stand. So, there will be plenty of opportunities for this trio to pick it up.
8 STUD: Filip Forsberg (2G, 3A, +4)
What a stud this kid has been so far, as Forsberg currently leads the rookie race in almost every single category. He also leads the entire league in plus minus, with an incredible plus 19 rating. Remarkably, Forsberg just ended a tremendous 7 game point streak where the rookie stud picked up 13 points along the way. Filip puts up first line minutes every night and has the tools to be an impact player every single game. For those of you who picked up Forsberg or drafted him, I praise you, as this guy has been a fantasy gem thus far.
7 DUD: Eric Staal (0G, 1A, -3)
It’s been a tough season so far for the Hurricanes captain. Staal has picked up only 3 goals thus far, which is well off his career best 40 goal campaign in the 08-09 season. What doesn’t help is how offensively challenged the Canes have been all season, scoring the fourth fewest goals in the league at 37. The Hurricanes had a tough time finding the back of the net this week, scoring only twice in the last 3 games. Staal has not been able to find the right chemistry just yet, as he is currently centering a line with Jiri Tlusty and Zach Boychuk. It may be a tough year for those fantasy teams who had high expectations and hoped for Eric to have a bounce back season.
6 STUD: Max Pacioretty (2G, 4A, +5)
What a season so far for Pacioretty and the Habs, as the Canadiens are currently riding a 6 game win streak and sit atop the NHL with 29 points. A healthy mixture of strong defense, goaltending and timely offense has been the theme for the Habs. Pacioretty led the way offensively for the team this week, putting up points in all 4 of their victories. Max is also riding a 5 game point streak where the power forward has put up 7 points. Max currently leads the Habs in goals and points and he's also finding some tremendous chemistry with his usual center man David Desharnais and P.A. Parenteau. Pacioretty has been a fantasy stud so far this season.
5 DUD: Jamie Benn (0G, 1A, -1)
The bar was set ridiculously high for Benn coming off a tremendous season where he put up a career high of 79 points. This season, Benn has been a bust so far, especially lately, putting only 2 points in his last 9 games. In addition, Benn hasn’t scored in his last 10. I strongly believe patience will be required with Benn this season, especially due to the fact that the Stars currently do not have an identity as a team with all their offseason additions. Once the Stars get going and settled, expect Benn to burst out, but for now he has been a big disappointment.
4 STUD: Carey Price (3W, 0L, 1.33 GAA)
Not only did the Habs score a lot of goals this week, but their goaltender played like an absolute stud. Since dropping 3 starts in a row, Price has been on fire, winning his next 4 starts while allowing only 4 goals along the way. Price is currently tied for the league lead in wins at 11, so if you have Price on your fantasy team he should be a starter every single night without any question, as this guy is a true stud and one of the top goalies in the league.
3 DUD: Frederik Andersen (0W, 2L, 4.82 GAA)
It was a really bad week for the young Ducks goaltender who got yanked twice in one week. Despite a 6-5 victory in a wild game against the Kings, Andersen was pulled in the second after allowing 3 goals on 10 shots. After an OT loss to the Kings, Andersen would once again be yanked in the second after allowing 4 goals on 15 shots. A horrible week for the goaltender who will be hoping for a fresh start in week 7 and it will be very interesting to see how the goaltender reacts after two terrible starts.
2 STUD LINE OF THE WEEK: Jaden Schwartz, Jori Lehtera & Vladimir Tarasenko (6G, 10A, +14)
These guys are receiving the honors for line of the week for the second week in a row. The trio upped their performance from last week, picking up 16 points and an incredible plus 14 rating combined. This line's dominance was put on full display against the Sabres, as the game saw Lethera pick up his first career hat-trick along with Schwartz and Tarasenko combining for 5 assists in the game. Lehtera and Schwartz are currently sizzling, as Jori is currently riding a 7 game point streak, picking up 11 points along the way, while Jaden is in the midst of a 6 game point streak, picking up 10 points during the streak. Tarasenko just saw his 7 game point streak get snapped against the Capitals. I give a major thumbs up to these studs for a second week in a row.
1 DUD: Sidney Crosby (0G, 1A, -3)
Hard to believe, but Sidney Crosby is a dud this week. Coming off a massive 5 assist performance against the lowly Sabres in week 5, Crosby has failed to make a big impact since. In addition, Crosby has not scored a goal since his 2 goal performance against the Devils 8 games ago. Crosby’s tough week has led him to fall in the leaderboards, as Crosby currently sits second in points after being passed by Jakub Voracek on Saturday night. On top of that, Voracek also took over the assists lead with 19. I don’t think this slump will last too long, so look for Crosby to potentially explode in week 7 in a high profile matchup against the Habs, a team Crosby has been great against in the past, putting up 15 goals and 35 points in 25 career games against the Canadiens.
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