Week 7 is officially in the book and another great week of hockey was dominated by the stud team of the week, the New York Islanders. The Islanders went 3-0 this week, outscoring their opponents 14-7 and what made this even more impressive is that the goals were scored by 13 different players. In addition, the Islanders defeated two massive cup contenders, first by defeating the Lightning to start off the week and then picking up back-to-back victories against Crosby and the Penguins. Halak has been red hot for his team, picking up 6 straight victories while picking up two shutouts in the process.
Sticking with the goalies, there were two other keepers this past week that just missed out on making this list. Pekka Rinne was one of them, going 2-0 this week. Rinne has won 7 of his last 8 starts and he's been a huge stud for the Predators so far this season. Brian Elliot was another goalie who had a stud-like week and has been very hot as of late. Elliot picked up 2 wins in three starts this week and, on top of that, Elliot has won 8 of his last 10 starts. After a slow start to this season, Elliot has turned into a true stud as of late. Sergei Bobrovsky hasn’t had the same success as these goalies as of late, as Bob dropped all 3 starts in week 7 while putting up a 3.94 GAA, making him a massive disappointment for owners this week.
Moving to the forwards, a couple of little giants have woken up. Martin St. Louis had a great week, putting up 4 points in 3 games. Marty has found the back of the net 7 times in his last 10 games, so he appears to be turning the corner this season. Patrick Kane was another little giant who seems to be heating up, as Kane picked up another 4 points during the week. Kane is finding some great chemistry with linemate Kris Versteeg, who's also picked up his play. Marian Hossa was another hot Hawk this week, as Hossa had a huge night against the Oilers putting a goal along with 3 assists. After a slow start to the season Hossa seems to be heating up quite nicely, Hos has registered at least one point in 6 out of his last 8 games. I strongly suggest for fantasy teams who were frustrated with Hossa’s play early on in the season to take him off the bench and put this guy back on as a regular every night.
My final honorable stud mention goes to Nick Bjugstad, the Panthers former 1st round pick who found the back of the net 3 times this week. Nick is also riding a 4 game point streak picking up 8 points in the process, 5 of which are goals. Bjugstad may be an interesting option for your fantasy team putting up first line minutes as of late, so keep a close eye on Nick during week 8.
Okay, enough of the honorable mentions, let's find out who made the studs and duds list for week 7.
10 STUD: Jhonas Enroth (2W, 0L, 1.25 GAA)
9 DUD: Ryan O’Reilly (0G, 0A, -2)
8 STUD: Tomas Tatar (4G, 1A, +4)
7 DUD: Ben Scrivens (0W, 2L, 9.17 GAA)
6 STUD: John Klingberg (2G, 3A, +2)
5 DUD LINE OF THE WEEK: Gustav Nyquist, Henrik Zetterberg & Johan Franzen (2G, 0A, -10)
4 STUDS: Derek Dorsett, Bo Horvat & Jannik Hansen (6G, 6A, +8)
3 DUD: Taylor Hall (0G, 1A, -4)
2 STUD LINE OF THE WEEK: Jamie Benn, Cody Eakin & Tyler Seguin (8G, 6A, +14)
1 DUD: Corey Perry (0G, 1A, -3)
Perry got off to a red hot start, leading the league in goals to begin the season, but since coming back from injury Perry’s pace has taken a major hit. In a rare occurrence, Perry has not put up a goal since coming back four games ago, Perry only has one assist since, along with a terrible -5 rating. My advice, keep Perry as a starter every night despite his slow week, as once this guy gets one in, more will follow.
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