Concussive blowsWednesday, December 14, 2011
Don't look now, but the Winnipeg Jets one point ahead of the Capitls for second place in the Southeast Division after ending the Minnesota Wild's seven-game winning streak. Sure, that's a pretty significant indictment on the quality of the SE, but it's a signal that the team might have some buy-low (as in just a free agent) possibilities you should snag.
Bryan Little: Here's my candidate for "quietest hot streak in the NHL." Little has a goal in four consecutive games and a seven-game point streak totaling in nine. He had one great year in Atlanta and it seemed like that would be it, but he's red-hot right now and could be a great fit for the lower ranks of your roster. Honestly, if you need offense, I'd say go ahead and give him a shot now.
Ondrej Pavelec: I've already stated that Pavelec has the potential to be a useful third goalie in a previous DD, but it seems like a good time to mention it again. It's probably smart to be picky with his opponents (the one loss he's had in the last five games was ugly: seven goals allowed against Detroit), but he faces virtually zero opposition from Chris Mason. The starting job is all his, so if the Jets aren't just having a lucky run, then his value could skyrocket.
Two interesting Bruins: Rich Peverley and Tuukka Rask. Obviously, both have their faults. Peverley is likely to slide if Boston stops trampling everyone since he's not a sure-fire top-six guy; Rask is a backup so he's only a great value if you "handcuff" him with Tim Thomas. Still, they might be worth it in deeper leagues as each guy (especially Rask) is making the most of his chances … Richard Bachman shut out the New York Rangers on Tuesday, so Andrew Raycroft's stock sinks even lower. You might be justified in dropping Raycroft for Bachman, but the returns aren't going to be too great or long-lived either way … Stefan Elliott probably won't be too valuable this season, but he's showing signs of being a gem in the future … Tim Connolly has been effective in the rare moments that he's healthy. He's worth consideration if you can deal with the looming inevitability of his next injury.
Vladimir Sobotka is likely to miss a couple weeks with an ankle injury … Steve Mason seemed to injure his calf/groin/lower-body during the third period but returned minutes later, so pencil him in for "maybe hurt." He actually played pretty well, but iCurtis Sanford still deserves to run with the job … Guillaume Latendresse played for the first time since mid-November and scored a power-play goal. If he keeps skating on the PP alongside Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley, he might be a decent option. (Click here for the full injury list.)