Fantasy Hockey: Assessing trends

by Mike Corcoran on February 6, 2013 @ 16:31:42 PDT

 


The fantasy hockey season continues to roll on, and as we are working our way through another week, it is time once again to look at some trends that could help you win your week and your league. Let's get started.

Vancouver Canucks goaltending nightmare: Much like a running back-by-committee approach in fantasy football, the goaltending situation in Vancouver has to be giving fantasy hockey owners a headache. If you are a Cory Schneider or Roberto Luongo owner, you have likely spent far too much time checking lineups and projected starters in the early weeks of the season. If you are a Luongo owner, things are trending your way at the moment, but as we have already seen, he is likely one bad start away from being back on the bench. Until the Canucks find a way to sort this out through a trade, and why would they be in a rush to do that, it will continue to be an issue from a fantasy hockey perspective.

PK Subban, Montreal Canadiens

P.K. Subban returns: One of the better offensive defenseman returned to the Montreal Canadiens this week when Subban agreed to a new contract. While it may take some time for him to return to form, in terms of getting into game shape, he is still a must-start moving forward. Subban's contributions as a defenseman are not that easy to find in fantasy hockey world. One of the downsides of Subban returning is that it may negatively impact defenseman Raphael Diaz's ice time and scoring. Diaz had been getting power play time and contributing nicely, with eight assists on the season. Keep an eye on Diaz's production and ice time over the next week or so; make changes as necessary if it becomes an issue.

Injuries continue to pile up: The latest injury is to Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who left Tuesday night's game with what is being called a lower-body injury. The Flames' netminder will be reevaluated Wednesday. If Kiprusoff is forced to miss any time, it will likely mean Calgary will turn to Leland Irving in goal. If you are a Kiprusoff owner, be prepared to grab Irving off the waiver wire as a short-term replacement for Kiprusoff, who is day to day.

Capital Struggles: Entering this season, and a lot of recent seasons to be honest, the Washington Capitals have had huge expectations, including in the fantasy hockey world. Alexander Ovechkin is one of the most talented players in the world, a 50-goal scorer not too long ago, yet he is once again struggling this year. If you spent a high pick on Ovechkin, you are obviously disappointed about where his production is. With the shortened season, it may be time to see what you can get for him on the trade market. The team around Ovechkin is a mess, and there is just nothing that leads many to believe it is going to get better anytime soon.

That will do it for the fantasy hockey trends for this week. Make sure you check back later in the week for the Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire and the Fantasy Hockey Weekly Planner as we help you win your fantasy hockey leagues.

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About Mike Corcoran

Mike Corcoran joined KFFL in 2011 as their senior fantasy hockey writer. The Tarrytown, New York, native hosts a hockey radio show on ESPN Radio in Tampa, and covers the Tampa Bay Lightning professionally.

You can follow Mike on Twitter @MikeCorcoranNHL

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