We have made it through another week of fantasy hockey, and there has been plenty of news that could have an impact on your fantasy hockey teams this week. Whether it is trades or injuries, staying up on trends in fantasy hockey will be huge in helping you have success with your teams this season. Let's take a look at some of the fantasy hockey trends you need to be aware of as the season continues to roll on.
Goaltending in New Jersey: New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was scheduled to start for his team on Sunday, and even participated in the warm-up before he suffered a back injury. Brodeur did not start, and as a result of the issue has been placed on Injured Reserve. This is a tricky situation for a fantasy hockey owner. First, back injuries of any sort are tricky to put a timetable on. It becomes even tougher when you are talking about a goaltender that is 41 years old. The bottom line here is if you have a chance to add Johan Hedberg on your team, especially if you are in need of goaltending help, don't hesitate. Even when Brodeur comes back, there is still a chance he could suffer a setback.
Kings pick up the pace: After getting off to a slow start, the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings have returned to form over the past six games, winning five of their last six. They have also woken up a bit offensively, averaging just over three goals a game in that span. Forward Jeff Carter has led the way in that department and has hit double digits in goals with 10 on the season. Carter collected goals in five straight games. If you have been waiting for the Kings to come to life, feel confident in using their players moving forward.
Gagne returns to Philadelphia: An interesting player to watch moving forward is new Philadelphia Flyers forward Simon Gagne. Gagne was traded from the Los Angeles Kings earlier this week, where he was a healthy scratch, and received top-six ice time in his first game back with the Flyers. He also earned power play time and added a goal in his first game back. Gagne could be a sneaky play moving forward for your fantasy hockey team, as he is clearly comfortable with his surroundings in Philadelphia. He will become even more at ease over time as he plays more with his new team mates and reacquaints himself with the Flyers system. As a fantasy owner, one also has to like how he is being used and the fact that he is getting ice time with the man advantage right from the get-go. If you can grab him for your roster, he may not be a bad addition.
That will do it for this week's edition of the fantasy hockey trends. Make sure you check back for the Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire and the Fantasy Hockey Weekly Planner to be up to date on the latest news and notes to help you win your fantasy hockey league.
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.
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