Tampa Bay’s Mike Smith salvaged what could have been a very ugly week for me. At the midpoint of the week I was taking the worst beating I’d sustained over any portion of the season; sitting at 2-10-1 and watching my opponent (from Fear the Fin) rack up all sorts of impressive numbers.
Than Smith pitched a shutout, Marc-Andre Fleury played well, and a few other guys started chipping in to turn a miserable start into a 7-6-0 finish. Here’s the breakdown:
Category: Willis – FTF
Shutouts: 1 – 0
I had some more fun with the waiver wire this week. I’m sitting 16th on waiver priority, and as odd as it sounds that gives me an advantage of sorts: I have absolutely nothing to lose by jumping the gun and making claims while a guy is still on waivers. That let me add the aforementioned Smith, who is coming around after a slow start. To make room for him I dropped Jeff Deslauriers; Deslauriers is getting a ton of starts but the Oilers are such a train wreck that it almost doesn’t matter. Martin Havlat came off the IR, so to make room for him I dropped my bandaid solution: Lightning forward Steve Downie. I also grabbed Kris Letang off the waiver wire, dropping Marc-Andre Bergeron to make room for him; the offence should be comparable, but Letang’s less likely to run up an ugly plus/minus number.
Week 10 Matchup
Week 10 pits me against the Columbus Cannons; as the name suggests, the team is run by the fine people over at The Cannon, SBN’s Blue Jackets blog. They’re sitting near the bottom of the league, and have a fairly ugly goaltending situation (Steve Mason and Jean-Sebastien Giguere) but can boast the presence of Evgeni Malkin. Last week I would have gone 6-4-3 against them, mostly thanks to my goaltending, as they had fairly decent offensive production. If there’s one thing I’m learning this year, it’s that I was right to bulk up on quality goaltenders; if there are two things I’m learning, it’s that it isn’t worthwhile to draft defencemen early.