Here are your fantasy hockey studs from December 10:
Goals: There were seven two goal scorers on Saturday night including some unlikely suspects. Ryan Kesler led the way for the Canucks with his pair of goals and an assist in Vancouver’s 4-1 win over Ottawa. Jarome Iginla and James Neal round out the familiar names among two goal scorers as they led their teams to wins. Some people you may not have expected to be here included Jiri Hudler (who has four goals in December), Kyle Brodziak (who had a two goal game against New Jersey on December 2) and Carl Hagelin (who has six points in eight games). Joe Corvo had two goals from the blueline in the Bruins win over Columbus – his first two goals of the season. Hudler and Brodziak aren’t generally owned in most leagues so they may be worth keeping an eye on. Wait longer on Hagelin though, he’s still a rookie after all. On defence you could do worse than Corvo but don’t expect two goals a night.
Assists: Milan Lucic (yes, that Milan Lucic) led all players in assists on Saturday night with three in the Bruins 5-3 win. There were 16 players with two assists, and a lot of usual suspects among them. Some interesting names along the blueline that raise eyebrows for fantasy owners are Tomas Kaberle and Michael Del Zotto. Kaberle had two assists in his debut with the Montreal Canadiens, one of which came on the power play. In New York, Del Zotto appears to be turning a corner in his career with seven assists in his last seven games and is a plus-11 this season. He’s very offensively gifted so keep an eye on him going forward.
PIMs: There were three players with double digit penalty minutes on Saturday with Nick Foligno leading the way thanks to an interesting game against Vancouver. Travis Hamonic may have gotten the more dubious penalty minutes tonight with 15 minutes worth for his phantom elbow on Brooks Orpik of the Penguins. Hamonic was ejected for a clean hit that caused Orpik to hit himself in the face with his own stick (video below). Still, the ejection may have just been a ruse to start taking Islanders out of the game for wearing those atrocious third jerseys. In Ottawa, Max Lapierre got a misconduct and roughing penalty late in the game against the Sens. He’s usually money in the bank for that.
Goaltending: Brian Elliott continues to be a fantasy star, picking up another shutout in a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks and stopping 24 shots in the process. With the win Elliott’s record moves to 11-2-0 on the season. Miikka Kiprusoff recorded the other shutout (Tuukka Rask played the third for Boston and didn’t allow a goal but it doesn’t count as a shutout) in the NHL but loses his edge to Elliott who made three more saves than Kipper. Martin Biron and Niklas Backstrom were the other showstoppers in goal as they held their opponents to one goal each while making over 30 saves in the process.