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The Wire Troll: Cam Atkinson Shining in Columbus

March 30, 2015 | by Dakota Case | Comments (0)
Cam Atkinson has been filling the net lately for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Cam Atkinson is on fire for the Blue Jackets. (Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)

It’s been another great week of Fantasy hockey with surprise sleepers and studs lurking around every corner. Here at RotoRob.com, we’ve adjusted our teams accordingly and suggest you do, too.

It’s no doubt do or die time in your Fantasy league, and for those of you in the finals or battling for third place, you’re looking for that special player to put your team over the top. Hopefully the following players can do the trick.

Cam Atkinson, RW, Columbus Blue Jackets (ESPN: 15.3 per cent; CBS: 36 per cent): Atkinson has been on fire recently with the Jackets, scoring four goals (see video below), seven points, a plus-6 rating, a shorthanded point, nine shots on goal, two hits and two blocks in the past week. He has 20 goals, 37 points and a minus-2 rating this season, and his stellar performances lately indicate he’s only looking to add to his totals before the season comes to a close. Atkinson has seven goals, 12 points, a plus-6 rating and 31 shots on goal in his last 12 games.

Kyle Quincey, D, Detroit Red Wings (ESPN: 0.6 per cent; CBS: 5 per cent): Quincey is coming off a solid Week 24 with four assists, a plus-6 rating, 12 penalty minutes, five shots on goal, six hits and four blocked shots. With Dougie Hamilton, Shea Weber and others on the shelf, Quincey could be a great last second pick up for your team.

Brian Gionta, RW, Buffalo Sabres (ESPN: 3.3 per cent; CBS: 5 per cent): The Sabres may be in full “McEichel Mode,” but don’t tell Gionta that. An experienced NHL captain, he’s not one to give up and quit, and his performance last week proves it: in three games, Gionta had three goals, four points, a minus-3 rating, three power play points, 18 shots on goal, eight face-offs won, three hits and four blocked shots.

Yannick Weber, D, Vancouver Canucks (ESPN: 6.5 per cent; CBS: 6 per cent): Another great potential fill-in on your Fantasy blue line, Weber is coming off a great week with three goals, four points, two penalty minutes, three power play points, seven shots on goal, 13 hits and three blocked shots. He has nine goals, 19 points and a plus-4 rating with Vancouver.

Aleksander Barkov, C, Florida Panthers (ESPN: 6.5 per cent; CBS: 32 per cent): With seven games to go, the Panthers are still four points back of Boston for the second wild card spot in the East. They’ll get there if Barkov has anything to say about it. The 2013 second overall pick had two goals, five points, a plus-2 rating, two penalty minutes, a power play point, nine shots on goal, 25 face-off wins and three blocked shots in three games last week. He has 14 goals, 31 points and a minus-2 rating in 64 games this season.

STUDS AND DUDS

“Studs and Duds” is our weekly segment on who was hot and who was not in the previous week of Fantasy hockey.

Studs

No. 1. Radim Vrbata, RW, Vancouver Canucks: Vrbata has been on a roll lately, scoring three goals, seven points, a plus-3 rating, four penalty minutes, two power play points, a game-winning goal, 22 shots on goal, three face-off wins, five hits and two blocked shots in the last week.

No. 2. Justin Abdelkader, LW/RW, Detroit Red Wings: Abdelkader’s on a four-game point streak with four goals, six points, 10 penalty minutes, two power play points, a game-winning goal, 17 shots on goal, a face-off win and five hits.

No. 3. Devan Dubnyk, G, Minnesota Wild: Dubnyk has started 35 straight games between Minnesota (34) and Arizona (one), and he’s been spectacular. In Week 24, “Duuuuuuuubnyk” had four wins, a 1.23 goals against average and a .962 save percentage. He has 35 wins, a 2.05 goals against average, a .930 save percentage and six shutouts this season. The hulking 6′6″ behemoth is 26-6-1 since coming to Minnesota. Just give Dubnyk the Hart Trophy now.

Duds

No. 1. John Gibson, G, Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks have got the train back on the track, but not because of the youngster Gibson. He was winless with eight goals against for a 4.41 goals against average and an .833 save percentage in two appearances.

No. 2. Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit Red Wings: Howard has been mediocre the last half of the season and continued it through Week 24… to the detriment of our Fantasy team. He had one win, a 3.76 goals against average and an .839 save percentage.

No. 3. Ben Bishop, G, Tampa Bay Lightning: Like Howard, Bishop had one win, but posted a slightly better 3.70 goals against average and .852 save percentage. His season numbers are still very solid with 36 wins, a 2.36 goals against average, a .914 save percentage and three shutouts.

And that’s it for this final regular season session of the Troll. Best of luck, and here’s hoping you’re lifting a trophy this time next week! Have a favourite Fantasy hockey waiver wire pick of the week? Let us know in the comments below.

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The Wire Troll: Benoit Pouliot Produces in Unproductive Edmonton

March 22, 2015 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
In 419 career games, Pouliot has 92 goals, 186 points and a plus-47 rating over the course of nine seasons with Minnesota, Montreal, Boston, Tampa Bay, New York (Rangers) and Edmonton. His best points-per-game season came in the lockout shortened 2013 campaign with the Lightning in which he collected eight goals, 20 points and a plus-8 rating in 34 games. In regards to his highest number of points per season, Pouliot set a career high of 36 (15 goals, 21 assists) and seven power play goals in 80 games with the Rangers last season. A solid playoff run with five goals, 10 points and a plus-8 rating in 25 postseason games elevated him as an intriguing option on the free agent market.
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The Wire Troll: Dan Ellis Leads Rising Panthers

March 15, 2015 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
He had two goals, four points, a plus-1 rating, two power play points, 11 shots on goal, nine face-off wins, three hits and a blocked shot last week. At this point in the season, you’re going to do whatever it takes to win, and we think Spooner is worth taking a chance on as a source of secondary scoring.
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The Wire Troll: Kris Russell Fuels Flames

March 8, 2015 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
In three appearance last week, Russell had three assists, a minus-1 rating, two penalty minutes, three power play points, nine shots on goal, five hits and an astounding 26 shots on goal while averaging 29:10 of ice-time over that span. Wow.
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Panthers Aiming to Spook Bruins?

March 2, 2015 | by David Harrison | Comments Comments Off
The Panthers last reached the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2012 when they were beaten by the Devils in the Conference quarterfinals. Having endured a disappointing run since, they will be desperate to make a return in 2015 and their fans will be happy to take any advantage that they can over their rivals. Whether the stacking of the roster with men who have history with the Bruins was a preconceived plan, or whether it is just coincidence, the Panthers will be hoping that it gives them a psychological edge and is enough to make the difference this time around.
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