Given the complex, never-steady landscape of fantasy hockey, each week, NHL.com Fantasy Insider Sergei Feldman will give you The Real Spiel on some of the quirks and trends that permeated your week of fantasy hockey by way of in-depth analysis.
The Pred Scare: The Real Spiel on Ryan Suter and Pekka Rinne
Defense - NSH
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 23 | PTS: 29
SOG: 92 | +/-: 8
blueliner Ryan Suter
was in the middle of an unintended controversy recently, when he discussed his future with the club and whether or not he plans on signing with the Preds prior to the trade deadline. The dust has settled on the issue and Suter has been able to just do what Suter has done for the better part of his career. Currently, Suter ranks in tied for 10th in the NHL in points among defenseman. Helping him get there has been his play of late, as the rugged defender has amassed points in three of his past four games. Playing alongside elite defenseman Shea Weber
has certainly complemented Suter’s game. Suter isn’t likely available in many fantasy leagues, but as your teams evolve into either contenders or pretenders, the Pred could be someone to aim for.
The man behind the blueline has been as much a part of the Predators’ success as anyone else, as netminder Pekka Rinne
is having himself a season to remember in 2011-12. Through 46 games, the Finnish product ranks second in the League in wins (29). In fact, Rinne has wins in each of his last 10 starts. In that span, Rinne has given up more than two goals just once. Given the emphasis on strong defensive play in Nashville, Rinne’s numbers figure to remain the same for the duration of the season. When all is said and done, he could reign supreme among fantasy goalies.