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.
GE-NO PROBLEM: The Real Spiel on Evgeni Malkin
Center - PIT
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 15 | PTS: 24
SOG: 91 | +/-: 3
captain Sidney Crosby
has garnered a lot of attention since returning to the lineup after being diagnosed with a concussion and missing action since Jan. 5. Rightfully so, as the superstar center has done nothing but deliver since coming back. But hidden in the shadows of The Crosby Show has been the play of the "other" superstar in The Steel City, Evgeni Malkin
. The 2011-12 season is a bounce back/comeback season for Malkin, too, who missed considerable time last season after undergoing knee surgery. Though he was in and out of the lineup at the start of the campaign, "Geno" played well. But of late, the talented center shown he's ready to return to Art Ross
form. Can he do it? Why not? When Crosby returned Nov. 21, Malkin collected two points. The next game? Another two points. The game after that? Another two points. How about the one after that? Yep. Through 20 games, the 2004 first-round selection ranks 20th in the NHL in points (24). Moreover, he's a top-20 shot producer (91), has 18 PIMs on the season and is a plus-3 performer. Those figures have elevated the 6-foot-3 center's status as one of the premier fantasy performers. Playing behind Crosby and alongside James Neal
certainly won't hurt Malkin’s chances of continued success. As the season progresses, keep an eye out for No. 71.