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Canucks Fantasy Forecast - 1.11.2010

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

The Sedins have been all the rage, but it's their Canadian linemate scoring the goals.

Back-to-back tricks from Alex Burrows thrust him to the forefront of Canucks Fantasy Hockey this past week, it’s the first time this season Burr has been Vancouver’s main man over a fantasy week.

Burrows was spectacular in Vancouver’s two wins last week, he scored six goals on only nine shots; 100 per cent of the time he scored 66 per cent of the time. Those performances left Burrows seeing stars as he was named the NHL’s First Star, and you were a star if you bought him in either the Columbus or Phoenix game as he put up 57 and 52 points, respectively, with a game star in each outing.

Will the fortunes continue to flow for Burrows? Yes and no.

He’ll keep collecting points simply by skating alongside Daniel and Henrik Sedin, that’s as guaranteed as me eating too much press box popcorn on any given game night.

Burrows won’t likely hit the three goal plateau in a game anytime soon though, unless he does. Like he said, sometimes the puck just slows down and everything goes in, but those games are few and far between.

At $3 million, Burrows is worth the cap hit to your fantasy team – as long as you keep your expectations realistic.

THE WEEK THAT WAS

The Canucks swatted the Blue Jackets 7-3 on Tuesday during part one of the Alex Burrows show, with Vancouver taking down Phoenix 4-0 in the sequel.

With 109 points in two games, Burrows established a new record in Canucks Fantasy Hockey and if you bought him, you’re likely still floating on cloud nine as the selection was akin to playing Kurt Warner against Green Bay on Sunday. Boom goes the dynamite in both instances.

Other key performers over the two wins were the Sedins, 157 combined points, Roberto Luongo, 68 points, and, surprisingly, Shane O’Brien, who put up 39 points.

When the Flames outlasted the Canucks on Saturday, Luongo was once again stellar with 27 points, including a game star; he was the only Vancouver player above 20 points, although 12 skaters had at least 10 points.

WE HAVE A WINNER

Let’s face it, only a brave soul would spend money on Shane O’Brien, Darcy Hordichuk AND Kyle Wellwood in the same game. The potential for disaster is huge there and nine times out of 10 it isn’t worth the risk.

krisirving rolled the dice and landed on that one time when spending dough on OB, Hordi and Welly paid off.

In addition to the Sedins and Alex Burrows, krisirving collected 42 points between O’Brien, Hordichuk and Wellwood, enough to push them to 244 points overall and into first spot when Vancouver walloped Columbus 7-3.

Coincidently enough, Riktherek used the same thought process when the Canucks blanked the Coyotes 4-0.

O’Brien, Hordichuk and Wellwood were all part of Riktherek’s winning roster, which also included Roberto Luongo, Henrik Sedin and Burrows. They managed to put up 202 points, two more than runner-up gdouglas.

The madness ended on Saturday in Vancouver’s 3-2 shootout loss to Calgary as winner cornbroom, invested in only Wellwood from the good luck three, while also dropping a dime on Luongo, Mikael Samuelsson and Mason Raymond. cornbroom only had a single player, Alex Edler, below 10 points. Impressive.

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THE WEEK AHEAD

The Predators sneak into town on Monday before the Canucks fight for leg room as they jetset to Minnesota to face the Wild on Wednesday. Two days off leads to one of the most anticipated games of the year, a match with Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

FRESH PICKS

Buying Vancouver’s entire first line isn’t cheap, it’ll set you back $13 million. The good news is that it isn’t your money – wait, it isn’t even real money. Like I said last week, just do it. Trust me.

All three players are on massive point streaks (Henrik = 18 points in nine games, Daniel = nine points in five games and Burrows = nine points in five games) so they’re worth every last penny as their streaks won’t likely end against the Preds or Wild to start the week.

In Minnesota, see if you can crunch the numbers enough to spend $5 million on Luongo. These two teams typically play each other tight and goals are as easy to come by as pressbox popcorn after I’ve had my share (sorry, but it’s really good).

The same gut feeling that led to me suggesting you buy Luongo against the Coyotes last week, yes he did get you a shutout if you took my advice, is this week hinting towards a goal or two for Wellwood in the North Star State. Call me crazy.

The Pittsburgh showdown is the only one I’ve been having trouble with this week, but I’m settling on Mikael Samuelsson. Not making Team Sweden has really lit a fire under this veteran and against one of the league’s best teams, he’ll prove it was a mistake to leave him off the Swedish roster.

INJURY UPDATE

Aaron Rome is day-to-day with a head/facial laceration. Kevin Bieksa is still out after left ankle tendon surgery, while Ryan Johnson (broken foot) and RW Pavol Demitra (shoulder) are on the injured reserve list.

DISCLAIMER

While I claim to be the Canucks Fantasy Hockey swami, the man with all the answers and a crystal ball as clear as they come, this is very self-described. Most of my picks are backed by stats, while others come from the gut. Use with caution!

 
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