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Canucks Fantasy Forecast - 1.18.2010

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

Can anyone slow down Alex Burrows?

With the amount Alex Burrows has been in the news lately, I can understand how fans could be getting sick of hearing his name.

Anyone playing Canucks Fantasy Hockey is the exact opposite, as long as they’ve been buying the skilled winger these past few weeks.

Burrows has 11 goals in his last seven games, the same amount the Calgary Flames as a team had over that same stretch (thanks to Gordon McIntyre of The Province for pointing that out today) as he continues to get the bounces.

Prior to this miraculous streak, Burrows had only one goal in 12 games and wasn’t even a blip on the fantasy radar. Now he owns the radar.

If you still haven’t put two and two together and began investing in Burrows for every game, give your head a shake. You’ve missed out on his current eight game point streak, which includes 11 goals and two assists. He’s also been a plus-8 with 26 shots and three game stars. Those stats translate into a lot of fantasy points and could have made you the head honcho in your Canucks Fantasy Hockey pool.

Everyone wants to be king of the fantasy castle and right now Burrows and his average of 14.66 fantasy points per game are the key to filling that role. Get him before it’s too late!

THE WEEK THAT WAS

Another strange week in Canuckland began with a loss in Nashville, the Canucks fell to the Predators 3-2 with Burrows scoring both goals, while the Sedins paired up for three assists.

Outside of the big three, who combined for 56 points (33 to Burrows) no one else was really worth owning. Ryan Kesler (12), Shane O’Brien (11) and Mason Raymond (10) were the next highest scorers. Whoop-de-doo, I know.

It was pretty much the same story a game later when the Canucks fell to the Minnesota Wild 5-2.

Burrows scored, although he only had nine fantasy points; Kesler was the top gun with 25 points off a power play goal, three shots, four hits and six faceoffs won.

Two big name players who disappointed in this outing were Henrik Sedin and Roberto Luongo.

Hank finished with a minus-2 rating and lost nine more faceoffs than he won giving him a horrific minus-13 fantasy points. Luckily I didn’t recommend him for this game, I went with Luongo, who was pulled and was left with minus-3 fantasy points. D’oh. My bad.

The Canucks bumped their three-game winless streak versus Pittsburgh on Saturday with six different Vancouver players scoring in a 6-2 win. Nine skaters had at least a single point, including Henrik Sedin who had a goal and two assists for 44 fantasy points.

Kesler (33), Hansen (27), Daniel Sedin (22) and Mikael Samuelsson (21) were next in line for points.

WE HAVE A WINNER

hockeyGuy and mofitz aren’t kindred spirits, but when the Canucks hosted the Predators, they both purchased the same 12 players and finished tied atop the leaderboard with 111 fantasy points.

Both cashed in on Burrows, D. Sedin and O’Brien, while leaving goaltending aside.

Luongo wasn’t a part of Harpsplayer’s team when Vancouver was trampled in Minnesota either. Kesler, Samuelsson and Salo were and they led Harpsplayer to 115 points and a first place finish.

Follow the theme I’m going with here and you won’t be bamboozled to find out that dinomite marched to a fantasy victory in the Pittsburgh game without the services of Luongo.

dinomite’s 172 points was eight better than the 166 finyoface, Pandy and Westcoast27 came up with.

Despite having 823 points on the season, a team-high, Luongo isn’t getting any respect in the fantasy world, yet teams are winning without him. Odd. I’ll investigate this for next week.

Click here to check out the leaderboard, it's a jumble of 6,656 fantasy fanatics.

THE WEEK AHEAD

The Canucks are in Edmonton on Wednesday before returning home to host Dallas Thursday. Chicago is next on the schedule, they hit town on Saturday in the second of four consecutive home games for Vancouver prior to the road trip to end of all road trips.

FRESH PICKS

Buy Vancouver’s top line. No explanation needed.

An nice addition to your team this week could be Mason Raymond, the $3 million dollar man who has already established a new career high in goals and points.

Even though May Ray hasn’t found the back of the net since recording his first career hat trick on December 27 in Calgary, he has five helpers in his last seven games and is creating a lot of offensive chances for the second line.

All three games this week have the potential to be high-scoring tilts, especially Saturday night against the Blackhawks. In that game particularly, Chicago will look to tune out the Sedins and Burrows meaning Vancouver’s second line will have to produce for the Canucks to have success.

Confidence is on Raymond’s side right now as he won the Fastest Skater contest and Accuracy Shooting competition at the Canucks Superskils Challenge on Sunday.

INJURY UPDATE

Alex Bolduc (shoulder), Aaron Rome (face/head), Ryan Johnson (foot), Steve Bernier (groin) and Kevin Bieksa (leg) remain out of the line-up; forward Pavol Demitra is no longer on injured reserve and is a safe play in Canucks Fantasy Hockey.

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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