Vancouver's offence came to life this past week and the points in Canucks Fantasy Hockey reflected that.
Since we last spoke the Vancouver Canucks picked up their first and second wins of the season, finishing with a 2-1-0 record in the last three games.
Over that stretch the Canucks compiled 13 goals spread between eight players. Assists were also evenly distrusted with 11 skaters picking up at least one helper. Twelve players found the scoresheet overall, meaning seven Canucks (six forwards and one defenceman) were left out in the cold.
All this offence translated into a heap of fantasy points for all you Canuckle heads out there. If you bought Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Mikael Samuelsson, Christian Ehrhoff or Willie Mitchell, you know that I’m talking about.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Led by the offensive firepower of Willie Mitchell (yes again), the Canucks beat Columbus netminder Steve Mason for three goals, but it wasn’t enough to stump the Blue Jackets as Vancouver dropped its third consecutive game, 5-3, to start the season 0-3. Seven other Canucks picked up single points, certainly nothing to get excited about.
A mid-week tango with the Canadiens erased the pain, questioning and doubt surrounding the Canucks as they handed Montreal a royal thumping to the tune of 7-1. Some people felt bad for BC boy Carey Price getting chased from the net in his provincial debut, but it definitely wasn’t anyone playing fantasy hockey.
Henrik Sedin was the man of the night with two goals and two assists, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler were close behind with three points each and Christian Ehrhoff added two assists.
Although it took a shootout to dispose of Dallas four nights later, Vancouver shot down the Stars 4-3 on Sunday and it was Henrik again leading the way with two assists, and Mikael Samuelsson also chipped in with two helpers.
The Canucks now sport a 2-3-0 record through five games and as mentioned, seven players (currently on the roster) remain pointless. That list includes: Ryan Johnson, Tanner Glass, Guillaume Desbiens, Darcy Hordichuk, Rick Rypien and Kyle Wellwood up front, and Shane O’Brien on defence.
WE HAVE A WINNER
Things are getting competitive, real competitive, as far as the leaderboard is concerned and this past week nine new users claimed top spot.
In the TELUS Game of the Week the Canucks faced off against the Blue Jackets and it was skibum walking away with a pair of tickets to the October 11th Canucks game against the Dallas Stars, courtesy of TELUS. A game-star to Willie Mitchell pushed skibum over the edge as the squad finished with an impressive 149 points.
The highest point total of the season was reached when Vancouver played Montreal as Tony-o and jonson79 both had the Sedin twins, who each picked up game-stars to finish with a combined 101 points. Wowzers.
For the first time in Canucks Fantasy Hockey history, six competitors tied for top spot when Vancouver took down Dallas 4-3 in a shootout. GBBooth, johnny.v81, mikeycw, Lu99, willnkev and ChuckNorris, yes Walker, Texas Ranger himself, cracked the top six. This group finished with 139 points apiece, two better than the nine others who tied with 137. Henrik Sedin and Kyle Wellwood were the common link between winners, both players collected game stars on the night.
canuck222 is currently the season leader with 596 points through five games.
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THE WEEK AHEAD
The Canucks head to Calgary Friday night to face the Flames before returning home and welcoming the Minnesota Wild to GM Place Saturday night. The game against the Wild is the TELUS Game of the Week and the overall winner will walk away with a pair of tickets to the Canucks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 24.
-Henrik Sedin, $4 million – Hank leads the Canucks in points with eight (3-5-8), including seven in the last three games. He’s hot, hot, hot right now, so much so that even the fact that brother Daniel is out of the line-up isn’t affecting him. Henrik has 38 career points in 51 career games against the Flames, that's his second highest total next to 41 points vs. Edmonton.
-Rick Rypien, $1 million – Did you see him take a bite out of Hal Gill? That fight was worth the price of admission right there. He’s as cheap as players get at $1 million and for how much punch and energy this package brings, he always delivers one way or another. Against a tough Calgary team, Rypien will be throwing his body around like a tetherball.
-Ryan Kesler, $4 million – Kesler has found his groove skating alongside Mason Raymond and Mikael Samuelsson and he’s now on a three-game point streak with two goals and three assists in that span. The gritty forward plays at a high-tempo and won’t back down to anything physical thrown his way in front of the net. His hard work could pay off in a greasy goal or two against the Flames.
-Alex Edler, $4 million – The Canucks averaged just over two and a half goals in six games against the Wild last season, making defencemen the top pick for this game. Edler will help Vancouver silence the Minnesota attack, while dishing out a few hits and maybe even landing on the scoresheet. Edler has nine career points against the Wild, the most of any opponent.
-Christian Ehrhoff, $2 million – Five games played, five points for Ehrhoff. Nice. Ehrhoff is off to a great start with his new team and it isn’t just on offence. In addition to leading the backend in points, Ehrhoff has been rock steady when it comes to thwarting the opposition's attack. He’s due for a game star, which is big business in fantasy points.
-Roberto Luongo, $5 million – Lou was stellar against the Wild last season giving up only 1.6 goals per game with one shutout. He’s won two straight games and is looking sharp, count on him delivering against Minnesota with the nation watching on Hockey Night in Canada.
LW Daniel Sedin (foot) missed Vancouver’s last game and is expected to be sidelined a few weeks. RW Guillaume Desbiens was called up to fill the void, although he was sent back to Manitoba after one game.
D Sami Salo is currently sidelined with pain in his right knee. A timetable for his return hasn’t been set.
RW Jannik Hansen (broken hand), RW Pavol Demitra (shoulder) and D Mathieu Schneider (shoulder) are on the injured reserve list.
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!