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Daniel and Henrik Sedin have transformed Canucks Fantasy Hockey by becoming a two-pronged attack that can single handedly lead to fantasy success.
It goes without saying the Sedins have been otherworldly since Danny returned to the line-up and the stats back that up without question. Over the last 10 games the twins have 31 points combined, including eight goals, three of which came as part of Daniel’s third career hat trick last week.
Henrik is powering his way up the NHL points leaderboard like never before and alongside the likes of Joe Thornton, Sidney Crosby, Dany Heatley and Marion Gaborik, it’s easy to see he’s playing the best hockey of his career.
Daniel is working his way up the Canucks leaderboard and despite playing significantly less games than every other major Vancouver scorer, he’s now seventh in points with 18, just nine back of Henrik.
Hopefully you’ve been riding the Sedin train to fantasy bliss over the past two weeks, but if not, it’s never too late to hope on board and start doubling your pleasure and doubling your fun.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
If you feel like I’m talking about the Sedins a lot, it’s because I am. They’re all the rage on the West Coast these days, even more than usual.
The Canucks have 185 wins all-time when Daniel and Henrik both record at least one point in the same game and if you’ve been investing in both players in fantasy hockey this season, you likely have a few wins of your own.
During this past week the brilliance of the Sedins was on full display as in three games they came together for 169 fantasy points, highlighted by an 89 point, two game-star outing last Thursday in a win over the Thrashers.
Over Vancouver’s three game week, in which the team beat Atlanta and Minnesota but lost to Nashville, Daniel and Henrik averaged 28.1 fantasy points per game, or 56.3 a game as a pair. That’s well up from their season average of 35 points per game, 17.5 a Sedin.
Other Canucks who stepped up over the past seven days include Ryan Kesler (22 points versus Nashville off a goal, eight shots and four faceoffs won), Shane O’Brien (30 points against Atlanta from an assist, a plus-2 rating, three hits and a game star) and Roberto Luongo (36 points in a win over the Wild thanks to a 38-save performance and a game-star, his eighth of the season).
WE HAVE A WINNER
A lot of people are scared of the Sedins because of their price tag of $5 million each, but not ch-ch-Charlie or jbillyard as they finished tied for first in points with 80 apiece when the Canucks lost to the Predators last Tuesday.
Both ch-ch-Charlie or jbillyard iced exactly the same line-up consisting of Steve Bernier, Kevin Bieksa, Tanner Glass, Ryan Kesler, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin.
Two nights later against Atlanta, ronald.krieger bought four of those same players (Bieksa, Glass, Sedin & Sedin) and sprinkled in solid performances from Alex Burrows (25 points), Shane O’Brien (30) and Mason Raymond (13) on their way to a 193-point game. Impressive.
Most goaltenders consider giving up three goals a mediocre outing, Roberto Luongo included, but despite being beaten three times by the Wild, Luongo had 38 saves and a game star to finish with a team-high 36 points on Saturday. Those points pushed MavKing43 to a 111 point night and a two-point win over Jamshid, Azneyes247, raymond3000 and sunbirdie.
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THE WEEK AHEAD
The playoff format schedule continues for the Canucks as they play four games in seven nights alternating days between games.
The out-of-nowhere red-hot Los Angeles Kings come to town Monday, followed by the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals Friday and the St. Louis Blues on Fan Appreciation Night this Sunday.
At only $1 million, a guy like Shane O’Brien doesn’t cost a lot and every once and a while he gives you a 30 point game and most likely an impressive fantasy showing.
Over the next four games, buying the Sedins is a no-brainer. They’re hot, hot, hot, with no end to their fine play in sight. The problem is that investing in the twins takes $10 million out of your pocket just like that.
That’s where someone like O’Brien comes into play, he’s the secondary scoring you need to be successful. Here’s a list of Vancouver’s $1 million men, some will help you more than others depending on the situation.
Tanner Glass – Hands down Glass is the most exciting investment of your money. He fights, he scores and he gives a cliché 110% every game. Since coming to Vancouver from Florida, Glass has done nothing but impress as he’s become the master of the garbage goal. He’s always in the crease trying to make things happen and that’s how greasy goals are scored. He’ll have 10 by the end of the year.
Jannik Hansen – Thirteen games into a season shortened by injury, Hansen is coming along quite nicely. He’s got four goals and two assists so far and if not for some stellar goaltending over the last two games, those totals would be higher. He’s got good speed, good hands and is a heads-up player with eyes for the net. Hansen had 21 points in 55 games last season, a total some, including me, are saying he will surpass this year.
Darcy Hordichuk – The Great Hordini has never been a point machine, not by a long shot, so like Glass and Rypien his points come from throwing bombs. If he’s fighting, he’s valuable, trouble is that he seems to be scaling back on the fisticuffs this season. Hordi’s dropped the gloves four times this year, but not since November 28.
Ryan Johnson –The bravest Canuck of them all hasn’t found the back of the net this season and he’s only got four helpers. Last season he had nine points, his lowest output in the three season prior. Johnson plays with careless disregard for his body on defence and on the penalty kill so points come via blocks. His fingers are mangled from giving it his all so gripping his stick to fire the canon could be an issue. Don’t count on a lot of points from Johnson this season.
Shane O’Brien –At the pace O’Brien is on, he’ll finish with three points this season and that is as laughable as it sounds. His role isn’t to collect points, but it’s not as hard to factor into the scoring as O’Brien’s one assist in 23 games indicates. O’Brien has never had less than 10 points in an NHL season meaning that with 50 games left, should he dress for them all, he’ll have a point every five games. Pick him against teams like Anaheim and Edmonton as they’re both in the lower half of the league in taking penalties meaning OB could get some points on the power play.
Aaron Rome –He’s more of a fill-in player than anything else because of the depth the Canucks have on defence, but if Rome gets into the line-up sometime soon, it could equal points for him and fantasy points for you. In seven games with the Manitoba Moose over the last two weeks, Rome had six goals and an assist proving that he can contribute offensively. Check the Canucks Line-Up to make sure he’s playing before spending the dough.
Rick Rypien – If punches equaled points, Rypien would be as coveted as the Sedins and Luongo. Rypien continues to live up to his billing as one of the scrappiest guys in hockey and that results in fantasy points, but with only two goals and four assists this season, he doesn’t often pay off on the scoresheet. He’s worth buying if he fights, so check the opposing team for heavyweights – the bigger, the better.
Kyle Wellwood – Fresh off a two-game stint as a healthy scratch, Wellwood will factor into the line-up versus the Kings and he’ll have a lot to prove. That could mean points for you. He’s got two goals and five helpers over his last seven games, the highest production of anyone worth $1 million.
Alex Edler (shoulder) is week-to-week, while Michael Grabner (fractured ankle) and RW Pavol Demitra (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!