In looking back on this past week’s fantasy action, a historic quote comes to mind:
“To err is human, to forgive Derek for telling you to pick the Sedins in Canucks Fantasy Hockey when in reality they were a waste of money with only one combined assist in three games, is divine.” – Unknown
My only saving grace was that I also recommended putting stock in Christian Ehrhoff and the New Orleans Saints. Meh, two outta three ain’t bad.
Your guess is as good as mine about why the Sedins were invisible over the last three games, thank goodness for secondary scoring against the Boston Bruins otherwise the Canucks would be on a three-game slide.
The star of the week was forward Pavol Demitra. Having recently returned from injury Demo was a bit of a wildcard pick with no one too sure when the Slovakian forward would return to form. He said a few weeks ago he needed 10 games before he was ready to roll and he was bang on.
In just his 10th game of the season Demitra scored in regulation and again in the shootout in a 3-2 Canucks comeback win over the Bruins on Saturday. He finished with a game-star and 35 fantasy points, four less than Roberto Luongo for top spot.
Demitra ended the week with 64 fantasy points, which stood as the highest three game total of any Vancouver player. He is now riding a three-game point streak with four over his last seven outings; not bad for a guy who missed the first 47 games of the year.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
The Canucks won seven straight games to end January before February began with a pair of losses, 3-2 to the Montreal Canadiens and 3-1 to the Senators in Ottawa. Vancouver rebounded with the aforementioned win in Boston to improve its record to 2-2 on the 14-game road trip.
In terms of fantasy points, Luongo increased his total to 990 with 49 points; he’s now only six back of a slumping Henrik Sedin for first overall. Mason Raymond also had a big week with 41 points; that works out to an average of 15.3, well up from his average of 12.4.
WE HAVE A WINNER
Realist and poops, sounds more like a new reality show than the winners of Canucks Fantasy Hockey when Vancouver was clipped by Montreal last Tuesday.
This twosome finished with 70 points each; Realist went with nine players, while poops had eight. They both had Ryan Kesler who had 13 points to lead the Canucks.
Nowhere near as catchy but equally as dominating were auguststorm21 and email@example.com, your first and second place finishers during Ottawa’s win over Vancouver.
No Sedins, no problem. auguststorm21 and firstname.lastname@example.org rallied around the supporting cast of the Canucks and it paid off with 105 points apiece, one better than haggard4k the horrible.
The Canucks/Bruins game was a thriller to the end and not just on the ice.
Six players topped the 150 point mark with three eclipsing 160, including jwmints, the winner with 169 points. The only blemish of jwmints’ selections were Rick Rypien and Ryan Johnson as they combined for 0 points.Click here
to check out the leaderboard, it's a jumble of 7,034 fantasy fanatics. THE WEEK AHEAD
It’s a busy seven days in Canuckland with four games on tap. Vancouver kicks off action on Tuesday in Tampa Bay, Wednesday is an off-day before the Canucks return to action in Florida and Columbus on Thursday and Friday.
Vancouver’s final game before the mandatory 14-day Olympic break is on Sunday with the Canucks in Minnesota to play the Wild.
VS. TAMPA BAY – SHANE O’BRIEN - There’s a first time for everything and today it’s me suggesting the purchase of Shane O’Brien when the Canucks play the Lightning on Tuesday.
Am I crazy or do I know something you don’t? I’ll take both for 300.
O’Brien doesn’t put up a lot of points, he’s only got one goal and four assists on the year, but he brings intensity and a great work ethic to the table each game helping him come away with fantasy points. Shots, hits, blocks and penalty minutes are OB’s specialty and against his former team, he should have plenty of each.
VS. FLORDIA – ROBERTO LUONGO - Keeping with the theme of performing well against old teams, Roberto Luongo is the way to go against the Panthers, the second NHL team he spent time with.
Florida is the only NHL team Luongo has never lost to in his career; he’s 2-0-1 with a .927 save percentage and 2.53 goals against average in three contests. He’ll he playing in front of friends and family and that should make for a great Luongo.
VS. COLUMBUS – RYAN KESLER – Vancouver’s edgy forward brings out his best against the Blue Jackets for a combination of reasons: one part R.J. Umberger, the other Rick Nash.
Kesler’s feud with Umberger goes back a few years and it makes for good hockey, while playing against Nash, one of Canada’s best players, will carry new meaning with the Olympics only a few days away.
I expect Kesler will resemble the Tasmanian devil for this outing.
VS. MINNESOTA – DANIEL AND HENRIK SEDIN – Yes, they sank you and I last week, but what are the odds of them doing it again?
The Sedins will snap out of it before the Wild game, that’s a fact, but in the final pre-Olympics game they’ll be looking to send the Canucks out on a winning note. Razzle, dazzle here we come.
Willie Mitchell, Kevin Bieksa and Alex Bolduc all remain on the injured reserve list, but you can add Jannik Hansen back into the mix as he was recalled on Monday from a stint with the Manitoba Moose.
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!