The Vancouver Canucks are 6-1-1 in eight games since the all-star break and 2-0-0 at home since burning their suitcases.
Life on the road was weird from a fantasy standpoint, especially in the second half of the road trip where Kyle Wellwood, Andrew Alberts and Aaron Rome were putting up points. That made playing Canucks Fantasy Hockey a crapshoot.
It was like during football season when you study your bones off in an attempt to piece together a gem of a team and some jackal comes along, picks players based on what their last names rhyme with, and walks away a winner.
Yes, I’ve had that happen to me, yes, I’m still mad about it.
No more leaving things to chance these days as a few Canucks are currently submerged in career best play and with the playoffs around the corner, none of them are likely to be letting up until June.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin both make that list, three others are discussed below in Fresh Picks.
The Sedins are each on point streaks of at least five games; Hank has three goals and seven assists over that stretch, Daniel has gone 10 contests with points and three goals and 13 assists.
If you’ve ever hesitated on buying the Sedins, now is the time to. Five million fake dollars is a lot to spend, I hear that, but it’ll cost you more not splurging on the twins.
You’d be mad as a hatter not to.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Two sets of back-to-back games made this a busy week for the Canucks.
First up was stops in Colorado and Phoenix where Vancouver finished with three of four points. Mikael Samuelsson’s hat trick was the highlight of the final two games on the 14-game road trip.
Upon returning home the Sedin show returned to full swing with the twins a big part of increasing Vancouver’s point streak to five games with a pair of wins over Ottawa and Calgary.
WE HAVE A WINNER
Those who purchased Mikael Samuelsson against Colorado for Vancouver’s mammoth comeback win had some success, those who complimented him with the right players did even better.
jvdcanuck finished 10 points better than tank1234 at 233; the additions of Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler and Christian Ehrhoff made that possible.
The Canucks fell short in their bid to end the road trip with a win, but three fantasy teams that held on for a victory included rick9plus, Alinnigan and jaylee1156. All three tied for top spot with 127 fantasy points thanks to a mixture of Henrik Sedin, Mikael Samuelsson and Ryan Kesler.
In a rare triple play, asecrest had all three game stars when the Canucks thumped the Senators; Mikael Samuelsson, Daniel Sedin and Sami Salo finished one, two, three on the night putting asecrest first overall at 194 points.
Two outta three ain’t bad and it wasn’t for mahi1, who had game stars Daniel Sedin and Roberto Luongo in a fantasy win in the final game of the week versus the Flames. mahi1’s 140 points was two better than lasertorch (no word on if they’re related to laser sword).
Click here to check out the leaderboard, it's a jumble of 7,524 fantasy fanatics. THE WEEK AHEAD
Three home contests will carry the Canucks through this week’s action. The New York Islanders will be welcomed to the Garage Tuesday before the San Jose Sharks Thursday and Detroit Red Wings Saturday.
Viewers across Canada will once again get the chance to see how well the Canucks are playing with two of the three games broadcast coast-to-coast.
Ryan Kesler, Mikael Samuelsson and Alex Burrows are three snipers that need some attention because of their bubbly play of late.
Kesler ($4 million) has 15 points during a 13-game point streak, the longest of any Canucks player this season. As games get more intense, Kesler of all people will elevate his play and remain hot down the stretch.
Samuelsson ($3 million) has been lights out during a seven-game point streak that saw the snubbed Swede accumulate nine goals and four assists to be named the NHL’s First Star of the Week.
Burrows ($4 million) is Burrows, despite not being alongside the Sedins, the workhorse is still putting up points, seven over eight games, to keep him relevant in fantasy talks.
Kevin Bieksa is back to business after missing time due to injury, he’s a safer play with each passing game.
Steve Bernier (groin), Willie Mitchell (concussion) and Alex Bolduc (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!