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Fantasy Spin: Koivu, Bjugstad starting to score

by David Satriano

Minnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu (34 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, C) hasn't been much of an offensive threat this season, but that might be starting to change.

Mikko Koivu
Center - MIN
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 13 | PTS: 19
SOG: 97 | +/-: 1
Koivu had two points, including a goal on the power play, in a 3-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday. He has 14 points in his past 17 games after scoring five in his first 19.

Koivu has scored double-digit goals in eight straight seasons, and has averaged 0.80 points per game since 2006-07. He's also likely to increase his power-play points (five this season). Koivu had 18 power-play points last season, and 36 percent of his career points have been on the power play (169 of 471).

Goalie Darcy Kuemper (65 percent owned) has been a must-sit when starting at home. Kuemper had been pulled in four of his past six starts at Xcel Energy Center, but stopped 34 of 35 shots Friday.

Minnesota defenseman Jared Spurgeon (9 percent owned) scored a goal, and has three points in his past five games.

-- Florida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad (25 percent owned, C) scored in a 2-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres. Bjugstad, who led the Panthers with 38 points last season as a rookie, has two goals in three games, and is leading them in scoring with 22 points.

It's inexplicable for a player leading his team in scoring to be owned in one-fourth of leagues. There's a reason the Panthers recently signed Bjugstad to a five-year contract extension.

Forward Jimmy Hayes (3 percent owned, RW) had an assist and has five points in his past five games.

-- The Maple Leafs were without two of their top forwards in the loss to the Wild. The team announced on Twitter that Joffrey Lupul (57 percent, LW, RW) will miss 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury, and Nazem Kadri (55 percent owned, C) will miss 7-10 days with an undisclosed injury.

Toronto's first line of Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk remained intact, but the other lines were different. Richard Panik, Trevor Smith and Mike Santorelli skated on the second line; Daniel Winnik, Leo Komarov and David Clarkson skated on the third line; and David Booth, Greg McKegg and Carter Ashton made up the fourth line.

The Maple Leafs' goal was scored by defenseman Cody Franson, so there might be some different line combinations for the game against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.

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