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by chewy 22. December 2011 09:03

 We're just about ready to wrap up NHL action heading into Christmas.  Here's some last minute stats to help you set those rosters before we enter the weekend lockdown.




Who's Hot


Evgeni Malkin (PIT)

Malkin has taken his game to the next level, as he's prone to do when Crosby is out.  He has 8 points in the last two games and 15 in the last 6.  He's a must start every chance you get on Fanduel this week.


Marian Hossa (DET)

Hossa has points in 7 straight games, totaling up 4 goals and 8 assists over that span.  Everything is clicking right now for the Hawks, and Hossa is a huge part of the explosion on the offensive side.


Olli Jokinen (CGY)

He's wildly inconsistent, but right now, something is working for Flame's center.  He has 3 goals and 4 assists over the last 4 games.  Looking back over the last 10 games, he's racked up 14 points.


Wayne Simmonds (PHI)

Simmonds has been a steady producer in terms of goals over the past few weeks.  He's tallied 6 over the last 9 games, despite getting third line minutes.  If he can wiggle his way up to the top two lines, he could be a big-time fantasy producer at some point.


Matt Niskanen (D-PIT)

Niskanen is on the best run of his career right now, garnering a buttload of assists on Malkin's back.  He has 9 points over the last 8 games.  He had just 5 points in the first 25 games of the season.


Alex Burrows (VAN)

Burrows is on a roll right now playing sidekick to the Twins.  With goals in 4 straight games, he's racked up 6 points over that span.


Jared Cowen (D-OTT)

Thanks mostly to a huge four point game against the Pens last week, Cowen has put up some impressive numbers for the Sens recently.  He has 8 points in 10 games and comes cheap on Fanduel.


Roberto Luongo (G-VAN)

Luongo hasn't lost a game in regulation since December 1st.  He's deflated his GAA below 2.5 over the past month, thanks to a terrific stretch of wins.



Who's Cold


Nick Foligno (OTT)

Two weeks ago, Foligno was the hottest item in Canada.  Since a fight-filled encounter with Vancouver on Dec. 10th, he's gone back to third-line obscurity.  Just 1 assist over the last five games has purged him from fantasy relevancy.


Matt Duchene (COL)

Duchene continues to be up and down this year.  After a decent stretch of games two weeks ago, he's gone cold.  No points in the last three games, and just 3 shots on goal.


Nathan Horton (BOS)

While the Bruins have been on a fine run in mid December, Horton has been absent, at least on the scoresheet.  He has a mere two points over the last eight games for Boston.  His playing time is down below 14 minutes a game, and he's averaging about 1 shot per contest.


Tomas Fleischmann (FLA)

Where have all the points gone, Tomas?  The fantastic first quarter is starting to fade, as he's now gone five games without a point.


Ryan Smyth (EDM)

Just one assist in 7 games for Smyth.  The early season heroics are old news.


Dan Girardi (D-NYR)

After a fantastic start, Girardi has come back to Earth.  No points in 9 games.



Who's Hurt


  • Adam Larsson (D-NJ) - expected to miss a week for personal reasons
  • Al Montoya (G-NYI) - concussion symptoms
  • Milan Michalek (OTT) - returned to practice, but not yet cleared to play
  • Claude Giroux (PHI) - returned from concussion to regain the scoring lead
  • Martin Havlat (SJ) - out for a couple months with a lower body injury
  • Martin St. Louis (TB) - returned on Wed.



Value Picks of the Week


Here are some guys currently undervalued on Fanduel that you should cash in on in the short term:


Jonathan Toews (C-CHI)

While $7,700 isn't exactly cheap, it is when you consider what you're getting for that price.  4.5 FPPG on the year, and he's tearing up the league right now with the rest of the Chicago offense.  Must play.


Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (C-EDM)

Seems like the rookie is destined to spend the entire season on the value list.  Still priced at just $6,600, despite offering 3.7 FPPG.


Derek Stepan (C-NYR)

Few options are better under 6k.  He's sitting at $5,700, despite racking up 12 points in 10 games.


Joffrey Lupul (LW-TOR)

Lupul will run you a mere $6,900, despite being near the top of the leaderboard in the NHL.  4.5 FPPG makes him a steal.


Mason Raymond (LW-VAN)

Since returning from a season-starting injury, he's been steady, generating 3.7 FPPG.  He'll only cost you $5,800 on Fanduel right now.


Milan Michalek (RW-OTT)

Michelek should be back in uniform and challenging for the goal-scoring title soon.  He's underpriced at just $6,400 for now.



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