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Hot and Cold

Welcome to Hot and Cold, the article that shines a spotlight on the latest performance trends in fantasy hockey.  To start, here’s who’s hot…

Hot

Jonathan Tavares (NYI – C) Tavares has been ripping it up all year.  He’s currently tied for 5th in NHL scoring (22 points), and tied for 2nd in goals (11).  Vanek is only 3 points ahead of him.

Matt Moulson (NYI – L) Moulson has developed into a bona fide sniper playing alongside Tavares for the past several seasons.  There is clear chemistry between the two.  He's tied for 11th in NHL scoring, and has 6 power play goals, which is second to only James Neal.

James Neal (PIT – L) Speaking of Neal, he leads the NHL in goals with 12 and has been a consistent producer throughout the early season.  Be aware that his line-mate Malkin is currently dealing with “concussion-like symptoms,” but Neal continues to play with Crosby so it shouldn't be an issue.

Jakob Voracek (PHI – R) Voracek is benefitting from all the Flyers’ injuries.  He has 4G and 5A in the last 4GP, and 6G and 10A in the last 11.  We labeled him a sleeper in the draft guide.

Benoit Pouliot (TBL – L) Yet another draft guide sleeper, Pouliot has recently risen up the Tampa ranks, and is now getting a chance to play alongside the team’s top talent.  He has 2G and 5A in the last 5GP.

James van Riemsdyk (TOR – L) With Lupul out, JvR has taken firm control of the left wing position next to Phil Kessel.  He has 11G, which is tied for second in the NHL, and 3G and 2A in his last 4GP.  Be aware that Lupul was spotted at practice this week.

Colin Wilson (NSH – C) With 2G and 5A in his last 6GP, and a 4 game point streak that just ended Feb. 22nd, Wilson is now leading the Predators in scoring.  However, that may not be saying much.

Mike Ribeiro (WSH – C)  Despite the rumblings that Ribeiro would be the forgotten man in Washington when he signed last summer, he leads the team in scoring with 19 points in 16GP.

Daniel Sedin (VAN – R) and Henrik Sedin (VAN – C) Guess who’s back?  Well, the truth is that Ryan Kesler is back, which means the Canucks offense just got a whole lot deeper.  His return relieves pressure on the top line, and the Sedins are clearly benefitting.  They were coming on anyway; Daniel now has 3G and 8A in the last 9 GP, while Henrik has 2G and 7A in the last 7.

 

Now, let’s take a look at who’s cold…

Cold

Jordan Eberle (EDM – RW) After a nice start to the season with 6 points in the first 5 games played, Eberle has iced it over the past few weeks with only 4 points in his last 9.  He may have done a few too many commercials during the offseason, which has a tendency to go to a young player’s head.  He will likely get it going though, so hang on.

Rick Nash (NYR – LW) This is developing into a very interesting story.  After all the off-season hype, the Rick Nash expressway has hit a speed bump.  Nash will miss his third straight game this Saturday with an “undisclosed injury.”  He was riding a 4 game point streak before he went down.

Brad Richards (NYR – C) 2 goals and 11 points in 16 games is an early disappointment, especially when you see that Richards only has 2 points (both assists) in the past 6 games. 

Loui Eriksson (DAL – L) 4 goals and 9 points in 17 games?  Are there too many mouths to feed in Dallas?  Eriksson should be part of one of the best 1-2 punches in hockey alongside Jamie Benn, but instead he’s an early bust in 2013 hockey pools.  Anyone missing Mike Ribeiro?

Vladmir Tarasenko (STL – R/Rookie) Currently out with a concussion, and with just 2 points in the previous 9 games, this russian rocket just came back down to earth.

There you have our Hot and Cold for Feb. 23, 2013.  Good luck managing your roster in the coming week.