Saturday's Fantasy Forward Recap
(3/11/12) With a full slate of games on the table Saturday, fantasy stats were handed out like Skittles at a birthday party. Let's take a look-see at Saturday's most notable forwards.
In Boston, Alexander Semin responded to the threat of being scratched by coach Hunter by scoring the game's opening goal and then assisting on another. Semin is having a down-year and fantasy owners needed those points, his first in 6 games. Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist in the loss.
Despite the loss in Colorado, the Oilers' young guns look like they are back on track. The trio combined on Edmonton's only two goals of the game. Eberle had 2 assists, while Hall, Nugent-Hopkins and Smyth all appear on the stats sheet. Peter Mueller had a goal in regulation and another in the shootout, and Milan Hejduk had a regulation assist plus a shootout goal.
Claude Giroux scored one of the "sickest" shootout goals of the entire 2011-2012 NHL season, dragging the puck around Gustavsson and then roofing it after the delay. It was the only goal in the Flyers' 1-0 shootout victory in Toronto. Check it out:
Jeff Skinner (CAR) scored twice and is quietly approaching the 20 goal mark. He missed over a month of action between December and January, but is still having an admirable sophomore season - don't forget about him at your draft for 2012-13. Stamkos remains stalled at 49. Jussi Jokinen had 2A in the Hurricanes' victory.
The Kostitsyn brothers, Andrei and Sergei, teamed up for 4 powerplay points in the Predators' 3-2 win over DET. Legwand had 3A, while Patric Hornqvist scored his 21st of the year.
Other forward notes: On Long Island, John Tavares (27th goal) and David Clarkson (28th) both continue their march to 30. Chris Stewart (STL) scored a rare goal/point; he only has 27 points in 66 games, after recording 53 points in 62 games last season. Andy McDonald (2A) and David Perron (1G) remain hot, as does TJ Oshie (1G) - he now has 3G and 9 points in his last 8 games. Brenden Morrow played his first game since Feb. 2nd and scored Dallas' opening and winning goal. Veteran sniper Michael Ryder scored his 30th of the year. And in Vancouver, Erik Cole scored twice, and Max Pacioretty had 2 helpers, as Tomas Plekanec took the place of David Desharnais on the Habs' top line. Desharnais remains out with an injury.
Lastly, our old friends the Green Men finally made an appearance at Rogers Arena. They apparently mortgaged the farm for a ticket on the Canucks' band wagon last spring. Nice signs boys!