Lester’s Blue Line Specials Volume 7

Nov 25, 2009

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Need some help with your fantasy hockey team? You’ve come to the right place. Try these hot players on for size.

Filip Kuba, D, Ottawa Senators
Kuba was a machine over the past week with eight points (1 goal, seven assists). Two of his points came via the power play. He also sported a +3 plus/minus rating, and had 12 shots on goal. Kuba has a cap number of $1.39 million in the Sporting News salary cap game. He is owned in 22 percent of Yahoo! and 26 percent of ESPN leagues.

Stephen Weiss, C, Florida Marlins
Weiss had six points over the past week (two goals, 4 assists) with an incredible +5 rating. One of his points came via the power play. He had nine shots on goal, and was tied for seventh in the league with 37 face-offs won. Weiss has a $1.20 million Sporting News cap number, and is owned in 34 percent of Yahoo! and 78 percent of ESPN leagues.

David Jones, RW, Colorado Avalanche
Jones had five points over the past week (four goals, 1 assist). His four goals were tied for the league high. He sported a +2 rating, had two power play points, and nine shots on goal. He has a $0.50 million Sporting News cap number, and is owned in 9 percent of Yahoo! and 3.3 percent of ESPN leagues.

Jason Arnott, C, Nashville Predators
Arnott also tied for the league lead with four goals last week. He did have a -2 rating, but had three power play points, nine shots on goal, and won 31 face-offs. Jason has a $3.70 million Sporting News cap number, and is owned in 37 percent of Yahoo! and 85.2 percent of ESPN leagues.

Martin Erat, RW, Nashville Predators
Erat also played well for Nashville with four points (three goals, one assist) and a +1 rating. He had two power play points, a short-handed point, and nine shots on goal. Martin has a $1.61 million Sporting News cap number, and is owned in 8 percent of Yahoo! and 1.5 percent of ESPN leagues.

Antoine Vermette, C, Columbus Blue Jackets
Vermette was second in the league over the past week with 44 face-offs won. He also had four points (two goals, two assists) and two power play points. The trade-off was the -3 rating. Vermette has a $1.12 million Sporting News cap number, and is owned in 16 percent of Yahoo! and 84.4 percent of ESPN leagues.

Keith Ballard, D, Florida Panthers
Keith led the league with a +6 rating last week. He also added four points (one goal, three assist), a power play point, and three shots on goal. He has a $1.86 million Sporting News salary cap number, and is owned in 17 percent of Yahoo! and 2.3 percent of ESPN leagues.

Tukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins
Rask was 3-0 last week with a 1.90 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. He stopped 82 of the 88 shots he faced. He’s 6-2-1 on the year with a 2.28 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. Tim Thomas is dealing with a hand injury, so ride Rask’s hot hand while you can. He has a $2.30 million Sporting News cap number, and is owned in 25 percent of Yahoo! and 24.1 percent of ESPN leagues.

Brian Elliott, G, Ottawa Senators
Elliott was 2-0 last week with a 3.70 goals against average and a .886 save percentage. Not great numbers, but he’ll be their #1 goalie for a few weeks while Pascal Leclaire recovers from a broken cheek bone. He has a $3.34 million Sporting News cap number, and is owned in 16 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 10.1 percent of ESPN leagues.

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