Lester’s Blue Line Specials Volume 9

Dec 9, 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.

Chris Stewart, RW, Colorado Avalanche
Stewart was tied for second with four goals last week. He also added three assists, a +2 plus/minus rating, two power play points, and 14 shots on goal. On the year he has 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists) in 27 games. He’s owned in 12 percent of Yahoo! and 6 percent of ESPN leagues.

Martin Erat, RW, Nashville Predators
Erat tied for the league lead with five goals (including a hat trick) last week. He added three assists, a +3 rating, three power play points, and 11 shots on goal. He even won three face-offs. He has 17 points (9 goals, 8 assists) in 27 games. Erat is owned in 13 percent of Yahoo! and 3.3 percent of ESPN leagues.

Antti Miettinen, RW, Minnesota Wild
Miettinen also scored four goals last week to go along with an assist, a +4 rating, a power play point, eight shots on goal, and one face-off won. On the year he has 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in 26 games. Antti is owned in 5 percent of Yahoo! and 1.9 percent of ESPN leagues.

Andrew Brunette, LW, Minnesota Wild
Brunette was tied for third in the league with six assists last week. He added a goal, a +4 rating, three power play points, and eight shots on goal. On the year he has 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 29 games. Brunette is owned in 44 percent of Yahoo! and 42.6 percent of ESPN leagues.
Andy Greene, D, New Jersey Devils
Greene tied all defensemen with three assists last week. He had a +1 rating, a power play point, and five shots on goal. On the year he has 15 points (3 goals, 12 assists) in 25 games. Andy is owned in 17 percent of Yahoo! and 28.4 percent of ESPN leagues.

Peter Budaj, G, Colorado Avalanche
Budaj went 2-1 last week with a shutout, a 1.33 goals against average, and a .959 save percentage. He stopped 93 of the 97 shots he faced. On the year Budaj is 3-2-1 with a 2.63 goals against average, and a .916 save percentage. He’s owned in 6 percent of Yahoo! and 1.6 percent of ESPN leagues. He’s a nice short-term option while Craig Anderson (neck) is out.

Jeff Deslauriers, G, Edmonton Oilers
Jeff was 3-0 last week with a 1.58 goals against average, and a .949 save percentage. He stopped 93 of the 98 shots he faced. On the year he’s 6-4-2 with a shutout, a 2.62 goals against average, and a .915 save percentage. Jeff is owned in 10 percent of Yahoo! and 2.3 percent of ESPN leagues. He’s been playing great while Nikolai Khabibulin (back) has been out.

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