We have made it through another week of fantasy hockey, and there is plenty of news and notes that could have an impact on your fantasy hockey teams this week. Whether it is trades or injuries, staying up on trends in fantasy hockey will be huge in helping you have success with your teams this season. Let's take a look at some of the fantasy hockey trends you need to be aware of as the season continues to roll on.
Goalies Hurting: One of the biggest story lines of the week was goalies getting hurt, and perhaps the biggest name among those goalies going down was Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes. Ward is supposed to miss six to eight weeks with a knee issue. The Hurricanes were well-equipped to deal with this type of injury, though, as they will now turn to Dan Ellis. If you can get Ellis off the waiver wire he has value as a No. 1 goaltender moving forward as long as Ward is out. The Tampa Bay Lightning also lost Mathieu Garon to what is being called a lower-body injury. Garon had put together a string of starts as the team was giving Anders Lindback a bit of a break. Garon is day-to-day, and the goaltender that replaced him, Cedrick Desjardins, really does not have much fantasy value as the team is expected to go back to Lindback moving forward.
Ottawa Thriving: When the Ottawa Senators lost defenseman Erik Karlsson (Achilles') and forward Jason Spezza (back), the thought process was that the team would be in big trouble. That has been the farthest thing from the truth as they have collected points in four of the last five games. While that sounds like it would be good for the Senators on your roster, it really has not been as the scoring has been extremely balanced up and down the roster. The Senators have 16 different players on their roster with goals, and that does not include the two injured players above. The moral of the story is that if you have a Senators player be prepared to deal with low point production as scoring is spread out all across the roster.
Capitals Rolling: Another team many thought had no shot of climbing out of the hole they were in was the Washington Capitals. Early in the season, the team just did not look good. All that has changed recently, as the Capitals have gone on a bit of a run, winning four of their last five games. Over that span, the team has averaged four goals a game. If you were patient with your Capitals players in the early going, it is starting to pay off now. Goaltender Braden Holtby is a big reason why the Capitals are rolling again. After a rough start, he is regaining the form that put him on the map last year in the postseason. Use your Capitals players as long as this run continues.
That will do it for this week's edition of the fantasy hockey trends. Make sure you check back for the Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire and the Fantasy Hockey Weekly Planner to make sure you are up to date on the latest news and notes to help you win your fantasy hockey league.
About Mike Corcoran
Mike Corcoran joined KFFL in 2011 as their senior fantasy hockey writer. The Tarrytown, New York, native hosts a hockey radio show on ESPN Radio in Tampa, and covers the Tampa Bay Lightning professionally.
You can follow Mike on Twitter @MikeCorcoranNHL
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