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 or even suspensions, 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.
Corey Perry suspension coming: If you are a Perry owner, you may want to look elsewhere over the next week or so as he is likely looking at a lengthy suspension after a hit to the head of Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (head). Perry is expected to have a phone hearing with the NHL player safety department Wednesday, March 13. A phone hearing means he cannot be suspended for more than five games. The end result was a four-game hiatus, which is not a surprise considering the hit. If you are a Perry owner, plan on being without him for most of a week.
Lightning goaltending improving? Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher decided to give goaltender Anders Lindback some time off after a stretch of games against tough opponents, and it appears that strategy may be paying off in the short term. Lindback was terrific on Tuesday night, stopping 37 shots of the 39 he faced. Lindback has a favorable schedule over the rest of the week as the Lightning will face off against the New York Islanders and the Carolina Hurricanes, both at home, the rest of the week. Keep an eye on Lindback. If his confidence continues to grow, he could help your fantasy hockey team, especially if you are dealing with injuries at the goaltending position.
Evgeni Malkin hurting: For the second time this season, Malkin (upper body) is missing time due to injury. It has been a rough year for those of you that spent high draft picks on the star Pittsburgh forward. One player who appears to be taking advantage of Malkin's situation is center Brandon Sutter. Sutter contributed two goals to lead the Penguins comeback over the Boston Bruins Tuesday night, giving him eight goals and 13 points on the season. The good news for Malkin owners is that it does not sound like he will miss much time with the upper body injury, but the biggest question will be if he can stay healthy once he gets back in the lineup in the most crucial part of the fantasy hockey season.
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.
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