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.
Use caution in playing Sergei Kostitsyn: In one of the stranger, funnier moments you will see in a hockey game, Nashville Predators forward Sergei Kostitsyn made a terrible line change in a game earlier this week that resulted in an odd man rush for the Edmonton Oilers that they eventually scored on. As Kostitsyn was gliding to the bench, the Predators coaches and players were wildly signaling for him to stay out of the ice. As a result of this play, Kostitsyn found himself benched for the Predators game Tuesday. While there has been no indication if he will return to the lineup, if he is on your roster, use caution moving forward and check his status as he may not immediately return to the lineup.
Rookie explosion in Tampa: Early in the season, the big story in Tampa was forward Cory Conacher. Recently, Conacher has had some of his former Syracuse Crunch teammates have joined him and have been contributing offensively to the Lightning lineup. Forwards Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn and Dana Tyrell have all been outstanding in their time with the Lightning and have all put up points. On defense, Radko Gudas has been terrific and is not afraid to throw big hits, if you get credit for the stat. With the news that forward Ryan Malone (shoulder) is out indefinitely and Vincent Lecavalier (foot) is still a few weeks away, the rookies still could have every chance to contribute. If you are looking to add to your scoring depth, it may be worth it to take a shot on Johnson or Palat.
Justin Faulk goes down: The injury bug continues to strike the Carolina Hurricanes as they lost defenseman Justin Faulk (knee) for two to four weeks. Faulk had been having a nice season for the Hurricanes through this point. If you are looking to replace Faulk, monitor the Canes to see who falls into his slot moving forward. Another option you have available to you in most leagues is to pick up Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner. Gardiner was called up to the big club this week and is hoping to stick. Gardiner played 75 games with the Maple Leafs and contributed 30 points. Gardiner could be a sneaky fantasy play if he can stay in the NHL.
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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