1. You win and make 41 saves in Washington, you should be universally owned. Or at least 25 percent owned. Yet Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, the victor in last night’s 5-4 triumph over the Capitals, remains 20 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues and seven percent in ESPN leagues. Quick has been a No. 2 fantasy goalie in the last month. His numbers top those of Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and almost match those of Philadelphia goalie Martin Biron.
2. No one stops Capitals defenseman Mike Green. In his last four games: four goals, five assists, + 2, six PIM, five PPP. There’s not much actionable fantasy info here, just a commonsensical warning: resist any trade offers for Green, unless they include one of the following names: Backstrom, Miller, Nabokov, Ovechkin, Malkin, Crosby, Iginla.
3. St. Louis Blues goalie Chris Mason is another under-owned netminder worth your time. In the last month, Mason has a 1.56 GAA and .948 save percentage, four wins, and two shutouts. Last night, he stopped 22 of 23 shots at home vs. Edmonton, but the Blues lost 2-1 in an OT shootout. All this, from a guy owned in six percent of ESPN leagues and 14 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Meanwhile, Carolina goalie Cam Ward (98.1 percent owned in ESPN, 84 percent in Yahoo!) posted a 2.82 GAA and .904 save percentage in the last month while matching Mason for wins (four) and shutouts (two). If you own Ward, why not trade him for a No. 2 defenseman and snag Mason for free?
4. There was a Jean-Sebastien Giguere sighting, and it didn’t look half bad. Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 30 of 33 shots in a 4-2 loss (there was an empty netter) in Nashville. It was the first time Giguere played since January 21. His teammate, Jonas Hiller, has made it easy for Anaheim to keep Giguere on the bench. Bottom line: until Giguere starts two in a row, it’s Hiller’s job. By contrast, what once was a goaltending platoon in Nashville between Pekka Rinne and Dan Ellis has resolved itself. Plainly, the job is Rinne’s. He got the win last night in his fifth start in a row and he has been on fire in the last month (six wins, one shutout, 2.03, .931). Ellis is starting tonight’s game in Minnesota, but it’s a back-to-back situation rather than an audition to unseat Rinne.
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