About last night (Auld, Elliott, Bogosian, Doughty, Gilbert)

Is Senators goalie Alex Auld back in the saddle?

Is Senators goalie Alex Auld back in the saddle?

Ottawa Senators goalie Alex Auld made his first start since January 30 and was flawless, stopping 24 shots en route to a 2-0 victory at Nashville.

Does Senators goalie Brian Elliott no longer have the job? When last we saw him, Elliott shat the bed Saturday night at Minnesota, giving up five goals by the middle of the second period before getting benched in favor of Auld.

We’ll get answers tonight: the Senators play at Colorado.

In fact, it’s a busy week for Ottawa: they return home to play Vancouver Thursday, then travel to Montreal for a game Saturday.

For fantasy owners, this makes things simple: you should own both Auld and Elliott. For two reasons:

1. Four games in six nights means both goalies will play.

2. Ottawa is unbeatable right now. They’ve won five in a row and are 5-1-1 since head coach Cory Clouston replaced Craig Hartsburg.

Incredibly, despite Ottawa’s winning streak, you can still get both Elliott and Auld as free agents in many leagues. Elliott is only 15 percent owned in ESPN and 32 percent in Yahoo!; Auld is only 25 percent owned in ESPN and 20 percent in Yahoo!.

Two other items from last night’s games:

  • Break up the Atlanta Thrashers. They’ve now scored 15 goals in their last two games (both road wins), after a 7-6 shootout victory in Los Angeles. You might think there would be fantasy gems to unearth in any game with a 7-6 score, but the stars of this contest are familiar to all fantasy hockey owners: your Kopitars, your Browns, your Frolovs, your Kovalchuks. However, two rookie defensemen had superb games: the Kings’ Drew Doughty (two assists) and the Thrashers’ Zach Bogosian (three assists). While both Doughty (four goals, 14 assists, -3) and Bogosian (three goals, five assists, +4) project as No. 3 defensemen in 2009-10, neither has scored or assisted enough this season to belong on your roster. Leave them in the free agent pool. There are more prolific scorers out there, including…
  • Edmonton defenseman Tom Gilbert, who continues to rack up assists like no man’s business. He notched two more in Edmonton’s 3-1 win at Phoenix. He now has 12 assists in his last 12 games. For the season, he has three goals, 29 assists, and is +6. There’s no reason he should be only 19 percent owned in Yahoo! and 20 percent in ESPN. In the last month, he has provided more assists from the defense position than anyone in the NHL, including Capitals blueliner Mike Green.

photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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