Scan the preview, study stats, watch game highlights, try all you like: It’s tough finding patterns in the three Bruins-Devils games that have taken place this season (the Devils lead the series 2-1).
It was a different game entirely January 29, when the Devils prevailed 4-3 in OT in Boston. This time, Clemmensen defeated Thomas and the Devils outshot Boston 30-27. RW Jamie Langenbrunner scored twice for the Devils, with LW Patrik Elias and LW Zach Parise notching the other New Jersey goals. For the Bruins, the goal scorers were D Dennis Wideman, C Marc Savard, and RW Chuck Kobasew.
Now, what would a fantasy hockey owner observe about all of the above names? Simply this: among them, only Kobasew is not a highly owned fantasy entity.
In the third game — at New Jersey on February 13 — the Devils won 1-0, with Clemmensen again defeating Thomas. The thing is, the Bruins fired 31 shots on goal, while the Devils launched only 18. D Bryce Salvador, a fantasy nonentity, scored the only goal.
The point of recapping all three games is simply to illustrate this: If you’re looking for an under-the-radar fantasy scorer in Sunday’s Devils-Bruins clash (3:00 p.m. EDT) based on recent history, Kobasew (seven percent owned in Yahoo! leagues, five percent in ESPN leagues), is the closest thing.
Moreover, in Kobasew’s last 18 games, he has eight goals, four assists and 17 PIMs. No, you won’t confuse him with Jarome Iginla. But if you need a weekend scoring burst from an under-owned RW, Kobasew just might be your guy. Among all right wings in the last month, he ranks 27th. That makes him a No. 2 RW in most leagues — someone well worth rolling the dice on if you’re looking for fantasy action in the weekend’s biggest game.
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