Originally posted on The Hockey Program  |  Last updated 11/1/11

 

 

Apparently in Winnipeg there are certain people, you do not go after.  Florida's Jack Skille found that out the hard way last night as after a clean hit, he had to fight Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien.  It was probably not on his to do list but give Skille credit, he weathered the storm.  Ultimately Winnipeg would win the game 4-3 in a shootout but we can tell you that Skille earned a ton of respect and maybe now he can start "playing his game" in the NHL.  Owners of him in fantasy leagues if there any can only hope.

The schedule was a bit light on Halloween and it is tonight as well.  There were three games last night and yes there are only five tonight.  What occurred last night was well just bizarre in many ways which befits the end of October ladies and gentlemen.  So let us look back quickly.

 

A LOOK BACK.......

Colin White, D, San Jose Sharks -- If he is on here then you know it is something bad.  San Jose fought back from a 2-0 deficit last night only to see White almost singlehandedly commit lapse after lapse it seemed.  Players have nights like this every so often but the past few seasons it has happened a bit too often for Colin White.  The result was an ugly -3 in a bad 5-2 home loss.  No wonder why Joe Thornton called the Rangers "soft" because they really did get quite a bit of help in their victory.  The delay of game was the icing on the cake and needless to say the San Jose coaching staff was not too amused after the game either.

Ryan Callahan, F, New York Rangers -- The Captain played like he earned that C on his jersey last night with a two goal, one assist effort that sent the Garden crowd into a frenzy.  For fantasy owners, he also netted the game winner which obviously helps immensely.  Callahan has the talent to be a 55-60 point guy but he has to play like it every night for the Rangers to enjoy scoring balance.  The problem is the Avery circus may be in town soon and that might curtain things yet again.

Patrick Kane, F, Chicago Blackhawks -- In a wild game last night that saw nine goals on only 63 shots but a ton of scoring chances, Kane rose up and hit it hard with a three point night (2 goals and an assist).  Chicago just seems to play this type of game almost nightly and although these one goal games are great character builders, they can wear down the players a bit.  Not everyone is used to playing nail biters like this all the time.  Going forward, it will be interesting to see how guys like Kane and Toews keep responding given the fantasy stress.

 

SCHEDULE TIME:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 TeamsNotes Ottawa at Boston 7:00 PM | Gameday
Tampa Bay at Carolina 7:00 PM | Gameday
Anaheim at Washington 7:30 PM | Gameday
Minnesota at Detroit 7:30 PM | Gameday
Vancouver at Calgary 9:30 PM | Gameday

The schedule is kind of light but at least there are some fun battles on the horizon like Ottawa going for its 7th W in a row against Boston.  Something tells me a couple Boston players might finally break out tonight because a good Northeast Division battle should reignite the flames some.  Now quickly let's put out an APB for the following.....

 

We have an APB OUT for........

 

David Krejci, F, Boston Bruins -- ONLY one point this fantasy season as Krejci continues to struggle has Boston fans very worried.  Ottawa defensively is not really all that good to be kind and Craig Anderson is really hanging on by a thread here.  The Sens are streaky and they are one bad game from going in the other direction.  Boston has a real chance and particularly Krejci to have a big night and a much needed one for everyone that owns him still.  People have dropped him in some leagues actually.  "Stanley Cup Hangover" indeed.

Roberto Luongo, G, Vancouver -- The numbers in October were ugly for the goalie but playing Calgary may just be what the goalie needs.  Calgary tends not to score all that much and that is a perfect recipe or is it?  Remember the New York Rangers this year and that 4-0 defeat for example.  Clearly the Sedins have to click and the second line too because Luongo needs to play with a lead to win.  Maybe an early goal will help knock his GAA down.  You never know.

Henrik Zetterberg, F, Detroit Red Wings -- Zetterberg had a rather forgetful month but November is when he usually starts to heat it up.  Minnesota put the clamps down on him and the Red Wings in their last meeting (1-0) but this game seems ripe for a Detroit breakout.  This has been their M.O. when it comes to these little mini slumps in the past.  Simply he is a must start tonight even in a close low scoring game but then again it may not be.  Start him anyway!

 

We will be live tweeting as always and the WEEKLY SLAPSHOT is on at 9:30pm ET on BTR for all of your rapid fire fantasy needs.

 

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