NHL Skinny: See you next year

Matt Romig


1st Chair: Kari Lehtonen(notes)
2nd Chair: Marty Turco(notes) (1a), Matt Climie(notes)
Skinny: It's always nice to have a cheat sheet. The plan is for Climie to start Tuesday (vs. Chi), Turco on Thursday (vs. Ana) and Lehtonen on Saturday (@ Min). No surprise that Turco gets the final home game of the season. Adjust your lineups accordingly.

1st Chair: Jean-Sebastien Giguere(notes)
2nd Chair: Jonas Gustavsson(notes) (1a)
Skinny: If Ron Wilson sticks to the plan, Giguere will start Tuesday against Philadelphia and again Saturday in his hometown of Montreal. Gustavsson gets one more start, coming Wednesday in New York against the Rangers. Both have been serviceable lately, so if you're desperate for starts, you know where to find them.

1st Chair: Tuukka Rask(notes)
2nd Chair: Tim Thomas(notes)
Skinny: Thomas took an early shower (OK, he may have stayed on the bench) on March 29 and hasn't been heard from since. Rask (0.54 GAA last four appearances) will make his fourth consecutive start Monday. The B's won't likely play any insignificant games in their last four, so we may have seen the last of Thomas this season.

1st Chair: Antti Niemi(notes)
2nd Chair: Cristobal Huet(notes)
Skinny: In this case, actions speak louder than words. Coach Joel Quenneville said he was "only going that far" in announcing Niemi as his starter for Sunday's game. It was Niemi's fifth straight start, the last three of which have landed in the win column. Quenneville may not admit it, but he has his playoff goalie.

1st Chair: Tomas Vokoun(notes)
2nd Chair: Scott Clemmensen(notes)
Skinny: Vokoun has lost six straight and there's talk the Panthers may go in a different direction in 2010-11. Clemmensen (8-percent owned) appeared destined for back-to-back shutouts before the Rangers scored four times in the third period on Saturday.

1st Chair: Johan Hedberg(notes)
2nd Chair: Ondrej Pavelec(notes)
Skinny: Coach John Anderson declined to name a starter for Tuesday, reports the team's official blog. Pavelec has a .933 save percentage in his last six starts while Hedberg is 4-2-1 in his last seven. Again, if you need the games, both are available in at least 70 percent of Y! leagues.

1st Chair: Jaroslav Halak(notes)
2nd Chair: Carey Price(notes)
Skinny: Halak started on back-to-back nights with travel involved and recorded consecutive shutouts (@Phi, vs. Buf). I shudder to think what kind of impact those SOs had in fantasy standings out there. Price wasn't bad statistically in March (2.52, .924), but his 1-2-1 record feeds the notion that he's just good enough to lose close games.

If you're still playing, congratulations on being in contention. If you're not in the hunt, take a bow for sticking it out until the bitter end.

If you're still reading, thanks for joining us here (almost) every week. Good luck in your playoff pools, if that's your cup of tea.

We're going to keep things short and sweet this week and jump right into the bullets. Again, thanks for playing Fantasy Hockey here on Yahoo! and good luck in the final week.

One-timers: One of the hottest players since the trade deadline, Colorado forward Peter Mueller(notes), is day-to-day < href="http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_14823184">after suffering a concussion Sunday against San Jose. … The Coyotes will monitor their goalie situation to guard against overusing starting Ilya Bryzgalov(notes). … After a 25-game goalless drought, Marc Staal(notes) has three goals on three shots in his last three games. … The Blue Jackets have recalled forward Chad Kolarik(notes), who had nine goals and 15 points in 16 games with the Syracuse Crunch. … Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto(notes) has points in three straight and 11 points in his last 15. … Cam Ward(notes) (68-percent owned) has been effective since returning from injury (1.68, .944 last week).

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Erik Karlsson(notes), D, Ott (16-percent owned) – He's a top-20 skater over the past week in default formats, with a nice haul across all categories: 2 goals, 2 assists, plus-2, 4 PIM, 2 PPP, 7 shots. Looking back a little further he has 10 points in seven games. As was mentioned last week, he's not a physical presence on the ice, but the Senators knew that when they drafted him in the first round back in 2008. Even if you're out of contention this season (I feel your pain), this is a name to clip and save for draft night.

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Saku Koivu(notes), C, Ana – He's had his share of productive seasons, but Koivu can't remember a clutch streak like the one he's on now. He has eight points in three games and scored late to force overtime on back-to-back nights to close the week. With Ryan Getzlaf(notes) out indefinitely, the Ducks will continue to lean on Koivu.

Blake Comeau(notes), LW, NYI – He's heating up again with six points (four goals) in three games. You may remember his pre/post-Olympics run that included 12 points in nine games. He's out there with John Tavares(notes), who is also picking it up with 13 points in nine games. As a bonus to owners behind the games-played pace, the Islanders have four games remaining.

David Krejci(notes), C, Bos – Not a new name here, but a disappointing season has the Bruins forward available in about 50 percent of Y! leagues. Through 57 games he was stuck on 31 points (coming off a 73-point campaign), but in his last 18 games Krejci has six goals, 12 assists and is a plus-7. He's put five pucks on net in back-to-back games if you're looking for a desperation push in that department.

Trevor Gillies(notes), LW, NYI – Need-based add here. Gillies is eager to please and isn't likely to turn down an opportunity to drop the gloves. He had a nice bout with Matt Carkner(notes) over the weekend, giving him three fights and 43 penalty minutes in his last four games.

Evander Kane(notes), LW, Atl – In his first game in nearly a month (foot), Kane played 16:47, recording an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Penguins. He may get a few care-free games in the final week to make a fantasy impression for next year.

Tom Gilbert(notes), D, Edm – Speaking of care-free, Gilbert has multiple points in half of his last six games and 12 points (two goals) in his last 17. He obviously fanned on the opportunity to take the next step after a 45-point season a year ago, but the scoring pace (and he's a plus-9 since mid-March) has at least helped a few fantasy owners make a late-season push.

Curtis McElhinney(notes), G, Ana – As advertised, the Ducks have decided to give starting netminder Jonas Hiller(notes) some rest down the stretch. Well, that and Hiller is battling an assortment of physical ailments. McElhinney has taken advantage, posting a 5-0-1 record with a .931 save percentage since joining the Ducks.

Michael Grabner(notes), RW, Van – We don't want to overreact to a rogue hat trick, so we'll stick to the facts: Grabner extended his point streak to three games with three goals against Anaheim on Friday. He is a goal scorer (30 in 66 games in Manitoba last year) and he has the draft pedigree (No. 14 overall in 2006), so a scoring binge wouldn't be totally out of left field.

Yahoo! Friends and Family League update
Scott Pianowski remains atop the standings with an 8.5-point lead over Rotowire's Peter Maingot. Not to dig up old wounds, but we could be looking at a rare Friends and Family worst-to-first for Mr. Pianowski. Maingot is building on last year's solid third-place finish. There is plenty of roster activity and owners manage their games-played paces. Recent player adds include Kevin Bieksa(notes), Mike Knuble(notes), Nikolai Kulemin(notes), Steve Eminger(notes), Jamie Benn(notes), Troy Brouwer(notes) and Mikael Backlund(notes), among others.