Corey Crawford made 36 saves in a 5-1 win over Dallas on Saturday night. It was his third straight victory and he's now 8-2 in his last 10 starts.
Crawdaddy is just two wins from equalling his career mark of 33 (2010-11). He'd been shaky his last game out, but Saturday erased all memories of that scuffle. Crawford is delivering multi-categorial studliness for your fantasy squad this season and there's every reason to believe it'll continue.
Niklas Hjalmarsson picked up two assists in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Stars.
The Swede is one of those guys who's far better on the ice than in the fantasy arena. His 16 points make Hjalmarsson a marginal play in all fantasy leagues except the deepest.
Artem Anisimov had a short-handed goal and three assists in Saturday's 5-1 win over Dallas on Saturday night. He finished plus-3.
The goal was his third shortie of the season and 18th goal of the season. Anisimov is just four goals shy of tying his career mark (22) and is doing it on the back of an unsustainable 19.5 percent shooting rate. Take advantage now -- this career pace could slow as the games get tighter and tighter.
Nicolas Batum had 26 points (9-20 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 11 rebounds, nine assists, a block and a steal in 44 minutes on Saturday in a win against the Wizards.
Batum played a season-high for minutes this season in games that ended in regulation, mainly because he was such a valuable asset for the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday. No portion of the stat sheet was left untouched by Batum, and his 11 rebounds matched a season-high which he had hit four times before Saturday. The matchup against the Wizards was a favorable one for Batum, but don't let that fool you. He is one of the safest plays in every fantasy format, no matter who he's going against. In their next matchup, the Hornets face the Bulls on Monday and Batum will benefit greatly if Jimmy Butler is unable to play.
A match penalty is assessed when there is a deliberate attempt to injure another player. In the first period, McDonagh responded to a hit from Simmonds by cross-checking his upper-body. The gesture didn't go over well with Simmonds as he slashed the defenseman and punched him in the face, resulting in McDonagh leaving the game with an apparent injury after 4:21 of ice time. Thirteen penalties were handed out in this rivalry contest - including slashing and hi-sticking minors for McDonagh. Per NHL rules, Simmonds is suspended as a result of the match penalty, pending official review by league Commissioner Gary Bettman.