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Crashing the Net

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Crashing the Net: Finishing Strong?

Antii Niemi and the Sharks have been on a roll. Ray Flowers discusses who else has been finishing strong in his penultimate column for the season.

Crashing the Net: Time is Running Out

Phil Kessel seems to be a guy everyone loves to hate, but he's been a highly efficient performer at the end of the day.

Crashing the Net: Down the Stretch They Come

Johan Franzen, The Mule, won't be doing much racing down the stretch, but he's been especially effective for the Red Wings late in the season and into the playoffs.

Crashing the Net: The Deadline is Approaching

A few big names have already been moved - could Dan Boyle be next? Ray Flowers covers that and the trends of a handful of players in this week's article.

Crashing the Net: More Ups and Downs

Sam Gagner is scoring at a higher pace than before, but he's still carrying a negative plus-minus.

Crashing the Net: Who's Up, Who's Down?

Dany Heatley's fantasy owners probably remember him in happier times. Ray Flowers discusses Heatley and more disappointments this week.

Crashing the Net: Get Carter

The Kings' Jeff Carter has caught fire as of late, sparking his team along the way.

Crashing the Net: New King on the Throne?

Jonathan Bernier has taken half of the last 10 starts between the pipes for the Kings. Ray Flowers discusses whether that's likely to continue.

Crashing the Net: Injuries and Performance

Ryane Clowe might have been lucky to get just a two-game suspension, but that doesn't excuse his lack of offensive output this season.

Crashing the Net: Hot and Cold

Pekka Rinne leads the NHL in GAA despite having a losing record.

Crashing the Net: The Quarter Pole

Claude Giroux has some work to do to come close to last year's scoring pace.

Crashing the Net: Shoot the Puck!

Ray Flowers discusses Alexander Ovechkin's shortfall this season, among other early season standouts.

Crashing the Net: More Early Season Standouts

Patrick Marleau and the Sharks keep on rolling.

Crashing the Net: Early Season Standouts

Joffrey Lupul's injury is a big blow to the Leafs.

Crashing the Net: Countering a Goalie Run

Ray Flowers avoided a goalie run in a recent industry draft, taking Patrick Sharp and a handful of other elite forwards while the rest of his league pounded the goalies.

Crashing the Net: Fantasy Islanders

Josh Bailey has been on a bit of a tear lately.

Crashing the Net: Singing the Blues

Brian Elliott keeps pitching shutouts for the Blues.

Crashing the Net: Wounded Duck

Corey Perry's injury comes at an inopportune time.

Crashing the Net: Tough Times in Chicago

Corey Crawford is really struggling for the Blackhawks right now.

Crashing the Net: Rookie Contributors

Taylor Hall is living up to his billing with the Oilers.

Crashing the Net: Storming Thornton

Joe Thornton has been on fire lately for the Sharks.

Crashing the Net: Playoff Hero Becomes Fantasy Star

Johan Franzen has finally converted his playoff mettle into regular season performance.

Crashing the Net: First Half Performers

Nicklas Lidstrom and Ian White are among the plus-minus standouts over the first half.

Crashing the Net: Complete Player

Pavel Datsyuk has 32 points in his last 25 games, and he's chipped in a +20 rating as well for the Red Wings during that stretch. He might be the most complete forward in the NHL.

Crashing the Net: Hodgson's Heroes

Cody Hodgson of the Canucks is making good use of the limited ice-time that he gets.

Crashing the Net: Red-Hot Alfie

Daniel Alfredsson has been hot since a slow start to the year. Over his last 16 games he's scored seven goals and recorded 18 points for the Senators.

Crashing the Net: Not Good Times For Ovie

The Caps' coaching change hasn't changed Alexander Ovechkin's fortunes.

Crashing the Net: Canucks Can-Do

Two slow-starting Canucks have found their groove, including Ryan Kesler (pictured).

Crashing the Net: Sharks Locked In the Tank

Dan Boyle hasn't fulfilled his lofty expectations so far this season.

Crashing the Net: Parise Still Slumping

Zach Parise might be at his lowest possible value right now, having just one goal in his last 11 games.

Crashing the Net: Sid the Kid's Massive Return

Sidney Crosby surpassed any reasonable expectation in Monday's return to action.

Crashing the Net: Not Miller Time

Ryan Miller remains sidelined after his concussion.

Crashing the Net: Forward Focus

Jonathan Toews is looking for his new linemate.

Crashing the Net: The Big Pavelski

Joe Pavelski has come up big on a number of occasions for the Sharks.

Crashing the Net: The Forgotten Superstar

Jason Spezza has reminded fantasy owners why he was once among the fantasy elite.

Crashing the Net: Big Chance for Brassard

Derick Brassard has another big chance thanks to Jeff Carter's injury.

Crashing the Net: Full Recovery For Parise

Zach Parise looks great so far in early action.

Crashing the Net: Opening Night Draws Near

Ray Flowers laments the falling fortunes of Olli Jokinen and Derick Brassard.

Crashing the Net: Old Faces, New Places

Brent Burns is among the big names in new places this year.

Crashing the Net: Another Take on Sid the Kid

Ray Flowers starts his regular NHL column at RotoWire, starting off with his valuation of Sidney Crosby.