Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, Stars In Fantasy NHL Week 12 Hot Players

Brandon Galvin@bgny3Featured ColumnistDecember 22, 2010

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, Stars In Fantasy NHL Week 12 Hot Players

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 20:  Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck against the Phoenix Coyotes on December 20, 2010 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Another exciting NHL week has gone by and we have a few veterans highlighting the Heat Rack. Evgeni Malkin finally made his return and it was welcomed warmly by his ailing fantasy owners.

    Michael Cammalleri is starting to resemble the man we saw in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

    Which other players are heating up in the NHL and will help you win your upcoming fantasy week?

Ron Hainsey, Atlanta Thrashers Defenseman

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    UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 11:  Ron Hainsey #6 of the Atlanta Thrashers skates against the New York Islanders on December 11, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Thrashers defeated the Isles 5-4.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    The Thrashers have been great to fantasy owners in recent weeks.

    This waiver-wire wonder turned in a great performance in the past week. He scored on goal on just three shot attempts. Even better, he tallied three assists and is plus-six.

    Keep an eye on him to see if he continues this hot pace.

Previous Hot Defenseman

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    COLUMBUS,OH - DECEMBER 11:  R.J. Umberger #18 of the Columbus Blue Jackets slips past Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers to get to a loose puck during the second period on December 11, 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by John Griesh
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    Week 2: Jordan Leopold, Buffalo Sabres

    Week 3: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Week 4: Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings

    Week 5: Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks

    Week 6: Mike Green, Washington Capitals

    Week 7: John-Michael Liles, Colorado Avalanche

    Week 8: Kevin Shattenkirk, Colorado Avalanche

    Week 9: Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta Thrashers

    Week 10: Matt Carle, Philadelphia Flyers

    Week 11: Marc Staal, New York Rangers

Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars Right Wing

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    OTTAWA, ON - NOVEMBER 24: Loui Eriksson #21 of the Dallas Stars skates in a game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on November 24, 2010 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
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    Eriksson has taken 10 shots on goal and made two. He is plus-two for the week with four assists recorded.

    Eriksson is having a great year with 34 points at plus-12, despite a rough month.

Previous Hot Right Wings

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    UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 16:  Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on December 16, 2010 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    Week 2: Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks

    Week 3: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

    Week 4: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Week 5: Jeff Carter, Philadelphia Flyers

    Week 6: Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals

    Week 7: Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers

    Week 8: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames

    Week 9: Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta Thrashers

    Week 10: Danny Briere, Philadelphia Flyers

    Week 11: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

Michael Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens Left Wing

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    TORONTO - DECEMBER 11:  Mike Cammalleri #13 of the Montreal Canadiens leaps to avoid a shot as Jean-Sebastien Giguere #35 of the Toronto Maple Leafs makes a save during their NHL game at Air Canada Centre on December 11, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.(
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    Cammalleri was fantastic in the 2009-2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He’s beginning to emulate that play.

    He scored two goals on 12 shot attempts. He dished out the puck for two assists and finished plus-one over the past week.

Previous Hot Left Wings

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    SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 8: Ryan Clowe #29 of the San Jose Sharks skates with the puck against Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 8, 2010 in
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    Week 2: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

    Week 3: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

    Week 4: Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens

    Week 5: Raffi Torres, Vancouver Canucks

    Week 6: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

    Week 7: Jussi Jokinen, Carolina Hurricanes

    Week 8: Rick Nash, Colombus Blue Jackets

    Week 9: Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks

    Week 10: Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Week 11: Ryan Clowe, San Jose Sharks

Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks Goalie

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - DECEMBER 18: Goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks keeps an eye on the airborne puck after making a save against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period in NHL action on December 18, 2010 at Rogers Arena in Vancouve
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    Luongo is one of the top fantasy goalies and he certainly played that way.

    He has three victories, allowing only four goals in those wins. He has won five straight starts and seven of his last eight. He also has a .946 save percentage this week.

Previous Hot Goalies

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    NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 17: Anders Lindback #39 of the Nashville Predators skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 17, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    Week 2: Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton Oilers

    Week 3: Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins

    Week 4: Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis Blues

    Week 5: Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins

    Week 6: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

    Week 7: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

    Week 8: Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes

    Week 9: Ondrej Pavelec, Atlanta Thrashers

    Week 10: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

    Week 11: Anders Lindback, Nashville Predators