Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, Highlights Fantasy NHL Week 19 Hot Players

Brandon Galvin@bgny3Featured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2011

Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, Highlights Fantasy NHL Week 19 Hot Players

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    NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 11: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils reaches to take his helmet in a timeout during an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks on February 11, 2011 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswi
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    Ilya Kovalchuk once again makes an appearance on the hot list.

    Wow, who would have ever guessed!?

    In addition to Kovalchuk, a couple of less-publicized Blues players are singing grand tunes after the past week. Who were they, and will they keep the high notes coming in?

    A top goalie from last year's postseason also stars in this week's edition, who was it?

    Note: Stats are tallied from February 13 to February 20.

Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues Defenseman

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 13:  Alex Pietrangelo #27 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on January 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    Pietrangelo didn’t score a goal, but he had a whopping six assists and was plus-four.

    How’s that for a week!?

Five More Hot Defenseman

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    OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 02:  Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates a teammates goal against the Ottawa Senators in a game at Scotiabank Place on February 2, 2011 in Ottawa, Canada.  (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
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    1. Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings

    2. Travis Hamonic, New York Islanders

    3. Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes

    4. Mark Fayne, New Jersey Devils

    5. Christian Ehrhoff, Vancouver Canucks

Previous Hot Defenseman

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    UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 21:  Dennis Wideman #6 of the Florida Panthers skates during an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on February 21, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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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

    Week 12: Ron Hainsey, Atlanta Thrashers

    Week 13: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings

    Week 14: Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes

    Week 15: Brian Rafalski, Detroit Red Wings

    Week 16: Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins

    Week 17: Chris Pronger, Philadelphia Flyers

    Week 18: Dennis Wideman, Florida Panthers

Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks Goalie

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    NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 11: Goalie Antti Niemi #31 of the San Jose Sharks skates around during a timeout in an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils on February 11, 2011 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty
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    Niemi is back on a torrid pace. He has three victories over the past week, including one shutout to boast.

    He has an impeccable .98 goal against average and a .963 save percentage.

Five More Hot Goalies

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    DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 22:  Goaltender Johan Hedberg #1 of the New Jersey Devils makes a save against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on February 22, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    1. Johan Hedberg, New Jersey Devils

    2. James Reimer, Toronto Maple Leafs

    3. Al Montoya, New York Islanders

    4. Craig Anderson, Colorado Avalanche

    5. Niklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

Previous Hot Goalies

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    NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 11: Goalie Antti Niemi #31 of the San Jose Sharks waits during an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils on February 11, 2011 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/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

    Week 12: Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

    Week 13: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

    Week 14: Semyon Varlamov, Washington Capitals

    Week 15: Jonas Hiller, Anaheim Ducks

    Week 16: Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins

    Week 17: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

    Week 18: Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks

Shawn Horcoff, Edmonton Oilers Center

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    ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 21:  Shawn Horcoff #10 of the Edmonton Oilers skates against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on November 21, 2010 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Horcoff did a great job, despite scoring just one goal on three shot attempts.

    He dished out four assists and was neutral plus/minus.

Five More Hot Centers

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    SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 8: TJ Oshie #74 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the Florida Panthers on February 8, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Blues defeated the Panthers 2-1. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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    1. T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues

    2. David Krejci, Boston Bruins

    3. Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks

    4. Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks  

    5. Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks

Previous Hot Centers

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    GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 02:  Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks skates up to a face off against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on February 2, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Canucks defeated the Coyotes 6-0. (Photo by Ch
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    Week 2: Derek Roy, Buffalo Sabres

    Week 3: Sidney Crosboy, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Week 4: Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks

    Week 5: Derick Brassard, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Week 6: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

    Week 7: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Week 8: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche

    Week 9: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

    Week 10: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

    Week 11: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings

    Week 12: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Week 13: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

    Week 14: John Tavares, New York Islanders

    Week 15: Mikhail Grabovski, Toronto Maple Leafs

    Week 16: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Week 17: Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes

    Week 18: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

Andy McDonald, St. Louis Blues Left Wing

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    SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 8: Andy McDonald #10 of the St. Louis Blues skates after the puck against the Florida Panthers on February 8, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Blues defeated the Panthers 2-1. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Im
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    McDonald was awesome this past week.

    He scored three goals, dished out three assists and was plus-three as well.

Five More Hot Left Wings

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 21:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals in action during the NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on February 21, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Capitals defeated the Penguins 1-0.  (Ph
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    1. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

    2. Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets

    3. Matt Moulson, New York Islanders

    4. Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Minnesota Wild

    5. Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

Previous Hot Left Wings

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    BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 21: Thomas Vanek #26 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the New York Islanders at HSBC Arena on January 21, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. New York won 5-2.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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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

    Week 12: Michael Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens

    Week 13: Alexandre Burrows, Vancouver Canucks

    Week 14: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

    Week 15: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

    Week 16: Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Week 17: Alexandre Burrows, Vancouver Canucks

    Week 18: Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres

Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils Right Wing

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    NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 11: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils skates during an NHL hockey game aagainst the San Jose Sharks on February 11, 2011 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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    After the beating Kovalchuk has taken from me this season, I have to give credit when credit is due.

    It’s not the most remarkable line we’ve seen this season, but considering Kovalchuk’s abysmal year, I’m compelled to put him on the list for having a successful week.

    Kovalchuk scored two goals on seven shot attempts, dished out an assist and was plus-two.

Five More Hot Right Wings

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    EDMONTON, CANADA - NOVEMBER 5: Danny Cleary #11 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Edmonton Oilers on November 5, 2010 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
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    1. Danny Cleary, Detroit Red Wings

    2. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

    3. Danny Briere, Philadelphia Flyers

    4. Devin Setoguchi, San Jose Sharks

    5. Chris Stewart, St. Louis Blues

Previous Hot Right Wings

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    NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 01:  Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils waits for a faceoff during an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators at the Prudential Center on February 1, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/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

    Week 12: Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars

    Week 13: Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings

    Week 14: Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes

    Week 15: Patric Hornqvist, Nashville Predators

    Week 16: Jeff Carter, Philadelphia Flyers

    Week 17: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames

    Week 18: Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils

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