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Mid-sea­son fan­tasy Studs and Duds: Helle­buyck the ob­vi­ous choice in net ... Golden Knights heav­ily pop­u­late studs sec­tion ... Killer Karls­son, Erik that is For­wards the past two weeks With fan­tasy rating out of 5

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Rickard Rakell ANA 6-3-9, plus-7, 11 hits Se­bas­tian Aho CAR 6-4-10, plus-2, 9 hits Nathan MacKin­non COL 2-7-9, plus-5, 17 PIMs Reilly Smith VGK 2-7-9, plus-10 David Backes BOS 3-5-8, plus-5, 3 PPP Tay­lor Hall NJ 3-5-8, plus-3, 4 PPP Mikael Gran­lund MIN 4-4-8, Even ------Evgeny Kuznetsov 0-1-1, mi­nus-1 Lo­gan Cou­ture SJ 0-3-3, mi­nus-2 Jake Guentzel PIT 1-1-2, mi­nus-4 T.J. Oshie WAS 0-0-0, mi­nus-3 WAS


It’s the Studs and Duds half­time re­port. The usual dis­claimers ap­ply: Studs are those who have per­formed well above their pre-sea­son fan­tasy rank­ings (we’re usu­ing Ya­hoo! again). Duds are mostly high picks who’ve dis­ap­pointed. We’re ex­empt­ing any­one who has missed sig­nif­i­cant time hurt as well as rook­ies be­cause, for the most part, they’re a pre­sea­son fan­tasy dart throw. THE STUDS

Connor GOAL­KEEP­ERS — Helle­buyck

WPG: This one is a slam dunk with the Jets goalie ris­ing well above the Steve Ma­son chal­lenge and putting him­self into the Vez­ina Tro­phy dis­cus­sion ... Also: An­drej Vasilevskiy TB, Fred­erik An­der­sen TOR, Jimmy Howard DET, James Reimer FLA)

John DEFENCEMEN — Kling­berg

DAL: Nice bounce­back sea­son so far for NHL’s sur­prise blue-line points leader

Josh Manson … ANA: With 20 points, a plus-17, 43 PIMs and plenty of hits and blocks, he’s the sixth-ranked fan­tasy

Tyson Bar­rie D-man … COL: Be­fore land­ing on IR, his 27 points were on pace for a ca­reer-high while that mi­nus-4 ac­tu­ally feels like a win … Also: Jake Muzzin LA, Colin Miller VGK, Mor­gan Rielly TOR, Erik John­son COL, Tyler My­ers WPG, Mike Green DET

Josh Bai­ley FOR­WARDS —

NYI: Eas­ily THE bar­gain of the fan­tasy sea­son, a mid-tolow pick ranked amongst the NHL’s top five points-pro­duc­ers be­fore be­ing hurt on Fri­day

Bray­den Schenn … STL: A break­out sea­son was sensed, but not a point a game, a plus21

Vladislav and 38 PIMs … Namest­nikov

TB: Team­mates n


cast a large shadow but he’d eclipsed last year’s point to­tal

Dustin by mid-De­cem­ber … Brown

LA: Skating with Anze Ko­pi­tar has him on ca­reerbest tra­jec­tory in points, plus­mi­nus

Wil­liam Karls­son … VGK: Has blos­somed into a le­git­i­mate star af­ter two yawnin­duc­ing sea­sons in Columbus … Also: Sean Cou­turier PHIL, Blake Wheeler WPG, Mikko Ran­ta­nen COL, David Per­ron, Jonathan Marches­sault and Erik Haula VGK; An­ders Lee NYI, Tom Wil­son WAS, Bray­den Point TB, Ja­son Zucker MIN THE DUDS GOAL­KEEP­ERS — n Carey Price

MON: First-round fan­tasy pick has strug­gled to keep his GAA un­der 3.00 most of the first half … Also: Craig An­der­son OTT, Matt Mur­ray PIT, Cam Tal­bot EDM

Oliver DEFENCEMEN — Ek­man-Lars­son

ARZ: Even fac­tor­ing in his team’s sorry state, league-worst mi­nus-33 is

Erik Karls­son a cat­e­gory-killer …

OTT: Just three goals and a mi­nus-20 has al­ready sunk

Zach some fan­tasy teams … Weren­ski

CLB: His 11 goals are great, but as­sists, points and plus-mi­nus well off last

Dun­can Keith year … CHI: No goals and a mi­nus-5. ’Nuff said … Also: Brent Burns SJ, Cam Fowler ANA, Shea We­ber MON, Dougie Hamil­ton CAL

Max FOR­WARDS — Pa­cioretty

MON: With 22 points and mi­nus-13, he’s the poster boy for the Habs’ scor­ing

Bran­don Saad woes … CHI: Hasn’t had a pow­er­play point since Game 2 … Ja­son Spezza

DAL: Vet­eran’s de­scent has gone into over­drive

Conor Sheary … PIT: Al­most un­roster­able, even while still skating on Sid’s line

Matt Duch­ene … COL-OTT: Trade to Sens has ac­tu­ally wors­ened his fan­tasy stock … Also: Max Domi ARZ, Alex Galchenyuk and Jonathan Drouin MON, Sam Ben­nett CAL, Wil­liam Ny­lan­der TOR, Wayne Sim­monds PHIL.

WATCH An­dreas Athana­siou C-LW, Red Wings


Since be­ing placed on he wing with fel­low speed de­mon Dy­lan Larkin two games ago, he has three goals from 13 shots on net — the re­sult of sev­eral break­aways — and an as­sist. He’s also a plus-4 in those games. Over­all, he has seven of his sea­son’s 15 points in his past eight games.

Sa­muel Gi­rard D, Avalanche


The move from Nashville to Den­ver in the Matt Duch­ene deal has been bumpy for the slick lit­tle puck-mov­ing rookie, but he may be set­tling in with four as­sists in his past four games, up­ping his scor­ing line to 1-8-9 this sea­son.

Mat­tias Jan­mark LW, Stars


Third-round pick in 2013 had a solid rookie cam­paign two years ago (15-14-29, plus-12) but slipped off the radar when a knee in­jury shelved him all of last sea­son. Up to 21 points this year and has points in five of his past six games play­ing on the sec­ond line with Ja­son Spezza.

Sta­tis­tics do not in­clude n Satur­day’s games


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