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The Wire Troll: Jonathan Bernier Bounces Back

January 31, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Jonathan Bernier Bounces Back
Jonathan Bernier has turned things around for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jonathan Bernier has had a tough season, but is coming on now. (Eric Hartline-USA Today Sports)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy hockey waiver wire recommendations. NHL Editor Dakota Case is out of action this week, so you’ll have to rely on your trusty editor for today’s column.

This week, Detroit’s Dylan Larkin wowed the hockey world with his blazing speed; Gary Bettman will remain commissioner of the league until at least 2022 — much to the dismay of the universe; and the John Scott All-Star fiasco just keeps getting more embarrassing for all involved.

Without further ado, let’s get to this week’s recommendations…

Jonathan Bernier, G, Toronto Maple Leafs (ESPN: 13.1 per cent; CBS: 31 per cent): Last month, Bernier got a chance to revitalize his Leafs career thanks to a wave of injuries and he’s done well — generally. Take away that seven-goal blitzing and he’s only surrendered more than two goals once and more than one twice over the last five games. Yes, the Leafs are in free fall, so don’t expect many wins, but Bernier has managed to keep his team in the game more often than not in recent weeks thanks to a whopping .935 save percentage over the last five. You’ve got to figure either James Reimer or Bernier will be dealt at the deadline, and however that plays out, it could be a boon to Bernier’s Fantasy value. Just keep Bernier away from Steven Stamkos (see video below).

Mattias Ekholm, D, Nashville Predators (ESPN: 33.7 per cent; CBS: 50 per cent): Ekholm is currently flying off the wire on the strength of a career-high five-game point streak (1-5-6). His PT has been on the rise, and the Preds’ 2009 fourth rounder is taking his production along for the ride. Ekholm broke through last season, but he’s taken his game to a whole new level in the first half of 2015-16, having already set new career highs in assists and points. And given that he’s seeing time on the second power play unit, you can expect those numbers to continue in the second half.

Andre Burakovsky, LW, Washington Capitals (ESPN: 1.7 per cent; CBS: 25 per cent): We liked Burakovsky enough to slot him 246th in our Dynasty League Rankings a year and a half ago, but now he’s turning that potential into production as evidenced by three goals and four assists over the last five games (with all three goals coming in the last two). With nine points in the last six, he’s clearly shaken off what had been a bit of a sophomore slump. Burakovsky has gone +5 in the last five games, and after a solid rookie effort last season, looks like he’s poised to take his game up a notch in the second half.

Joonas Korpisalo, G, Columbus Blue Jackets (ESPN: 17.1 per cent; CBS: 11 per cent): This rookie has thrust himself into the Fantasy consciousness by taking advantage of injuries and running with the Blue Jacket goalie gig. The Finnish youngster is on a major roll, with six straight games in which he’s given up two goals or less. Korpisalo has now won five games, trimmed his GAA and managed to raise his save percentage to a more respectable .915. Sergei Bobrovsky (groin) remains out indefinitely, but note that regular backup Curtis McElhinney (ankle) is getting close to coming back, so Korpisalo’s run may be short-lived.

Carter Hutton, G, Nashville Predators (ESPN: 2.1 per cent: CBS: 7 per cent): Need a backup goalie? How about former Blackhawk Hutton? He’s looked very sharp recently, stopping 55 of 56 shots over his last two outings. No, Hutton doesn’t get much action behind Pekke Rinne, but he’s already won five games this season and has really improved both his GAA and save percentage. Nashville’s goaltending finally seems to be coming around of late, and Hutton has been a big part of that. At the very least, he’s a fine DFS play on nights when you know he’ll be manning the crease.

Cam Atkinson, RW, Columbus Blue Jackets (ESPN: 49.2 per cent; CBS: 47 per cent): In late-March, Atkinson highlighted our Wire Troll column, but he faded down the stretch after a huge month. He’s played well this season, but has really picked up the pace with six goals and nine points in 12 games this month, including 4-1-5 over the final two games before the break — both against the Habs. Atkinson has developed into one of the faces of the Blue Jackets, and he’s heading for a career season in his fifth campaign with the club.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your favourite Fantasy hockey waiver wire pick of the week is.

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The Wire Troll: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Miraculous Return

January 30, 2016 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Miraculous Return
You have to appreciate the discovery of stat sheet stuffers like Galloway, because it really comes in handy in Fantasy league formats. He did just that in not just one, not two, but in his last three games. Galloway’s most efficient performance came Thursday against the Thunder — resulting in 23 points, seven boards, five assists, three steals and an assist.
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Video Game Review: Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India

January 29, 2016 | by Mike Chen | Comments (0)
Reach a checkpoint, stealth or fight some guards, pick up some collectibles, repeat. Despite some slightly better level design — including some sections that focus more on parkour — India faces a lot of the same repetitive issues that China faced. Even with nicer production values, the game is still blocked off into small segments of stealth or combat or parkour.
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Hockey Hospital: Cam Ward Returns

January 27, 2016 | by Scott Maran | Comments Comments Off on Hockey Hospital: Cam Ward Returns
Nugent-Hopkins is a valuable part of the Oilers forward group and losing him for about two months will hurt. This may translate into them kissing their playoff dreams goodbye.
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Blu-ray Review: Hitman: Agent 47

January 21, 2016 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Blu-ray Review: Hitman: Agent 47
Despite not being in the spirit of the game’s stealth-heavy roots, Agent 47 is at its best when 47 and, to a lesser extent, Smith are going balls out trying to put one another in the ground. The hand-to-hand combat is enjoyable, but the “gun-fu” is the film’s high point. While it’s not as raw as John Wick or as stylized as Kingsman, the smoothness with which one headshot flows into the next has an almost hypnotic quality to it.
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