The week leading up to the NHL’s Christmas break was a wild one. Over-time hat tricks, goal and save of the year candidates and injuries were all on the docket. If you were sneaking in some last minute holiday shopping, chances are you missed out on some important fantasy intel.
Regardless of the scenario, here is your chance to catch-up. Below are the most informative and entertaining tweets, vines and gifs that will get you back in business. Expect a weekly social media round up like this every Sunday for the rest of the season. Enough with the chatter, let’s see what happened this week on “the twitter” (probably what your mom calls it).
Dustin Brown was ejected for this knee to knee contact with Calder Trophy hopeful and energizer bunny Tomas Hertl. Please refrain from any “hert” puns while Hertl misses the next month with a “lower-body injury”.
— Brodie Brazil (@BrodieNBCS) December 20, 2013
Marian Gaborik returns…..
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 21, 2013
……and he’s gone.
— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) December 22, 2013
Shane Doan misses time due to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which against all odds is actually a real thing.
Injury woes continue for Calgary. Curtis Glencross is the latest victim.
Martin Jones (66% owned in Yahoo! leagues) improves to 8-0 in his 8 starts. He surrendered only 3 goals on 81 shots this week, earning 3 wins including a shutout.
Martin Jones (LA): 23 saves; improves to 8-0 in NHL career; ELIAS: tied for 2nd-longest win streak TO START NHL career. Ray Emery was 9-0
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) December 22, 2013
Matt Duchene only amassed 9 points…in the past 7 games. Sochi. That is all.
— Kyle Keefe (@kylekeefetv) December 20, 2013
The Great 8 became the NHL’s first 30 goal scorer this season.
Ovechkin has 32 in a 48-game season. Has 30 in 34 so far this year.
— Ted Starkey (@TedStarkey) December 22, 2013
Chris Stewart records a hat trick as the Blues dismantle Edmonton
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) December 22, 2013
Antione Vermette tacks on a hat trick and GWG against his former team, the Ottawa Senators.
— NHL (@NHL) December 22, 2013
Goal of the Year Alert!
Claude Giroux is thanking fantasy owners for giving him a chance after his slow start. He has 11 points in the last 2 weeks with a +6 rating and 25 shots on net.
Save of the Year Alert!
Jonas Gustavsson has been fantasy relevant for nearly a month now, climbing into Yahoo!’s top 200 rankings. He was originally given next to no value at the 490th ranked player, but currently sits at 182 over the course of the season.
As for this save, I’m not sure what to even say. Feast your eyes.
Now that you are all caught up, enjoy the last few games before the break. See you next week for another edition of twitter’s fantasy hockey week in review.
Kevin Roche is a lead writer for fantasy hockey with THW. He is a passionate hockey fan and pond hockey enthusiast who attends Clemson University in South Carolina. Kevin will graduate with an engineering degree in 2014, but he will continue to do what he loves after graduation: write about hockey.