Paul Bissonnette scored a goal! This was fantastic news for Bissonnette’s mother, who was in the crowd watching her son play in the NHL in person for the very first time, but it was terrible news for his anti-fantasy owners, who were hoping he’d last an entire season without a single point.

The only players remaining without a single point are rookies Brayden Schenn and Nino Niederreiter, who have played in 4 and 3 games respectively, enforcers Jared Boll and Cam Janssen, backup goaltender Andrew Raycroft, and stay-at-home defencemen John Scott, Jason Strudwick, and Brian Lee. What’s that? Jason Strudwick retired? Well…that’s good news for a bunch of Bulies.

We have a new person in last place this week: madwag. He has the deadly trio of Anze Kopitar, Claude Giroux, and Thomas Vanek. Those three alone have given him a total of 19 points more than the second best players in their categories. Raj, who spent the first three weeks at the bottom of the standings, is now tied for 95th place with none other than myself.

For the fourth consecutive week, holidayblues holds top spot in the standings. He now has a 7-point lead on second-place Elexis. With this kind of run in first place, it’s worth looking at her team and what players are not getting things done for her.

1. Corey Perry – 13 points

Perry is the lowest scoring player in the “Art Ross Candidates” category. Sidenote – players in the top 10 in NHL scoring who weren’t on the ballot: Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul, Marian Hossa, Jason Pominville, and Kris Versteeg. Oops. In any case, Perry isn’t where holidayblues is getting her biggest advantage; Russian superstars Ovechkin and Malkin only have one point more than Perry.

2. Ryan Getzlaf – 11 points

Perry’s teammate, Getzlaf, is also the lowest scoring player in his category, “Automatic All-Stars.” Again, this isn’t a huge advantage: Pavel Datsyuk has only two points more than Getzlaf, but these small gains add up and are the difference between being in the top 20 and being number one.

3. Brad Richards – 13 points

The first stumble on her entry, Richards has been a modest success with the Rangers, though not alongside Marian Gaborik as was initially expected. Henrik Zetterberg is the lowest scorer in the category of “First Line Forwards,” with only 7 points in 18 games. His struggles are one of the big reasons Detroit is 10th in the Western Conference.

4. Eric Staal – 8 points

Here we have the first of several big losers for holidayblues, as Staal is the lowest scoring player in the “Top End Talent” category by 6 points. He has been painfully bad for the Hurricanes and it’s no surprise that they’re hanging out in the Eastern Conference basement with the New York Islanders as a result.

5. Dany Heatley – 12 points

Holidayblues picks up another 5 points in the “Powerplay Performers” category, as Heatley has scored 5 fewer than former teammate Joe Thornton, second worst in the category. This is also the category with Thomas Vanek, who is third in the NHL in scoring with 24 points, giving her a 12 point advantage on those who picked Vanek.

6. Ales Hemsky – 5 points

Hemsky is the lowest scorer in the “Injury Prone Players” category. He has been limited to just 8 games this season by none other than…injuries! Tim Connolly has likewise been limited to 8 games, but has one more point than Hemsky, while Matthew Lombardi has also scored just 6 points but has played in 11 more games. Yikes.

7. Michael Grabner – 7 points

Grabner has been huge for holidayblues, putting up 6 fewer points than Logan Couture, his closest competitor in “Rising Stars.” This was supposed to be a year for the Islanders to start competing for a playoff spot, but they instead find themselves in last place in the East.

8. Brayden Schenn – 0 points

This was meant to be Schenn’s year to compete for the Calder. Instead, he started the year in the AHL and got injured four games after being called up the NHL. Meanwhile, his 18-year-old Flyers teammate, Sean Coutourier, is putting together a Calder trophy argument of his own. Schenn and Niederreiter have 8 fewer points than their closest compatriot in “Calder Candidates.”

9. Paul Bissonnette – 1 point

Alas, Bissonnette scored the gamewinner on Saturday against the Sabres! Boll and Janssen still have zero points in “Gritty Goons.”

10. Dustin Byfuglien – 14 points

Byfuglien struggled to start the year, but has 10 points in his last 8 games and is now the highest scoring player in the “Puck Movers” category. Lubomir Visnovsky, last season’s top-scoring defenceman, has only 4 points and is now injured. That’s a 10-point swing for holidayblues, which has to hurt. Embarassingly, none of the current top-six scoring defencemen in the NHL were on the ballot. I had limited space! It’s not my fault! How was I supposed to know Brian Campbell would revitalize his career with the Panthers?

11. Tobias Enstrom – 6 points

Enstrom has been fantastically bad for holidayblues and is now sidelined with a broken collarbone. He’s the lowest scoring player in “Norris Candidates” by 6 points and is, to say the least, a longshot for the Norris Trophy. Not like Aaron Rome.

12. Rostislav Klesla – 5 points

Everyone in the “Defensive D-Men” category has very few points, but Klesla is the highest scorer. Douglas Murray and Brooks Orpik both have only 3 points.

13. Jason Strudwick – 0 points

Has Strudwick officially announced his retirement or did he just not get a contract in the summer? Given the current state of the Oilers’ defence, they might want to give him a call. In any case, he has no points. Picking Aaron Rome in the “No Offence D-Men” category would have been trouble, as the 5 points he scored in his first four games may end up being more points than the rest of the players in this category score combined.

14. Ilya Bryzgalov – 10 points

The lowest scoring player in the “All-Star Goaltenders” category is, regrettably, Roberto Luongo, with just 7 points. He’s the only one without a shutout, worth 2 points, and given his proclivity for giving up snack goals, he might not get any this season. Bryzgalov is second best, making him an acceptable pick.

15. Brent Johnson – 1 point

Johnson is a solid pick, though Andrew Raycroft hasn’t picked up a single win while backing up Kari Lehtonen. Of the “Perennial Backups,” Jhonas Enroth is the worst pick, as he now has 7 wins (as many as Luongo), including one shutout. With Ryan Miller out indefinitely with a concussion, Enroth may get a lot more starts this season. Johnson, with his sub-.900 save percentage, won’t.

The Anti-Fantasy All-Star Team has a mere 83 points, but holidayblues’ 106 points is pretty good too.


Current Standings

Name Week 6 Total
1 holidayblues 106
2 Elexis 113
3 Frank 115
4 mn 116
5 Joeducklow 118
6 Ryan 118
7 Benjo 119
8 cwhite 119
9 Donald 119
10 Anna 121
11 James W 122
12 Sleepy Lewis 122
13 John Fanning 123
14 natevk 123
15 Brosef Stalin 124
16 invisibleairwaves 124
17 Vancouverguy 125
18 Ken Johnson 126
19 Aderam 127
20 Grant Notenbomer 127
21 yobbei 127
22 Kevin Walton 128
23 Jeremy 130
24 Mallick 130
25 mr.t 130
26 Krease 132
27 Shawn R 132
28 gog 133
29 BonyZ 134
30 Jonathan McCauley 134
31 Beninvictoria 135
32 bergberg 135
33 Courtney 135
34 Will 135
35 BeCanucks 136
36 Erwin 136
37 Josh Peters 137
38 Kristen 137
39 Rebecca Scott 137
40 TDAS 137
41 Cha Cha Cha Charmin 138
42 F. N. Pig 138
43 Jimmy F. 138
44 taokenji 138
45 VernonViper 138
46 Double A 139
47 JS Topher 139
48 Julia 139
49 zack 139
50 Dwayne Brown 140
51 Eric Blacha 140
52 Iron Man 140
53 Jen 140
54 Fiona 141
55 Geoff 141
56 SAS 141
57 Tyler 141
58 yapperface 141
59 JDM 142
60 Grant 143
61 Joy (aka alasmylove22) 143
62 SweetMonkeyActn 143
63 David Jackson 144
64 JW 144
65 Steve May 144
66 Timmmy 144
67 AJP 145
68 Addy 146
69 CollinC 147
70 cbob 148
71 Leanne 148
72 puckhead 148
73 BrianP 149
74 Jacob 149
75 Leef 149
76 Rituro 149
77 seedvt 149
78 Steve Lockhart 149
79 Kyle 151
80 Lexie 151
81 Pat Jenkins 151
82 Cooper 152
83 VANSEA 152
84 iLovePITB 153
85 PeeSeeGee 154
86 Matthew L 155
87 Ruddiger 155
88 Jon 156
89 The Bookie 156
90 John 157
91 Noodle 159
92 dap 161
93 KC 161
94 Paul Almeida 162
95 Daniel Wagner 166
96 Raj 166
97 Graeme 168
98 Brunners 169
99 Katheryn 169
100 swizzler 169
101 Killa Cam 171
102 Emerys 174
103 abenson 180
104 By-Tor 180
105 madwag 185
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  1. dawn duck
    November 20, 2011

    With simply nothing else to do
    I chose to watch this game for you

    First Hemsky gave the Oil the lead
    By breaking down the wing with speed
    Then bursting by Steve Montador
    And going forehand shelf to score
    Then Smith received a hooking call
    There was barely any hook at all
    So Sharp replied with help from Kane
    But Jones soon put them up again
    Then Smith made it a two goal lead
    Which would prove all they did need
    Still Hall scored on a power play
    And Eberle put the game away
    The Oil were up five goals to one
    With only fifteen minutes done

    Chicago then lost discipline
    And Gilbert scored to seal the win
    Coach Quenneville seemed somewhat annoyed
    But I for one was overjoyed
    Another goal by Taylor Hall
    On a rebound from off the wall
    Though Bolland scored Horcoff did too
    Forty minutes and the Hawks were through

    I would have stayed to watch the rest
    But all the others in the Nest
    Chose “Prime Suspect” on Channel Eight
    With murders to investigate

    I love to see Chicago lose
    They’d not win one if I could choose

    Dawn Duck

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  2. holidayblues
    November 20, 2011

    *evil laugh*

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  3. Rituro
    November 20, 2011

    76th. Well, that was fast. *sigh*

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  4. BeCanucks
    November 20, 2011

    Vanek is still killing me… but 35 is not too bad ;-)

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  5. gog
    November 21, 2011

    back into the top 30 again, despite Bissonnettes recent scoring surge, nice….

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  6. js topher
    November 21, 2011

    Huge jump! Top 50 finally! Thank god the nucks had a slow week.

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