February 9, 2013
NHL Fantasy Fare: Ilya Kovalchuk's hands tied

Ilya Kovalchuk has not been the same this season for his fantasy owners without Zach Parise and Adam Henrique. (Reuters)

Ilya Kovalchuk, whose goal and assist Thursday ended a five-game points drought, has, predictably, struggled for offensive consistency without both of last season’s linemates -- Zack Parise (free agency) and Adam Henrique (thumb injury). Yes, Henrique is finally back, but he is centring David Clarkson and Patrik Elias on what clearly is Jersey’s No. 1 line. In the end, Kovalchuk may be held back in trying to regain last year’s form until the Devils cave in and put him with either Henrique or Elias, the team’s top two playmakers.

-- Since being promoted back up to the top line with Jamie Benn and Jaromir Jagr two games ago, Stars veteran Brenden Morrow is 1-2-3 and a plus-3. Not great but, combined with his PIM potential, could be worth watching.

-- Last week, we recommended 30-year-old rookie Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth as a pickup possibility based on his gaudy save percentage and that he’d started two of the past three games. Held off picking him up because, quite frankl