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March 29, 2013 | 12:21pm ET

Veteran Fever
By Tab Bamford,

What's great about daily fantasy hockey is you know, for a fact, at noon that you have the player you want on your roster. And at you can put together a roster with more stars than Ray Shero.

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In honor of the Pittsburgh Penguins adding two of the longest-tenured, single-franchise players in the league -- Brenden Morrow (835 games with Dallas) and Jarome Iginla (1,219 games with Calgary) -- this week our fantasy focus is going to be on the stars that haven't put on a second sweater yet.

Like Stan Mikita and Steve Yzerman, these guys are single-franchise players still. Each player on today's list has only played an NHL game for one franchise, and their name is followed by the number of games they have played for that team.


The Superstar: Patrick Elias, New Jersey (1,075 games)

Elias is having a fantastic season (29 points through 33 games), and will be needed in the absence of Ilya Kovalchuk. The Devils are clinging to a playoff spot, and they'll need their elder statesman to bring it in the coming week.

The Big Score: Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa (1,164)

Somehow the Sens are still in the middle of things for an Eastern Conference playoff spot, and their captain has been one of the few constants on the ice through this injury-plagued season. With more injuries seeming to hit them on a nightly basis, Alfredsson will have to lead the way into the postseason.

The Sleeper: Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay (1,024)

After picking up 22 points in 26 games, Lecavalier has been on the shelf for the last couple weeks with a broken foot. However, he could return this week, and the new coaching staff will need their veteran captain to produce for the Bolts to have a shot at the postseason.

The Darkhorse: Shane Doan, Phoenix (1,232)

Will Doan follow the franchise to a third city? He's been one of few offensive bright spots on an underwhelming Phoenix team that, as of Friday, is on the outside of the playoff picture in the Western Conference.


The Superstar: Duncan Keith, Chicago (592)

Only five active defensemen have played more games for one franchise than Keith, who has bounced back with a strong offensive season on the Blackhawks' blueline (20 points entering Friday's action). As the Hawks chase the top seed in the Western Conference, he'll continue to see big minutes.

The Big Score: Andrei Markov, Montreal (669)

Entering Friday, Markov is tied for fifth among all blue liners with 22 points this season and continues to be the face of the Habs to many fans. They're in a dog fight for the top spot in the Northeast Division and will need Markov to continue producing for them to stay on top.

The Sleeper: Chris Phillips, Ottawa (1,059)

The only defenseman in the league with over 1,000 games played for a single franchise, Phillips has picked up his offensive production as players around him have left the ice injured. Six of his 10 points to date have come in March, and he'll need to be right there with Alfredsson for the Sens to stay in the mix in the Eastern Conference.

The Darkhorse: Barret Jackman, St. Louis (631)

While the young defensemen in St. Louis steal all the headlines, Jackman is quietly having one of his better offensive seasons; he has 10 points through 33 games after posting only 13 in 81 games last year. The Blues are in a battle to stay in the playoffs, and Jackman has been a big reason they're on the right side of the eighth seed right now.


The Superstar: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey (1,207)

As the injuries have started to impact the Devils' offense (only scoring 2.38 goals per game in March), Brodeur has needed to come up big in net. Since returning from injury, Brodeur has allowed only four goals in three games (2-0-1).

The Big Score: Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers (497)

The Rangers are in a battle for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with, among others, the cross-town Islanders. And, with the major moves made in Pittsburgh, the Blue Shirts will need Lundqvist to be consistent between the pipes as we enter April if they have any chance of not only getting into the postseason, but avoiding the Penguins in the first round.

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 Tab Bamford is a Columnist for The Fourth Period Magazine. Be sure to follow him on Twitter.



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