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    The Kevin Stevens Theory

    Nicklas Backstrom's value is increased thanks to playing on a line with Alex Ovechkin.
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Do you remember the first year Wayne Gretzky recorded 200 points?

    How about the 1992-93 season when Mario Lemieux scored 69 goals and added 91 assists?

    Those are two of the greatest single season scoring outputs in recent NHL history (recent being the last 30 years or so).

    If fantasy had been as big a thing in those days as it is now, these seasons would rank as a couple of the best ever and Gretzky's will probably never be topped.

    So why am I bringing this up in 2008? And what possible connection does it have to this fantasy season?

    Here's the reason: Do you remember how many points Glenn Anderson put up in Gretzky's first magical 200-point campaign? Or how many Kevin Stevens put up that year playing alongside Lemieux in Pittsburgh?

    Not without hitting the old NHL Almanac, that's for sure. Both Anderson (38-67-105 points) and Stevens (55-56-111 points) were great players in their own right, but playing alongside these two greats increased their productivity.

    (For the record, every one of Anderson's 80-point seasons came while playing alongside No.99 and Stevens never scored 80 points without Mario as a line mate.)

    This lesson can be applied to today's superstars. Take for example Nicklas Backstrom and Victor Kozlov in Washington, playing on the same line as Alex Ovechkin. Backstrom is a solid mid-to-lower level fantasy player in his own right, while Kozlov is more of a fringe fantasy players given his consistency problems, but add Ovechkin on their wing, and all of the sudden their values are much stronger.

    Much of Backstrom's early season struggles (four points in 11 games), as well as Kozlov's (three points, but only in seven games), stem from Ovechkin's early season difficulties (five points in nine games).

    After putting up nearly 70 points one season ago, while helping Ovechkin hit the 60-goal mark and capture the Hart Trophy as the leagues Most Valuable Player, big things are expected from Backstrom this year. Some are even saying he could hit the 100-point mark.

    But when you are merely a moon rotating around the sun that is Ovechkin, you are bound to get lost in the shadows.

    A slightly different scenario is going on in Pittsburgh, where Sidney Crosby has been centering a line with Evgeni Malkin and Pascal Dupuis for the last few weeks. The line has been shuffled a bit the last week or so, and Dupuis is now hurt, but he is not expected to be out long and should still get some time of the top line.

    Malkin is an A+ fantasy player by himself, the combination of he and Sid together just makes both even more incredibly difficult to contain and defense against.

    Dupuis' value is the one that gets the largest boost. After scoring only 12 goals and 15 points a season ago, split between Atlanta and Pittsburgh, Dupuis could find himself looking at his first 20-goal campaign since 2002-2003 when he was a member of the Minnesota Wild. And it is a reach, but a 50, or maybe even 60, point season could be in the cards if Dupuis can play with those two superstars for the majority of the season.

    Dupuis did account for almost one point per game last season after joining the Penguins in the Marian Hossa trade. This is a scenario that plays out in many an NHL rinks across North America, this is just not limited to Washington and Pittsburgh. Take a look across a teams stat sheet and see who is playing with their top scorer. He could be a viable option for your squad.

    After all, playing with one of the top players in the game is a sure fire way for your fantasy value to skyrocket, history, and Kevin Stevens, prove it.

    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Tim Godfrey at tgodfrey@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

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      Exclusive look inside newly renovated Al Lang Stadium Video included

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      Great 38 News Now got an exclusive look at the newly renovated Al Lang Stadium while it was still under construction. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament Video included

      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament
      Updated:

      PARC is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to turn disabilities into capabilities. They provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.  More>>

      Trio talks about 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      You may remember these familiar faces. Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie stopped by Great 38 News Now in January before they set off on their 900 mile trek across the state of Florida. More>>

      News Now: JDRF is walking for a cure Video included

      Updated:

      JDRF is walking for a cure. Their goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. To help raise awareness and funds, they are holding a 5k walk on April 11th at Amalie Arena. Nicole Johnson and Tim Rivers stopped by to fill us in and to share their stories of living with diabetes. More>>

      News Now: Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year'

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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      • Drier, mostly cloudy today in Tampa Bay

        Drier, mostly cloudy today in Tampa Bay

        Tuesday, April 21 2015 4:27 AM EDT2015-04-21 08:27:41 GMT
        The front that brought the strong storms across the Tampa Bay area yesterday has stalled just south of Sarasota.
        The front that brought the strong storms across the Tampa Bay area yesterday has stalled just south of Sarasota.
      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Wednesday, March 18 2015 11:05 AM EDT2015-03-18 15:05:08 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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