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Bartender!  Shot of Jack.  Man, I loved that call growing up, RIP Stuart Scott.  This shot is of Jack Eichel who is lapping the entire league when it comes to points over the last month.  Eichel now has the second longest point streak of the season after another big game on Tuesday night.  He was seemingly the only Sabre who could get anything going scoring two goals and an assist with three shots in the 6-3 loss to the Flyers.  Eichel now has 45 points (18+27) in 46 games with over four shots per game.  If he has stayed healthy all season, he’d be recognized in the same light as the two rookies going off this season.  Eichel has been carrying fantasy teams for weeks now and he has the potential to do that the rest of the season.  For where Reid and I think we’ll rank him for next season, listen to Tuesday’s podcast .  Here’s what else happened the last two nights around the league:

Torey Krug – Two assists with three shots.  We’d be looking at a bottom end #1 if Krug’s plus-minus wasn’t poor.  That said, it’s not poor enough to keep him from being a #2D.

Craig Anderson – 25 saves on 27 shots in the 4-2 win over Boston.  He’s earned the right to be started against every opponent.

Alexandre Burrows – Goal and an assist with three shots.  The minutes are still poor so I lean more towards elite streamer than hold.

Erik Karlsson – Two assists with three shots.  It shows how good he is when 11+47 in 64 games feels a bit disappointing.

Dion Phaneuf – Two assists with a shot.  Sloppy Seconds (as Sean Avery called him back in the day) remains useful for the things we expected, notably PIM.

Antti Raanta – 38 save shutout in the 1-0 win over the Lightning.  I can’t help but wonder if someone will let Raanta be their starting goalie next season.  He’s been great again for the Rangers making him worth streaming every time out.

Andrei Vasilevskiy – 33 saves on 34 shots taking the tough luck loss in OT.  He’s been great since the big trade so keep rolling him.

Kari Lehtonen – 42 saves on 44 shots snapping the Capitals’ 15 game home winning streak.  That’s two monster starts in a row for Lehtonen but all of his numbers are still well below average.  “Desperate for starts” all the way.

Patrick Sharp – Goal and an assist with four shots.  The Stars GM Jim Nill has said that Sharp is playing through something nagging.  If it gets any worse, I’m sure he’ll be shut down so be aware of it and have a contingency plan.

Nicklas Backstrom – Goal and an assist with seven shots and two PIM.  This season has been nothing short of spectacular from Backstrom.

Braden Holtby – 8 saves on 11 shots in 25:40 before getting pulled.  He actually moved up to #1 on the rater before this game dropped him back to #2.  Better now than in the fantasy playoffs for his owners.

Aaron Dell – 31 saves on 33 shots in the 3-2 win over the Jets.  Dell has been outstanding this season and Pete DeBoer has stated he plans on playing Dell more down the stretch.  I wouldn’t go so far as to holding him for those starts but I’d look to stream him.

Mikkel Boedker – Goal on three shots for some streamer success.  Use him only in the best matchups or on a short slate.

Joe Pavelski – Two goals on three shots with 2 PIM.  I’m expecting him to get on a semi-heater just to get to 30+40 like he always does.  Mr. Consistency doing what he does.

Connor Hellebuyck – 27 saves on 29 shots taking the loss.  We talked about him extensively on the podcast, mostly about my long term thoughts, but for this year make sure he’s owned and start him with confidence while he’s rolling.

Sergei Bobrovsky – 33 save shutout in the 2-0 win over the Devils.  Is three straight shutouts good?  Asking for Bob.

Oliver Bjorkstrand – Goal on two shots for some more streamer success.  Keep using him and if he’s available in any semi-deep dynasties for whatever reason, pick him up.

Sean Couturier – Two assists with a shot.  He’s currently being used on the third line so leave him on the waiver wire outside of deep leagues.

Michael Del Zotto – Two assists with five shots.  Del Zaster has been that for most of the season.  Hard pass.

Radko Gudas – Goal and two assists, +5.  This will be up there as far as most unlikely 3 point games go.

Travis Konecny – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM.  He’s fallen off quite a bit this season but I still like him quite a bit for dynasties.  Konecny is a bottom end streamer right now.

Jordan Weal – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Here is another guy that I like a decent amount for dynasties.  He’s playing on the top line right now so stream him in good matchups.

Evander Kane – Goal and an assist with four shots.  What a monster he has been for months now.  Thanks for making me look smart!

Gustav Nyquist – Two goals on five shots playing over 20 minutes.  Where have these minutes been all year?  I don’t expect it to last only because it hasn’t all season.  I would stream him but he’s not a hold.

Henrik Zetterberg – Two assists with three shots and two PIM.  Man, I feel bad for Zetterberg that this massive resurgence is going to waste on a poor Red Wings team.

Tyler Bozak – Two assists with two shots.  Bozy remains right on the fence of hold vs. stream.

Mitch Marner – Same line as Bozak.  The shots have dried up which is frustrating but Marner has already paid off value for the season.

Frederik Andersen – 22 saves on 24 shots in the 3-2 win over Detroit.  Use him in good matchups but I wouldn’t have faith rolling him.

Tanner Glass – Goal and an assist with two shots and five PIM over two games.  Tanner Glass scoring two points in a game gives me hope that I could still make the league.

Oscar Lindberg – Two assists with a shot.  He’s the type of guy that will be exposed that Vegas should take.  There is some upside here but for our current purposes the minutes aren’t available.

Henrik Lundqvist – 43 saves on 45 shots in the 5-2 win over the Panthers.  It hasn’t been great on the whole but at least the wins have been strong like every season of his Hall of Fame career.

Aaron Ekblad – Goal on eight shots.  He’s put 24 shots on net the last 3 games which is beyond absurd.  I’ll probably be looking to take him next season assuming people are lower on him after this disappointing campaign.  I’d still hold him if you got to this point simply for the shots and PIM.

Vincent Trocheck – Two assists with five shots.  Trocheck has remained solid despite the team getting healthy reducing his role.

James Reimer – 15 saves on 19 shots in 33:14 in the 5-2 loss to the Rangers.  Reimer had been great before this game so I’m not overreacting to one dud.

Jake Allen – 32 saves on 33 shots in the 2-1 win over the Wild.  Huge win for the Blues who received a second straight strong performance.  We don’t have much choice but to keep rolling him.

Alex Pietrangelo – Assist with three shots playing over 26 minutes.  The Shattenkirk trade really opened up big minutes for him.  This role boost will really help raise his stock for next season.

Mikko Koivu – Goal on five shots.  The shots have been poor on the whole but every other category has been so good that you have to hold him.

Thomas Greiss – 27 saves on 28 shots in the 4-1 win over the Oilers.  His numbers have been strong on the whole and should remain that way the rest of the season and going forward.

Thomas Hickey – Two assists with two shots and two PIM.  And there’s your annual Thomas Hickey update!

Josh Ho-Sang – First career goal on his only shot.  He is getting power play time which is nice to see.  Ho-Sang is a decent streamer right now with big long-term upside.

Anders Lee – Two goals on three shots.  Lee is looking good for 30 goals which is completely under the radar.

John Tavares – Two assists with two shots.  Every guy I take in the Three Point Challenge gets 2 points.  Sigh.

Jaccob Slavin – Assist.  He has an assist in five straight games and the minutes are up so if you need assists, pick him up.  AAGNOF!

Calvin Pickard – 25 saves on 26 shots in the 3-1 win over the Hurricanes.  Like the goalie, hate the situation.  Hard pass.

Tyson Barrie – Goal and two assists with three shots.  If the team wasn’t horrible dragging down his plus-minus (-26), we’d be content with Barrie once again.  Instead, he’s fringe at best.

Nathan MacKinnon – Goal on five shots.  You can go either way with him right now because of the plus-minus but I still love him long term.

Carey Price – 27 saves on 28 shots in the 2-1 OT win over the Canucks.  I predicted this game perfectly on the podcast.  Price is hotter than a pistol right now.

Ryan Miller – 36 saves on 38 shots taking the loss.  His save percentage is strong but the other categories are relatively poor.  It’s right around “desperate for starts,” maybe slightly above.

Filip Forsberg – Shorthanded goal on seven shots.  Another guy making me look smart, Forsberg is carrying the Preds offensively right now.  Here’s to hoping he keeps it up.

Calle Jarnkrok – Two assists with two shots.  Decent streamer right now with the minutes up.

Patrick Eaves – Assist with four shots.  Hasn’t missed a beat switching teams.

Ryan Getzlaf – Goal and two assists with three shots playing 24 minutes.  Getzlaf is peaking right now and should top his totals from last season outside of PIM.

Wednesday Streamers:

Jake Guentzel (9.3%) – The Penguins game against the Jets tonight is the highest over-under of the season at 6.5.  Use as many guys that you can in this game.  Given my under 20% threshold, my first choice is Guentzel despite being off the first line.

Alexandre Burrows (6.7%) – As talked about above, keep streaming Burrows.  Dallas is a great matchup as well.

Frank Vatrano (7.3%) – All three games should be high scoring or at least in this game, the Bruins should score a bunch of goals.  Vatrano has slowed down but it’s a great spot against Detroit.

That’s all for now guys.  As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.  There are only three games tonight so my next set of daily notes will be up Friday morning.  Reid and I will be recording a podcast Thursday morning so look for that to drop by noon on Thursday as well.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Scott says:
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    Ah, Stuart Scott. Miss that guy.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Scott: Oh yeah, made ESPN so much better. Now I can’t even watch it the vast majority of the time.

      • Scott says:
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        @Viz: I hear ya.

  2. dubjay says:
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    Hey Viz,
    I am desperate for goalie stats since Lundqvist and Allen have essentially ruined my season. Pretty much winning all of the offensive categories minus PIM and +/-.
    Which of these guys should I drop to pick up a streamer in goal.
    M.HOFFMAN, N.EHLERS, C.SHEARY(+/-), R.JOHANSEN. I already just dropped Barkov which hurt. Need to drop another. Have Toews and Eichel at C and they’ve been unbelievable over the last month. Also have Kadri for PIMs
    What do you think? Any sneaky PIM guys to grab?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @dubjay: I don’t think there’s any sneaky PIM guys worth owning considering the quality of player you have to cut to make this move, you’re probably better off just trying to win the other categories and hoping to get lucky in PIM in some weeks. I think Sheary is the worst of this bunch so I’d probably drop him although I could see dropping RyJo since he’s almost all assists. The problem is that RyJo also is producing a decent amount of PIM. I wouldn’t considering dropping the other two.

      • dubjay says:
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        @Viz:
        who do you value more…..Ehlers or Hoffman? I already have Kane at LW so there is only really one spot left. Which one would you start?

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @dubjay: You start lineups weekly? If that’s the case, use whatever guy plays more games and if it’s the same, I’d lean towards Hoffman. If it’s daily and all of those guys play on the same day, go matchup based

  3. Shitwolf says:
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    Hey viz thanks for the wrap up. Eichel is a beauty! I was wondering what the heck is going on with the letang injury? It’s a major mystery! I hope you have a raging clue because my clue is tiny. I currently have sir Steven of stamkos on my IR but with playoffs next week I’m wondering what I should do with my IR slot… should I be risky and go into the quarters (which starts next week)most likely a man down with letang being out? Or do I drop one of my stamkos or letang injuries and I’m thinking pick up that thug borowacky from Ottawa for the hits and PIM since I’m stacked with scoring. Tough call for me.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Shitwolf: No problem! He really is. Sully came out and said today that it’s not a concussion or related to his previous stroke but he didn’t say exactly what it was. Messed up situation for sure. Oh man, yeah that is tough. If you think you can get away with holding them, I would but I completely understand if you don’t want to take the chance. I guess I’d see if there’s any update over the weekend on either guy (unless you are afraid someone else will grab Borowiecki) and make a decision either way on Sunday. I can give you a definitive answer then but I’d wait it out if possible.

      • Shitwolf says:
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        @Viz:

        Good call I was planning on waiting it out as long as possible to figure out what letangs deal or no deal is.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @Shitwolf: He’s out until at least next Friday, that’s all I got though.

  4. Our league allows 2 keepers. Erik Karlsson & Tyler Seguin were mine this year. Is Jack Eichel in the conversation to replace one of them next season?

    • Viz

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      @madden_curser: Oh man, I think you have to keep Eichel and probably over Karlsson unless your categories are different than normal. He’s so far above the rim already and he’ll still be 20 when next season starts.

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