We talked about Mikael Granlund on last Friday’s podcast for a few minutes. Granlund was on an 11 game point streak, the longest of any player during this season, going into Saturday’s game. You can say that he extended it in style. Against the Canucks, Granlund scored his first career hat trick on six shots while also having an assist and finishing +4. That brings his totals to a ridiculous 15+33 in 51 games while being +30. He’s now a top 10 forward on the season based on RCL categories finally delivering on the hype surrounding him entering the league. As for where he’ll be ranked going into next season, check out the podcast. Here’s what else happened around the league this weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Welcome back to the Razzball Hockey Podcast! Reid joins me per usual to talk about the recent developments around the league. We start off with injury news, notably Conor Sheary going down and the return of Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau. From there, we look at the longest point streak of this season, Shayne Gostisbehere being scratched and the coaching change for the Blues. After that, we run down a list of players who are on the fringe and decide whether they are holds, top end streamers or bottom end guys. We finish up with our picks for The Three Point Challenge for Saturday’s Games. Be sure to make your picks in the comments section below. All of that and more in the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast brought to you by Draft, SeatGeek and FanPicks!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Dating all the way back to the preseason, I called Pekka Rinne the biggest wild card of the fantasy hockey season. In some seasons, he plays like the #1 goalie. In other seasons, he’s been a detriment to fantasy rosters. This year, he’s settled more in the middle but closer to the good side. We saw that top end ability once again on Thursday night when Rinne posted a 31 save shutout in the 2-0 win over the Oilers. So what do we do with him going forward? Honestly, nothing really changes. One, Peter Laviolette has already said that he wants to play Juuse Saros more down the stretch. Two, his variance is so high that any game or even any month doesn’t change his long term prognosis. Basically, if you want to gamble, Rinne is someone worth the shot based on the high upside. If you want stability, stay the hell away. In dynasties, I’m down on him only because I’m a huge believer in Saros but for the rest of the season, I’m more on the side of Rinne being a top 10 goalie the rest of the way. Here’s what else happened around the league the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Remember how poor Max Pacioretty was playing the first six weeks of the season? Despite the incredible start from the Canadiens, Patches was struggling to find the back of the net, mostly due to his shot rate falling off a cliff. While he’s not at his normal levels, he’s back over three shots per game and on Tuesday, Patches had a huge night. He scored on all three of his shots leading the way in Montreal’s destruction of the Sabres. All of a sudden, Pacioretty is tied for second in the league in goals (at the time of this writing) being a plus contributor in all categories. While he’s not pushing the top 25 like he was a couple years ago, Patches is firmly in the top 50 going forward. Here’s what else I saw around the league on a massive Tuesday slate:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Reid and I are back after All-Star weekend hitting on some recent topics. We start off with a quick discussion of the All-Star Game before talking about the Islanders being potentially booted from Barclays Center and their extension with Thomas Greiss. Andre Burakovsky’s hot play is the next topic before talking about some players who were must-own that should be dropped at this point. From there, my playoff schedule breakdown piece is looked at before we make our Three Point Challenge picks. Be sure to make your own in the comments section. All of that and more on the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast brought to you by Draft, Seatgeek and FanPicks!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hey everyone! I’m back following the All-Star break and with no games since last Thursday (recapped here), I need something else to talk about! Well, I thought something that would be very helpful is an in-depth look at the schedules for every team in the NHL the last four weeks of the season. I picked those weeks because at least the last three weeks (the last 4 if you’re in an RCL or any league with two week long playoff matchups) are your playoffs in head to head leagues. By giving you this information now, this gives everyone a few options. One, it helps everyone make decisions at the bottom of your roster. Don’t let the schedule be the final decision, but it’s a useful tiebreaker. Two, if you’re in top position, it allows you to make a trade that would greatly benefit you in the playoffs. Lastly, it shows you what teams will be the best to stream from at certain points in the playoffs. You’re going to want to bookmark this page for when you make it and use it as a guide. If a player finishes the week with three games in four nights, he’ll obviously make a great streamer for multiple days. Let’s look at every team and see what they’re working with:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Anyone who reads my posts knows how much I love Evander Kane for fantasy hockey. You’re probably sick of me writing about him at this point. Well, I’m leading off with him again today because of the following: a) He had three more points on Thursday night (2+1, 3 SOG), b) nobody else went off because Nino and I just led off with him, c) I watched the entire Sabres game to see Kane’s impact, and d) there is no D. Well, there is, watch Dwight Howard and Dennis Schroeder joke about it but not in regards to this point. Anyways, you guys know what to do with Kane at this point. For those who are new here, pick him up and play him! It’s an excellent combination of goals, shots and penalty minutes at the moment. Here’s what else happened over the last two nights before the All-Star break:Please, blog, may I have some more?
We had to make up for the time off so Reid joins me once again for the second consecutive day! The show starts with each of us bringing up three different things we took away from Tuesday’s games. Among the notables are Columbus’ shaky play, how good Brent Burns is, an underrated Shark and Jack Eichel. Afterwards, we start some dynasty talk. Each of us talks about our top two tiers for the long term along with about 10 players that we could see taking a big jump next season. From there, we have a detailed discussion about Thursday’s massive 13 game slate before making our Three Point Challenge picks. At the end, there’s a quick preview of this weekend’s All Star game. All of that and more on this All-Star edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast brought to you by Draft, SeatGeek and FanPicks!Please, blog, may I have some more?
After a brief haitus, we’re back! Reid joins me once again to catch up on everything we’ve missed over the last 9 days. We start again with injuries, notably Alex Galchenyuk, Kevin Hayes and a bleak update for Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau. After that, we hit the big developments, including a ton of high scoring games, Conor Sheary exploding, the Capitals rolling, Patrick Marleau with a four goal period and the Jets going with a blast from the past in net. Per usual, we wrap things up with The Three Point Challenge. All of that and more in the latest edition of The Razzball Hockey Podcast, brought to you by SeatGeek and FanPicks!Please, blog, may I have some more?
In the first half of Tuesday’s game, Jack Eichel couldn’t get anything going. The puck was constantly jumping over his stick and was turning the puck over constantly. Things certainly changed in the second half of the game as he willed the Sabres to a third straight overtime victory. Eichel scored twice, including an absurd overtime winner, on four shots.
Eichel’s shot rate is currently the best in the league over his 26 games along with 12 goals and 9 assists. Now, it’s not a huge sample, but that’s a 40 goal, 30 assist pace with over 320 shots. That’s why I had him ranked in the top 20 before his preseason injury and while he’ll probably be there at the start of next season. We’ll be sure to include some dynasty talk on Thursday’s podcast; in Eichel’s case, we haven’t seen his best yet, far from it. Here’s what else happened around the league on Tuesday night: