As a Sabres fan, it was tough to watch Andrei Vasilevskiy lock the game down Thursday night in the Lightning 4-1 win over Buffalo.  After a horrible first period, the Sabres dominated the game but Vasilevskiy took control.  Coach Jon Cooper said that Vasilevskiy’s going to get a bunch of games in the near future so add him if you can. He’s an excellent target in dynasty leagues. After this season, either he gets traded or the Lightning trade Ben Bishop.  Either way, you’re a winner.  In one year leagues, he will have plenty of value in spot starts.

Here’s what else I saw Thursday night:

Tyler Johnson – Goal on two shots, +2.  Somehow it’s only his second goal of the year.  A huge run is coming.

Nikita Kucherov – Goal, assist and 4 shots.  A huge run is coming here as well.  And that’s me repeating me!

Steven Stamkos – Goal on two shots.  He’s amazing but it seems like he scores a goal every game against Buffalo.  Granted, the Sabres have been horrible for years but for DFS purposes this has value.

Jack Eichel – Goal on six shots.  Every goal he has is a highlight reel goal.  I know he hasn’t been great yet but I still firmly believe that his numbers will be solid by the end of the season.

John Carlson – Goal and assist on two shots.  Up to 12 points in 12 games.  Yeah, I love my preseason ranking more and more.

Alex Ovechkin – Goal on 5 shots.  Meh, mediocre by his standards.

Braden Holtby – 28 saves on 29 shots in the win over Boston.  Firmly believe he is a top 5 goalie going forward.

Brendan Gallagher – Goal, assist, two shots and 2 PIM.  His center, Tomas Plekanec, had the same line minus the PIM, and his opposite winger Max Pacioretty had the same line except two assists instead of a goal and an assist.  The Canadiens top line is a power house right now and I don’t expect that to change.

Andrew Ladd – Goal with four shots.  Hey, there’s that goal I talked about yesterday!

Dustin Byfuglien – Goal with seven shots.  He’s simply a monster.  We just have to hope he avoids a suspension; he’s already been talked to four times this year.

Bobby Ryan – Goal with four shots.  Solid start to the year for a guy with two first names.

Craig Anderson – 38 saves on 40 shots in the shootout win.  I’d like to see the GAA come down but at least it’s clear that he’s the workhorse going forward for Ottawa.

James Neal – Plus 2, 5 shots and 4 PIM.  He was skating around like a maniac all game and he ended up injuring Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle.  No word yet on how long either are out but it sounds like Parise could miss some time.  On Neal, he’s up to 10 points (7+3) in 12 games with 12 PIM and over 4 shots per game.  Excellent well-rounded line.

Roman Josi – Goal with four shots and 2 PIM.  Josi and Shea Weber (Assist with a shot) both almost played half of the game.  What animals.

Thomas Vanek – Three shots but played over 20 minutes.  With the injury to Parise, I expect Vanek to move up to the top line.  He could see a little bit of a hot stretch in the upcoming games.

Mikael Backlund – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He’s been very poor to start the year (everyone outside of their top line has) but perhaps this will spark a turn around.  I’m still not owning him in 12’ers though.

Karri Ramo – 26 saves on 27 shots in the win.  Finally a good start.  Bob Hartley said he’s going to start the next few games so if you need some starts, Ramo would be a nice pickup.  I’ve been holding him in leagues because I expect the Flames to turn it around; yesterday was a good start, albeit against an offensively challenged Flyers team.

Matt Duchene – Goal on three shots.  We’re starting to see some signs of life from Duchene, partially because he’s finally getting some quality linemates to play with.

Nathan MacKinnon – Assist with six shots and 4 PIM.  Quite frankly, it doesn’t matter who MacKinnon is playing with; the kid is a terror on the ice every time he’s out there.

Nicklas Grossman – Two goals on 3 shots.  There aren’t many players less likely to score two goals in a game than Grossman.  This will probably be the only time all year that I write about him.  Sorry Nick’s family!

Connor Murphy – Two assists and a shot.  He’s getting PP time but he’s still not ownable except in the deepest of leagues.

Martin Hanzal – Two assists.  If you’re in need of assists, Hanzal is a great target having 12 on the season now.  If you need anything else, you aren’t getting it.  He hasn’t scored yet and only has 16 shots.  ASSISTagnof!  That doesn’t work nearly as well as thrAGNOF or SAGNOF.

Mikkel Boedker – Two assists with four shots.  Played almost 22 minutes which is a great sign going forward.  He’s up to 10 points so this could be his full breakout season.  The plus-minus will probably be a disaster though.

Sergei Bobrovsky – 31 saves on 33 shots in the win over the Kings.  I told you to buy low so I’m going to pump my own tires and say that call looks outstanding.  If it’s not too later, I’d still try to get Bob.  He’s been a top 10 goalie for 3 years running and still has a chance to get there this year.

Brandon Dubinsky – Goal and an assist with three shots.  He played the most minutes of all CBus forwards again.  Clearly Torts is going to let Dubinsky get a ton of ice time so the coaching change has added some fantasy value to Dubi.

Jeff Carter– Goal on five shots.  Good times keep on rolling for Carter.

Alex Petrovic – -5 in the 5-2 loss to the Sharks.  Only posting about him because it’s rare to see a -5, let alone when your team only gives up 5 goals.  Rough night.

Jaromir Jagr – One shot and -4.  Not much better for the legend.  He’s working his way back from injury so some tough times were expected when you’re 43 years old.

Joonas Donskoi – Goal with four shots and 2 PIM.  He’s back from injury and went straight back to the top line.  He’s fringe in 12’ers without the power play time but he should be an excellent streamer and I’d grab him in anything deeper.

Joe Thornton – Two assists, no shots.  That looks like a Thornton line.

Brent Burns – Goal and assist with three shots.  He’s up to 10 points and an absurd 54 shots already.  Man, that power beard he has is outstanding as well.

 

 

That’s all for now guys.  I will post my streamers in the comments section as I want to get this up on the website as soon as possible.  As always, feel free to leave any comments or ask any questions below.  Look for a contributing article shortly from a new writer as well. I’ll be back on Monday with the weekend recap.  Have a great weekend everyone!

  1. Montezuma's Revenge...right now says:
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    this Vas news goes right along with what i thought was coming about just over 12 hours ago in previous post. in a 20 teamer i even had to drop backlund (and i loved him last year), albeit due mostly to adding or activating lindberg/larkin/fabbri so it’s not all bad. But it certainly does suck that all three of those count only as Centers in Yahoo while none of them actually play center, really sucks with faceoffs.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge…right now: I really wish websites were better at updating positions for players. It’s the biggest downside of fantasy hockey; most places aren’t committed enough to it

  2. Scott says:
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    ASSISTagnof, ASSISTagnof, ASSISTagnof. Kind of grows on you.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Scott: haha. maybe AAGnof works better abbreviating assists? There seems to be more guys this year that are purely assist guys (and obviously the special teams points).

  3. Scott says:
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    Who do you like best of the line Weis, Fleischman, and Desharnais?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Probably Weise although it’s close with flash. I hate the lack of shots with Desharnais

  4. Viz

    Viz says:
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    Streamers for tonight:

    Teemu Pulkkinen, anyone on the rangers third line who is available and Pascal Dupuis again

  5. Viz, I have trade offer of Datsyuk (C) & Bogosian (D), who are both on IR, for my Ryan O’Reilly (C/RW). O’Reilly averaging 14.1 pts/game in our format. I was thinking drop Kuznetsov? I have Seguin, Zetterberg, Kuznetsov, Eichel, plus Filip Forsberg & Galchenyuk are C/LW and O’Reilly is C?RW. Should I pull the trigger on this one. Centers get 1 pt. FOW / – 0.5 FOL, so good to find combo C/Winger. Thanks!

      • Lance

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        @madden_curser:
        As a biased caps fan you have to keep Kuzy, I would drop galey or krieder over him, but giving up O’Riley in general is a little scary to me too, espcially for Bogosian who isn’t going to break 20 points and you can find his hits anywhere on the waivers most likely.

        If you like the magi man investment though then I’d go with it, but O’Riley has been great, I’d get somebody better than Bogosian if I was in your shoes

    • Viz

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      @madden_curser: I would probably hold RoR; I’ve watched every game as a Sabres fan and he looks outstanding. If you did the trade, there is no way I would cut Kuznetsov. With the points for faceoffs, I’d drop Kreider.

  6. mcBlunty says:
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    is david desharnes worth picking up, if so would you drop huberdeau or cam atkinson?

    • Lance

      Lance B says:
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      @mcBlunty:
      I wouldn’t mind dropping Hub for Desharnes, any montreal guy is worth a play on a given night

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @mcBlunty: I wouldn’t bother unless it’s simply to stream.

  7. What's a Drexl? says:
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    C- turris, plekanec, thornton, fisher, bozak, draisaitl
    LW – perrault, palat, lucic, abdelkader,
    RW zucker, zibanejad, m.johansson, tatar, bailey
    D – demers, j.johnson, wideman, stone, weber, daley, muzzin
    G – dubnyk, allen
    IR/IR+ – bogosian, schwartz, stastny

    it was the good weber, whether or not i should drop 1 D for Nurse. Hits/blocks here. i grabbed Montoya (over Ullmark, Ramo, Neuvirth) for today only. With TB’s scoring lately (last few weeks really) it was close with him vs Ullmark i think. too late to change now.

    2. also, any drops for dano?

    • Viz

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      @What’s a Drexl?: I think I’m holding the defenseman then and dropping Bailey for Dano.

  8. Fungazi says:
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    As a non-Price owner, is Condon droppable? Price’s injury is just minor, so he would only have a few more starts before going to a backup used only on back to back games?

    • Viz

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      @Fungazi: I’d try to trade him to the guy who has Price first but if he doesn’t want him, cutting Condon is fine.

  9. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    in that same 16 teamer where i’m STL it’s about time to try to trade Elliot isn’t it? We can only start 1 goalie per day and i have bishop and elliot. also have stempniak/perron to dump off with shattenkirk and later schwartz/stastny coming back. Draisaitl/Nurse being called up together crowding up what is a very good team. I wouldn’t mind holding Elliot (and can now for a while anyway since we have max IR/IR+ slots, if he stays hurt). We need 3 starts per week to qualify, and have a rule to prevent hoarding in which if we have more than 2 active goalies only 1 of the total can be from a team not your name, so DAL can have Niemi/Lehtonen + 1 non DAL goalie, but me, with Elliot active, can only have him and 1 other non STL goalie. So if he becomes active but backup, and Bishop has a mix of a slow week and starts splitting with Vas, i’m screwed and would have to just drop Elliot to stream anyway. streamers aren’t bad since hoarding rule though, with all of montoya/greiss/darling/raanta/kinkaid/grabauer/zatkoff/all BUF guys/enroth etc. Trying to get an upgrade on D for giving up say elliot/stempniak or something.

    • Viz

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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: Yeah, I would try to move Elliott if you can make sure you’ll make three starts otherwise. There is a chance Allen slips or gets injured but I do expect him to be the main guy and that is a nice group of guys to stream from. That said, Elliott will be very solid when he does start, better than the streamers. I would try to shop him though.

  10. sliimbo says:
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    who would you drop to activate getzlaf?

    nelson, neilsen, zucker or morgan rielly
    hits league

    thanks

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @sliimbo: I think I’d drop Nelson.

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