As far as disappointments for this season go, Cam Atkinson is near the top of the list.  After his breakout last season with 35+27, Atkinson has struggled mightily on the ice and with an injury.  We’re finally seeing signs of Atkinson getting back to last season’s level.  Atkinson scored a shorthanded goal and added two power play assists with five shots on goal in the Columbus win on Monday. That gives Atkinson 4+4 in his last 9 games with at least three shots on goal in each game during that span.  The minutes are strong so that hasn’t been a problem.  The issue has been that Columbus’ power play has been so bad that Atkinson had only 3 STP before this game (which he doubled in this one).  Columbus has been better on the man advantage lately, and the arrival of Thomas Vanek should help them even more.  Atkinson is still available in over 40% of leagues and in a 12’er, I’d grab him right now while he’s finding his groove again.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:

Seth Jones – Goal and two assists with five shots.  Jones has slowed down a bit but it’s still an incredible season for Jones.  Jumping over one shot per game is massive for his long term value.

Artemi Panarin – Goal and an assist with three shots.  It hasn’t been great but Panarin has been very consistent all year long.

Sergei Bobrovsky – 25 saves on 26 shots in the 5-1 win over the Capitals.  The Capitals were dreadful in this game, especially in the first period, making it an easy night for Bob.  Look for him to push towards being the #1 goalie for the rest of the season.

Petr Mrazek – 28 save shutout in the 1-0 SO win over the Canadiens.  Hopefully you grabbed him a few weeks ago when I said to, because he’s been outstanding lately.  The Flyers have to be the second biggest surprise of the season behind Vegas, even more than the Jets.

Charlie Lindgren – 33 save shutout as the tough luck loser.  Lindgren has played very well for the Habs in his nine starts this season, and while I don’t really trust him this season with the team he has in front of him, he has promise going forward, presumably elsewhere.

Morgan Rielly – Two assists with four shots and two PIM Monday.  It’s not exciting but Rielly needs to be held everywhere.

Mitch Marner – Goal and an assist with four shots Monday.  Boy, Marner has been on quite the prolonged heater.  He’s going to top last season’s 61 points despite the dreadful start.

Nathan MacKinnon – Two goals and an assist with nine shots.  The breakout we’ve hoped was coming for quite some time.  MacKinnon looks like a slam dunk first rounder going forward.

Mikko Rantanen – Goal and an assist.  The shot rate has fallen off quite a bit, but it’s still much improved from his rookie campaign.  Rantanen has already flashed more upside than I thought he had; we can definitely see point per game seasons from him in the future, if not this season.

Semyon Varlamov – 31 saves on 32 shots in the 3-1 win over the Canucks.  The goals against average is rough and the other two stats are average.  Nice streamer in good spots, but a big gamble otherwise.

Anze Kopitar – Goal and two assists with five shots Monday, goal and an assist with two shots Tuesday.  He bailed out the Kings on Monday with a goal with 10 seconds remaining to get the Kings into OT before they won the game.  Massive two points for the Kings.  Kopitar definitely deserves some Hart consideration.

Dustin Brown – Goal and an assist with five shots Monday, shot on Tuesday.  I am still in disbelief that Brown has done this well all season.  I’m still giving almost all of the credit to Kopitar.

Jack Campbell – 41 saves on 42 shots in the 4-1 win over Vegas on Tuesday.  Campbell was a top prospect who flamed out in Dallas, but the Kings obviously trust him having traded Kuemper away.  We’ve seen so many backups in L.A. succeed so I’d stream Campbell when he starts.

Justin Faulk – Two assists with five shots.  The consistency isn’t there at all, but there are some big games mixed in.  It makes Faulk a nice DFS tournament option, and a specialist in 12’ers depending on what categories you need.

Teuvo Teravainen – Goal and an assist.  He’s right on the fringe at this point depending on if you want the assists.

Riley Nash – Goal and an assist with two shots.  No thanks, I’d prefer the other R. Nash in Boston.

Tommy Wingels – Goal and an assist with two shots in his Bruins debut.  He’s been a solid depth player in the past so he could help Boston some.  Wingels won’t be helping us though.

Charlie McAvoy – Goal and an assist with three shots.  McAvoy is going to be incredible.  I already want him everywhere next season and in dynasties.

Jake DeBrusk – Two assists with a shot.  Not quite enough here to be more than a bottom end streamer yet, but there is a lot of upside going forward.

Taylor Hall – Goal and an assist with three shots.  That brings Hall’s point streak to 22 games.  Incredible.

Travis Zajac – Two assists with two shots.  No interest at all.

Damon Severson – Two assists with a shot.  He hasn’t developed to the player the Devils hoped for, not even close.  Hard pass at this point.

Jake Guentzel – Two assists with three shots.  Clear must own at this point as he’s rolling again and has improved linemates.

Erik Karlsson – Goal and an assist with three shots.  The plus-minus has been a disaster but everything else has been solid.  In a dynasty, I’d look to buy low.

Matt Niskanen – Two assists with two shots and four PIM Tuesday.  The assists have been decent lately but I’m still not using Niskanen in a 12’er.

Evgeny Kuznetsov – Two goals on six shots Tuesday.  Hopefully this recent surge in shot rate is a sign of things to come.

Philipp Grubauer – 28 saves on 30 shots in the 3-2 win over the Sens.  Holtby is struggling right now, so I’m not completely opposed to holding Grubauer right now while he’s hot and getting more starts.

Jonathan Huberdeau – Goal and an assist with three shots playing over 22 minutes.  Huberdeau is still close to a point per game.  With the Panthers still on the fringe of the playoff picture, look for their studs to keep playing massive minutes.

Vincent Trocheck – Two assists with three shots.  See Huberdeau above.

Roman Josi – Five assists with two shots.  All your assists are belong to Josi!  That’s 11 assists in his last 5 games as he’s crushing all of the categories.

Craig Smith – Two goals on four shots.  Smith has started rolling again with an eight game point streak.  I’d hold him while he’s hotter than a pistol.

Viktor Arvidsson – Two assists with a shot and two penalty minutes.  There were some worries in the first two months of the season that last season was a fluke for Arvidsson, but he’s shown for that to not be the case.

Paul Stastny – Goal and an assist with three shots in his Jets debut.  His linemates, Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine, also had two points each.  As talked about extensively on the trade deadline podcast, Stastny was the big winner and should be owned everywhere.

Mark Scheifele – Two goals on four shots with four PIM.  Scheifele has been a savage with 12 points in his last 7 games.  He’s an improved shot rate away from being in the first round pick discussion next season.

Ben Bishop – 38 save shutout in the 2-0 win over the Flames.  Bishop has been all over the place lately so it was good to see him get back on track.  I don’t trust the consistency but I’m still rolling Bishop outside of the worst of matchups.

Jake Allen – 5 saves on 8 shots in 20 minutes before being pulled in the 8-3 loss to the Wild.  The Blues are a dumpster fire right now.  I have no faith in either goalie at the moment and would only use them in plus matchups until they get back on track.

Vladimir Tarasenko – Two goals on four shots.  He’s a master of consistency, and Tarasenko’s career low shooting percentage is the only thing keeping his goals from pushing 40 again.  A heater isn’t out of the question.

Jaden Schwartz – Two assists with a shot.  Schwartz still sits right at a point per game.  It’s a damn shame he was injured for an extended period.

Alex Steen – Two assists with two PIM.  I’d stream Steen but wouldn’t consider holding him right now.

Eric Staal – Three goals and two assists with four shots.  What a season Staal is having.  He’s over a point per game now with this hot streak and he’s excellent in every single category.

Jason Zucker – Goal and four assists with four shots.  It was a good night for me in my big money league having both Staal and Zucker.  Zucker was already playing well before this game so it’s a no-brainer hold.

Mikael Granlund – Two goals, two assists, two shots, two PIM.  The old 2X4.  Two four point games in three has Granlund making another jump from last season’s breakout.

Ryan Suter – Three assists and a shot.  It’s close to AAGNOF but there’s a shot Suter sets a new career high in points at 33.

Joe Pavelski – Goal and three assists with three shots.  He’s still not going to match his output from the previous four seasons barring a magnificent finish, but Pavelski’s season doesn’t look anything near the disaster it originally appeared it was going to be.

Evander Kane – Two assists with two shots and two PIM in his Sharks debut.  Kane went right onto Pavelski’s wing on the first line so he should get back in form sooner than later.

That’s all for now guys.  With five games on the slate tonight, there’s a chance there will be daily notes on Thursday depending on what happens.  Either way, there will be notes on Friday.  As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Saints says:

    Great stuff. The Wild going wild was crazy Staal and Zucker with 5 Points is insane.
    Have you seen Granlunds “volley” goal ? Pretty good. Hoped you included a gif of it.
    Btw loved you gifs but i can understand if it needs just too much time to find them. But if you see some include them i love it 🙂

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Saints: Yeah that was pretty great. I’ll get back to it and include a couple more. My replacement computer still hasn’t come yet, so it’s been a bit tougher on this old one I’m using, can’t have too many things going on at once on it haha

  2. S says:

    Okay I’ve got some serious issues Viz. Sorry for the information overload, just want to give you as much context as possible.

    I’n 2nd place in my 8 man league and here’s my roster:

    J. Skinner
    A. Lee
    M. Granlund
    A. Barkov
    E. Karlsson

    Price (IR)
    Kuemper (????)

    Our cats are:
    Player: G,A,Pts,Shots,Hits,+/-,Blocks,STP, GWG
    Goalie: W, Sv, SO, GAA, SV%

    With Price on the IR indefinitely, I picked up Kuemper just for starts. Now that Price likely won’t return, and our league tends to not keep goalies, I’m going to need a #1 Goalie for Playoffs

    I typically do alright on my player stats, and lose a few goalie stats, but get the win for the week. I also would like to start stacking up players who are getting plenty of starts in Playoffs. My bye is on the fence as someone else is right on my tail, so all 3 weeks matter.

    Where do you think the holes are in my roster? What should be addressed? Recommended moves to try and make?


    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @S: I don’t see Kuemper getting many starts the rest of the way, Raanta has been playing so well that I’d probably look to someone else in that third goaltending spot. That’s not to say that Kuemper won’t play, they will want to see what they have, but I don’t see him starting half of Arizona’s games in any scenario unless Raanta goes down. Other than that, your team is pretty loaded top to bottom and I’m not sure I’d actually change anything

  3. Jacobi says:

    8 team playoff. Starts next week. Next week quarterfinal, then semifinal and then final. Final is from March 19-March 25.

    I didn’t realize the league I joined schedule is different from your playoff Manifesto. I value your information. Any help would be nice. Should I look to make trades? Drop players because of bad schedules?
    This is my team.

    Matthew Barzal (c)
    Sean Couturier (c)
    Leon Draistl (c, rw)
    Brad Marchand (lw)
    Mike Hoffman (lw, rw)
    Josh Bailey (lw, rw)
    Evgenii Dadonov (lw, rw)
    Sébastien Aho (lw, rw)
    Brock Boeser (rw)

    John Klingberg
    Roman Josi
    Shayne Gostisbehere

    Roberto Luongo
    Connor Helybuck
    Craig Anderson
    Mike Smith (IR)

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Jacobi: Ottawa’s schedule takes a hit, and I don’t like Anderson in general anyways, so I might look for a different G3. The worst schedule in this stretch is Pitt and you don’t have anyone on their team so that’s good. I don’t think you have to make a move as I said before, and your team is pretty loaded so you don’t have to, but obviously you can be open to it. If you give me something specific, I can give you my input, but me throwing off trade ideas doesn’t really serve any purpose.

      • Jacobi says:

        @Viz: thanks for your help Viz. You the man. If I think of anything more specific I will email you back

        • Viz

          Viz says:

          @Jacobi: Sounds good. No problem!

  4. Shitwolf says:

    hey brotha! so it doesn’t look like Bennett will be on the first line anymore :(… was thinking to stream someone for the extra cats instead, hits/pims/blks

    what do you think of that idea? was looking at Gudas/Larsson…

    in other news I know how we are up on mrazek but next week Philly is vs Bruins/Penguins/Jets… is it worth it to start him in any of these matchup? if not might have to cut bait so it’s not a dead roster spot.

    in other news I played hockey myself last night… it was such a crappy game… the other team only had 8 players. I was ashamed of this guy on my team who was wooooing rick flair style after scoring our 6th goal up 6-0… He and his friend like to pad their stats for the league website. it made me want to quit men’s league hockey. Anyway back to work thanks for the article

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Shitwolf: I know, so frustrating, ugh. Stewart sucks, I’d hope Bennett goes back on the first line tonight, but who knows. If you need those extras, Gudas seems like a good target/

      That’s tough but at this point, he’s almost matchup proof. I haven’t looked, do you know if he plays on dead days or busy days? That could make a difference in this case.

      That happens to soccer for me time to time where the other team doesn’t have enough guys. Makes a shitty game. No problem at all!

      • Shitwolf says:


        that’s good to know… I guess I will hold Bennett for now and see how it plays out. I can’t think of a better option with how the schedule is

        there isn’t really any exciting streamers on the canucks sabers or flames haha… Tj Brodie is also out there but is meh also.

        • Viz

          Viz says:

          @Shitwolf: Yeah good point, the only other decent option is Reinhart if he’s available, he’s been great for a while now, but Tampa is such a brutal matchup that I’d probably take my chances with Bennett anyways

          • Shitwolf says:


            good thinking but I picked up Reinhart 3 weeks ago for next week haha. Good call on the good call homie 😊

  5. Mike says:

    Carter Hutton a drop at this point?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Mike: Oh man, that’s tough. I’d wait to see if he starts tonight against Detroit, and would play him if he does. They do only have one game in the next week after tonight, so I’d definitely cut him if he doesn’t play well or doesn’t start period. If he plays well, it depends on how much you need the starts over the next week.

  6. Amory Blaine says:

    I clinched a playoff spot and a first rd bye, but it is a keeper league where you keep 5 people. Every year you keep someone you give up a draft pick a rd earlier. My question is: Is it worth it to keep Clayton Keller on my team? He has been the worst player on my team this year, but I keep hearing he will be incredible. Is he worth the spot? Trade deadline has passed and my only option would be dropping him

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Amory Blaine: Sorry, thought I responded earlier but it’s not here. I’d be fine cutting him. Keeping only five guys, I’d more inclined to make your team better now, especially since you’re contending. I do love Keller long term, but having only 5 keepers means he’s not going to have much more upside than other guys you keep, so take the short term help

  7. jump on it says:

    Lundqvist is really hurting my chance of making playoffs – who do you think can help more? Jarry , Lindgren, Kinkaid, Berube, Campbell, Lehtonen?
    I am getting desparate

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @jump on it: I’d have to say Jarry with Murray out, although there is no guarantee he gets more starts than DeSmith. The other options are ugly besides maybe Lehtonen but even he won’t play a lot

  8. Bobbyboom says:

    3 stars of the night boys??

    Going with Sasha Barkov

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