Hey everybody! Reid joins me once again to do a thorough breakdown of the games Monday and Tuesday. Thankfully there was only one injury those two days. Highlights include Cory Schneider's big back to back games, Shea Weber and Alexander Radulov returning to Smashville, the wide open games in Washington and Tampa Bay plus some young talent producing in Vancouver. Yes, Vancouver! After that, we do a breakdown of the Thursday games before we make our picks for The Three Point Challenge. All of that and more in the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast, brought to you by SeatGeek, No Halftime and fanpicks.com!
Through November, Justin Williams had 4 points in 23 games. For years, he has been a bottom end hold in standard 12 man leagues but that time came to a screeching halt. Until it started again. Williams had himself a day on Tuesday night totaling a goal, two assists, two shots and two PIM. That brings Williams to 15 points in 16 games since the beginning of December. With eight points in his previous five games, Williams must be picked up and held throughout this hot streak, especially since he contributes in penalty minutes and shots on goal in a fairly big way. Nothing like a big resurgence from a 35 year old. Let's take a look at what else happened around the league the last two nights:
Hope everyone had a great New Year! Reid and I are back once again to discuss the latest news around the league. We start off with an injury rundown focusing on P.K. Subban plus the returns of Kris Letang and Nikita Kucherov. From there, we dive into Auston Matthews' amazing run of play and where he will go in 2017-18 drafts, Chris Kreider's hat trick, whether Anthony Mantha is a hold, whether Thomas Greiss will finally emerge and a goaltender who deserves more playing time. From there, we preview Tuesday's games and make picks for The Three Point Challenge. All of that in the latest edition of The Razzball Hockey Podcast, sponsored by SeatGeek, No Halftime and fanpicks.com!
In my preseason rankings, I wrote the following about Chris Kreider: "He’s good for 20+20 with strong penalty minutes but I’m not expecting much more even though he has a ton of potential." What I meant to include was 20+20 at the halfway point! For years, Kreider has been talked about as an elite talent but somebody who hasn't been able to put it together. Like a few other players on the Rangers, Kreider has seemingly put it all together at this point and the results are outstanding. In the 6-2 win over the Avalanche on Saturday, Kreider scored a hat trick on six shots extending his point streak to 4 games (8 total points). In 33 games, Kreider now has 15+14 with 19 PIM and 91 shots. Add in Kreider being +6 and you're looking at a contributor in all categories. At this point, we're looking at a guy who should push towards the top 50 at the end of the season and going forward; he's still only 25 years old. Let's take a look at what happened to close 2016 and the opening day of 2017:
In NHL history, two teams with a 12+ game winning streak have never played each other. That will change on Saturday as the Blue Jackets, winners of 14 straight, go to Minnesota to take on the Wild and their 12 game win streak. Both teams extended their streaks on Thursday in a different manner than usual. Their goalies have been the top 2 goalies to this point and it's not even close but last night, they scored 5 and 6 goals respectively. Their captains led the way with Nick Foligno scoring a goal and two assists with five shots while Mikko Koivu had two assists with a shot finishing +3. Foligno has been a top 10 forward this season bouncing back from a dreadful 2015-16 while Koivu has a solid 23 points and is +18. They're in different tiers at the moment but regardless they both need to be in your lineups night in and night out. I can't wait to watch these teams battle it out on Saturday. Here's what else happened around the league the last two nights:
I hope everyone had a great Holiday weekend! Reid and I are back with the final podcast of 2016 recapping the action from the last week. We start off with our usual injury rundown before we hit a few of the hot topics. Notables among those topics are the dearth of quality fantasy defensemen, Charlie Coyle's big weekend, Evander Kane's hot December, the possible resurgence of John Klingberg and whether or not we should care about Justin Williams. After that, we break down Thursday's big slate of games before we close things with the Three Point Challenge. All of that and more on this week's edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast!
Evander Kane has been a polarizing player for years. The talent is noticeable on a regular basis but inconsistency and off-ice issues have plagued him during his career. Kane started off the season slowly but right now, he's on quite the hot streak. In Tuesday's game against the Red Wings, Kane scored two goals on four shots and added a fight for good measure. That gives Kane 7 goals and an assist in the last 9 games with elite shots and strong PIM. Given that he's an elite option in PIM and SOG with the potential for strong goals, I ranked Kane in my top 100 going into the season because the player raters always love him for his contributions across all categories. We're starting to see why yet Kane is still available in 59% of leagues. He's carrying the third line for the Sabres right now and the change in role has been a good thing for him. It allows him to have the puck on his stick more often and his linemates do a great job cycling the puck. I'd definitely own him in all 12'ers and I have been rolling him in some 10 man leagues as well. Here's what else happened around the league on Tuesday night:
Hopefully everyone's holidays went extremely well. The only thing my weekend was missing was hockey so I'm glad that things will be back tonight. I haven't updated how things went on Friday's games so here goes nothing. In my preseason rankings, I wrote the following about Charlie Coyle: "Coyle had a big second half to get over 20 goals and 20 assists for the season. Now, he’s going to be on the first line which should dominate the possession game. The shots need a slight boost but he’s a good bet for 25+25 or possibly slightly better." First line, check. Possession game, not quite dominant but still above average so still a check. Slight boost in shots, check. Good bet for 25+25 or slightly better, check. Coyle had a monster game on Friday scoring a goal and three assists with four shots in the 7-4 win over the Rangers. That puts Coyle at 12+15 in 33 games with just over 2 shots per game, 22 PIM and +13. Instead of 25+25, we're potentially looking at 30+35. Coyle is currently the 30th ranked forward and while I had him in my top 150, his consensus ranking ended up over 40 spots later. Hopefully he ended up being one of your last couple picks like he was for me in a bunch of leagues because he's been terrific and I don't see it slowing down. Here's what else happened on Friday night before the break:
Cory Schneider has been a mainstay among the top of goaltending rankings for the past few years in fantasy hockey. To say this year has been a disappointment to this point would be quite the understatement. The good thing is that there's plenty of time for him to turn the tide. Schneider had his first shutout of the season on Thursday making 16 saves in the 4-0 win over the Flyers. Yes, it was a great spot for the Devils but regardless, they took it to the Flyers and Schneider stepped up when called upon. I would ask Schneider's owner about a trade and see if you can buy low on him. He's established himself as a true #1 fantasy goalie for years and I think he plays that way the rest of the season. Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two days:
Happy Holidays from everyone at Razzball! Reid and I are together once again before the NHL break to tie together some loose ends. As always, we start off with a rundown of the recent injuries before we hit the latest news. Among the news is Jaromir Jagr moving into #2 all-time in points and the massive rise in value for Matthew Tkachuk. After that, we each give three things we want for Christmas for the rest of the season before we talk about how many teams that are currently in the playoffs will make it. Then we run down our award winners to this point in the season for the Hart, Vezina, Norris, Calder and Jack Adams. After that, we close things with The Three Point Challenge. Be sure to leave your picks in the comments section! All of that and more in the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast!