There have been a few big games by individuals this season but¬†Patrice Bergeron‘s on Saturday is the new leader for the best of the year.¬† Bergeron scored four goals and added an assist with seven shots in the 7-1 win over the Hurricanes.¬† Bergeron was the second player this year to score four goals after¬†Alex Ovechkin.¬† Per usual, Bergeron is crushing all of the categories.¬† He’s playing around a 40+35 pace while already having a +19 rating, solid PIM and pushing four shots per game.¬† Bergeron is a slam dunk top 50 player for the rest of the season who should push towards the top 25.¬† Again, the top line in Boston is as good as it gets and Bergeron is at the forefront of their success.¬† That line just gave up their first goal against at even strength all season!¬† Remarkable stuff.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
Tristan Jarry¬†– 31 save shutout in the 4-0 win over the Islanders.¬† Jarry has been playing extremely well lately.¬† That is, until Sunday’s game.¬† Outside of the worst matchups, he’s worth streaming.
Sidney Crosby¬†– Goal and three assists with two shots.¬† The reshuffling of lines in Pittsburgh has seen Crosby rediscover his form again.¬† The real impact is on the next two guys…
Daniel Sprong¬†– Two goals and an assist with six shots.¬† I thought about leading off with Sprong but I had to give credit to a four goal game.¬† Anyways, Sprong is a strong prospect and in his first four games this season, he has 17 SOG.¬† Now, the Pens don’t play again until Saturday, so I wouldn’t be looking to pick him up yet.¬† That said, they close the week with a back-to-back so I’d grab Sprong Friday to have him for the weekend.
Dominik Simon¬†– Two assists with a shot.¬† Simon was having a decent season in the AHL with 17 points in 21 games.¬† He’s a decent streamer as long as he’s with Crosby but I easily prefer Sprong.
Andreas Athanasiou¬†– Goal and an assist with six shots playing over 21 minutes.¬† He’s put together a solid stretch putting him back towards elite streamer status.
Jimmy Howard¬†– 38 saves on 40 shots in the 4-2 win over the Panthers.¬† However, Howard has a lower body injury that kept him out of Sunday’s game.¬† The good news is that it sounds like he won’t miss any more time given that the Red Wings are about to start their bye week.
Mike Green¬†– Two assists with a shot.¬† He’s fairly boring but Green is an easy hold.
Logan Couture¬†– Three assists with a shot.¬† Couture has had a great season to this point with 15+14 in 35 games.¬† He could benefit greatly from the Sharks adding a winger at the trade deadline.
Brent Burns¬†– Goal and an assist with six shots.¬† Burns now has 23 points in his last 21 games.¬† Brent Burns back to doing Brent Burns things!
Tomas Hertl¬†– Two goals on five shots.¬† Hertl is right on the fringe of hold vs. streaming.¬† With the Sharks starting their bye week today, I’m letting Hertl go in standard 12’ers before grabbing him back for the Arizona game Saturday.
Mike Hoffman¬†– Goal and three assists with four shots.¬† The fact that Ottawa is considering moving Hoffman is insane.¬† He’s had a slow start this year but there’s still a ton of talent here.¬† I’m holding Hoffman for that upside.
Matt Duchene¬†– Two goals and an assist with four shots.¬† He’s starting to play a bit better but Duchene is still a middling streamer for me until there’s some consistency.
Mark Stone¬†– Goal and two assists with five shots.¬† Stone has maintained his elite play as he sits over a point per game on the season.
Erik Karlsson¬†– Two assists with two shots.¬† It’s only a matter of time until Karlsson gets on a heater.
Bobby Ryan¬†– Two assists.¬† Meh.
Derick Brassard¬†– Goal and an assist with five shots.¬† Brassard is in that same group of fringe like Hertl.¬† With nine points in his past nine and so many teams starting their bye week Monday, I’m more inclined to hold Brassard for the time being.
Jason Pominville¬†– Two assists with two shots.¬† Bottom end streamer while he’s on the third line.
Evan Rodrigues¬†– Two assists with three shots.¬† Same deal as Pominville.
Blake Wheeler¬†– Goal and an assist with two shots and two penalty minutes.¬† Wheeler just keep churning out production and it’s a thing of beauty.
Jacob Trouba¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots.¬† He’s right on the fringe despite¬†Dustin Byfuglien‘s return (Big Buff scored his first of the year in this one).¬† The PIM and SOG are nice but the points are a bit light for Trouba, so it’s strictly a team dependent choice.
Reilly Smith¬†– Goal and two assists, +4 just like his other linemates¬†William Karlsson¬†and¬†Jonathan Marchessault¬†(1+1 each).¬† There’s no slowing down this line right now.
Nate Schmidt¬†– Two assists with six shots.¬† He’s a nice plus-minus boost but Schmidt has a poor shot rate and poor PIM.¬† Again, it’s a team dependent choice.
Vinnie Hinostroza¬†– Goal and two assists with two shots.¬† Including Sunday’s game, Hinostroza has a five game point streak while playing with¬†Jonathan Toews¬†and¬†Brandon Saad¬†(two points each).¬† Stream Hinostroza while he’s on the top line.
Ivan Barbashev¬†– Goal and an assist with three shots playing with¬†Vladimir Tarasenko¬†(2A, 2 SOG, 2 PIM) and¬†Paul Stastny¬†(1+1, 3 SOG).¬† Add Barbashev to the list of solid streamers because they’re playing on the top line.
Claude Giroux¬†– Goal and two assists with four shots.¬† Giroux has been spectacular this year as he sits second in the league in assists behind his teammate Voracek.¬† Props are due again for the Flyers moving him to wing.
Sean Couturier¬†– Two goals on six shots.¬† I keep forgetting to mention Couturier as a waiver wire pickup of the year candidate (and probably the leader) because he was added in the first week of the season.¬† This game set a new career high in points for Couturier.¬† This was game 41.
Tyler Seguin¬†– Goal and two assists with two shots, +4.¬† The top line destroyed the Oilers in this one.¬† Seguin is on a very nice streak with 7+4 in his past 8.¬† He should be back at or above a point per game sooner than later.
Alexander Radulov¬†– Goal and two assists with five shots.¬† He’s also on fire with 9 points in the past 5.
John Klingberg¬†– Goal and two assists with four shots, +4.¬† Klingberg has actually opened up a decent lead for the most points in the league by a defenseman.
Mattias Janmark¬†– Goal and an assist with two shots.¬† He’s on a nice little run moving him up towards top end streaming instead of middling.
Ben Bishop¬†– 37 saves on 38 shots in the 5-1 win over the Oilers.¬† Dude has been an absolute monster at home all season long.
Cam Ward¬†– Two goals allowed with zero saves before being pulled.¬† The ultra-rare 0 save performance!¬† And this is the fear when you play Ward.¬† Well, not making zero saves, but you catch the drift.
Brad Marchand¬†– Four assists with two shots.¬†¬†David Pastrnak¬†had a goal and two assists with two shots and two PIM.¬† Bergeron played the most of the trio and that was 14:18.¬† God knows what they would have done if they played their usual 20 minutes.
Erik Karlsson¬†– Three assists with a shot, +5.¬† And here we go.¬† Karlsson’s overall numbers should end up at their usual marks.
Mark Stone¬†– Goal and two assists.¬† Yep, pretty good at hockey.
Ryan Dzingel¬†– Two goals on three shots.¬† He has four goals in his last three games putting Dzingel into decent streaming territory.
Henrik Lundqvist¬†– 38 saves on 39 shots in the 2-1 SO win over the Coyotes.¬† His save percentage is sitting at .924 like we were accustomed to prior to last season.¬† The King stay The King!
Antti Raanta¬†– 24 saves on 25 shots taking the loss.¬† Nice performance for Raanta against his old team.¬† He’s like a slightly worse Lehner.¬† The save percentage is still decent enough but the wins and GAA are poor.
Eric Staal¬†– Two goals on three shots with four PIM.¬† Despite the Wild getting destroyed 7-2, Staal and¬†Jason Zucker¬†(2A, 1 SOG, 2 PIM) managed to have decent games and avoid being a minus.¬† Staal is on pace for around 35+35 while Zucker is around 30+30.¬† Pretty, pretty good.
Nathan MacKinnon¬†– Goal and two assists with six shots.¬† The Avalanche are firmly in the playoff race and are three points short of last season’s total.¬† MacKinnon also deserves serious Hart consideration.
Mikko Rantanen¬†– Goal and two assists with two shots and two PIM.¬† I liked the 21 year old plenty but I never expected him to be at a point per game at the midway point.¬† His development has to be almost as encouraging as MacKinnon’s for the Avalanche.
Carl Soderberg¬†– Two goals on six shots.¬† Soderberg is actually a decent streamer again with seven points in the last seven games.¬† He looks more like the Bruins player than the guy wasting away the last two seasons.
Colin Wilson¬†– Two assists with a shot.¬† Despite a ton of guys on Colorado having great years for their standards, Wilson is struggling in his first season in Denver.¬† He’s unusable right now.
Gabriel Bourque¬†– Goal and an assist with two shots.¬† And there’s your annual Gabriel Bourque update!
Alexander Kerfoot¬†– Two assists with two shots and two PIM.¬† Everything is strong for Kerfoot but plus-minus (bad) and shot rate (atrocious).¬† I’m fine with streaming him but it screams unsustainable.
Tyson Jost¬†– Goal and an assist.¬† I like him plenty long term but Jost has little value at the moment.
Michael Ferland¬†– Goal and an assist with three shots.¬† I’d be holding Ferland because of the goals.¬† He’s also due for some penalty minutes.
Mike Smith¬†– 27 saves on 29 shots in the 3-2 win over the Ducks.¬† Massive win for the Flames scoring with 16 seconds left to stop the Ducks from getting a point.¬† Smith is playing well right now and the Flames are starting to round into form.¬† This stretch of four away games this week before their bye is going to have a large impact on their playoff chances.¬† They aren’t the best matchups but I’d feel fine playing Smith in all games besides potentially Tampa Bay.
Austin Watson¬†– Two goals with three shots.¬† Nice depth player in real life but Watson has little to no fantasy value.
P.K. Subban¬†– Two assists with a shot and two PIM.¬† It’s nice to see Subban back at Norris-level of play.¬† He’s a true six category stud.
Travis Zajac – Two goals.¬† He has five points in the past four games but I have no interest in streaming Zajac.
Taylor Hall¬†– Goal and an assist with eight shots and two PIM.¬† Hall is leading the charge for the Devils and looks like the top 20 fantasy player I predicted last season.
Miles Wood¬†– Goal and an assist with five shots.¬† Nice streamer for great PIM and decent points.
Sebastian Aho¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots.¬† This is going to be difficult separating the two; this is the Islanders defenseman Sebastian Aho.¬† I’ll be tagging him as “Sebastian Aho (D)” from now on.¬† He’s on the second PP unit and has some long term upside.¬† For now, just keep an eye on him.
Mathew Barzal¬†– Two assists with four shots.¬† He’s slowed down a bit but I don’t have any questions about Barzal going forward.
Michal Neuvirth¬†– 30 saves on 31 shots in the 4-1 win over the Sabres.¬† Revenge game for Neuvirth.¬† His numbers are solid but he hasn’t been given much of an opportunity.¬† He’s an okay streamer depending on the matchup.
Sean Couturier¬†– Two goals on three shots.¬† Just incredible that he’s top 5 in the league in goals.
Jakub Voracek¬†– Two assists with a shot and two PIM.¬† Jake leads the league in assists and by a decent margin.¬† He’s even due for some positive regression in the goal scoring department.
Anton Forsberg¬†– 32 saves on 33 shots in the 4-1 win over the Oilers.¬† He’s been brutal on the whole; I have no interest in using Forsberg.
Alex Ovechkin¬†– Goal and an assist with two shots.¬† I thoroughly enjoy Alex Ovechkin, dominant goal scorer, being back again.¬† The greatest goal scorer of all time is firing on all cylinders again.
T.J. Oshie¬†– Two assists with three shots.¬† He’s back on the top line with Ovi and¬†Nicklas Backstrom¬†(1+1, 5 SOG) so look for Oshie to get rolling again.
John Carlson¬†– Two assists with a shot.¬† Carlson has been incredibly consistent and is due for a couple extra goals given the shot rate.¬† Nice bounceback getting him back to #1 fantasy D levels.
Connor Hellebuyck¬†– 31 saves on 32 shots in the 4-1 win over the Sharks.¬† The Jets are for real and have plenty of ammo to add to their team so there’s no reason to expect regression from Hellboy.
Mathieu Perreault¬†– Two goals on four shots with two PIM.¬† He’s on the second line but more importantly, Perreault is back on the first power play unit.¬† He’s a strong streamer while that lasts.
Tyler Myers¬†– Two assists with three shots and two PIM.¬† Myers is right on the fringe but I lean towards him being a hold right now.¬† It’s decent enough or good across the board.
Andrew Copp¬†– Two assists.¬† Nice depth player in real life but not much in fantasy for Copp.
Jonathan Huberdeau¬†– Goal and an assist with six shots.¬† Huberdeau is playing at a 30+50 pace which is just bonkers.¬† It’s a shame that the Panthers dumped Marchessault and Smith to Vegas because if they were still in Florida, this team would be a real threat.
Aleksander Barkov¬†– Goal and an assist with three shots.¬† He also had a goal on ten shots on Friday.¬† Barkov is right on pace with Huberdeau.
James Reimer¬†– 46 saves on 48 shots in the 3-2 SO loss to the Blue Jackets.¬† Nice bounce back from Reimer after a couple rough outings.¬† The schedule is absolutely brutal for the rest of the month for Florida which makes me a bit scared of rolling Reimer.
Seth Jones¬†– Two assists with three shots and two PIM.¬† Jones has really taken his game to another level this season.¬† He’s a solid #2D now.
Pierre-Luc Dubois¬†– Goal and an assist with five shots and two PIM playing almost 25 minutes.¬† We’re starting to see why Dubois was the third pick last season.¬† The consistency isn’t there yet but it’s coming.¬† Keep streaming Dubois knowing that he can turn into a hold.
Sergei Bobrovsky¬†– 42 saves on 44 shots earning the win.¬† After a bit of a rough patch, Bob has three straight excellent starts.¬† I’m sure he will be great in the second half as we’ve come to expect.
Louis Domingue¬†– 34 saves on 36 shots in the 5-2 win over the Red Wings.¬† He’s not a great goalie but now that he’s on Tampa, I would stream Domingue every time that he starts for the high win probability.
Yanni Gourde¬†– Two goals and an assist with five PIM.¬† Gourde is an elite streamer but I don’t think I’d hold him.¬† If you need the plus-minus boost, I can see it, but the shot rate is a bit discouraging.
Dan Girardi¬†– Goal and an assist.¬† Must be nice to just stumble into a decent number of points playing for Tampa.
Vladislav Namestnikov¬†– Two assists with a shot.¬† He’s obviously not at the level of his linemates but Namestnikov has been solid all season long.
Ondrej Palat¬†– Two assists with seven shots.¬† Same idea as Gourde in that Palat is driving his value from plus-minus and being decent enough in the points categories.¬† He’s just a streamer but I do see the upside of being a potential hold.
Daniel Sedin¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots.¬† He’s been better but Sedin is still a middling streamer at best.
Karl Alzner¬†– Goal and an assist with two shots.¬† Boy, this Alzner contract is going to be really bad sooner than later.
Jeff Petry¬†– Two assists with four shots.¬† While the opportunity is there, I can’t use Petry with the plus-minus being a disaster.
Brendan Gallagher¬†– Goal and an assist with five shots.¬† I’ve long been a fan of Gallagher but he’s not good enough to be held during Montreal’s bye week.
Carey Price¬†– 34 saves on 36 shots in the 5-2 win over the Canucks.¬† Price has played well but the team in front of him is such a mess that it’s killing his numbers.¬† Price is capable of monster runs just because of how good he is but I’m not banking on it.
Brad Marchand¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots.¬† The troll is unstoppable right now.
Evgeni Malkin¬†– Two goals and an assist.¬† This was a game for the Penguins superstars with Crosby also getting three points while¬†Phil Kessel¬†and¬†Kris Letang¬†had a goal and an assist each.¬† This temporarily puts the Pens in a playoff spot (with all of the games in hand for CAR, they have the edge).¬† The Pens are another team starting their bye week today so it’ll be a tough week for those owning a Penguins star.
Marc-Andre Fleury¬†– 28 saves on 29 shots in the 2-1 win over the Rangers.¬† Vegas at home is near automatic at this point.¬† Fleury has been outstanding all season outside of one dud against the Red Wings.
Streaming is a huge necessity this week with an extremely small total of games due to the bye weeks.¬† Lackeydrinksonme has his weekly post that will help you out tremendously.¬† Check that out here!
That’s all for now guys.¬† With only the one game on the slate tonight, I’ll be back on Wednesday with my next set of daily notes.¬† As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.¬† Thanks for reading, take care!