Detroit’s season has been over for months, but they haven’t mailed it in.  The Red Wings have won six in a row and it starts with their first line.  Of late, Tyler Bertuzzi has been on an absolute tear.  He had two goals and an assist with five shots on Tuesday, his fourth consecutive third point game!  That brings him to 21+26 on the season with 32 PIM and a +13 rating, a great number on a poor team.  So what’s his value going into next season?  It’s hard to say.  He looks great with Larkin and Mantha, but what if the Red Wings bring someone else in and he’s not there to open next season?  The PIM also aren’t at the elite level I had hoped like his old man brought.  I do like Bertuzzi a lot for deeper leagues, but for him to be a play in standard leagues, he’ll need to get his shot rate up and maintain the role he’s had to finish the season.  You don’t need streaming on Thursday or Saturday given the massive schedules, but if you need a guy, Bertuzzi is a great choice while he’s hotter than hell.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:

P.K. Subban – Goal and an assist with six shots.  Obviously this season has been a huge disappointment for Subban.  The good news for him is that the playoffs are all that matters now.

Evan Rodrigues – Two assists with three shots.  Tough season for ERod after his great season last year with 25 points in 48 games getting no PP time.

Victor Olofsson – Three shots playing 20 minutes.  If you take away one thing from this post, it should be that Olofsson has a chance to be a real impact fantasy player as soon as next year.  He’s gone under the radar to this point, but he’s a great dynasty option.  Think 3 shots per game right away next year and the points that come with playing in an offensive role.  I love his potential.  Welcome to the Razzball Database!

Jake DeBrusk – Two goals and an assist with four shots.  DeBrusk’s 27 goals have gone a bit unnoticed.  We could see a big breakout next season once the assists improve.

Brad Marchand – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM.  That’s a Marchand line if I’ve ever seen one.  He’s reached 100 points on the season which is stunning.

Dylan Larkin – Three assists with a shot and two PIM.  One of my bold predictions in the preseason was that Larkin would reach 80 points.  You can check out his sleeper post here.  Well, he’s played at a 80 point pace and will barely miss it.  The PIM and shot rate are excellent.  He’s a true superstar who could even reach a higher level if the Red Wings get some better wingers.  I’m thinking about you, Kappo Kakko.

Anthony Mantha – Two goals on six shots.  Mantha took a step forward this season, it’s just gone unnoticed because he missed 15 games.  The PIM dried up but I think we got a chance to see his full potential next year.

Jimmy Howard – 38 saves on 39 shots in the 4-1 win over the Pens.  Decent season from Howard considering the porous blueline in front of him.

Dougie Hamilton – Two goals on five shots with two PIM.  Maybe I’m just a sucker, but I still believe that Dougie can be a #2D again going forward.

Petr Mrazek – 23 saves on 24 shots in the 4-1 win over Toronto.  Mrazek is playing down the stretch like he did in 2015-16 for Detroit.  If he’s the #1 for Carolina next year, he could be a huge value.  The upside is massive (as is the downside).

Devan Dubnyk – 32 saves on 33 shots in the 5-1 win over the Jets.  Unfortunately for the Wild, they were eliminated from the playoffs on Tuesday.  As I wrote a couple weeks ago, I’m a bit worried about Dubnyk for next season.

Zach Parise – Two goals in his return from injury.  An excellent bounce back season from Parise which I did not see coming.  He looked completely shot last season.

Alexander Radulov – Two goals and two assists with four shots and two PIM.  If Radulov didn’t miss 10 games, we could be looking at a top 20 season, if not higher.  Just a remarkable year crushing all of the categories.

Tyler Seguin – Two assists, as did John Klingberg.  I think the Stars will have a real chance of pulling off the upset in the first round no matter who they play.  They have the studs and the goaltending if Bishop is back.

Tyson Barrie – Goal and an assist with four shots and two PIM, +5.  Nice jump in shot rate this year for Barrie, who has also managed to only be -1 after 3 straight seasons of -15 or worse.

Gabriel Landeskog – Two assists with two shots.  Pushing his team into the playoffs like the great leader he is.

Alexander Kerfoot – Two goals on four shots.  He’s finally starting to shoot the puck more.  It’s the only thing keeping him from being a great streamer at the very least.

Thatcher Demko – 33 saves on 35 shots in the 4-2 win over the Sharks.  Great dynasty option as Demko seems the most likely goalie to be the long term guy for the Canucks.

Jack Campbell – 49 saves on 50 shots in the 3-1 win over the Coyotes.  Campbell was remarkable in this game effectively ending the Coyotes’ season.  It was only 24 starts but Campbell has been absurdly good with a .930 sv%.  Could he finally become the goalie everyone thought he would be over five years ago?

Brady Tkachuk – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Great finish to the season for the rookie.

Tony DeAngelo – Ten penalty minutes and a shot.  My man!  DeAngelo has the chance to be an amazing value next season.

Vladimir Tarasenko – Goal and an assist with four shots.  This season has been nearly worst case scenario for Tarasenko after his dreadful start, yet he’s still at 31+31.  I think we see him get back to the mid 70’s in points next year.

Sean Monahan – Was rested on Wednesday as was Bennett, Lindholm, and all of their top 4 D.  If you have Flames players, make sure they are actually in the lineup Saturday if you’re using them.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Monday recapping the season that was in some form.  I plan on posting through all of next week, including setting up a bracket challenge for us Razzballers.  As always, feel free to ask any questions below, give any comments, or make any suggestion.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Tony Stark says:
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    Thank Viz! I am up 6-3-1 heading into the weekend. Hoping my team can hold on and win the championship! Thanks for all of the help and advice this season!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Nice Tony! No problem, best of luck!

  2. dontbichetteme says:
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    Hey Viz,
    Hoping to pull off a top 3 finish. Was 7th last week. Tied for 4th now. Which of these guys do you think will sit tomorrow with the playoff locked up/out of reach?
    Kucherov, Stamkos, Barrie, Pulock, E.Kane/OEL, C.Crawford?
    Which of these guys would you grab for a hail mary pickup? For offence I need Assists, +/-, HITS and SOG
    G-Demko, Korpisalo,
    F/D-Ristolainen, Sergachev, Orlov, C.Miller
    Mantha, Bertuzzi, Guentzel, Dubois, Ferland, Bjugstad, Couture
    Thanks for all of your help this year!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      This is a tough one because it’s so dependent team by team. For example, I don’t know if Colorado will try to play their division winner instead of Calgary or not. I feel like neither Tampa guy will play, but that’s a gut feeling. Pulock should play, hard to say with the rest.

      As for who to add, I like both Detroit guys against the Sabres and the Columbus guys. Columbus will definitely be trying to attempt to avoid Tampa, and I could see that Red Wings Sabres game being pretty high scoring. Risto is always a plus-minus scare, but the rest of the categories could be a nice boost. Best of luck!

      • dontbichetteme says:
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        do you think that Columbus will play Korpisalo? Or like you said go full on to try to avoid facing the Lightning.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          My guess is that we see Bob start and if they get far ahead, or if Carolina gets far ahead, they pull him. Just a hunch though. Nothing has been confirmed by Torts yet. If I were them, I’d be doing everything I could to avoid Tampa. They won’t play again for at least 4 days, so I’d go with Bob in their shoes. Time will tell

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