Poor Sergei Bobrovsky.  After a horrible start, he catches fire for a month only to get a groin injury that sidelines him for a month.  Then, he gets activated off injured reserve only to get in practice before he plays a game putting him out for a few more weeks.  Bob finally gets healthy and who does he get in his first game back?  The best team in the league so far, the Washington Capitals.  Bob gave up 5 goals on 27 shots in the 6-3 loss.  The question is do you panic?  The answer is no.  I’m blindly rolling Bob in every matchup going forward outside of two possible matchups; Washington and Chicago.  Those depend how he’s playing in the games before hand but the point is that Bob will be fine.  Here’s what else happened around the league on Tuesday night:

Johnny Gaudreau – Two assists with four shots.  He’s back over a point per game now which is amazing considering the lack of production around him for most of the season.  Gaudreau’s rank going into next season is an interesting discussion.  Somewhere in the 25-30 range?  The only thing that’s poor is the PIM.

Mark Giordano – Assist with two shots.  Really starting to round into form.

Sean Monahan – Goal on five shots.  He’s been disappointing for me; I had him in the top 50 going into the season.  That said, he’s still only 21 years old and the future is incredibly bright.

Reid Boucher – Goal and an assist with four shots.  The 22 year old is a recent callup and has looked good in his brief stint.  He’s nowhere near a hold in 12’ers right now but it’s worth monitoring to see what his role is going forward.

Michael Cammalleri – Assist with a shot back from injury.  If he’s available, grab him now.

Lee Stempniak – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Like the entire Devils team, the offense has disappeared but with Cammalleri returning, hopefully Stempniak can return to his previous form.

Ryan Miller – 46 saves for the second consecutive game, stealing a point for the Canucks in the 3-2 OT loss to the Rangers.  He played incredible and could be earning himself more starts going forward after it looked like Jacob Markstrom was going to be on the better side of the platoon.  That said, the Canucks are awful right now and I wouldn’t be thrilled owning either.

Sven Baertschi – Goal on three shots.  Sleeper for 2016-17 alert!  The minutes for the second line are starting to go up and deservedly so; Baertschi and the next guy are key to the Canucks future and they might as well let them experience some growing pains.

Bo Horvat – Assist.  Man I love me some Bo.  I’m holding him in 12’ers now.

J.T. Miller – Overtime game winner on his eight shot of the game.  He’s looked amazing over the last month and has been one of the best forwards on the Rangers this year.  I’m not holding in 12’ers yet but he’s near the top of my stream list.

Ryan McDonagh – Assist with three shots.  That’s six assists in the last six games for the Mac Truck who is finally back on above a 40 point pace.

Rick Nash – Two assists with seven shots and two PIM.  He’s really starting to round into form and the makeshift lineup for the Rangers with Derick Brassard out due to illness generated a ton of chances.

Derek Stepan – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Great buy low candidate for the second half.

James Reimer – 31 saves on 33 shots in the 3-2 win over the Flyers.  If you can predict what you’re going to get from a Leafs goalie on a given night, congrats.

Nazem Kadri – Assist with three shots and two PIM.  He now has 15 points in the last 17 games; if for some reason he’s available in your league, grab him.

Dion Phaneuf – Assist with two shots and five PIM.  One of the few defenseman you can use at the bottom of your roster for penalty minutes that will still give you solid offensive stats.

Shayne Gostisbehere – Goal on four shots.  He took it coast to coast and made Reimer look bad going five-hole.  If there were any concern about his role with Mark Streit returning from injury, those have been settled.  Ghost is a tank.

Nicklas Backstrom – Two goals on three shots with two PIM.  It’s an easy game from Backstrom right now who is back over a point per game on the season.  The goals are really good as well considering the shots on goal.

Andre Burakovsky – Goal on his only shot.  Top end streamer right now while he’s on the second line.

Marcus Johansson – Goal and an assist with a shot and two PIM.  The minutes are down but he’s still a must-own for the time being.

Evgeny Kuznetsov – Four assists.  God damn.  He’s fourth in the NHL in points now.  Fourth!  With a +25 rating, a decent shot rate and solid PIM.  It’s incredible right now; I’m glad that I ranked him higher than almost everywhere because in a keeper league, you’re never getting another chance at him.

Matt Niskanen – Two assists with four shots playing 28:31.  He’s on the first power play unit right now so he’s great for the time being but it sounds like John Carlson is close to returning so it’s a short term solution.

Alex Ovechkin  Goal and an assist with six shots.  Standard for the Great Eight at this point.

Justin Williams – Two assists with a shot.  Live has been great for Williams in the nation’s capital on Kuznetsov’s wing.

Boone Jenner – Goal on six shots.  The breakout year for Jenner continues and shouldn’t slow down one bit with the shot rate he has.

Seth Jones – Two assists with four shots.  This is what we want to see.  I see him being a trendy sleeper going into next season and deservedly so.  He looks great in his increased role in Columbus and should only get better in time; he’s still only 21 years old.

Tuukka Rask – 38 saves on 39 shots in the 4-1 win over the Canadiens.  The numbers are starting to round into form but he’s still easily outside of the top 10 goalies going forward.

Patrice Bergeron – Goal on five shots with two PIM.  How good is this guy?  He’s locking down the opposition and is still on pace for 75 points.

David Pastrnak – Goal and an assist.  Only played 7:05 which is really strange but this should be a one game thing.  I love him going forward, both ROS and in dynasties, and he’s available in the vast majority of leagues.  I’m grabbing him in 12’ers for the upside.

P.K. Subban – Assist with two shots and two PIM.  I mentioned him as a buy low a few weeks back and it is paying off so far.  I’d still do it if I can; he played over 31 minutes in the game Tuesday so he’s a lock to produce in those minutes.

Anders Nilsson – 25 saves on 30 shots in the 6-4 loss to Tampa.  If you still have him in 12’ers, drop him.  It’s Cam Talbot‘s show in Edmonton now.

Leon Draisaitl – Goal on three shots.  After a slump, he’s starting to pick it up again.  I talked about him in yesterday’s article but to reiterate, the injury to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins can only benefit Draisaitl.

Taylor Hall – Assist with two shots.  Hot streak coming.

Zack Kassian – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM.  He was a highly touted prospect who flopped in Vancouver after being traded from Buffalo.  In super deep leagues, he could be worth the gamble but he shouldn’t be owned in anything with 16 or less teams.

Alex Killorn – Goal and two assists with three shots and two PIM.  He’s a top end streamer at this point on the second line.  He’s okay in all of the categories but not great in any of them.

Nikita Kucherov – Goal and an assist with a shot.  He should top last year’s totals which is saying a lot considering the dropoff the Lightning offense has had as a whole.

Ondrej Palat – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Palat is locked into the first line right now giving him a prime opportunity.  His linemates are in form so grab him where he’s available.

Vladislav Namestnikov – Goal and an assist.  Names!  If you read my article yesterday, you know how I feel about him at this point.

Steven Stamkos – Two assists with four shots and two PIM.  Starting to look like the Stamkos we know and love playing right wing.

Patrick Kane – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM.  He tied a career high with his 30th goal and now leads the league in goals and assists.  Considering the lack of scoring around the league, this is one of the best seasons in quite some time.

Artemi Panarin – Two assists.  He’s now in the top 10 in the league in points.  Not bad for somebody who was going undrafted in early drafts and a late round flier in late drafts.

Teuvo Teravainen – Assist with five shots.  He’s right on the fringe of 12’ers.  I’ve been holding because of the upside and he’s a logical fit on the first line sooner than later but if you need help now, I have no problem with you dropping Teuvo.

Corey Crawford – 38 saves on 39 shots in the 4-1 win over the Predators.  His best season just keeps getting better.

Mattias Ekholm – Assist with two shots.  He’s played great in his increased role since Seth Jones was traded.  If your last defenseman is weak in a 12’er, I’d take the shot on Ekholm.

Ryan Ellis – Goal on three shots.  Ellis is also benefiting with his TOI boost.  He was probably owned in most leagues already but he definitely should be owned now.

Mattias Janmark – Assist with a shot.  Still a great streamer, still not a hold for me in 12’ers.

Drew Doughty – Goal on five shots playing almost 30 minutes.  This has been his best fantasy season in 5 years which is great to see.  He’s a plus in all categories across the board.

Vincent Lecavalier – Goal on two shots with two PIM.  Well this is getting interesting.  I have no idea what to make of this brief resurgence.  I’m still not adding him in anything outside of 16+ teamers and I’m not sure I would in a 16’er.  That said, I’m intrigued.

Anze Kopitar – Two assists with two shots.  The offense people have waited years for from Kopitar has finally arrived.  Here’s to hoping that this first line sticks together for the rest of the season.

Wednesday Streamers – There are only three games on the slate making it a prime day for streaming.  Thankfully there are some great options to use:

Sam Reinhart (3%) – I’ve talked about Reinhart a ton this season and I’m going back to the well here.  He’s on the first line which has a motivated Ryan O’Reilly centering the line in his return to Colorado, the first power play unit and the Avs are a dismal possession team.  The Sabres first line should control this game putting Reinhart in position to get a point, if not more.

Jamie McGinn (0.3%) – He’s no longer on the first line but the second line with a scorching hot Jack Eichel is a good place to be.  More importantly, he’s still on the first power play unit which is playing great right now (they had both goals in Monday’s win; McGinn had one of them).  It’s also McGinn’s return to Colorado.  Revenge game!

Robby Fabbri (0.4%) – He has four points in the last four games playing on the first line.  He has a good chance to produce in what should be an open game against Detroit.  Troy Brouwer is owned in 28% of leagues and is another solid option, especially if you can use the PIM boost.

That’s all for now guys.  With only three games tonight, there will be no daily notes tomorrow so I will be back on Friday.  However, there will be plenty of content coming out on Thursday!  Matt’s next article in his “Assume the Position” series will be out along with the next article in the “Marv vs. Pesos” series so be sure to check both of those out!  As always, feel free to ask any questions and post any comments below.  Take care everyone!

  1. PancakeMaker says:
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    What’s your thoughts on owning Deshairnes and Craig Smith in 12 team leagues? I’m rostering both for depth right now but there’s enough intriguing options out there that you’ve been listing that make me consider cutting ties. McCann and Boucher are both options. Also been giving consideration to Andreg Nestrasil (getting top 6 minutes with J. Staal right now), Dale Weise, and Mickael Backlund. So far cutting ties with Tanguay for Baertschi has worked out perfect!

    • Viz

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      @PancakeMaker: Craig Smith is still right on the fringe and I’d probably hold; I would drop Desharnais for somebody with more upside. Of the guys you listed, I like taking the chance on McCann until H. Sedin comes back.

      • PancakeMaker says:
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        @Viz: Smith has provided me with value in the past, so I’ve been hesitant to part ways. That and I feel like good RW depth is harder to find than anything. I’ve gotten good from Deshairnais too but center runs much deeper haha. Thanks!

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @PancakeMaker: i’m betting you have deep benches for a 12 teamer.

      • PancakeMaker says:
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        @Mordacious Levator: Yep, our rosters run deep. Makes it harder to grab some of these recommendations who have ownerships under 5%, they’re usually already snapped up.

  2. sliimbo says:
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    hey buddy

    Sam Reinhart or Jeff Skinner

    thx!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Wow, McGrattan was dropped. I remember him fighting in the NHL for years, especially in Ottawa when the Sabres and Senators were at the top of the East. He used to get his ass kicked a fair amount by Andrew Peters who wasn’t a good fighter. I can’t believe he still trolling around in the AHL.

      Berglund is also another very good option for streaming. We’ve seen him produce in the past, just a matter of staying healthy.

  3. Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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    oh man is it so cool to be able to drop fisher for horvat (faceoffs league, hits/blocks too), but damn does fisher do more than faceoffs, dude is a hockey player (albeit one who doesn’t get pts anymore)

    • Viz

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      @Mobin Can’t Hack It: Yeah I’d definitely do it at this point. I’m not sure what happened to him but I can’t see a turn around with Johansen going there sliding Fisher down the totem pole. And as you know, I love Horvat going forward.

      • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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        @Viz: oh i already did it, just feeling better about it day after day since horvat’s had a pt per game or more since.

  4. ashtray says:
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    Wouldn’t have ended up with Kuznetsov on my squad if it wasn’t for your rankings. I remember wondering why I wasn’t seeing his name anywhere else. Thanks!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @ashtray: Great to hear, no problem! I expected a breakout but I didn’t expect over a point per game! We will take it though.

  5. Smoking Dubnyks says:
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    What’s your thoughts on trading Pekka Rinne and Dylan Larkin for Connor Hellebuyck and Jack Eichel or Tyler Johnson? Ready to give up Rinne this year as he plays a ton but has not had good production. Also what is your thoughts on Robin Lehner returning? Keep Lehner or drop him for Gibson?

    • Viz

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      @Smoking Dubnyks: Is this for a redraft league or a keeper league? I think I’d do it regardless but let me know and I’ll give you a definite answer.

      If Gibson is still there, grab him immediately. I can’t believe he’s available, he’s a top 10 goalie right now, if not top 5. I think Lehner will be fine but he pales in comparison to Gibson.

  6. Mordacious Levator says:
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    own for only, now live for life, auto correcter is funny.

  7. Mordacious Levator says:
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    damn shame NHL took the utter stupid NBA route and let fans hijack putting good players on it’s roster, instead john scott is still showing up. ARI even tried to do justice a favor in this regard, only to be rebuked by NHL. Just use a player rater for god’s sake (Corsi rater/Fenwick, other objective tools)

    • Viz

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      @Mordacious Levator: If they want to keep the fan vote, the easiest solution is to have each team submit 2 or 3 players for the ballot and then let the fans vote from that list. It’s a shame that Ekman-Larsson isn’t in the All-Star game, he’s been incredible leading their team, or even Doan or Domi if they needed to replace Scott with a forward. That said, the only thing worse than voting John Scott in would have been not letting him play after he was voted in.

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        @Viz: that is a good idea, keep the players voted upon at least in the top 120 or so players total (3 from each team, with some teams not deserving of 3 players, others more)

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @Mordacious Levator: Yeah, I came up with that quickly but I think it’s the best thing they can do if they want to keep the fan element.

  8. Where for art thou Rinne says:
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    What’s your thoughts on trading Pekka Rinne and Dylan Larkin for Connor Hellebuyck and Jack Eichel or Tyler Johnson?

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @Where for art thou Rinne: this isn’t an easy one. larkin for one of those is fairly lateral, but i’d wait and see how pavelec’s coming back affects helly, you won’t like trading a def starter for a split guy if that’s what happens.

  9. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    after pulling off that parise (to me) for m.jones i’m streaming kuemper (i’m adding him now with assumption he plays tomorrow, i also have dubnyk, so worst case scenario i waste 1/7 of my weekly moves, but still would have both MIN starts of @ ANA and @ LA). should i use my #2 waiver on Lack, he was the goalie that legally had to be dropped by the team i traded Jones to. I’m thinking yes, as best other options are full on backups grubauer/enstrom/gustavsson/hammond/kinkaid. we have scoring categories for MIN and saves. this would take away one of my streaming spots but i’d still have one of them, at least till Boychuk comes back.

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: lack due to concussion of unidentified causes for ward.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: Yeah, I would grab Lack. The Canes have been playing better and getting those starts from a #3 right now is something you won’t get from anybody else on the waiver wire.

  10. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    holy shit is drouin a bitch. yzerman should just let this punk sit, unpaid, till end of his deal. Drouin also isn’t helping himself here. This is pretty advanced tactic, even if it was in the me me me NFL, much less a sport where team concept has large value. Other teams don’t want to deal with somebody like this, certainly when he’s yet to ever prove himself as a decent NHL player.

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Viz: this is the kind of stuff where you fire your own agent. i remember when orlando pace (O lineman hall of fame, with the Rams) fired his own agent, who had tried to get him to holdout for a 2nd str year. he got a deal he liked, did it himself that one year, and all without the leech. It’s not like Drouin is O’Reilly or Johansen here with their holdouts, those guys had shown they were NHL caliber players, Drouin hasn’t done anything in NHL, after putting up Lemieux numbers in Quebec league. Clearly there is a large dropoff in defense in that league to the NHL.

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