Am I shocked at how well the Jets are doing?¬† No.¬† Reid and I talked about the Jets’ ceiling on the Central Division podcast and we said that second place is certainly within the realm of possibility (I guess we sold them a little short, first is in play).¬† Long term readers know how much I love¬†Connor Hellebuyck.¬† The only reason I was scared off a bit for redrafts is that Kevin Cheveldayoff said that¬†Steve Mason¬†would be their starter to open the season.¬† Well, Mason was lit up in his first game as a Jet and the rest is history.¬† Hellebuyck continued his outstanding breakout season over the weekend, saving 30 of 31 shots in the 2-1 SO win over the Flames on Saturday, then a 29 save shutout in the 1-0 win against the Canucks on Sunday.¬† Hellebuyck is currently the #2 goalie on the season, and while there’s a chance he falls off a little bit (I’m certain he’ll finish as a #1G), I think he’s solidified himself as the #2 goalie in dynasty leagues.¬† The Jets are going to be really good for a long time and Hellebuyck will be a big reason and also a beneficiary of the talent around him.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The best line in hockey from last season is at it again.¬†¬†Brad Marchand¬†and¬†Patrice Bergeron¬†each had five points in the two Boston wins over the last two nights.¬† Marchand started off with a goal and an assist with three shots in the 4-1 win over Montreal, then bettered that with a goal and two assists with three shots against the Islanders.¬† Bergeron dished two assists on Wednesday before getting his second hat trick in the last two weeks on Thursday.¬† Bergeron is now one point short of being at a point per game while Marchand is well over that, sitting at 1.28 ppg, third in the league.¬† Marchand has provided slam dunk first down value, just exactly what you hoped for when you selected him this year.¬† Bergeron has managed to surpass expectations on a per-game basis.¬† If he didn’t miss time, he’d be a top ten forward on the season.¬† These guys are the main reason why the Bruins are one of the best teams in the league and a major Stanley Cup threat if they can manage to upset the Lightning.¬† For our purposes, keep rolling them in seasonal formats, and if you’re someone who fires multiple DFS lineups every night, I would make sure to have a Bruins stack on at least one team every night.¬† The upside is simply too high to ignore.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Here is what I wrote about the Blues in my 31 predictions post: “Carter Hutton¬†starts at least half of the games the rest of the way.¬† There‚Äôs no way around it, he‚Äôs been much better than¬†Jake Allen.¬† You can tell Mike Yeo knows it lately as Hutton is starting to get more starts.¬† Hutton is still available in over 75% of leagues; I‚Äôd go grab him now just because of the potential upside.”¬† And that’s me quoting me copying what Grey does!¬† Hutton received the start on Tuesday and stopped 30 of 31 shots in the Blues’ 3-1 win over Toronto.¬† Hutton has started 17 games and has the best GAA and sv% in the league for qualified goalies.¬† Is he going to stay at this level?¬† Of course not.¬† Could Hutton be a top 15 goalie the rest of the way if he gets 25+ starts?¬† Absolutely.¬† It’s worth repeating that you should pick up Hutton right now because he’s good enough to potentially be a huge difference maker in fantasy leagues this year.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hey everyone!¬† While there are still a bunch of teams that have their bye this week, it’s nowhere near as many as last week.¬† The lack of games made it the lightest week of the season and leaving little to talk about fantasy wise.¬† Therefore, I’m going to use this post to make one fantasy hockey prediction for each team for the rest of the season.¬† We’ll be back to the usual daily notes on Wednesday and Friday this week.¬† Let’s get going!Please, blog, may I have some more?
After a massive breakout in which he scored 72 points in 77 games and Tampa Bay made the Cup Finals in 2014-15, everyone expected¬†Tyler Johnson¬†to push his way into superstardom.¬† Then he struggled massively in 2015-16 scoring 38 points in 69 not-so-nice games.¬† “It’s okay, he’ll bounce back!”¬† Kind of, but 45 points in 66 games wasn’t necessarily what people hoped.¬† “Write him off, that was a fluke!”¬† Nope, Johnson is back on track.¬† Johnson scored a hat trick on Tuesday putting six shots on goal in the 5-4 win over Carolina.¬† He now has 16 goals and 18 assists in 42 games with a +11 rating.¬† The shot rate on the whole doesn’t look great, but Johnson has 33 shots on goal in his past 9 games, in which he has 8 goals.¬† The player that was tied for the team lead in points during the regular season and led a Cup finalist in points in the playoffs looks to be back.¬† If he is, Tampa is going to be even more unstoppable.¬† Johnson is available in around 25% of leagues and if you’re lucky enough to be in, grab him immediately.¬† If you own him, props for grabbing him and don’t look to sell high because we know the upside.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
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:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hey guys!¬† I’m very sick at the moment so I’m going to keep this short and sweet.¬† I’m going to focus on players who aren’t trivial holds in this set of daily notes.¬† In other words, sorry¬†Jakub Voracek, but this is the extent of me writing about you.¬† Let’s focus on¬†Nino Niederreiter¬†for a minute.¬† El Nino killed it last season; he was a borderline top 50 player, definitely top 75.¬† He hasn’t started off that well and then was injured.¬† Niederreiter returned on Thursday and had a hat trick before the midway point of the second period.¬† He scored three goals on four shots as the Wild cruised to victory over the Sabres.¬† We know his upside and after this game, he’s up to 13 goals in 30 games.¬† The penalty minutes are strong, he’s +11, and he’s only 48.5% owned because of his injury.¬† Go pick him up now if he’s available.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the past two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
What the Vegas Golden Knights are doing in their inaugural season is nothing short of spectacular.¬† The only thing I’ve ever seen like it is Leicester City fighting off relegation before winning the Premier League title the next season at 5000-1 shots.¬† Sure, Vegas was nowhere near that big of a long shot, but to have the best record in the West is remarkable.¬† On Tuesday, they beat their top competition, the Nashville Predators, 3-0.¬†¬†Marc-Andre Fleury¬†led the way with a 28 save shutout.¬† It’s a shame Fleury was injured this season because he’s been great in 9 of 10 starts.¬† Fleury has won 8 of his 10 starts with a GAA below 2 and save percentage above .940.¬† It’s safe to say it will regress some but I’m well past the point of thinking Vegas is going to regress.¬† This team is real and Fleury looks like he’ll be a slam dunk #1 fantasy goalie for the rest of the season and going forward.¬† Just a remarkable story that I can’t get enough of.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I have to admit, I’ve always had a soft spot for¬†Thomas Vanek.¬† I saw him win the NCAA Championship as Minnesota’s best player as a freshman and fell in love with his offensive abilities before the Sabres drafted him 5th overall.¬† Vanek was excellent for many years in Buffalo and while his game isn’t where it once was, he can still put up points at a fairly high level.¬† Vancouver switched their lines recently with Vanek playing with¬†Brock Boeser¬†and¬†Sam Gagner.¬† They exploded against Chicago on Thursday with Vanek leading the way.¬† In the 5-2 win over the Blackhawks, Vanek scored two goals and three assists with five shots and two PIM finishing +5.¬† Vanek now has 10 points in his past 4 games giving him 12+16 in 38 games this year.¬† The shot rate has been up over the past ten games (3 per) so I’d grab Vanek while he’s on fire, at least as a streamer.¬† I’m sure his name will be discussed as a trade target again at this year’s deadline and unlike last year in Florida, I think Vanek will make a difference.¬† Injuries really hurt Florida and Vanek was mostly relegated to 12 minutes on third line duty.¬† We’ve seen in Detroit last season and Vancouver this year that Vanek is still capable of putting up points.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened Thursday night around the league:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Winnipeg cooled off the red hot Oilers on Wednesday night winning 4-3.¬† They’d probably trade that win if it meant¬†Mark Scheifele¬†wasn’t injured.¬† The Jets superstar center fell awkwardly into the boards in the second period and did not return.¬† This is mostly guesswork on my part but from watching a ton of hockey over the years, it looked like Scheifele severely damaged his shoulder or collarbone.¬† Either way, we could be looking at a significant absence.¬† What does it mean going forward for the Jets in fantasy hockey?¬† I think we see the top two lines get their minutes evened out.¬† Consequently, it would give a small boost to Laine and Ehlers while a slight down tick to Wheeler and Connor.¬† The potential winner is¬†Bryan Little.¬† Little scored a goal in this game on three shots and played over 21 minutes.¬† The Jets lack a true replacement as a top six center so it’ll be interesting to see what the Jets lines look like tomorrow in practice and during the next game.¬† My speculation: Little becomes must-own, one other player becomes a streamer (Armia?) and not much else changes.¬† Here’s to hoping Scheifele isn’t out too long for everyone.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Wednesday night after a three day hiatus for the NHL:Please, blog, may I have some more?