The Pittsburgh Penguins have taken a beating this season in terms of injuries, but they’ve kept chugging along piling up the wins.  On Tuesday, Sidney Crosby returned and he didn’t miss a beat.  Crosby had a goal and three assists with three shots in the 7-3 win over the Wild.  So what impact does Crosby’s return to the lineup have in fantasy?  Crosby centered Jared McCann and Dominik Simon on Tuesday.  McCann had a goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM while Simon had a goal and an assist.  These two guys are massive winners in this.  Both are elite streamers with upside from there.  Of the two, I prefer McCann going forward.  Props to Joey Jo Jo Jr. Shabadoo for picking Crosby for three points!  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:

Carey Price – 31 save shutout in the 2-0 win over the Flames.  That’s two monster games in a row for Price, but he’s still only one step above desperation.

Artemi Panarin – Two goals and three assists with six shots.  What Panarin is doing this season is ridiculous.  He’s pushing his way into the fringes of the Hart conversation.

Jesper Fast – Goal and two assists with two shots.  Nice player in real life, but Quickie doesn’t bring much fantasy value.

Brady Skjei – Two assists with three shots.  Skjei is right on the fringe.  He’s a little light in points, but hits the other categories well so it depends on team needs.

Adam Fox – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Fox is another team needs guy who really is the opposite of Skjei.  The points are a bit better, but the PIM and SOG are a bit below average.

Brock Nelson – Three goals and an assist with four PIM over two games.  Nelson is on pace to set career highs across the board and get to 30+ goals.

Jordan Eberle – Two goals and two assists with five shots over two games.  Eberle is a bottom end streamer with a bit of upside, but I’m not getting excited about him scoring against the Rangers and Senators.

David Krejci – Two goals on four shots Monday.  The Bruins stats are all for Monday only as they were shut out on Tuesday.  Krejci has been solid this season when healthy outside of shots.  He’s great if you can stomach the shot rate, but it really dampers his overall value.

Charlie Coyle – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Coyle hasn’t done a ton offensively in Boston leaving him as a bottom end streamer.

Jake DeBrusk – Two assists with three shots.  He was on a four game point streak before Tuesday’s shutout.  He’s a middling streamer for now, but we’ve seen DeBrusk reach elite streamer status before so I’m not ruling it out.

Sean Couturier – Goal and two assists with five shots.  There aren’t many bigger fans of Couturier out there.  I’m expecting a big finish from Couts to push last season’s and 2018’s 76 points.

Jakub Voracek – Two assists with four shots.  Right now, I’m considering Voracek a bottom end hold as he’s playing a bit better.

Travis Sanheim – Two goals on five shots.  I like Sanheim as a player in real life, but he carries little value in any format right now.

Ilya Samsonov – 23 save shutout in the 2-0 win over the Hurricanes.  After Backstrom was signed to a 5 year deal, it became pretty clear that Braden Holtby is going to be gone after the season.  That means it’ll be Samsonov’s team.  In dynasties, he’s a must own.  In redrafts, he should be streamed in every start.

Alex Ovechkin – Two goals on four shots.  Another day, more goals for The Great Eight.

Jake Allen – 20 saves on 21 shots in the 4-1 win over the Ducks.  This says more about the Ducks than Allen.  That said, Allen has been very good this season.  I’d stream him in most matchups.

Brayden Schenn – Two assists with two shots.  Schenn has been solid across the board as expected.

Shea Theodore – Two assists.  Theodore has been very good this season and should be held in all formats.

Sam Reinhart – Goal and two assists with two shots.  Reinhart has been very good this season as expected.

Jack Eichel – Goal and an assist with three shots.  What Eichel is doing right now is remarkable given the lack of quality teammates besides Reinhart with Skinner and Olofsson down.

Nathan MacKinnon – Two assists with five shots.  MacKinnon is making a case to be the #1 fantasy player going forward because of the shot rate.

Zach Parise – Two goals on four shots.  Parise is looking like a bottom end streamer right now.

Evgeni Malkin – Two goals and an assist with six shots.  Malkin has been as good as anyone on a per-game basis this season.

Bryan Rust – Goal and an assist.  Rust’s season is one of the most surprising of the entire NHL.  He’s been playing at a 50+60 pace for almost half a season!

Anthony Cirelli – Two assists with a shot.  The minutes are starting to increase for Cirelli which is exciting, but he’s still only a bottom end streamer.

Jeff Carter – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM.  Carter didn’t have a point in the previous seven games.  The shot rate is great, but there’s not much here otherwise.

Kyle Clifford – Goal and an assist with six shots and two PIM.  And there’s your annual Clifford update!

Blake Coleman – Hat trick on six shots with two PIM.  Coleman is quietly having a great season with 18 goals, solid PIM, and good shots.  He’s a top end streamer at the moment with seven goals in his past eight games.

Will Butcher – Two assists with three shots.  Honestly, I still don’t care about Butcher.

Rasmus Sandin – Two assists with two shots.  With Morgan Reilly out for eight weeks or longer, Sandin was recalled and slid right onto the second power play unit.  Long term, there’s a ton of upside here.  If you want to make a spec add in redrafts, he’s a decent gamble.

John Tavares – Goal and two assists with three shots.  He’s not going to score 47 goals again, but Tavares has been damn good this season.

Auston Matthews – Hat trick on four shots.  Matthews has firmly entered the Richard race.

Zach Hyman – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Elite streamer.

William Nylander – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Last season’s epic disaster is a thing of the past.  Nylander could have a career high in goals by the end of the month.

Mitch Marner – Two assists with two shots.  Nine game point streak for Marner who has been outstanding once again.

Elvis Merzlikins – 34 save shutout in the 3-0 win over the Bruins.  Elvis is officially on fire!  I’ve been saying to add him for over a week now.  If you haven’t, hopefully it’s not too late.

Tuukka Rask – Left in the second minute of the game due to an inadvertent elbow to the head.  Here’s to hoping it’s not a long term issue.  Jaroslav Halak is a no-brainer hold everywhere now.

Dominik Kubalik – Two goals on nine shots with two PIM.  My man is finally get a chance!  Kubalik should be held everywhere for the time being.  I can’t guarantee it will last all season, but it has a chance to.

Jonathan Toews – Goal and two assists.  Speaking of on fire, Toews has ten points in his last six games.

Patrick Kane – Two assists with three shots.  Kane doing Kane things.

Connor Brown – Goal and an assist.  Brown is a bottom end streamer due to decent points and a decent shot rate while not having a terrible plus-minus like one could assume being a Senator.

Connor Hellebuyck – 41 save shutout in the 4-0 win over the Canucks.  That the Jets are in a playoff spot right now with that wretched blue line is a testament to how well Hellebuyck has played.

Kyle Connor – Two goals and an assist with five shots.  As much as I like Connor, I didn’t think he’d find another level this season.  He’s on a 41+40 pace with great PIM and over three shots per game.

Patrik Laine – Two assists with five shots.  Laine already has a career high in assists this season.  His shot is so good that 10% seems criminally low.  I think we see a second half surge.

Leon Draisaitl – Two goals and an assist with five shots.  Connor McDavid had three assists with four shots.  I mean, what can’t these guys do?  I’d joke about maybe not make the playoffs, but given the division, they’re probably a slight favorite to do so now.

Evander Kane – Goal and an assist with four shots and two PIM.  The Sharks are among the biggest disappointments in the league, but Kane certainly hasn’t been an issue.

Kevin Labanc – Goal and an assist with five shots.  He’s showing signs of life but Labanc is still only a bottom end streamer in my book.

Phil Kessel – Two goals and an assist with six shots.  They’re coming in bunches, but Kessel now has nine points in his last eight games.  Keep shooting the puck!

Taylor Hall – Two goals and an assist with five shots.  Sure, two of his points came on empty net goals, but they all count the same for us!  Hall is now pushing a point per game in Arizona with over three shots per game.  Back to where we expect him.

Derek Stepan – Three assists with two shots.  Easy pass right now.

Conor Garland – Goal and two assists with six shots and two PIM.  Garland is turning into a solid player.  He’s a middling streamer.

Lawson Crouse – Goal and an assist with four shots.  It looked like Crouse was going to be a complete bust, but he’s having a nice season in his role.  He’s a great streamer in hits leagues, but otherwise, he’s bottom end.  Crouse is still only 22 so there is a sliver of hope.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Friday recapping the action of the next two nights.  As always, feel free to ask any questions, make any comments, or give any suggestions below.  You can also make Three Point Challenge picks for Thursday below as well.  I will take Mark Stone tonight.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. What's a Drexl? says:
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    that’s the worst name i ever heard.

  2. ashtray says:
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    I’ll go with Pacioretty tomorrow. Has anyone won this yet?

    No questions just wanted to say thanks for pumping out the content. It’s so hard to find decent fantasy hockey coverage these days beyond the occasional half-assed “Top 200” list with zero analysis (looking at you Rotoballer).

    • Viz

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      Yeah a few people have 2 wins and some more have 1, I have to get on my other computer to post an updated standings.

      Of course ashtray, no problem! The regulars that comment here make it worth my while.

  3. toolshed says:
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    Avs blow another lead. Grubauer not getting it done. I know it isn’t all on him, but he has to make some saves when needed. 30 shots, 3 ga. That’s about what his save % for the year. Do you expect him to do better? I just need him for wins since it is all my league tracks. He basically has a .500 record and only 12 wins. Do i stick with him and ride this out? Or would you look to try to make a trade for another goalie? I have him paired with mzarek. We start 2. This is a salary cap league so it is a little more difficult to find another option. Thanks

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      Yeah he’s definitely missing the big save right now which hurts. I just have a hard time thinking it stays so bad. I’m having flashbacks to last season where he started slowly and was excellent down the stretch. I probably ride it out only because I’m not sure who you can get as an alternative.

      As for players to buy or low, I try to highlight a few of those guys in every post. Generally, you can look at shooting percentages and see what guys are having horrible luck or bad luck and go from there. Are you thinking guys more on the lower end of rosters or studs? I can give you some options if you let me know what you’re looking for, I know your league is salary based too which makes it a bit tougher

  4. toolshed says:
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    I wanted to see if you had any buy low players who you expect to have better second half results. Similarly, who are some of your top sell high players? I am always interested in working out a trade. Thanks

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    As always, thanks for your insight. Generally, i’d be more interested in looking at lower cost players under $4m, but giroux isn’t earning his $8m salary. I expected a lot more from him. He’s on a 55 point season pace which is about 25 points less than I expected. Time to move on or is he someone you think will rebound? His shooting % is about the same as last year, but he is not getting the assists like in years past. Philly in general has been struggling.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Of course, any time! I do think it’ll be better the rest of the way, but I still would lean towards moving on

  6. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    crosby again, might as well stick this one as he’ll never get to top 10 in points with how much time he’s missed…. right. seems like a cheat code if he keeps playing like he did last time out. also BOS has been pretty bad for a while now at least some of the time, on defense certainly. crosby for 3 pt thursday

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      BOS finally played good D.

  7. Phil Beers says:
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    I have a trade offer that I would like your opinion on. I am being offered Ryan Johanson and Matt Dumba for Jacob Trouba. My scoring categories are
    Goals
    Assists
    +/-
    PIM
    PPP
    GWG
    FW
    Hit
    Blk

    I have on my squad Aho, horvat, getzlaf, Benn, kubalik, evander Kane, radulov, kahun, Viktor arvidsson, borowiecki, DeAngelo, pionik, gudbranson, cizakas, mcdavid, Schwartz, kassian
    With Jeff Skinner and Brendan Gallagher on IR

    • Viz

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      SOG not being included does help Johansen’s value quite a bit. That said, he has been pretty poor this season and it hasn’t got any better since Hynes took over. Dumba is negative value at the moment, I wouldn’t consider rostering him until he figures things out, so I would pass.

  8. Gerald says:
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    Viz what are your thoughts on the sharks? I kinda think there window is shut, they had there shot last year… Losing pavelski nyquist and donskoi was tough, Vlasic looks like a terrible contract now, still scratching my head why deboer would healthy scratch donskoi in playoffs

    Weird how vegas signs deboer to coach, with the rivalry

    • Viz

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      Yeah I think the Sharks are toast. Maybe they retool and sneak into the playoffs next season, but their run as a true contender is closed now. I’ve always been a huge fan of Donskoi and his player usage boggled my mind. Honestly, I’m expecting Kase to do the same thing Donskoi has once he leaves the Ducks, which almost feels inevitable now.

      I agree. Firing Gallant just seemed like a move for the sake of being a move. He basically got fired because Fleury has fallen off this season, which can’t be a surprise. Sure, DeBoer is a very good coach, this isn’t meant to demean him, but Gallant is an elite coach and I just don’t get firing him

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