Toronto being up 5-1 on Ottawa with a minute to go in the second period wasn’t exactly surprising.  The final result?  Well, I hope you didn’t turn the game off.  The Senators, arguably the worst team in the league, stormed back to win 6-5 in OT.  Evgenii Dadonov tied the game with 2 minutes left before scoring the overtime winner.  That gives Dadonov five goals in his last five games after a sluggish start in Ottawa.  Is it going to be as good as it was in Florida?  Certainly not.  However, Dadonov is starting to build value again to the point where he’s a solid streamer.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see the minutes go up even higher to the point where he’s an elite streamer.  Let’s take a look at what else happened on Monday:

Darcy Kuemper – 24 save shutout in the 1-0 win over the Blues.  Kuemper is starting to get rolling, and it’s nice that the Coyotes are almost done with the Blues now.  There’s no concern about Raanta eating into his starts either making Kuemper a bottom end #1.

Jordan Binnington – 18 saves on 19 shots as the tough luck loser.  Binnington’s season has gone right in line with expectations.  Nothing really to see here.

Josh Bailey – Two assists with three shots.  Bailey has been quite disappointing this season.  It’ll take a few quality games in a row for him to be worth streaming again.

Semyon Varlamov – 20 saves on 21 shots in the 3-1 win over the Sabres.  Varlamov was busy in the first two periods and then… he didn’t face one shot in the third period.  Pathetic effort off a long layoff from the Sabres.  Varly has been as good as any goalie in the early going.

Connor Brown – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM.  There’s some value in deeper leagues, but that’s about it.

Nick Paul – Goal and an assist with two shots.  I like Paul as a depth player in real life, but he’s too up and down to be worth streaming.

Thomas Chabot – Two assists with a shot.  Hopefully the points start rolling in for Chabot because the PIM and shot rate has been great.  The plus-minus is going to be a negative, but it hasn’t been devastating.

Auston Matthews – Two goals and an assist with five shots.  Teams like Ottawa have no chance against a player like Matthews.  He’s the favorite to lead the league in goals now.

Joe Thornton – Goal and an assist in his return from injury.  He’s a middling streamer, but it’s hard to expect more when Thornton barely shoots the puck.

Boone Jenner – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Jenner is a bottom end streamer in standard leagues, but he gets a boost from hits, blocks, and faceoffs, making him a nice value in deep leagues.

Brock McGinn – Two goals and two assists with three shots.  He’s been on the first line making McGinn a solid streamer.  He has seven goals in the past eight games, but his lack of PP time and general ice time means he’ll cool off eventually.

Teuvo Teravainen – Goal and three assists with three shots.  Nice to see Teravainen back on the top line with Sebastian Aho (1+1, 5 SOG) like he belongs.

Jordan Staal – Two goals on four shots with two PIM.  He’s an elite streamer now on the verge of being a hold.  Can’t say I expected that one coming.

Jake Bean – Two assists with a shot.  Long term, I really like Bean.  If Dougie ends up leaving, Bean could break out as soon as next season.  Right now, he’s on the third pair and not even playing every night.

Anton Stralman – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Stralman’s days of fantasy relevance are long in the rear view.

Jonathan Huberdeau – Goal and an assist with two shots, as did Aleksander Barkov.  The minutes are lower than usual, especially for Huberdeau, but Florida has been outstanding so far with both of these guys leading the way.

Carter Verhaeghe – Two assists with a shot and five PIM.  Verhaeghe’s breakout is completely out of nowhere.  I’d actually lean towards holding him, but it’s right on the fringe.

Dominik Kubalik – Two goals on four shots.  The shots are up which mean it’s only a matter of time until the goals start coming in for Kubalik.  Case in point, Monday night.

Mark Scheifele – Goal and two assists with two shots and two PIM.  Seven game point streak for Scheifele who is a big reason why the Jets are much improved from last season.

Blake Wheeler – Goal and an assist.  The days of Wheeler being elite in every category are in the past, but he can still be a top 50 player if things break right.

Kyle Connor – Goal and an assist with three shots.  I don’t like that the shot rate has dropped quite a bit from last season, but there’s still time for that to turn around.  Connor is still a point per game so no reason to be concerned.

Neal Pionk – Two assists with two PIM.  He was back on the top unit which obviously helps his value quite a bit, but either way, Pionk has played his way into being a hold in all formats.  He’s taken huge strides from where he was in New York.

Tyson Barrie – Two assists with four shots and two PIM playing over 30 minutes!  In his past nine games, Barrie has twelve points.  Things are looking up!

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Two goals on seven shots.  RNH has the best shot rate of his career by a wide margin.  With how many minutes Tippett is playing the top guys, he should set a career high in points per game.

Alex Chiasson – Two goals on four shots.  He has a spot on the top PP unit which, quite frankly, I don’t understand.  He’s a deep league streamer, but that’s it.

Connor McDavid – Two assists with seven shots playing over 26 minutes.  What McDavid is doing this season is off the charts.  I don’t see how anyone will come close to him in points.

Evan Bouchard – Two assists with eight shots.  Really like how Bouchard is playing.  Anything with 14+ teams, he’s an auto hold.  In 12’ers, I don’t mind gambling on the upside.

Elias Lindholm – Goal and an assist with two PIM and two shots.  Lindholm is above a point per game solidifying himself as a top 100 player.

Rasmus Andersson – Two assists with a shot.  Andersson lost his spot on the top power play unit.  He could get it back, but for now, he’s right on the fringe.  I would lean towards holding him for upside, but the shot rate hurts.

Tyler Myers – Two assists with two shots and two PIM.  He takes a ton of penalties and is good at hits and blocks.  Given that he has a pulse offensively, there’s a lot of value in certain formats.

Brock Boeser – Goal and an assist with two shots.  While the Canucks have been disappointing on the whole, Boeser certainly has not been.  He’s been their best player and it’s not particularly close.

Logan Couture – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Couture has been very good this season, but the Sharks could have a tough go for it over their next ten games, all of which are against the Blues, Avalanche, or Golden Knights.  Couture is good enough that he should be fine, but keep expectations in check.

That’s all for now guys.  With the smaller slate tonight, I’ll be back on Thursday recapping the twelve games between Tuesday and Wednesday.  We will also be doing the Three Point Challenge for Thursday.  As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Shitwolf says:
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    haha Viz I was following the Leafs score on my phone and saw them up 5-1… Next I look at it’s 5-4 and I ask my wife wanna watch the Leafs lose? 100% they blow this and sure enough!!! They always lose in the most embarrassing ways, so at least they are consistent in that regard!

    I was thinking of a new term for guys that are only fantasy options because of the guys they play with. I figure calling them Buckets is appropriate since they need to be carried. The ultimate bucket for my team right now has to be Ritchie. Since my league includes hits and both PPG and PPA, I feel like him being on PP1 with the big boys makes that bucket an easy hold!

    Hope ya like my material have a good day!

    • i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      ritchie (who i believe was traded for heinen) got jerked around for playing time on the badly run ANA team. BOS likes him enough to keep him on top 2 lines (and the PP time you mentioned). at least they stopped jerking around comtois, sort of, as he’s still on line 3.

      • Viz

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        Yeah, Anaheim is finally giving Comtois consistent minutes, really they’ve become the second line even though they’re listed as the third. Comtois and Lundestrom look good out there together.

      • Shitwolf says:
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        hmmm maybe I should apply for a coaching job then… I could easily make poor lineup decisions for an NHL roster! When they ask me how I’ll approach my lineup during the interview, I’ll tell them: “I’ll play my young skilled forwards with a couple of guys that have no hands for 13 minutes a night on a losing team”. I will then seal the deal with: “I will then play my aged veterans the most minutes to really grind em down”. Think I’m a lock! Anyway wanna be my GM? you can trade these young players in a few years since they are obviously busts in their early 20s for peanuts and get paid for it!

    • Viz

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      Haha, it won’t top blowing the series to Boston in game 7 just because of the stakes, but yesterday was harder to lose.

      I generally call those guys passengers, buckets isn’t bad though. Appreciate that, snowing quite a bit here so I’ll be staying in the house.. like the vast majority of the last 11 months. Hope you’re doing well!

      • Shitwolf says:
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        Thanks you too!

  2. i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    hahahaha, from rotoworld about gusev:
    “Gusev is currently on the COVID list but he should be taken off any time now as it doesn’t make sense that he is still on the list and yet skating with the team. ”

    well i can think of one reason they’d leave him on that hahahaha. same reason i want to leave him in IR slots till he shows something. for a dude that hits/blocks nothing what he’d done all year is just nasty. when j.skinner (and his coach hating him) makes you look bad you got problems

    • Viz

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      Yeah, I’ve never been a Gusev fan for fantasy, but one point, one block, one hit is a level that I didn’t expect even in a worst case scenario.

      • i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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        i’d be happy as a pig in shit for like a 2 shot, 1 pt some of the time, 1 hit, 1 block for gusev to even touch. here’s his season averages:
        shots (this is better than i thought it was, i think started season better than he was trending): 2.67
        points: .11 assists no goals
        hits and blocks each: .11 per game (this isn’t just kinda low, this is probably near bottom of entire league if we check on guys that average as many minutes as him (14:07). that’s with zero PIMs, PPP and certainly not SHP.

  3. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    12 teamer with hits/blocks/shots/PPP/points in addition to goals and assists. start 6 D i have:
    – dobson (weak hits, rest fine)
    – larsson (only there for hits/blocks)
    – gudas (similar to larsson, but more PIM’s, shots too)
    – nurse (becoming an outright superstar in these settings, the exact kind of gradual improvement you want from top D prospects basically exactly in all facets)
    – barrie (killing the points and shots and PPP, not any of the secondary stuff)
    – chychrun (similar to nurse but not as super good in stuff, but good career path too)
    – d.hamilton (like dobson in secondary stuff but better overall)
    IR: gryzelck

    1. dump dobson for bouchard?
    2. dump larsson for any of: m.ferraro, hague?

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      in leagues deeper than this or dynasty hague/ferraro are easy holds if same categories, this i know already. relatively overall high D prospects that already get hits/blocks (esp if not tons of minutes like hague) are very good buys/holds. it’s why guys like bouchard go in the 1st round of deep dynasties and should. here it’s keep 7 in total, i kept i think only dougie here along with 5 forwards and drafted nurse in the 6th round after going grubauer/bob/barrie/rust/backstrom (not that order). it should’ve been the other way though (keep nurse draft dougie, but ADP’s being a thing the way i did it is better, as ADP’s tend to be for “standard” leagues and people draft somewhat to those in general)

    • Viz

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      How badly do you need the hits and blocks of Larsson? It comes down to team needs here, but I really like how Ferraro is playing at the moment, and now that Karlsson is down, it could get a bit better.

      Dobson and Bouchard are basically a coin flip. Bouchard isn’t going to be a big hit guy either, although he should have a bit more than Dobson. I’d give a slight lean to Bouchard only because of the division that he’s playing in and that he has a path to bigger minutes, where Dobson is locked into the third pair barring an injury to Pulock or Mayfield.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        let’s see i’m so far:
        goals: winning by 3 overall (this is a big deal since mackinnon and rantanen missed a week or so)
        assists: right in the middle
        points: big tie for 3rd with 2 others, 11 pts back of leader, 44 points over last place
        PIMs: 5th
        shots: 2nd (a lot of teams are hoarding up goalies, meaning me with my 3 total goalies (2 start per day) should get more counting stats from more of roster being skaters
        plus/minus: middle of pack
        PPP: 3rd, only 4 pts back of 1st
        faceoffs: mid pack but kadri/mackinnon missing games so far is likely why, i probably should be around 3rdish (along with dubois being demoted, moved teams, and hurt now)
        hits: 3rd
        blocks: 5th

        so could arguably lose larsson for bouchard or ferraro entirely (maybe even dobson for both), then only question is who is the drop when gryzelck is back (which ain’t by thurs).

        • Viz

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          Then yeah, I think I make both moves and then decide on Grzcelyk later after you see how Bouchard and Ferraro are doing in the meantime.

  4. Malkin4Mayor says:
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    Viz, talk to me about Brock Nelson, plz. I wanna make room for some high upside adds/streamers and I feel like he’s dead in the water this year.

    Of course, right as I’m finally ready to cut him loose he shows signs of life with a PPG. What do you think? Hold and see if he wakes up?

    • Viz

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      He’s definitely not an automatic hold anymore, that’s for sure. If you want to make the move I think that’s fine, my only pause is Beauvillier’s return should help him, and while they didn’t play together last night, I think it’s a matter of time until the two are reunited. Odds are it won’t burn you to let him, so if you want to stream some high upside guys, I’m good with it.

  5. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    somebody just dropped rask and halak so they could own both NJ guys along with cal petersen, clearly they’re going younger. goalie max rule is as many as you want from 1 real life team and up to 1 from a 2nd (only applies to active, not IR/IR+/NA slots).16 team dynasty with hits/blocks/faceoffs/shots/PPP/SHP/shot %GWG (my god i hate GWG, also adding them into this many stats you can’t in yahoo look at player’s link to him only and even see what his hits/blocks were the last 10 or more games at all, you can still go to player tab and index by last 14 or 30 days for averages though, or season averages)
    C (4): taveras, e.staal, r.strome (RW), schmaltz (RW)
    LW (4): stuetzle, stamkos (RW), marchessault (C), dube (RW), ritchie
    RW (4): batherson, tippett, rust (LW), fabbri (LW), zucker (LW)
    D (6): risto, hedman, pulock, fox, nurse, bouchard, ferraro
    G (1): both ARI guys
    IR/IR+: beauvillier (back now), lehner, zuccarello (back now), r.joey (back soon), kucherov, hischier
    NA: steel, drysdale, mcmichael

    1. guessing drop zuccarello (on bad line, at least so far), dube to activate beauvillier?
    2. probably gotta drop steel now?
    3. drop fabbri when r-joey is back?
    4. my waiver i can get rask for sure, but try to drop raanta/kuemper for both? (had added raanta when lehner went out. but the idea here is i could keep kuemper + rask or rask + halak or lehner + rask or rask+ halak (no guarantee i get both of rask/halak, but rask i would get for sure).

    • Viz

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      How is that a thing? That’s mind blowing, to not even try and trade those guys and outright cut them seems preposterous. GWG is definitely an awful stat that should never be used in fantasy.

      Yes on Zucc, and agree on Steel, he hasn’t shown much to this point. I really don’t want to cut Fabbri, but at the same time, I don’t know who else you can cut, it has to be him or Dube. I think I prefer Fabbri over Dube, but it’s very close.

      I think if you can get Rask, you have to do it. He’s probably the #2 goalie right now, or at least in the discussion. So if you get Rask and cut Raanta, you have to cut either Kuemper or Lehner then so you don’t have goalies on 3 different teams? Do you have to do this immediately or can you wait because Lehner is out?

      • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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        i can add rask over just raanta for now, when lehner is back i would have to decide on lehner vs kuemper, but i could also attempt to get both BOS guys now if i was already going that way anyway (dropping kuemper for halak, but no guarantee i’d win him).

        • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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          ok, sounds like the idea is to hold kuemper, use the 1 waiver for rask, when lehner is back make that decision later so as to not have to own 3 total goalies over a skater there (as i could attempt to obtain both BOS guys now but that’s owning 3 goalies total). in general this is how i usually go too, you probably lose more stats enough to affect you negatively overall rather than gain much by having both BOS guys along with kuemper for now, later BOS guys and one of kuemper/lehner. this since just lots of times kuemper (or lehner) play the same night that BOS does anyway and i can only start 1 per night (3 min per week, which i’ve made even last week owning only the ARI 2)

          • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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            weird stuff like this is why you follow moves all the time. we got one day waivers too, so at 3ish am eastern i’ll have at least rask.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          Yes I would just add Rask for now for sure, then I would try to shop Kuemper and Lehner and take the best offer you can get for one of them. I have to imagine somebody would want them, I mean both are top 10 goalies imo.

          • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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            yeah.

  6. Gerald says:
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    Viz how about those devils!

    Goals Assists Points Plus/Minus PPP Shorthanded points Game winning goals hits league

    Would you drop any of these guys for yamaamoto ? or hold
    Kadri Copp Fiala Atkinson Roslovic Meier Bjorkstrand

    Thanks again man

    Random thought why do you think no one makes a trade for john gibson. he seems like an elite golaie. is the price too high? if im the sharks or the oilers i would try to make a package deal for him and getzlaf

    • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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      don’t know if n.merkley keeps that job in NHL when a bunch of others get back from corona list, but looked good and was a highish prospect.

      • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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        unless some yahoo error (possible as i’ve seen it before) merkley appears to be shoved to taxi squad already in light of probable returners from corona list for tomorrow’s game . fantrax’s player blurbs (far more informative than yahoo’s in general) do indicate merkley to taxi squad atleast for today

    • Viz

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      Hey Gerald, your guys are looking impressive! I think I keep what you have. It’s close with a couple guys, but Yamamoto isn’t getting PP1 time, and he’s not even close to next guy up, as it’s bounced between Chiasson, Neal, and right now, Puljujarvi.

      I’m not sure on the Gibson front. I’m assuming that the Ducks have no interest in trading him since he’s only 27 years old. In theory, the Ducks should be good again in 2-3 years so Gibson should still be plenty good. He’s definitely a top 5 goalie for me without hesitation.

      With Getzlaf, he said last season he wouldn’t waive his no trade clause. Maybe that’ll change, but I think he’s content living in Anaheim at this point in his career.

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