Devan Dubnyk was a big focus of discussion for me in the preseason.  I was the highest on him on FantasyPros by 20+ spots over everybody and 80 spots higher than ESPN’s staff rankings.  That’s just insane for a player that I have ranked 41st to ESPN’s 122.  Anyways, I argued that he was a no-brainer bottom end #1 goalie with the upside for more.  Dubs showed what he can do on Tuesday night with a 27 save shutout on the road in Boston.  It’s only been 5 starts for Dubnyk so far but after that game, he has a 2.01 GAA, .929 sv% and 3 wins.  The Wild are playing excellent hockey in front of him right now and considering that he’s a workhorse, I wouldn’t be shocked if he pushes the top 5 for goaltending at the end of the season.  I certainly hope so since I have him on literally every one of my teams!  Here’s a look at what else happened on Monday and Tuesday night around the NHL:

Carey Price – 31 saves on 32 shots in the 3-1 win over the Flyers.  Price is past the flu now and starting to look like he did pre-injury last season.  I expect him to become the workhorse we know and be a top 5 goalie at the least.

Alex Radulov – Goal and two assists with two PIM.  Starting to get rolling offensively and he’s been a huge plus in penalty minutes so far.

Shea Weber – Goal and an assist with 4 shots.  Couldn’t hope for a better start for Weber.  I’d try to sell high but he’s someone we will talk about for Thursday’s podcast.

Artturi Lehkonen – Assist with 5 SOG.  Playing his way into the streamer category with his big shot totals and decent points.

Patrick Kane – Goal on four shots.  Quietly above a point per game in the early going.

Corey Crawford – 29 saves on 31 shots in the 3-2 shootout loss to Calgary.  More of what we expect from Crawford despite not getting the win.

Brian Elliott – 31 saves on 33 shots in the win on Monday, 23 saves on 24 shots in the win against the Blues today.  Naturally Elliott has his two best games by a mile in a back to back with horrible matchups.  Makes perfect sense <sarcasm>.

Sam Bennett – Two goals and an assist with seven shots and two penalty minutes in the back to back.  Three game point streak now (5 points in those games) to become a hot schmotato.  I believe!

Johnny Gaudreau – 1+1 with 8 shots total.  Starting to see some progress but there is some concern here.

Claude Giroux – Two assists with six shots and two penalty minutes in two games.  Giroux is already up to 9 assists and while the plus-minus has been bad, you have to like the assists.

Steve Mason – 30 saves on 32 shots in the Monday loss, then 8 saves in half a game Tuesday getting a win in relief.  Michal Neuvirth gave up 3 goals on 17 shots against the Sabres before being pulled for the second straight game.  Expect Mason to get the majority of the starts in the short term.

Mark Streit – Goal and two assists with five shots.  His role seems to be in flux on a game to game basis so while I think it’s fine to own him in 12’ers, it’s going to be bottom end.

Brayden Schenn – Totaled 1+1 with 4 SOG and 2 PIM over two games.  People were already asking me about Schenn after three pointless games.  To quote Aaron Rodgers, relax.

Anders Nilsson – 38 saves on 41 shots.  Played remarkable and deserved to win this game, Sabres were up 3-0 in the 3rd and two late, dumb penalties let the Flyers tie it up.  Robin Lehner has the flu so there’s a good chance Nilsson starts against on Thursday against the Wild, which is a matchup I wouldn’t touch.

Matt Moulson – Two goals on four shots.  He has 4 goals on the season now (all PP) and was bumped up to the first line.  Moulson is an elite streamer at the moment.

Charlie Coyle – Goal on three shots.  In seven games, Coyle is up to 3 goals, 2 assists, 18 PIM and 16 shots.  Love the great start from one of my favorite breakouts.

Joel Eriksson Ek – Three assists with three shots.  I talked about him on Monday; I love him long term but the role isn’t there right now.  Perhaps that changes after this performance but he still only played 8:55 in this one.  Eriksson Ek is a streamer at best in standard leagues until the minutes come up but grab him in any dynasties that he’s available in.

Ryan Suter – Stuffed the boxscore with a goal, assist, four shots and two PIM while being +3.  That’s his third multi-point game in the last five; Suter seems to be enjoying himself in the Boudreau system.

Jason Zucker – Goal and two assists with a shot and two PIM.  Decent streamer depending on his role but he also only play 10:49 in this one.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Two goals on four shots.  Frustrating that OEL is still stuck on 0 assists but with 4 goals in 6 games, I don’t think his owners can complain.

Michael Stone – Two assists with two shots playing 24:29.  I’d take the chance on him in 12’ers now that he’s back from injury.  Alex Goligoski (assist, one SOG) is still getting big minutes with Stone back so he should be held as well.

Taylor Hall – Two goals and an assist with four shots.  Hall is getting hotter than a pistol with 5 goals and an assist in his last four games.  He’s over 4 shots per game at the moment as well.  I know they’re 5-1 but Edmonton needed Adam Larsson over him?

Adam Henrique – Goal on four shots.  It’s been a slow start to the season for Henrique but with points in the last two games, I’m giving him some more time.

Damon Severson – Two assists with two shots.  Looks to be the Devils defenseman to own again for the time being.

Pavel Zacha – Two assists with a shot.  Love that he’s playing with Hall right now.  I think he’s only a streamer in standard leagues due to the lack of shots but in dynasties, my love for Zacha is growing by the game.

Travis Zajac – Two goals on four shots.  Meh, Zajac is a streamer at best.  The shots always end up being horrible.

Sidney Crosby – Goal on four shots in his return from his concussion.  Get him back in your lineup immediately.  There’s some expert analysis right there baby!

Nikita Kucherov – Goal and three assists with three shots.  And now his relatively slow start gets erased with one big game.  Love me some Kuch!

Vladislav Namestnikov – Goal and an assist with two shots being +4.  Streamer success!  I will keep going back to him as long as he’s on the top line.  There’s a chance he works his way into a hold.

Steven Stamkos – Two goals and two assists with three shots.  Okay Stammer, I see you out there.  He absolutely owns Toronto in his career with close to 1.5 points per game.

Andrej Sustr – Two assists.  And there’s your annual Andrej Sustr update!

Ben Bishop – 40 saves on 43 shots in the 7-3 for the Buccaneers over the Argonauts, or something!  Obviously the 3 goals against isn’t great but you have to like the strong save percentage plus the win.

Frederik Andersen – 7 goals against, 17 saves.  Holy shit, he is beyond a mess right now.  Good thing the Leafs gave him a 5 year contract before he played a game there!  I don’t see how you can play Andersen in fantasy against anybody at this point.

Auston Matthews – Goal and an assist with four shots.  His partner in crime, William Nylander, also had 1+1 with 7 SOG.  The crazy thing is they haven’t even been getting big minutes, they’re consistently in the 15-16 range.  I did not see this coming and I still don’t know what to make of them.  You obviously can’t trade for either of them and I don’t even know what I’d want to back to move them.

Andreas Athanasiou – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He’s bounced everywhere from the first to fourth line so far this season so you can’t really count on him, even to stream.

Dylan Larkin – Two goals.  Finally!  Both goals were in the first period where he came out buzzing.  I’d try to buy low if possible or hold tight if you have him.

Thomas Vanek – Goal on two shots.  Hotter than hot schmotato!  The minutes still aren’t great but it hasn’t stopped the Austrian.

Petr Mrazek – 29 saves on 31 shots in the 4-2 win over the Hurricanes.  The Red Wings duo are both in fine form right now.

Kevin Shattenkirk – Goal on two shots.  Solid start to the season for Shatt Deuces who mostly needs to just stay healthy for success.

Mark Scheifele – Goal on two shots assisted from Patrik Laine (three shots and two PIM also).  They scored down 3-1 with 9 seconds left but it all counts the same in fantasy!  Love me some Winnipeg Jets.

Patrick Eaves – Goal on six shots in his return from a brief time out due to injury.  I’d still hold him if you have him or look to at least stream him in the next Dallas game.

Tyler Seguin – Goal on four shots.  Feels like Seguin hasn’t done anything this year yet he’s sitting at a point per game with over three shots per game.

Devin Shore – Two assists.  Really starting to work his way onto the streaming radar in the short term with the injuries to Dallas forwards.

Antti Niemi – 28 saves on 30 shots in the 3-2 win over the Jets.  As expected, this is looking like a pretty even split in net for the Stars.

Craig Anderson – 22 save shutout against the Canucks.  This is after giving up 4,4,3,4 goals the previous 4 games.  This is what you get with Anderson and is what I don’t want anything to do with.

Ryan Dzingel – Two goals.  Every time I take him in DFS, he blanks, otherwise he scores.  He moved onto the second line during the game and while the minutes weren’t great, it was still an improvement.  With 4 goals and 2 assists so far, he has to be considered a streamer at the least.  The lack of shots (8 total) make me think he’s merely a hot schmotato instead of a real asset.

Jonathan Bernier – 10 saves on 11 shots through one period before leaving due to an upper body injury.  Assume that John Gibson (24 saves on 25 shots in relief) will play every game in the short term.

Martin Jones – 19 saves on 20 shots in the 2-1 win over the Ducks.  Surprisingly easy game for Jones who will surely start to turn things around.

Joe Pavelski – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Excellent start for Little Joe which is no surprise from a first round fantasy pick.

Brandon Saad – Goal.  He’s started slowly but I’m not worried.

Alexander Wennberg – Assist and a shot.  I really like what I’m seeing in real life and while it won’t be elite in fantasy due to the shots, the assists could be elite and worth owning.

Tanner Pearson – Assist and a shot.  Pick him up, hold him if you got him, etc.  Dude keeps scoring.

Tyler Toffoli – Two assists with two shots.  Only one goal so far but it’s nice to see Toffoli contribute elsewhere; that was my biggest concern going into the year.

Peter Budaj – 19 saves on 21 shots in the 3-2 win over CBus.  The Kings have really limited the shots against Budaj and they’ll have to in order to win.  Budaj could have a decent GAA but the sv% won’t be good.

Wednesday Streamers –  With four games on the slate, the options are minimal but this is the time to stream!  Here are my top three options:

Andre Burakovsky (18.9%) – He skated on the top line in practice on Monday and regardless, he’ll be in the top 6 against the Oilers.  What’s not to like?

J.T. Miller (19.9%) – Miller has points in three of the last four games and the minutes are increasing.  Boston’s goaltending is a mess right now due to the flu and injuries so look for the Rangers to keep up the strong offensive play.

Josh Bailey (8.4%) – The minutes are huge right now on the first line and Montreal will be on the second game of a back to back.  Not an ideal matchup but opportunity is what you look for first and foremost on a short slate.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back with daily notes on Friday with another short slate on Wednesday night.  As has been the recent schedule, the newest podcast will be out on Thursday morning so be on the lookout for that!  As always, feel free to leave any questions or comments below.  Take care!

  1. Ben lewis says:
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    Redraft league, g,a,ppp, hit, pim, +\-, gwg, should I drop Morgan Reilly for micheal stone? I’m leaning to no but thought I’d ask.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Ben lewis: I lean no as well unless you really need the extra hits Stone provides.

  2. Man Of Steel says:
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    What are your thoughts on Matheson from Florida? PP minutes up last night getting lots of shots on goal.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Man Of Steel: I’m a bit torn on him and am going to talk about him on the podcast today. He didn’t do much at all at the AHL level last season and wasn’t a huge point producer in college so in that regard, it seems fluky. Then again, he’s just 22 so maybe he’s just coming into his own now. The shots are the most encouraging thing.

  3. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    20 team dynasty with hits/blocks/faceoffs/PPP/SHP, now with crosby and stone back gotta drop somebody. just missed remembering to check and activate crosby. actually when letang comes back this question probably ceases to exist. but really who has any idea with that guy. could be tomorrow, could be 3.2 weeks. exactly the same as real life rosters. team is PIT based and needs at least 9 of those at all times.
    C crosby/malkin/hanzal/couture/turris
    LW fabbri/burakovsky/kunitz/pouliot/fiala/comeau
    RW parenteau/larkin/jagr/hornqvist
    D stone/maata/chychrun/orpik/streamer/streamer
    IR/IR+ (5 each, as good as we can do in yahoo): d.pouliot/letang/t.meier
    G – fleury/murray/reimer
    NA jarry/m.mcleod (dropped l.brown for him, he appeared to be better for hits/blocks/faceoffs league)/honka/barbashev/gauthier (there were probably higher ranked guys from this year’s draft available, but he’s RW and has grit and i’m weak in RW depth, eventually whenever yahoo decides to put sprong back it’ll be him here)

    to even field legal D men i have to drop somebody, gotta be one of b.pouliot/comeau/reimer (3 starts min per week, so i could make mins without reimer most of the time and stream the other few weeks, did this last year for a time). also, later, when letang is back, who’s 2nd drop?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: If you can manage without Reimer, I would say him first and then cut Comeau when Letang comes back.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @Viz: oh yeah, it was implied but not stated, even if reimer ends up with good stats sometimes he plays at same time as PIT goalies, meaning i couldn’t start him anyway.

  4. Shitwolf says:
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    Hey viz hold Johnson and palat? Or swap for marchessault and Bennett? Tampa playing well.but those guys are kinda meh

    • Shitwolf says:
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      @Shitwolf:

      oh I could also swap for marner

      • Viz

        Viz says:
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        @Shitwolf: I’d give the Bolts guys a little bit more time before I cut bait with them.

  5. Scott says:
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    Hi Viz! Who do I keep out of Vrbata and Perron?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Scott: Vrbata pretty easily, he’s been consistently producing where Perron did everything in one game, albeit a massive one.

  6. Scott says:
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    Would you start Montoya tonight @NYI?

    • Viz

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      @Scott: I think it’s a fine spot start considering how well the Canadiens are playing right now.

  7. Montezuma's Revenge...right now says:
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    a 12 team keep 7 with no costs h2h league wherein the comish quit but not till the day of the NHL season, so we missed the first week of stats in yahoo. i got 3 replacement owners and am setting lineup for one other team, trying to treat that roster fairly. start 4 C, 2 LW, 2 RW, 1 W, 1 F, 1 util, 6 D. hits/blocks/.faceoffs/.goals against for goalies (as a negative stat).
    C stamkos/henrique/marleau/e.staal/k.hayes
    LW – steen/gaudreau/hagelin/skinner/landeskog/kreider
    RW pirri/foligno/saad/
    D – carlson/barrie/subban/stone/niskanen/petry/ekholm
    IR/IR+ sharp
    G f.andersen/lehtonen/halak

    i’ve told owners that this roster can do trades, but only if i ok them and they are believable for this roster’s needs. cleary this team needs RW/faceoff Centers/better goalies. an owner sent this idea:
    his a.martinez +hossa for this roster’s pirri + kreider

    is this fair, it does net a RW, and improves D (D is pretty ok already though on this team), and this team does have way too much LW values.

    • Viz

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      @Montezuma’s Revenge…right now: It’s pretty close but given how stacked the D already is and that I don’t really like Hossa in this format with the extra categories, I’d prefer to just keep Kreider. Getting those massive hits is an excellent security blanket for when the scoring goes down. It’s not lopsided but I’d rather stand pat than make the move if I ran the team. I assume there has to be a better move shipping out a LW instead.

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    Good Post Thank You 🙂
    Glad to have Dubnyk in my Team is playing like a monster right now and is winning me the Goalie Cats on his own.
    But I’m really concerned about an other player. I wasn’t high on Hartnel and you werent high on him as well. But only 4Sog 4Hits and 2PIM in 5 games is horrible. I really consider to drop him… Can you see a bounceback on the horizon with only 12 Minutes of Icetime right now ?

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      @Saints: Hartnell is average in most categories and bad in +/-. You stream guys like him for PIM, which is going to come in a handful of unpredictable games whenever they flip out and generally seems a waste to hold for too long if it’s H2H. I think I looked him up pre-season and he had 5 games last year at 5 PIM or higher and accounted for almost half of his PIM.

    • Viz

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      @Saints: I think you can feel safe dropping him right now, I don’t see the minutes going up at this point.

      • Saints says:
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        @Viz:
        Mmh ok problem is my league is a salary Cap league with “Dead money” if i drop my guys and Hartnell is getting big time money so its a lot of dead Money as well. So i dont like to drop guys to fast and cant really stream on a day to day basis (not even week to week more of a month to month basis 🙂 )
        But thanks for the help u2

        • Viz

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          @Saints: Ah, I didn’t know that. If it’s a big detriment to cut him, I have no problem with you holding him for the time being depending on who is available.

          • Saints says:
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            @Viz: He’s costing me 5.9 right now if i drop him he’s costing me 2.85. I think i will wait 1-2 more weeks than i will pull the trigger.

            • Viz

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              @Saints: I think that’s smart with almost all moves right now being only two weeks into the season.

  9. Saints says:
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    I have a Trade offer in my dynasty League i can get Jason Spezza i need to give up Adam Lowry. Would you do it ? (we’re counting Hits/Blocks/FOW). I’m not quite sure.

    • Viz

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      @Saints: I mean, my first thought is to do it in a heartbeat. Lowry is good at nothing but hits and hits are extremely easy to get. What are you unsure about, just curious? Is it simply an age thing or something else.

      • Saints says:
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        @Viz:
        There are a few things:
        1.lowry is younger
        2.Spezza is more expensive (salary cap league)
        3. Lowry has LW eligibility
        4. I’m always a little hesitant 😀

        But i think i will go for the trade.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @Saints: It would have helped to know their salaries before you asked 🙂 Let me know and I can give you a definite answer.

          • Saints says:
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            @Viz:
            Spezza is at 3,8
            lowry at 1.8
            i have 2.8 free Salary cap so it would work I’m just not sure if its the right call right now to get this expensive Spezza

            • Viz

              Viz says:
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              @Saints: I need a bit more frame of reference. How much money do you get for how many players? I still think I like doing it.

              • Saints says:
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                @Viz:
                We have 80.0 for at least 25 Players with minors I’m holding ca. 30 Players.

                • Viz

                  Viz says:
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                  @Saints: I guess it depends on how it impacts you past this season but it’s such a talent upgrade that I’d lean towards doing it; it’s not as much of a slam dunk as I originally thought though.

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