Last year, Filip Forsberg was one of the biggest breakouts of the NHL season.  I had him ranked in the top 50 preseason and was a disappointment so far this year.  Signs of a return to last year’s dominance have been seen in the last few games and it finally happened Tuesday night, scoring two goals on eight shots and adding an assist in the 5-2 win over Arizona.  He’s up to 24 shots in the last 5 games which is a good sign that the goals are coming.  It may be too late after Tuesday but with 5 goals in 24 games, perhaps his owner is fed up with him and you can try to add him in a trade.  Here’s what else I saw on a busy Tuesday night:

Tyson Barrie – Goal on two shots. Starting to heat up getting to 15 points in 23 games.  It seems like he hasn’t done much but at that pace, he’d have another 50 point season.

Matt Duchene – Goal on four shots.  It wasn’t that long ago that he was one of the biggest disappointments of the year and people were asking me if they should cut him.  Now he has 13 goals and 10 assists in 25 games.

Reto Berra – 27 saves on 28 shots in the 2-1 win over New Jersey.  His numbers are very solid on the season outside of wins.  The quantity of starts isn’t going to be there but if you need someone to spot start on your team, Berra is a solid option that is available in most leagues.

Nick Foligno – Goal on his only shot with 5 PIM.  I had him ranked lower than almost everywhere but I didn’t expect him to have two goals at this point of the year.  Even with Torts there, the minutes aren’t there so I don’t expect much of a turn around.

Max Pacioretty – Goal on four shots.  Patches was on a cold streak but now he has points in five straight.  Firmly in the top 20 going forward.

Mike Condon – 22 saves on 23 shots in the win.  He had struggled in the last few games but with Carey Price out at least six weeks, it’s his job going forward.

Sean Couturier – Goal and two assists with four shots and two PIM.  The offense never developed as much as I thought it would in the pros, partially because they choose to use him as a shutdown guy and partially because he hasn’t shown that he can contribute offensively on a regular basis.  Unless your league counts faceoff wins, I can’t see Couts being relevant going forward.

Wayne Simmonds – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Called it in the big Monday morning recap, he’s heating up <in NBA Jam voice>!

Shayne Gostisbehere – Goal on three shots.  Absolutely must own at this point.

Mike Hoffman – Goal on three shots.  Hotter than a pistol!

Evander Kane – Two goals on six shots with four PIM.  This is the Kane that I envisioned in preseason; he was the best player on the ice in a game full of star players.  I’d buy low if you can following his long time off due to injury.

Zemgus Girgensons – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Not grabbing him yet but he moved to the power play for Tuesday’s game (and promptly scored) and was moved to the second line to play on Jack Eichel‘s wing.  If that sticks going forward, Zemgus will be a great streamer at the least.

Rasmus Ristolainen – Three assists with four shots.  I love it when I’m right! I plan on owning him everywhere I can next year! And this is me repeatedly repeating myself again about how much I love Risto!

Linus Ullmark – 42 saves on 46 shots in the shootout loss. Only want to mention Ullmark because the Sabres could have given up 10 goals if he didn’t play as well as he did.  Chad Johnson has played well recently so I’m not sure how much action he gets but in easier matchups, he’s a great stream.

Justin Abdelkader – Two goals and an assist with three shots and seven PIM.  Amazing line; he’s not at last year’s levels but that wasn’t expected.  He’s on the first line still and holds plenty of fantasy value.

Gustav Nyqvist – Two assists with three shots and two PIM.  The minutes are starting to increase which is nice to see.

Tomas Tatar – Goal on four shots.  Hopefully you bought low when you had the chance because that’s long gone now.

Derek MacKenzie – Two goals on three shots.  And your random multiple goal scorer for the day is Derek MacKenzie!

Roberto Luongo – 29 saves on 30 shots in the win.  He’d be on the fringe of the top 5 if he had the wins.  Still incredibly solid nonetheless.

David Backes – Goal on three shots.  His time on the first line unfortunately didn’t last long but the minutes will stay big.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Goal on four shots and two PIM.  He’s even in plus-minus in the year which is excellent to see.  Love him in dynasty leagues and he’s fringe top 10 for the rest of the season among defensemen.

Shea Weber – Three assists and three shots.  Even after this game, he’s still only at 13 points in 24 games.  I’m glad I had him ranked lower than anywhere else.

Calle Jarnkrok – Goal on four shots.  The Predators shuffled their lines for Tuesday’s game and Jarnkrok was bumped up to the first line with Forsberg and Mike Ribiero (1+1 with two shots).  It’s worth monitoring because if he sticks, Jarnkrok is a must add.  He’ll be a top streamer for their next game.

Devan Dubnyk – 30 saves on 31 shots in the 2-1 win over Chicago.  He’s not at last year’s level but he’s approaching top 10 goalie status going forward.

Zach Parise – Assist with four shots.  Good to see him get back on the scoresheet after his injury.

Jason Pominville – Goal on six shots.  After somehow going scoreless in the first 21 games, Pominville has scored in two straight.  A hot streak is coming.

Mikael Granlund – Two assists and five shots.  The return of Parise should help Granlund a great big going forward. I don’t expect it to stick but it’s great to see five shots.

Patrick Kane – Lone Blackhawks goal.  That’s a 20 game point streak; what else is there to say?

Sean Monahan – Two assists and five shots.  Another guy who has been poor but he’s one decent streak away from being at last year’s pace.

Dougie Hamilton – Goal on three shots.  Call me crazy but I’d buy low on Hamilton if I can; there’s also the chance his owner cut him and you can pick him up for free.  The minutes are going up, the shots are going up and the Flames offense is showing signs of life.

Jacob Markstrom – 38 saves on 40 shots in the 2-1 OT loss to the Kings. Outstanding performance to steal his team a point in the second of a back to back.  He won’t get many games going forward but he’s a solid streamer when he does take the ice.

Anze Kopitar – Overtime game winner on his second shot off a sick feed from Jeff Carter.  It’s sad the offense for Kopitar has fallen off.  He’s playing excellent hockey but not from a fantasy perspective.

Marian Gaborik – Assist and two PIM.  Still heating up!  I’m adding him where you can; he’s available in a surprising number of leagues.

Marc-Andre Fleury – 33 saves on 34 shots in the win over San Jose. He’s a top 5 goalie right now, something I never thought I would say about the Flower.

Chris Kunitz – Two assists.  Still a corpse of his former self.  Not fantasy relevant at this point.

Evgeni Malkin – Goal and two assists with three shots and two PIM.  That’s eight points in the last four games.  Geno is as good as it gets right now.

David Perron – Goal on his only shot plus an assist. Massive disappointment so far this year and I’m not convinced that’s going to change.

Phil Kessel – Two goals on four shots.  Like Malkin, things are starting to look up.

Wednesday Streamers: There are four games on the schedule so Wednesday should be a big streaming day.  Here are my top options:

Leo Komarov (5.1% owned) – Going back to the well on this one.  He’s hotter than a pistol and the matchup with the Jets is an okay one.

Frank Vatrano (0.1%) – On the top line against the Oilers.  Doesn’t get much easier than that.

Oscar Lindberg (35.2) – Lindberg is much higher owned than the players I normally stream but I wanted to give him some spotlight.  He’s the one who got the boost to the second line and onto the second power play unit so with the additional minutes, Lindberg is probably must own going forward.  If you can, stream him for tomorrow and see how he does.  I’ll be sure to write about him for Thursday morning.

That’s all for now guys.  Enjoy the four game slate on Wednesday; the battle of New York should be a good one on NBCSN.  As always, feel free to leave any questions or comments below.  Take care everyone!

  1. How in the world does Frederik Andersen end out on IR with the flu?! Is there something more to this that I’m missing? Any insider info on that situation? He hasn’t played since Nov. 21. I suppose it’s conceivable with the flu and a loss of strength from the flu, but wow. He just finally went onto the IR late this morning and of course someone already picked up Gibson for a streamer just hours before that. Go figure. I decided to pick-up Hellebuyck vs Sparks. I’d rather have the guy playing against TOR at home than Gibson vs TB anyway. The Ducks are not much better than the Leafs so far. Maybe Hellebuyck runs with the job and makes for a better play than Andersen soon, but I’m still expecting Frederik to return by Friday. Thanks for all the great articles Viz!

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @madden_curser: You can put any player on IR, it only guarantees that the player misses at least 5 games. At this point, Andersen has already missed 4 so the Ducks must have figured they might as well just IR him. That sucks you missed out on Gibson but for tonight only, I’m with you, I’d rather have Hellebuyck. I’m not sure how much time he gets going forward but he is one of the best couple goaltending prospects in the league so it’s entirely possible that he gets hot and they just decide to roll with him. Thanks a lot, I appreciate it!

  2. Mal says:

    So after Hornqvist shit the bed yet again (apparently he’s demoted to the 3rd line?), should I drop him to add Drouin, who is in theory back from injury? Drouin is currently stashed in my IR slot. Otherwise, I’m not sure who to move.. Kind of stuck in the middle of wanting to hold onto guys with upside, and riding guys who are hot right now..

    Kuznetsov, Komarov, Seguin, Pavelski, Hall, Vanek,
    Nyquist, Hornqvist, Kadri, K Hayes,
    Shattenkirk, Yandle, Stralman, Savard,
    Bishop, Vasilevskiy, Allen, Hutchinson
    Drouin on IR

    Yeah, I realize I only have 4 D men, but have kind of been rotating spot starts in where I can. And I picked up Hutch before Pavelec went out, so I’ve been holding onto him as well. Komarov and Hayes have also normally been spot starts, but then they go and do good things (and Kadri also has to start getting goals at some point, right?). League counts G, A, Shots, Hits, Blocks, D-man points, and special teams points. G are standard, I think.

    Maybe I don’t need to hold onto Vasilevskiy? Maybe I have too much hope for Hayes? Maybe I have too much hope for Drouin?

    Also, Hamilton is available on the wire… I dropped him like a bad habit earlier in the year. Sigh..

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Mal: Apparently he will be dropped to the third line but will stick on the first power play unit so I don’t know how much it hurts him. Can you let me know a few things? While I’m a big Drouin fan going forward, he’s a virtual blank in hits and blocks which does drag down his value and he’s horrible in shots. I would hold Vasilevskiy solely because you have Bishop. I think my first suggestion would be to try and trade Drouin for name value, maybe package him in a 2 for 1 for an upgrade.

      Is D-man points its own separate category? If that’s the case, I would own more than 4 defenseman since not only does it swing that category, they contribute a lot in hits and blocks. It sucks that Hamilton has been this bad but like I said in the article, he is showing signs of turning around.

      Let me know how many guys you start in each position and if d-man points are their own category and I can probably give you more suggestions if you’d like them.

      • Mal says:

        So scoring is (this is all points based, and it’s just all added, I think? Looking at it made me wonder why the hell our scoring is messed up):
        G-3 A-2, SHG-2 (short handed), SHA-1, HAT-1, Shots, Hits, Blocked shots-.25, Power Play Pts-1, Defensemen points-1 (when a defenseman gets an assist or goal you get a bonus point)

        So how it looks, to take Yandle from Monday’s game; he had a PP assist, with 3 blocks and 2 shots: 2(A)+1(PP)+.5(2xSOG)+.75(3xBLK)+1(DEF)=5.25 (although espn labels his daily score as 5.3… Not exactly sure how they do rounding…if it’s just approximations and then they make the real math in the background?)

        Starts are 2 each at C, LW, RW, plus 2 bonus F, 4 at D, 1 Utility (skater, not goalie), and 2 at G.

        It’s a weekly h2h, we get 4 total wire adds per week.

        I’ll take a look at the wire and compare some season pt totals later..

        • Viz

          Viz says:

          @Mal: Ah okay, that makes more sense then. I would only carry 4 defenseman too if that’s the case.

  3. ashtray says:

    Lose Goligoski, Zidlicky, or Streit for Colin Miller?

    League cats are :

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @ashtray: Unless you can’t wait for Streit to get back, I thinkI’d cut Zidlicky. There’s no way I’m cutting Gogo and Miller does everything Zidlicky does but a little better at this point.

  4. ashtray says:

    Who’s the pickup with Fred Andersen hitting IR:


    C Johnson

    • ashtray says:

      @ashtray: Gibson was just snagged. Drop him from the list

      • Viz

        Viz says:

        @ashtray: Very unfortunate that Gibson was grabbed because he’s the best by far on that list. Is that Mike Smith? I think I would lean him solely because saves is a category and he should play more than any of the other guys on the list plus Arizona is holding up.

  5. goodfold2 says:

    if drouin comes off IR tonight at some point he’ll lose his flag at fantrax, at which pt he won’t have to clear waivers (although i should tell comish to add that feature), so do i drop mason or hutchison (i have lehtonen and pavelec, will activate lehtonen after moving ehlers to minor slot, dropping h.fleury)? Hutchison hasn’t been doing well and is losing playing time to helle. Mason has been playing better, and so has PHI in general. If he gets back to last year’s performance he’s best guy here.

    • goodfold2 says:

      @goodfold2: ok, got drouin, but because he made my roster 1 over illegal for today only (since i couldn’t stash ehlers since he played earlier) i lost all stats for today, no perry goal for me, nor hedman/bozak/kadri/okposo/komarov/lee/de haan/lee. oh well, dynasty. now gotta figure out what to do when i’ll have to restash ehlers in about 15 more TB games. turns out fantrax is faster to taking off IR flags than rotoworld is to even mentioning that he was playing today. They went right from pregame rush skating.

      • Viz

        Viz says:

        @goodfold2: Wow that’s crazy that Fantrax is that on top of things. Good for them.

        • goodfold2 says:

          @Viz: had i waited till TB’s late game start (i did it about 6 minutes early) i would’ve gotten yesterday’s stats, but i didn’t want to wait for somebody else to figure out his tag came off. I don’t even know why some twit dropped him, he had IR space, and also would’ve had minors space now. Fantrax is so cool if you contact them about position eligibility they fix it in 25 minutes, provided you give them depth chart evidence. EX: fabbri doesn’t play Center, here’s 5 depth charts plus the fact that he has no faceoffs this whole year. 25 minutes later he has LW next to his name. This was after earlier in the year i had already contacted them about Lee/Nelson not being centers.

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @goodfold2: I think I’m dropping Hutchinson. I’m going to write about it for tomorrow but my feeling is Hellboy runs with that job.

  6. 3/5king says:

    Thanks for the write up! In the case of Gostisbehere and Risto, who are you adding them over/replacing them with? Like where should I rank them? I guess what I’m asking is how do I decide if they help or hurt my team as it stands going forward?

    My team: Oliver-Eckman-Larson, Evander Kane, Max Domi, Tyler Suigen, Hornqvist, A. Henrique, Duncan Kieth, Phanuf, driasiatl, Panarian, L. Eriksson

    I’m in a yahoo league that scores 4 ways across goalies, goals,assists,+/-, PIM, PP, SHP, GWG,SOG, hits.

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @3/5king: In general, I’m talking about them being must own in a standard 12 man league where you start 4 or 5 defenseman and carry 23 players. They’re very clearly in the top 50 defenseman going forward; Risto is pushing the top 20 at this point going forward and Gostisbehere is a tier behind him. On your team, in a league with shallow rosters, I think I’d just stick with what you had, although you could drop Hornqvist for Risto if you wanted a 4th defenseman. While in a vacuum I prefer Risto to Phaneuf, you need Phaneuf’s PIM and hits more than the stats Risto provides because your team is loaded offensively.

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