What’s poppin’, Razzpimples?
If you’re new to this column or have no idea what the Friday/Sunday split is, it’s a simple yet effective way to maximize your weekly output no matter the format of your league. Typically — and it’s not always the case — heavy game loads are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, whereas Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays are lighter. Streaming players on those lighter days is almost a necessity to ensure you’re getting the most of each week, but this column focuses on just Fridays and Sundays. Reason being is that you get more bang for your waiver add buck in picking up a guy who will play those two days and will almost always be able to slot into your starting lineup without having to sacrifice someone else to the bench.
Let’s do it to it.
Note: All Rostered% numbers and position eligibilities via Fantrax. All line deployment projections via Left Wing Lock.
No actual Friday/Sunday split this weekend, so instead I’ve just listed some guys from all the teams the play either Friday or Sunday. You’ll have to pick and choose who fits your needs in your given matchups rather than capitalizing on double-dipping games from these waivers adds, I’m afraid.
Nashville Predators @ Dallas Stars
Tyler Seguin is a priority stream right now. Over his last seven, the vet has tallied 6 G, 3 A, 23 SOG, 2 STP, and 37 FOW. On the year, he’s pacing for 66 PTS. Looking more and more like his old self, so you need to get you a piece of that action. I’m not sold on a full return to form rather than this just being a sizzling little streak he’s on, but I guess time will tell. And if you need extra H+BLK, Jani Hakanpaa is a fine choice.
On the Nashville side, I’m looking at Gustav Nyquist, who’s been a real solid streamer all season long yet not quite good enough to be a mainstay on rosters. Man is grooooovin right now, though, y’all: 4 G, 6 A, and 5 STP (3 PPP, 2 SHP) in his last six. Points in nine straight games. Extra hits can be had from Jeremy Lauzon, who already has a whopping 153 H on the year (and 52 PIM if your league counts those).
Philadelphia Flyers @ Minnesota Wild
Let’s start with the Flyers cuz Joel Farabee is on one of his Joel Farabenders of late. This kid always does this, I swear. Massive heater to make you think about adding and holding him. Figure he’ll go cold again but ride the wave while you can: 1 G and 7 A over the last two weeks of play. The minutes are there, so he’s in a good spot to continue to produce for the time being. Also can’t forget about new man Jamie Drysdale, who bagged a powerplay assist in his Flyers debut yesterday. Cam Atkinson is always a good stream solely for SOG with decent goal upside. Nick Seeler is great for extra bangs, especially blocks, while Garnet Hathaway and/or Nicolas Deslauriers are your hits/PIM dudes.
For the Wild, there’s Brock Faber, who is GOBBLING minutes these days in all facets of the game. His sheer volume is worth streaming, whether for some assist upside, some SOG, or blocked shots. Since Brodin and Spurgeon are on the shelf, Faber is getting the peak-Thomas-Chabot-workhorse treatment. Aside from that, though, it’s kinda hard to find anybody worth mentioning. Frederick Gaudreau is nice if you’re in a league that counts blocks and FOW I guess.
Detroit Red Wings @ Toronto Maple Leafs
He ain’t sexy, but David Perron can still bring some value. In his last five, he’s got 2 G, 2 A, and 3 PPP. Jake Walman is nice for the odd point and SOG from the blueline, but mostly you want to stream him for his blocks.
Toronto doesn’t have much in the way of streaming. Everyone you know and love was drafted in like the first three rounds. All that’s left are the likes of Simon Benoit for bangs and PIM, and then Tyler Bertuzzi for a dash of points and shots upside.
Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers
Dylan Strome isn’t the worst stream in the world, with 2 G and 2 A in his last five games. I mean, 15 G on the season ain’t nothin, but if he ain’t scoring a goal for you then he’s probably not doing anything at all that helps. Rasmus Sandin is DTD at the time of writing, so keep an eye on his availability, but with 5 A in his last 5 GP (2 PPA), he’s worth a look. I gave a shoutout to Beck Malenstyn last week and he went and got an assist in each game, adding 2 PIM, 4 SOG, and 7 H. The points were a bonus, though he’s a very good stream for extra bangs.
On the other side, Alexis Lafreniere is starting to find his groove. The former #1 pick has been scoring and shooting a very solid amount in recent weeks. The ES minutes are good, but his value would take a big step forward if he could ever work his way onto the top PP unit. Will Cuylle has gotten some love from me before, so I’ll give him some more here. Stream him for H and PIM.
That’s all for this week! Thanks for reading. Leave me a comment below so I feel all warm and fuzzy.
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