It’s that time again. Friday/Sunday stream targets to finish out the week. Get those claims in today so you don’t miss out! Unless you’re in one of them fancy same-day adds leagues.
We’ve got a seven-team slate this weekend.
Note: For the sake of uniformity and convenience on my part, only players rostered in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues will be included. Also, a “***” denotes a priority stream, in my humble opinion.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Joonas Korpisalo (6%) is set to return to the lineup, so Jean-Francois Berube got sent back down. Keep an eye on who starts today’s game (Thursday), and you could potentially stream Korpi tomorrow. Good news is he’ll have fresh legs. Bad news is he’d play the Wild.
Jakub Voracek (48%): You’re getting one, maybe two, contributions from this guy: assists, and potentially power-play assists. He barely scores and barely shoots and provides no other extras. Does have 1 G and 7 A (3 PPP) in his last 7 GP, though. That’ll play.
***Oliver Bjorkstrand (47%): With 5 G, 2 A, 1 PPP, 24 SOG, 11 H, and 5 BLK in his last seven games, Bjorkstrand is…how you say…on fire. He’s a pretty streaky feller, and right now another heat wave it’s sky high and blotting out the sun. He’s a hold in my book right now with the way he’s scoring and the minutes he’s getting. Priority streamer, at any rate.
***Sean Kuraly (8%): Never thought I’d label Sean Kuraly a priority stream at any point, but here we are. Kuraly has 1 G, 3 A, 1 PPP, 9 SOG, and 31 H in his last 7 GP. His C/LW eligibility makes him extra versatile, and those hits will play even in standard formats. Plus if your league counts blocks, he’s chipped in 9 BLK in that span as well.
Andrew Peeke (3%): Few better H+BLK guys in all of hockey right now. Peeke is honestly a must-own in bangers; he trails only four people in H+BLK over the last month.
If Cam Talbot gets the nod today, then look at Kaapo Kahkonen (41%) as a nice stream against the Blue Jackets tomorrow.
Joel Eriksson Ek (48%): JEE is one of more fun name abbreviations out there, and he’s also one of the more fun streaming options in fantasy hockey. He brings good SOG+H and always has the upside to score some points on that Minny squad. Has 22 SOG and 14 H over the last two weeks.
Marcus Foligno (47%): Foligno is another top streamer given his floor with dishing out the hits (30 over his last seven). Also has 2 G and 2 A (1 PPP) in that time and can play either wing position for you.
Matt Boldy (28%): Boldy’s a fine option if you’re looking for some points. He’s got 1 G, 4 A, and 2 PPP over the couple weeks. He’s more than capable of putting together a big night, but of course being a raw young talent will mean there will be some bumps in the road along the way.
New York Islanders
Anders Lee (24%): He’s the captain and he can score goals. Has three of ’em in his last six and is coming off a 3-point game back on Mar. 7.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (24%): JGP has been bringing the points lately (2 G, 4 A, 1 PPP in his last 7 GP) and always bring solid H+BLK for a forward. I might not bother streaming in a standard format unless it’s a deeper league, but his extra blocks can go a long way in a head-to-head categories scenario.
Brock Nelson (18%): Nelson is probably the best “I hope he scores a goal!” streamer from the Isles, and his 20 SOG in the last two weeks look pretty good, too. Bummer that he’s only eligible at C.
Ryan Pulock (13%): I imagine he’s already rostered if your league counts blocks, but if he happens to be there then you should nab him. And really you should hold him ROS cuz the Isles play the most games from this point forward.
Anthony Beauvillier (5%): This dude feels like he should be a superstar by now…I don’t know why he can’t score more. Maybe it’s the Trotz Effect. But whatever, he’s shooting a lot these days, so that’s reason enough to stream and hope for the best. SOG don’t grow on trees.
Jeff Carter (30%): Honestly grasping at straws here since everyone who rosterable at all in Pittsburgh is way too highly-owned to qualify for this article. Carter’s the best of the guys you could reasonably stream, though, since he’s still able to score and he shoots a pretty good amount on a regular basis. He’s, like…the lowest priority stream you can imagine, but I couldn’t leave the Pens without at least one guy to look at.
Luke Schenn (17%): Luke Schenn has been crunching bodies for weeks upon weeks. No D-man has more hits (48) than Schenn does over the last month. Also has 29 BLK in that span. Elite H+BLK right now.
***Tanner Pearson (8%): Pearson has 3 G and 2 A in his last 5 GP. Yeah, the math checks out to point-per-game on that one. Sure it’s just five games, but if you wanna take it back a little more, he’s got 5 G and 3 A in his last 7 GP. That’s more than a point per game, y’all! As another one of those streaky type, I’d get it on this while you can.
Vegas Golden Knights
Been a little bit of an on-again-off-again season for Laurent Brossoit in Vegas, and playing against Pittsburgh would be a tough matchup, so maybe instead they play him today against Buffalo and let Robin Lehner face the Pens tomorrow. I dunno, but if it happens to be Brossoit starting tomorrow, then he’s not the worst stream in the world.
Reilly Smith (38%): Once again we come to Reilly Smith. Every time Vegas makes this column, Smith is the top forward on the list. He’s got 2 G, 3 A, and 23 SOG in his last 7 GP. Solid stuff. He could give you zeroes or he could put together some quality performances. Roll the dice and see!
***Nicolas Hague (6%): Triple asterisks on Hague since he’s a rare D-man on the wire who can both shoot and bang, with 21 SOG, 11 H, and 9 BLK in the last two weeks. That’s just under 6 BSH/G in that span, which is saying a lot when it’s SOG-heavy and coming from a defender.
William Carrier (1%): Not quite sure what’s gotten into Carrier, but instead of just hitting everyone, he’s also shooting a lot. He’s got almost as many SOG (20) as he does hits (22) in the last couple weeks. Brady Tkachuk in da club.
It’s a Thursday/Friday back-to-back for Winnipeg this week, with a game today @ NJ and a game tomorrow @ NYI. Assuming Helley suits up today, you could look at Eric Comrie to help you out tomorrow against an underwhelming Isles squad. What happened to those guys?
***Josh Morrissey (47%): Still gotta give love to Josh Morrissey as the PP1 QB. He’s got 1 G, 2 A, 1 PPP, 21 SOG, 9 H, and 11 BLK in his last 7 GP. Great periphs and could easily net you some points while he’s at it. He’s another I’d be prioritizing as a hold right now. Winnipeg’s off-night schedule ROS is juicy af.
***Andrew Copp (36%): Copp’s easy to slot in since you can literally play him at any position other than D or G. He missed some time but has been *bag of money emoji* since coming back, with 1 G, 3 A, 4 PPP, and 14 SOG in four games.
Adam Lowry (9%): Lowry is on another one of those benders. Seems to fire off one or two every year, making you think he’s really gonna worth a hold this time. Lowry has 4 G, 1 A, 1 PPP, 21 SOG, and 20 H in his last seven. Points + SOG + H will do the trick every time! See if you can cash in on the mojo.
Paul Stastny (6%): Speaking of mojo, Stastny has 5 G, 2 A, and 3 PPP over the last two weeks. There’s a very good chance he’s peaked and will give you nothing, but he’s deployed well enough that the magic could last a little longer. Smart player but is a better real-life player than he is a fantasy asset. Still, quite streamable right now with the way things are going.
Week 22 Snapshot
Teams with 4 games: ARZ, DAL, NYI, NYR, OTT, SJ, VAN, WSH
Teams with 3+ off nights: OTT
Teams with 2 games: ANA, COL, MIN, SEA, TB, STL
Teams with just 1 game 😱: N/A
Next week’s Friday/Sunday splits: CAR, PHI, SJ, BUF, WSH, CGY
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