There weren’t that many notable performances over the last two nights, but the big win came from the Wild going into Tampa Bay and emerging victorious. The ultra-rare line with two players with Z last names led the charge as Mats Zuccarello had a goal and two assists with two shots while Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist with two shots. Zuccarello is on a nice tear lately with 9 points in the last 9 games. He’s had moments of being a hold in the past, but that time is not now. He’s just under 1.5 shots per game which eliminates Zucc as a hold. However, he’s moving to the second tier of streamers. Zucker is a tier above Zuccarello, but he’s still only a top end streamer. You simply can’t shoot over 20% forever. Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Philipp Grubauer – 38 saves on 39 shots in the 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs. He hasn’t been quite as good as I hoped, but Grubauer has still been a #1G this season.
Gabriel Landeskog – Returned on Thursday night scoring a goal. Get him back in your lineups immediately.
Nazem Kadri – Missed Thursday’s game. This happened out of nowhere so keep an eye on what’s going on. I can’t imagine it’s serious as he played the full game on Wednesday, but you never know.
Matt Calvert – Goal and two assists with seven shots over two games. Nice of Calvert to have this type of season. There’s a good chance of a career high in points for him. There’s some deep league value, but that’s about it.
Tristan Jarry – 28 save shutout in the 3-0 win over the Blues. He’s worth holding for the time being while he’s getting a lot of action. He’s had only 8 starts, but a 2.02/.936 is damn good.
Tyler Ennis – Goal and two assists. His minutes have decreased so Ennis is down to being a mediocre streamer.
Vladislav Namestnikov – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM. Names got off to a great start, but he had one points in the previous nine games. His shot rate has also plummeted so I don’t have interest in using him at the moment. This could obviously change.
Sam Gagner – Two assists with three shots. He’s an okay streamer in deeper leagues because of the PP time but that’s about it.
John Carlson – Two goals on four shots. It’s remarkable what he’s done so far. We’re into December and he’s still on pace for over 100 points.
Ilya Samsonov – 22 saves on 23 shots in the 3-1 win over the Kings. Stream every goalie against the Kings. Samsonov is a strong streamer when he gets the nod.
Victor Olofsson – Two assists with a shot playing over 23 minutes. Olofsson has been excellent; hopefully you took him with your last pick like I wrote in the preseason and you’ve held him all along.
Sean Monahan – Goal and an assist with four shots. He played only 13:34 in this game which is confusing. Monahan is fairly boring and it looks like last season was an outlier.
Derek Ryan – Two assists with a shot. I have a hard time caring about Ryan at all for fantasy purposes.
Connor Murphy – Two assists with four shots. And there’s your annual Murphy update!
Dylan Strome – Goal and an assist with three shots. Strome has 34 shots in 24 games which knocks him down into elite streamer status instead of a hold.
Andrei Svechnikov – Goal and an assist with three shots. He’s been spectacular from opening night on. It’s only going to get better from here on out.
Warren Foegele – Two assists with a shot. Not much to see here.
Darcy Kuemper – 28 saves on 29 shots in the 3-1 win over the Flyers. Kuemper has been as good as any goalie in the league to this point. Tocchet deserves a ton of credit.
Phil Kessel – Two goals on three shots. Kessel has had a brutal start to the season but I’m not completely giving up on him yet.
Clayton Keller – Two assists. I really thought Keller was going to be a superstar by now. At this point, he’s an elite streamer for me. I don’t think he’s a must own in a 12’er.
Jonas Brodin – Two assists. Brodin is a near-zero offensively. Moving on…
Carson Soucy – Goal and an assist with two shots. I have to be honest with the readers, I had no idea who he was before he scored on Tuesday. Soucy is a 25 year old who has played 29 NHL games and done very little in them. Welcome to the Razzball Database!
Erik Cernak – Goal and an assist with two shots. You can stream him for hits in deep leagues but that’s all you’re getting.
Tyler Seguin – Two assists with seven shots. If there is one star player I’m backing to rebound, it’s Seguin. He’s too talented to stay at 5.5% shooting for a full season. The goals are coming.
Miro Heiskanen – Two assists with three shots. He was getting PP1 time in this game which makes the ceiling even higher. Heiskanen has been better than I expected in year two and I think it can get even better going forward.
Alex Radulov – Scratched on Thursday, presumably because of how many penalties he’s been taking. Still bizarre to see him scratched, but I wouldn’t panic if I owned him.
That’s all for now guys. I’ll be back on Monday recapping the action from the weekend. As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below. Thanks for reading, take care!