For two periods, the Red Wings were locking the Canucks down defensively.  They went into the third period up 2-0 but that lead didn’t last long.  In fact, the Canucks ended up scoring five goals in the third to win with ease.  They were lead by their captain, Bo Horvat, who had his first career hat trick in the victory.  Loyal Razzballers know how much I like Dr. Bo as a player.  It’s been a slow start, but here’s why I’m buying Horvat (and another Canuck I’ll talk about later).  One, Horvat is shooting the puck at an excellent rate.  He’s over three shots per game on the season.  Two, and the main reason, is that Horvat is back on the first power play unit.  In fact, two of his goals came on that unit.  There’s a ton of potential in that group and Horvat should be a beneficiary.  He’s an easy hold and should push the top 100 going forward.  Let’s take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:

Jack Eichel – Two goals and two assists with six shots and two PIM.  Eichel has been one of the best players in the league so far and should, conservatively, continue to be a top 20 guy.

Rasmus Ristolainen – Two assists with two shots.  I’m really not a fan of Krueger’s usage to this point, mainly with how much he’s playing Risto.  It’s nice for fantasy owners, especially in 14’ers and deeper.  I’m probably passing in 12’ers unless your league has hits as a category, but it’s closer than I expected given he’s off the first power play unit.

Patrick Marleau – Two assists.  He’s a decent streamer, but I’m not holding.  Marleau has two shots in four games after his first game and I simply don’t see any upside.

Erik Karlsson – Goal and an assist with three shots.  I’d like to see Karlsson get back over three shots per game like he was last season, but the assists are coming in right now so it’s hard to complain.

Alex Kerfoot – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Kerfoot is off to a nice start in Toronto with 4+3 in 11 games.  The problem is that his shot rate is still at 1.5 per game.  He’s an okay streamer but that’s it.

Kasperi Kapanen – Goal and an assist with two shots.  His shot rate is also dreadful right now, and Kapanen’s minutes are down at the moment.  He’s also a middling streamer.

David Pastrnak – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Brad Marchand also had a goal and an assist.  The Bruins top line continues to be unstoppable.

Alex Goligoski – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He’s a hot schmotato but I don’t see any of it being sustainable.  Gogo has some value in deeper leagues but I’m not using him in 12’ers.

Tony DeAngelo – Two goals on three shots.  We’re starting to see some signs of life from the Rangers depth guys.  DeAngelo isn’t an auto hold at this point, but I’m giving him a little more time.

Jake Guentzel – Two assists with four shots.  As I talked about yesterday, the minutes are insane for the top Pens right now, Guentzel included.  He’s right at a point per game with over three shots per game.  Strong start.

Jonathan Huberdeau – Goal and an assist with two shots.  While some of his teammates are off to slow starts, Huberdeau is picking up right where he left off last season.

Aleksander Barkov – Two assists with a shot.  Barkov is still without a goal, but he’s starting to pile up assists.  The shot rate is also down, but I’m not overly concerned.

Denis Malgin – Goal and an assist.  He’s been buzzing out there but the minutes still haven’t gone up.  That said, he’s a good streamer right now while he’s playing.

J.T. Miller – Two assists with three shots and two PIM.  The shot rate is very good by his standards which is exciting.  Miller is an easy hold in all formats.

Jordie Benn – Two assists with a shot.  And there’s your annual Jordie Benn update!

Elias Pettersson – Two assists with four shots.  He’s still right around two shots per game which is a bit disappointing.  That said, he’s over a point per game so I’m not going to complain.

Quinn Hughes – Two assists with a shot.  Okay, here’s the other guy I teased in the intro.  Hughes is on the first power play unit now as I expected in the preseason when I ranked him a top 25 defenseman.  While Hughes is on the ice on the power play, the Canucks are getting more shot attempts than any other power play in the league and it’s not even close.  I’m looking for him to take off sooner than later, and all of the top Canucks get a boost with Hughes replacing Edler.

Pekka Rinne – 26 saves on 27 shots in the 6-1 win over the Ducks.  After a slow start, Rinne has gotten back on track.

Roman Josi – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Josi is looking every bit of the top 5 defenseman I ranked him to be in the preseason.  He’s crushing every category in the early going.

Viktor Arvidsson – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Solid start for Arvidsson with 4+4 in 9 games.

Nikolaj Ehlers – Goal and an assist.  Ehlers is bouncing back in a big way in the early going despite playing on the second line.  At his current shot rate for himself and the Jets while he’s on the ice, he could easily get back to the 29+31 that he had two seasons ago.

Devan Dubnyk – 9 saves on 9 shots in 22 minutes before being pulled after a violent collision.  Donato slid into him and Dubnyk hit his head on the ice.  Here’s to hoping it’s not serious.  Alex Stalock took over and didn’t allow a goal.  Maybe he’ll keep up this hot streak for a bit, but use him at your own peril.

Eric Staal – Two goals and an assist with five shots.  It’s been a rough start for Staal but I’m not giving up hope.  He’s on the fringe for me now.  If you lost patience, I don’t blame you dropping him, but I don’t think cutting Staal loose is a must.

Jordan Greenway – Two assists with a shot before he left the game with an upper body injury.  There could be something here long term, but for now, Greenway belongs on the waiver wire.

Marc-Andre Fleury – 31 saves on 32 shots in the 2-1 win over the Blackhawks.  Fleury has been outstanding so far which isn’t a big surprise.  The volume should be there for Fleury to be a #1 goalie with relative ease.

Kirby Dach – First career goal in his second game.  He’s getting some shifts on the second line but the minutes aren’t there.  I’m not even looking to stream him now, but that doesn’t take away from how good of a prospect Dach is.

John Carlson – Two goals on three shots with two PIM.  What Carlson is doing so far is nothing short of remarkable.  Twenty points in eleven games from a defenseman!

Alex Ovechkin – Goal and an assist with five shots and two PIM.  Ovechkin has been his usual self so far, which is to say dominant.

Three Point Challenge: For those who aren’t familiar, for each Tuesday and Thursday of the season, you can make a pick in the comments section.  That player needs to get 3+ points for you to win.  You cannot take a player in the top 10 in points in the league.  For the first month to six weeks of the season, we will use last season’s top 10 in points.  That means no McDavid, Kucherov, Kane, Draisaitl, Crosby, Marchand, Gaudreau, MacKinnon, Stamkos, or Barkov. Feel free to make your pick any time before 7 PM EST on Thursday night. Aurelius is on top with 2 correct picks, with Fungazi and Matt on the board with one each.  For Thursday, I am going to take Matt Duchene against the Wild.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Friday recapping all of the action from the next two nights.  As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. DumpsterFire says:
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    Good call on holding on to Horvat! Blackwood has had some better numbers in his last few starts too.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I’m glad that Travis Green has smartened up and loaded up the top power play unit. Agree on Blackwood, I can’t believe so many people came after me for ranking him ahead of Schneider. Schneider is so bad

      • DumpsterFire says:
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        Schneider really hasn’t looked good statistically or on the ice over the last 3 years or so. Blackwood didn’t look completely terrible when they were losing, but the team was playing like garbage.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          Agree 100%. One strong 10 game stretch at the end of last season made people think Schneider was back, silly mistake

  2. WalleyWorld says:
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    Dynasty league, I made an offer for Vasilevskiy with Koskinen, Teravinen and Alex Formenton. He wanted an upgrade over Formenton so I have a counter from him of Teravinen, Hertl, and Koskinen. Should I pull the trigger? Should I be worried about losing two solid Forwards? Thanks for any help!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Can you let me know the rest of your roster, how deep your league is,how many players you keep, and what categories you have? Generally, I don’t like to trade for goaltending and prefer offensive players, but Vasilevskiy is in a class of his own long term that it’s worth considering. Let me know and I’ll give you a better answer, thanks

      • WalleyWorld says:
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        Roster
        Goalies: Koskinen, Martin Jones, Elvis Merzlikins, Linus Ullmark, Shesterkin (Minors)

        F: Fiala, Galchenyuk, Forsberg, Dvorak, Farabee, R. Johanson, Fabbri, Vlad Teresenko, N.Mackinnon, Teravinen, E. Lindholm, Hertl, Huberdeau, Monahan, Point, Pat Kane, Mantha, Ehlers, Barkov, Larkin

        D: Butcher, Fox, Sanheim, Klingberg, Pietrangelo, Dougie Hamilton, Hanifin, Hedman, Dumba, Jokiharju.

        Prospects: Frost, Veleno, Julius Honka, Ryan Merkley, Ty Smith, Alex Formenton, Denesinko, Tage Thompson, V. Kravtsov, Anderson-Dolan

        • WalleyWorld says:
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          14 team league with 40 man rosters. I also own Max Jones and M. DalColle but both of them are droppable if better prospects are available.

          • WalleyWorld says:
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            Complete dynasty so we keep everyone.

            • Viz

              Viz says:
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              Thanks for all of that… this is so tough, but I think I would actually do it. I don’t really like your goaltending going forward besides Shersterkin, who is still somewhat of a question mark, and you have plenty of forwards and quality prospects. I think you can afford to move those two to get the #1 goalie.

              • WalleyWorld says:
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                So the guy sent a couple offers and I have a deal on the table. I send Teravinen, Koskinen, Pietrangelo, and Ryan Johanson for Vasilevskiy and Brock Boeser. I think I’m going to do it. And thank you again for all your help!

                • Viz

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                  I like this one better for you, I think you get the two best players in the trade. No problem at all!

  3. toolshed says:
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    Thanks for comment ting about staal. I have been on the fence with cutting him. Do you think he gets to 50 points this year?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Of course, no problem. I would say yes, I’d put him in the 50-60 range, probably more to the lower side of that but it’s hard to say

  4. Tbone says:
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    Ive been offered 2 trades; I’ve been offered Ovechkin and Neal for Rantanen and forsberg, and Ive been offered stamkos and burns for draisaitl and Matt tkachuk. Would you pull the trigger on either of these?

    • Viz

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      The first one is close only because of Rantanen’s injury, as I still believe Neal is clearly the worst player in that group. Forsberg being down for the time being isn’t a huge concern for me either.

      The second one is a bit tougher. What categories do you use? I could see this one being worth considering although my first thought is also no.

      • Tbone says:
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        He changed the first offer to Ovechkin and Rakell, I was thinking of countering for OV and Skinner but I don’t think he will accept. We use a points system, pretty well rounded. 12 teams start 2C 2LW 2RW 4D short bench. If I accepted the 2nd I would be short at LW with only Forsberg and Stamkos (but not if I also accepted the 1st), and I would have to drop either Sergachev or Yandle

  5. Euroalien says:
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    12 Team Keeper League, with minor league spots. Limited pickups (40) and $100 FAAB. Toews has been dropped….. not sure why…. what am I missing? Should I grab him and drop someone like Beauvillier, Henrique or Hischier. What kind of a bid is he worth. Thanks Viz

    • Viz

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      I don’t love Toews at this point, but I would be grabbing him for Beauvillier I think. Henrique has been good but I don’t expect that to last, so he would be a fine drop too. I wouldn’t break the bank on it though, just a few bucks

  6. Chet says:
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    3-point Challenge: I’ll take Teravainen @ Columbus tonight. Thanks.

  7. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Eichel for 3 pnt!

  8. Matt says:
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    10T Roto (G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, ATOI, SOG, W, GAA, SV%)

    Question 1: Here is a couple of trades I declined. No brainers right?

    Trade 1: Getting: Andrei Vasilevskiy
    Giving Up: Leon Draisaitl

    Declined. I have Bob/Gibson/Murray/Holtby

    Trade 2: Getting: Josh Morrissey, Joe Pavelski
    Giving Up: Cale Maker, Philipp Grubauer

    Declined. I don’t think this was close. I’m loaded at forward (Don’t love Pavelski anyway). Have Anderson, Grubauer, Gibson, Demko, as goalies.

    Question 2: Do you start Bobrovsky @ Calgary (Rittich) tonight? Nah right?

    3-point: Vladimir Tarasenko

    • Viz

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      Yeah, those are easy no’s for me. Sorry for delay on this, hopefully you sat Bob like you were leaning

  9. Euroalien says:
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    Ovechkin for 3 pts

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