Tristan Jarry had his best game of the season on Monday night stopping 42 of 43 shots in the 4-1 win over the Bruins.  He’s crossed both hockey versions of the Mendoza line and the wins are strong, but it’s still not pretty overall.  However, I’m very bullish on Jarry and Casey DeSmith going forward.  The Penguins are playing much better lately and their schedule going forward is outstanding.  They still have six games with the Sabres and all eight games against the Devils.  That means half of their remaining games are against teams that they should handle with ease.  Think of how well goalies like Andersen normally rank at the end of the season because of how many wins they get.  Both Pens goalies should have those kind of numbers in the second half.  It’s hard to say how the starts will be split, but if you’re desperate for goalie help, I’m fine with holding DeSmith, and Jarry is a nice trade target.  Let’s take a look at what else happened on Monday night:

Vitek Vanecek – 23 save shutout in the 6-0 win over the Sabres.  Hard to give Vanecek a lot of credit for getting a shutout against this dumpster fire that is the Sabres, but good for him regardless.  He’s a desperation stream unless it’s against the Sabres.

Justin Schultz – Two assists with a shot.  Schultz has fallen off lately with Carlson back in the lineup.  I wouldn’t use him in a 12’er but it’s not far off.

Nick Jensen – Two assists.  He’s piling up points lately, but Jensen should be left for deep leagues.

Conor Sheary – Two assists.  Sheary piles up points against teams he used to play for but does nothing against anyone else.

Pekka Rinne – 38 saves on 39 shots in the 4-1 win over the Lightning.  Amazing game from Rinne on the back of giving up 5,5,3,3,6 and 5 goals in his previous six starts.  I’m okay with streaming him against Detroit, but otherwise, treat this game as an aberration.

Calle Jarnkrok – Goal and three assists with two shots.  Monster game from Jarnkrok who is playing around the same level as always.  That leaves him as a bottom end streamer.

Mattias Ekholm – Goal and an assist with three shots.  With all of the injuries Nashville is suffering, Ekholm could be a top 20 defenseman for the time being.

Jakub Voracek – Goal and two assists with three shots and two PIM.  Voracek is looking like a bottom end hold against instead of an elite streamer.

Claude Giroux – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Voracek has been the slightly better version of Voracek to this point.  I feel better about him staying over two shots per game as well.

Sean Couturier – Two assists with three shots.  Vigneault has done wonders for Couturier’s fantasy value as he uses him in a more offensive role.  It’s a shame he was injured early in the year because he’s well over a point per game.

Ivan Provorov – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Provorov’s second season made it appear that he was going to end up being a fantasy star.  Unfortunately, he’s leveled off since then in terms of points, but the shot rate fell off a cliff.  He’s still worth holding, but even at 24 years old, Provorov’s ceiling looks much lower than everyone assumed.

Joel Farabee – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Farabee’s breakout happened earlier than anyone anticipated.  He’s played his way into consideration for being a top 50 dynasty option.  That may be a little high, but Farabee isn’t far off.

Artemi Panarin – Goal and two assists with two shots.  Thankfully, Panarin looks as good as ever since returning.

Thatcher Demko – 44 saves on 46 shots in the 3-2 win over the Senators.  Demko is on a tear like he was in the playoffs last summer.  Here’s to hoping he keeps this up.

Sidney Crosby – Goal and two assists with three shots and two PIM.  Here goes Crosby getting back to his 90ish point pace level.  With how easy their schedule is going forward, I’m expecting him to be a top 10 player in the second half.

Evgeni Malkin – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Eight game point streak for Malkin who is finally coming into his own.  It would be great if the shot rate returns, but either way, it’s nice that there’s a great chance he finishes above a point per game.

Jake Guentzel – Goal and an assist.  Same story as the previous two guys.

Aleksander Barkov – Goal and two assists with five shots.  Barkov has gone from a guy near the bottom of the top 50 overall to someone in the top 10 player discussion.  What a jump he’s made this season to true superstar status.

Jonathan Huberdeau – Two assists with two shots and two PIM.  Huberdeau making 5.3m is one of the biggest bargains in the league.  He’s well over a point per game once again.

Alexander Wennberg – Goal and an assist with three shots.  I can’t believe Wennberg had three shots on goal!  His dreadful shot rate keeps him as a bottom end streamer at best.

Carter Verhaeghe – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He has to be held which is something that I never thought I would say about Verhaeghe.  He’s looking like Marchessault having exploded after leaving Tampa.

Gustav Forsling – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM.  And there’s your annual Forsling update!

Tyler Toffoli – Two goals and an assist with six shots.  Toffoli now has the second most goals in the league.  To say that Bergevin nailed this offseason is an understatement.

Josh Anderson – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Anderson slowed down quite a bit after missing time with an injury, but he’s showing signs of being back.  I’d lean towards holding him for the goals and penalty minutes combo.

Kyle Connor – Two goals on three shots.  Connor’s right in line with his standard stat line of right around a point per game with even goals and assists.  He looks like a great bet for around 40+40 and three shots per game on an annual basis now.  That’s a top 20 player.

Josh Morrissey – Two assists with five shots.  Morrissey has been disappointing, but the upside is still there in his current role.  I lean towards holding him, but it’s admittedly fringe.

Mikael Backlund – Two assists with two shots and two PIM.  Backlund is a bottom end streamer, although I like him more against the Oilers because he plays more minutes against McDavid.

Elias Lindholm – Goal and an assist, as did Andrew Mangiapane and Dillon Dube.  Lindholm is an easy hold while the other two are middling streamers.  I prefer Dube at the moment because he’s currently with Lindholm and Tkachuk, but that can change quickly.

Mark Stone – Goal and an assist with two shots, as did Max Pacioretty.  These two have simply been incredible.  There’s no reason to expect them to slow down either.

Marc-Andre Fleury – 23 saves on 24 shots in the 2-1 win over the Sharks.  Fleury being great again is the epitome of goaltending voodoo.  At this point, I guess we can’t bet against him.

Three Point Challenge: I will give everyone the option to pick somebody in either Tuesday or Wednesday’s games.  There are no teams playing a back to back so you don’t have to worry about that.  You can’t take anyone in the top 10 in points, which means no McDavid, Draisaitl, Kane, Marner, Matthews, Scheifele, Huberdeau, Kopitar, Marchand, Barkov, or Stone.  I have two correct picks, while Eli Man Penguin Boy, Veritas, and Shitwolf all having one correct pick.  I’ll go with Rantanen tonight against the Ducks.

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

  1. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    go for the block but not hedge, mackinnon vs ANA 3 point tues.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Yeah, don’t blame you, MacKinnon was the easy pick. Good luck!

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        also decent chance we both nab one here and separate from the others (esp you would)

        • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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          at least i got all 3 of rantanen/kadri/mackinnon in one 12 teamer (with faceoffs too). you were closer though. rantanen got the first point. somebody picking kadri lately could’ve gone from zero to tying you though.

  2. Chet says:
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    Dougie Hamilton @ DET for 3 points tonight. Thanks!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Sounds good Chet, good luck!

  3. Veritas says:
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    Hey Viz, What are your thoughts on Koskinen and Mike Smith taking his place. Is there any hope or should I try to grab DeSmith or Oettinger.

    David Perron @ LA for the Three Point Challenge!

    • Viz

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      I think Smith has the upper hand for now. That could change because I’m not really buying into Smith for even the rest of the season, but Koskinen hasn’t been great either. I would lean towards grabbing DeSmith.

      I like the Perron pick, good luck!

  4. No Bueno says:
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    Hey Viz, would you trade Parick Kane for Barkov in a keeper league? Thanks

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Man, that’s a tough one. Just watching it, I’m fully buying into Barkov raising his level of play. Given where you are, I would lean towards doing it since Barkov is only 25, but I don’t think it’s a no brainer because Kane is only 32, not 35+

  5. BringDaRuckus says:
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    Hey Viz,

    How would you rank Voracek, Fiala, and Brock Nelson ROS in a categories league? My team is usually lacking in goals, and +/- week to week.

    Thanks,

    • Viz

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      I would say Fiala, Nelson, Voracek, especially if you’re lacking in goals. With how well the Wild are playing, I don’t expect Fiala to stay with a negative plus-minus, and with over three shots per game, he should stay at a 30+ goal pace. Voracek’s lack of shots really limit his goals ceiling, while Nelson is really coming into his own lately with Beauvillier back. With Lee out too, Nelson will be counted on more offensively.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        only neg on fiala is lately he’s on 3rd line with parise.that’s not a likely long term problem though

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          For sure, short term I may put Nelson ahead of him, but probably not. ROS as asked, I think Fiala distances himself from the other two.

          • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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            lots of juggling there, hartman up to 2nd line, ek on 3rd with fiala (which is good for both, albeit parise isn’t)

  6. JP says:
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    Hey Viz!
    In a 6 teamer points only:
    Goals (G) 6
    Assists (A) 4
    Plus/Minus (+/-) 2
    Powerplay Points (PPP) 2
    Shots on Goal (SOG) 0.9
    Blocks (BLK) 1

    Wins (W) 5
    Goals Against (GA) -3
    Saves (SV) 0.6
    Shutouts (SHO) 5

    What are your thoughts on dropping Hall and add E.Kane or Giroux? And maybe drop khudobin and add shesterkin or korpisalo?

    • Viz

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      Hey JP!

      This is a tough one because normally I would prefer Evander, but no PIM being included does hurt his value a bit. That said, I think I would still grab him. He’s even in plus-minus despite the Sharks struggling so he doesn’t hurt you there, the shot rate is great, and the assists are better than ever.

      Korpisalo is definitely a no go, that much is clear. Khudobin vs Igor is interesting. Obviously we need to Igor to get back first, but I think I prefer him to Khudobin. It is very close, but the condensed schedule for Dallas due to COVID will mean the Stars have a lot of back to backs where Khudobin sits one night, and while I haven’t heard an update on Bishop, it was supposed to be in mid-April when he returns, meaning coming fantasy playoffs, Khudobin could be in a split. I think they’re super close in value, making Khudobin v Igor mostly a matter of personal preference.

  7. Venice Canuck says:
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    Farabee against NYR on Wednesday. in 3-pt challenge (I have not chosen him yet this season).

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Sounds good! You can use a guy more than once, don’t sweat that going forward. Good luck!

  8. Take flight says:
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    Hey Viz – I have Varlamov and Lehner on IR, with Desmith on waivers. Do you think I should pick Desmith up and trade Lehner for assets?

    12 team std H2H

    • Take flight says:
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      Also I will take Boeser @ OTT for 3pt challenge

    • Viz

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      No, I think I’d rather just keep Lehner at this point as he’s close to returning. DeSmith is nowhere near enough of a quality replacement for a guy like Lehner. Sounds good on Boeser!

  9. Gerald says:
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    Viz whats up broski. Your boy lehnar bout to be back soon . I think hes gona go on a tear
    Couple questions

    Goals/ assists /points / plus minus /power play points/ shots on goals /hits league _ 16 team

    interesting offer. someone offered me zibaneajad for my tarasenko. What do u think?

    10 team league deeper rosters- 5 Min Goalie appearances_ Wins /GAA/ Saves /Save percentage

    i have grubauer lenar and sorokin as my goalies Would you add Carter Hart halak or desmith and drop Sorokin?

    Also would you drop hall for Carter Verhaighe

    • Viz

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      Here’s to hoping with Lehner, been a brutal season for him.

      Hmm, that’s a tough one. Zibanejad just looks off, idk if it’s because of him having COVID earlier in the season or what. The minutes are high but it hasn’t translated. You can go either way, I think Mika has more upside, but Tarasenko is safer, so you can go with what you prefer. Think I lean towards holding but fine either way.

      Man, that’s tough, I feel like Hart can’t stay this bad, but my god has he been awful. I would probably grab Halak just because the Bruins have two against the Sabres coming up and you should get a quality start at the least.

      Man, I guess so which is just absurd to type, but I think it makes sense with how terrible things are at the moment. Maybe the coaching change helps, but I want to see it first.

      • Gerald says:
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        lol i think hart had a bad stretch last year too right? you think part of it had to do with no pre season- and the division being so tough, players being in and out of the line up with covid?

        • Viz

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          The division certainly doesn’t help, but my god are the Flyers are a disaster defensively right now and both goalies are a mess.

  10. The Harrow says:
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    zibanejad’s correction coming quick

    • The Harrow says:
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      does the farabee pick above get to count since it was at least adjacent to zibanejad tonight?

      • The Harrow says:
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        holy crap it was a 3 different (SH/PP/regular) natural hat trick. there aren’t many of those. he must’ve got done watching m.lemieux’s old games or NHL 93-99 on sega or snes today. lemieux still the ONLY one ever to score 5 different ways in same game (added an empty and shootout goals once)

    • Gerald says:
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      why u say that?

      • The Harrow says:
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        i was kidding on the farabee part.

        • Gerald says:
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          i was referring to when you said zibaneajads correction coming quick lol

          • The Harrow says:
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            positive points regression to norm. esp goals.

    • Viz

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      He’s a guy who gets super hot too, hopefully this starts it.

      • Gerald says:
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        Georgeiev i guess is the starter fr now lol

        • The Harrow says:
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          over kinkaid i’d think so. shesyorkin/shesterkin hurt.

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