If you’ve watched the Jets play this year, you don’t need me to tell you how talented Patrik Laine is.  His shot is among the best that I’ve ever seen and his skating is explosive in its own right.  The Jets top six was in a slump so Paul Maurice shuffled the lines on Tuesday.  Granted, they play against the Stars, but the early returns were outstanding.  Laine led the way scoring another hat trick on six shots while adding two penalty minutes.  This puts him at 26 goals and 21 assists in 51 games, the second best goal rate in the league behind Sidney Crosby.  I had him ranked in my top 100 going into the season but the days of getting him in that area of drafts is over.  Hell, his days of going outside the first two rounds are over.  The Jets are loaded with talent around him and Laine will only get better being 18 years old.  Is he a first rounder next year?  Right now, I’d lean towards no but he’s firmly in the second round and it could certainly change over the next six months when I put my rankings out for next season.  Regardless, watch this kid when you get the chance because it’s remarkable.  Here’s what else I saw around the league the last two nights:

Antti Raanta – 30 saves on 32 shots in the 3-2 win over Columbus.  Raanta looked solid despite Monday being his first start in 12 games.  He’s worth streaming every time out but it looks like Vigneault is going to ride The King right now.

Kevin Hayes – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Seven game point streak for Hayes who is locked in right now.  He can be a top 50 player if he gets his shot rate up.

Brandon Dubinsky – Goal on three shots.  He’s playing his way towards a hold if you need penalty minutes with six points in his last four games.  Use him depending on your team needs.

Taylor Hall – Assist with six shots.  Honestly, this is what we expect from Hall against a team like Colorado.  It hasn’t been as good as I expected on the whole but his numbers have been solid.

Pavel Zacha – Goal on two shots.  I’m all for streaming Zacha right now as he starts to put things together.  With the Devils closer to being out of it, hopefully Hynes is willing to give him some more minutes down the stretch.

Cory Schneider – 28 saves on 30 shots in the 3-2 win over the Avalanche.  Anything else would have been disappointing.  I don’t see much to do with him outside of rolling him and hoping for the best.

Matt Murray – 29 save shutout in the 4-0 win over the Canucks.  I would rank Murray as the third best goalie for the rest of the season besides Dubnyk and Holtby.  He’s been outstanding on the whole.

Jake Guentzel – Goal on five shots.  He played almost 19 minutes with Crosby and now has 11 points in 18 games.  The important thing is that the shot rate is up lately.  Guentzel is a great streamer at the moment.

Kris Letang – Assist with four shots and two PIM.  He hasn’t had the big game lately but the consistency is outstanding.

Evgeni Malkin – Goal and an assist with two shots in his return from injury.  Nice to see Geno not miss a beat.

Robin Lehner – 39 saves on 41 shots in the 3-2 win over the Senators.  Lehner just owns his former team.  We talked about him on the podcast extensively but Lehner looks to be a bottom end #1 goalie next season; obviously keep rolling him for the rest of this season for the great save percentage.

Matt Moulson – Goal on four shots.  He moved onto the top scoring line with Evander Kane missing the game due to the flu.  If Kane misses Thursday, then Moulson is a great streamer.  If Kane is back, Moulson is near useless.

Bobby Ryan – Goal and an assist with six shots.  This was the best I’ve seen Ryan look in quite some time.  That said, he’s a streamer at best right now because everything has fallen off.

Frederik Andersen – 33 saves on 34 shots in the 7-1 win over the Islanders.  It’s been very up and down lately for Andersen and the Leafs in general.  He clearly needs to be held but it’s a bit of a gamble.

Nazem Kadri – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM.  Kadri provides an excellent five category line which puts him as a top 20 overall forward.  It’s very similar to Wayne Simmonds without the fanfare.

Josh Leivo – Goal and two assists with five shots.  He’s been a big scorer in the AHL and Babcock decided to use him on the first power play unit despite playing on the fourth line.  In deep leagues, he’s a sneaky option for PPP in the short term.

Auston Matthews – Two goals on seven shots.  Matthews vs. Laine is going to be an incredible debate for years to come.

William Nylander – Goal and an assist with three shots.  The shot rate is really going up with at least three shots in each of the past five.  He’s going to be fringe top 100 going into next season.

Jamie Benn – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Finally, the heater we’ve been waiting for is here.  Benn is rapidly approaching a point per game and should make a massive difference down the stretch.  There’s #1 player upside for the rest of the season.

Tyler Seguin – Goal and an assist with four shots and two PIM.  He was reunited with Benn at the end of this game and they were all over the Jets.  Same story as Benn.

Mark Scheifele – Three assists.  Moving onto a line with Laine did well for both of them.  The shot rate is down quite a bit lately which is unfortunate but he’s back at a point per game on the season.

Connor Hellebuyck – 34 saves on 36 shots in the 5-2 win over the Stars.  He’s been fine in these three starts since Ondrej Pavelec went down.  I wouldn’t tempt fate though and play him on Thursday; at Pittsburgh is as bad as it gets outside of at Washington.

John Gibson – 37 save shutout in the 1-0 win over the Wild.  The hot streak came to and end over the last week but he locked this game down.  Look for the Ducks to ride him down the stretch.

Hampus Lindholm – Assist.  This gives him at least a point in three straight.  I’m okay with grabbing him for the upside but you can leave him on the wire as well.

Devan Dubnyk – 22 saves on 23 shots taking the loss.  Despite being locked into the playoffs, I expect Boudreau to ride Dubnyk down the stretch.  Home ice throughout the playoffs would be massive for the Wild.

Mike Smith – 36 save shutout in the 5-0 win over the Flames.  He’s the ultimate wild card because of the shot volume he faces.  The save percentage is solid but the goals against average is going to hurt you plenty.

Christian Dvorak – Two goals and an assist with three shots and two PIM on Monday; one shot on Tuesday.  We’re starting to see flashes from Dvorak and when they inevitably move Martin Hanzal, he should get massive minutes down the stretch.  I’m still a fan for dynasties.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Two assists with a shot and two PIM over two games.  The assists are starting to come in, I just want to know where the hell the shots have gone.  He was over three per game the past two seasons and now he’s under two per game.  Absolutely bizarre.

Martin Hanzal – Two goals.  We talked about him at length on Tuesday’s podcast.

Jordan Martinook – Goal and an assist with six shots.  I don’t see much upside here but Martinook could settle in as a decent streamer eventually.

Luke Schenn – Two assists with six shots and two PIM.  He moved onto the first pair making him useful in deep leagues for PIM, hits and blocks.  The points are dreadful though.

Ryan White – Goal and an assist with two shots.  And there’s your annual Ryan White update!

Leon Draisaitl – Goal and two assists with four shots.  Moving onto the second line didn’t hurt him one bit.  He was going through a rough stretch before this game but it should be strong going forward.

Oscar Klefbom – Goal and two assists with four shots and two PIM.  The shots are great but everything else is bottom end, especially penalty minutes.  These were his first two PIM of the year!  Let team needs determine his value to your team.

Mark Letestu – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He’s playing on the first power play unit but I don’t see much value here.

Connor McDavid – Two assists with two shots.  Any time someone gets on his ass for the league lead in points, he puts up a multi-point game.  That race should be spectacular down the stretch.

Wednesday’s Streamers:

Patrik Berglund (9.6%) – Berglund was another focal point on the last podcast.  He has 16 goals in his last 26 games so he should be owned in 12’ers.  The fact that Berglund is available in over 90% of leagues is insane.  Use him tonight.

Kevin Labanc (0.8%) – More podcast guys!  Labanc has three assists in the last two games; use him if he’s playing with the Joes again.

Troy Brouwer (8.1%) – He was one of the few Flames buzzing on Monday.  Brouwer is still on the top line putting him in a nice spot against the up and down Flyers.

That’s all for now guys.  My next set of daily notes will be up on Friday morning with a podcast going up Thursday morning.  I will include streamers for Thursday in that podcast post.  As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Saints says:
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    I got so close with Benn damn. And i first thought about going with Laine but he was letting me down the last time so i went with Benn 😀

    But it was a pretty nice night for my team with Holding Benn,Laine and Scheifele i cant complain. It just sucks that the Wild couldnt win against the Ducks this game was incredible rather the Play of Gibson. I saw the highlights it was unbelievable how the Wild couldnt get a single Goal…
    What do you think about selling Eric Staal he had a nice season but hes slumping lately on the waiver wire in my (hits and Blocks) league is bryan Boyle who is producing nearly as good as staal in the last month so if i can get a goalie for Staal and Pickup Boyle I’m in a good shape i guess. On Top Boyle has LW eligibility 🙂

    • Viz

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      @Saints: I know, I thought you were going to get it! If you can get a nice goalie for Staal, I’d consider it. The only thing I’d caution you about is that it sounds like Boyle is going to get moved. This will surely lower his minutes as he goes onto a third or more likely 4th line.

      • Saints says:
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        @Viz:
        Oh thats a good info i wasnt knowing that.
        I’m targetingt Andersen right now hoping to get him for this year and my playoffpush with Dubnyk in net. And of course for next year. I hope i can get him for Staal and maybe Soshnikov or something like this 😉 😀

        • Viz

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          @Saints: I’d probably try to aim higher than Andersen the way that Staal is playing or at least get a better second piece than Soshnikov. I don’t think the trade is necessarily bad getting Soshnikov back but considering you’re pushing for the playoffs, Soshnikov wouldn’t help you at all right now. Andersen’s value comes in his volume but he’s a negative to GAA this year and I don’t expect that to change.

          • Saints says:
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            @Viz:
            I wanted to give up soshnikov+staal not getting soshnikov so i think its not a good trade in your mind if you even wont doing it with getting him 😀
            I think it wont happen anyway my tradepartner isnt really interested and wanted to have laine which was obviously a troll offer 😀 😀
            Thats a little bit sad in my (svs) league goalies have big value and nobody wants to lose a starter 😀

            • Viz

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              @Saints: Ah, I forgot your league is a saves league, that does change things a bit. It would be an even deal with that change but apparently he’s not interested. Unfortunate. Maybe you can target someone else? I assume that will be difficult.

  2. Quick Sycamore says:
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    With Malkin back(yay!) I’m down to one streaming spot which currently is being used to hold Pominville. Would you drop him to stream Berglund?

    • Viz

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      @Quick Sycamore: Great to have Malkin back, that’s for sure. Yeah I would use Berglund, mostly because the Blues have three games the next four nights, all of which are great matchups (DET, VAN, BUF).

      • Quick Sycamore says:
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        @Viz: Thanks!

  3. distant_station says:
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    Currently in first place (thanks to Razz). I’ve been offered Kuznetsov and a 10th round pick for Tkachuck and my 1st round pick. His team is unlikely to make the postseason and he’s looking toward a rebuild. Do you think I’d be giving up too much to go for the win this season. (mostly thinking of the 1st rounder as I wouldn’t be keeping either Tkachuck or Kuznetsov for next season). And do you think this trade will really boost my chances?

    14-team H2H Y! Keeper league (keep 6- 3F, 2D, 1G)
    G, A, +/-, PPG, PPA, SHG, SHA, GWG, SOG, SH%, FOW, HIT, BLK, PIM
    GS, W, GAA, SV%, SHO

    C Scheifele, Kadri, Trocheck, Wennberg
    C/W MacKinnon, Draisaitl, JT Miller, Granlund
    W Benn, Hall, Ehlers, E. Kane (IR), Backes, Tkachuck
    D Hedman, Shattenkirk, Pietrangelo
    G Bobrovsky, Rask

    • Viz

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      @distant_station: It’s a decent upgrade but not a massive one. I would lean towards passing on this trade unless you give up a lesser pick. Tkachuk’s PIM are massive and he actually has more PPP than Kuznetsov does. You’d be getting a bunch of assists and faceoffs but unless you really need those categories (I’m guessing you don’t looking at your team), I think I’d stand pat.

      • Saints says:
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        @Viz:
        i’m not quite sure but my first impression when i saw your lineup was Wow what a forward group. Maybe you can use them to get a Burns or Karlsson as a keeper and for the push down the road.
        But the expert is viz 😉

  4. Scott says:
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    Stream
    Mrazek at home vs StL
    or
    Neuvirth at Cgy?

    • Viz

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      @Scott: The betting lines would marginally lean towards Mrazek but I actually prefer Neuvirth. I just like the way that the Blues are playing right now and Calgary has been shaky.

  5. Gio says:
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    Great work Viz!!

    I need to upgrade my blue line. I already have Doughty, Martinez, Mike Green and Pietrangelo but the 3 last of trio are too inconsistent for me to rely on them. I’m thinking about dropping Green for a guy like Petry (a Claude Julien’s spark anyone?) or Gostisbehere. Just want to know your take on it.

    • Viz

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      @Gio: Thanks! Before I consider Petry, I’d like to see how Julien uses him on Saturday. We talked about him on the last podcast and I said that he shouldn’t be owned right now, granted that was before Julien was hired. Petry has had a rough couple months.

      If you’re worried about inconsistency, then Ghost definitely isn’t your guy. He’s been a roller coaster ride this season. It depends on what categories you are using as to what I’d do here. Ghost has the upside to be your best defenseman but he can also hurt you quite a bit. Let me know your league settings and where you are in the standings and I should be able to give a clearer answer.

      • Manuel says:
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        @Viz: I’m in a 12 team league, in 4th place with those league settings: H2H G/A/+-/PIM/GWG

        Those are the guys that are also on the waivers that I have taken a look at it: Orlov, Brodie, and Severson.

        • Viz

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          @Manuel: Gotcha; I think I would take the chance on Gostisbehere and cut Martinez.

  6. For Ilitch says:
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    Can only have 3 goalies, currently have Shneider, Rask and Greiss. Do I drop Greiss for a streamer tonight?

    Need the points this week but starting goalies are very thin overall. With 6 weeks left I am pretty set to be in the playoffs in my league, not sure 1 win is worth dropping Greiss and possibly not getting him back if wanted. Thoughts?

    • Viz

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      @For Ilitch: Given that you’re set to make the playoffs, I would just hold Greiss. One start isn’t going to move the needle enough for this week to justify the risk in losing Greiss, assuming your position is solid.

      • For Ilitch says:
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        @Viz: Appreciate the advice, thanks Viz!

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @For Ilitch: No problem, anytime!

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