One of my bold predictions from the season that already looks awful is that Chicago would be the worst team in the league.  Their season has turned around on the back of somebody who was expected to be a tertiary option.  Kevin Lankinen was third fiddle going into the season behind Delia and Subban, but that has changed quickly.  Lankinen stopped 34 of 35 shots that he faced on Tuesday in the 2-1 OT win over the Stars.  That brings Lankinen’s save percentage to above .930 and a GAA approaching two.  I didn’t imagine a Chicago goalie would even be worth streaming this season outside of playing against Detroit, but Lankinen has played his way into being an easy hold.  Will it last?  It’s impossible to say with goalies.  Either way, he should he held until he cools off, assuming that eventually happens.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:

Monday’s Games

Semyon Varlamov – 30 save shutout in the 2-0 win over the Rangers.  After a brief rough patch, Varly got back on track with his third shutout.  Amazing start to the season overall.

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

Mike Smith – 27 saves on 28 shots in the 3-1 win over the Senators.  Nice season debut from Smith, but I’m not looking to use him outside of against Ottawa until he puts together a few quality games in a row.

Leon Draisaitl – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Business as usual.

Frederik Andersen – 31 saves on 32 shots in the 3-1 win over the Canucks.  Boy, the Canucks are a mess right now.  All those years of paying bad bottom six guys term and money is catching up to them.  Anyways, Andersen is still at a .904 sv% and I don’t see him getting past .910.  That said, he’ll still be plenty valuable.

Patrik Laine – Benched halfway through the game for yelling at an assistant coach.  I mean, this is just ridiculous.  Who is going to want to play in Columbus when you score three goals in two games and then get benched?  I expect Laine to outlast Torts in Columbus, but maybe Jarmo will be too loyal.  Anyways, hopefully this is just a one time thing.

Curtis McElhinney – 23 saves on 24 shots in the 4-1 win over the Predators.  Any time McElhinney starts, he’s a big favorite for a win, and that alone makes him worth streaming.

Anthony Cirelli – Two goals on four shots with two PIM.  I am leaning towards holding Cirelli now, although it’s close to the fringe because the shot rate is below average.

Nick Schmaltz – Two assists with two shots.  This huge jump in shot rate from Schmaltz in his fifth season has come completely out of nowhere, and I love it!  At this moment, he’s an easy hold.

Christian Dvorak – Goal and an assist with three shots playing over 24 minutes.  Dvorak is another guy who has found another level that I did not see coming.  At this rate, we can see career highs in goals and points despite the shortened season.

Clayton Keller – Goal and an assist with four shots.  He’s an elite streamer but I’m not all the way there with Keller yet.

Jakob Chychrun – Two assists with three shots and two PIM.  This is the player that people expected him to turn into during Chychrun’s draft year  He’s crushing it across the board and has #2D upside for this season.

Ryan O’Reilly – Two goals and an assist with four shots.  O,O,O, O’Reilly!  I will never understand why he stopped shooting the puck so much last season, but thankfully the normal RoR has returned.

David Perron – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Perron has been even better than usual so far which is saying a lot.  He’s crushing across the board.

Tuesday’s Games:

Jujhar Khaira – Two assists with a shot.  Nothing really has to be said about Khaira for fantasy, so I want to share this incredible fact.  Tuesday was the first time that the Oilers won a game without McDavid or Draisaitl getting a point since November 28th, 2017!

Sergei Bobrovsky – 31 saves on 32 shots in the 2-1 win over the Red Wings.  Bob has had a horrible start to the season, yet is 4-0-1.  I’m not exactly bullish about his upcoming games against the Lightning and Hurricanes.

Patric Hornqvist – Goal and an assist with two shots.  His start in Florida couldn’t be going any better.  The PIM have dried up, but a point per game with elite shots is amazing.  Easy hold everywhere.

Jonathan Huberdeau – Two assists.  The points are coming in bunches for Huberdeau, and with 14 points in 10 games, it looks great on the surface.  However, he has only 12 shots in 10 games, and his minutes are really going in the wrong direction.  Why, I have no clue, but Huberdeau played only 12 minutes on Tuesday in a 2-1 game.  I’m not saying I would definitely try to sell him, but I would entertain the idea.

Andrei Vasilevskiy – 32 saves on 33 shots in the 6-1 win over the Predators.  Another game, another night with Vasilevskiy playing outstanding.  He’s the #1 goalie for a reason.

Steven Stamkos – Two goals and an assist with four shots.  He’s crushing across the board as expected.  Just stay healthy!  Props to Eli Man Penguin Boy for picking Stamkos in the Three Point Challenge!

Brayden Point – Three assists with three shots.  He hasn’t missed Kucherov so far.  It helps to have Stamkos to slide right into that spot.

Mikhail Sergachev – Three assists with four shots.  After a slow start, Sergachev has eight assists in the past five games, and the shots are starting to roll in.

Victor Hedman – Two assists with two shots.  Hedman doing Hedman things!

Ondrej Palat – Goal and an assist.  Palat has become an easy hold as the top line is rolling on a nightly basis.

Mathieu Joseph – Two goals on three shots with two PIM.  For now, Joseph is on the fourth line so I’m not looking to stream him.  However, when there’s an injury, he’s generally a guy who moves up in the lineup, so he’s worth monitoring.

Pierre-Luc Dubois – Blanked in 13:10 in his Jets debut.  Here’s to hoping Dubois gets rolling in Winnipeg quickly with two games against the Senators on deck.  Hold onto him for now.

Nikolaj Ehlers – Two goals on six shots, both assisted by Andrew Copp.  I did not expect these two to develop chemistry, but they have.  Ehlers is having the best season of his career, the one that I’ve been waiting for for the past four years.  Copp is completely unexpected, but for now, he has to be held with a point per game and three shots per.

Logan Couture – Goal and an assist with six shots.   Couture looks better than he did last season prior to the injury.  The top line in San Jose is playing at a pretty high level with Couture being a big part of it.

Dustin Brown – Two goals and an assist with four shots.  Brown is at least on the fringe now with his current run of good form.  He also doesn’t have any games against Vegas or Colorado this month which makes him even more appealing.

Alex Iafallo – Two assists with two shots.  He played over 21 minutes in this game as Iafallo moved back onto the top line with Kopitar.  That alone makes Iafallo a solid streamer.

Kevin Shattenkirk – Two assists with a shot.  He’s had a brutal start to the season, but the role is there for Shattenkirk to produce.  He’s not a slam dunk hold, but the PIM and shot rate is solid enough that Shattenkirk is still of use even when the points aren’t coming in.

Troy Terry – Goal and an assist.  There’s some upside here, but for now, Terry is a bottom end streamer.

Chandler Stephenson – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He’s moving up to a higher level of streamer, but Stephenson isn’t that close to being a hold in 12’ers.

Cody Glass – Two assists and a shot.  Same story for Glass, although I’m really hoping that Glass stays on the top power play unit when Pietrangelo returns, which could be as soon as next game.  That will play a big factor in Glass’ short term value.

Three Point Challenge: We will do the Three Point Challenge for Tuesday’s games.  It can’t be anyone in the Top 10 in points.  From now, we will use last season’s top 10, so that means no Draisaitl, McDavid, Panarin, Pastrnak, MacKinnon, Marchand, Kucherov, P. Kane, Matthews, Huberdeau, or Eichel.  Eli Man Penguin Boy has tied me on top of the standings with one a piece.  I’ll go with Mark Scheifele against the Senators.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Friday recapping 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. Veritas says:
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    Great read Viz!

    I’m rolling with Max Pacioretty vs Anh for 3pts again

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Thanks! Sounds good

  2. What's a Drexl? says:
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    CLB is a huge mess. their great long term center demands out (and they need centers more than anything else), m.koivu up and quits about 7ish games into season for him entirely (or maybe he just fake retired to get out of contract with CLB and will be back next year). torts hasn’t been responsible for much outside of a coach fight and funny as shit interviews for years.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      It has to be so off putting to players outside the organization as well, who wants to go there for that? I would be stunned if Koivu comes back, he looked done.

      • What's a Drexl? says:
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        oh yeah he’s done. but waiting to say you are done 7 games into season speaks a lot to the org for sure. i know with WIN the weather is so nasty (wind and cold, i remember reading somewhere that it’s like DET if it was colder and windier) that numerous FA don’t want to go there at all, so esp funny that dubois got the F out to go there.

  3. Shitwolf says:
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    Thanks for the read! Looks like Jesse is skating with mcjesus on the power play now too!
    I am in a debate today on if I should drop jesse for copp. What would you do?

    Also I caught the end of the blues/coyotes game and man was that fun to watch! Even hit dog eating phil kessel looked like he was trying his hardest, which was a big surprise. I live close to Toronto so I have watched his lack of effort for awhile, but I cant say I am a Leafs fan. Maybe it’s mean of me but I always get a chuckle since they always lose in the most disapointing ways… I.E zamboni driving goalie ahahahah!!!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      He was last game, yes. Right now, I prefer Copp, but by the end of the season, I expect it to change to Puljujarvi, so depends if you’re looking short or long term.

      Arizona has been very feisty, I did not expect this offense from them. I am not a Toronto fan by any means, I enjoy their struggles.

      • Shitwolf says:
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        I am thinking this year leafs fans will get high hopes from playing all the weak D in the North division. Wonder how they will actually stack up.

        Also wondering what are your thoughts on struggling players in a shortened season like this? I own Eric Karlson who’s been poor from the get go. Think he is just starting slow or is this his decline? Another player was wondering your thoughts on is Teraveinan… does covid effect performance?

        • Viz

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          They’re clearly the class there with Montreal, but that doesn’t mean they’re untouchable to Calgary and Winnipeg, even Edmonton. It’s tough to keep in perspective since they’re not playing anyone else until the final 4.

          Karlsson I’m very worried about, he’s declining pretty hard. He’s on the fringe now. No worries about Teravainen.

  4. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    16 team dynasty with hits/blocks/faceoff wins and losses (so just getting guys that might get faceoffs isn’t smart unless they are good at them, i’m having a horrible year for that)/shots/PPP/SHP. start real life sized rosters
    C (4): steel, domi (LW, been taken off center in real life though), hintz (LW), zibanejad
    LW (4): drouin (C), palat, ritchie (whatever happened to his brother at DAL anyway), stamkos (C/RW), meier (RW),
    RW (4): d.brown, comtois (LW), t.johnson (C/LW), c.white (C), dube (C/RW),
    D (6): fox, serg, hedman, zadorov, chabot, edler, ferraro
    G (1): vas, khudobin
    IR (infinite, but we can’t add IR/suspended/not signed guys from FA): getzlaf (gotta activate), rob thomas, gusev, eriksson ek, kucherov, zuccarello, bishop

    drop c.white or domi to activate getzlaf (he was out for a very short time, right during that domi got dropped)

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I would probably drop White, I’m a bit more hopeful that Domi gets going eventually.

  5. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    ehlers @ OTT for 3 pt thurs.

  6. VeniceCanuck says:
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    In my 12er, I am considering dropping Rust (or Kubalik) for one of the Arizona guys (Garland or Dvorak). I have been patient with Rust, but playing in a tough division, and they seem to have problems getting going. Rust seems to be ready to break out, but he never seems to get going. Cats are G,A,+/-, PPP, SOG, and hits. Also, I have Horvat, and Vancouver is heading in the wrong direction. He started out great, but has died lately. Maybe drop him for Dvorak? I am sitting in 1st place at the moment, so I don’t have to pull the trigger on anything at the moment.
    As always, I appreciate your thoughts.

    • Viz

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      I think Rust and Garland is very close, if you want to go with Garland I don’t have a problem with it. Rust has a little more upside as evidenced by last season, but it has been a struggle. As well as Dvorak has played, I’m still holding onto Horvat. Vancouver will be fine when they stop playing Montreal and Toronto, which they had already done a bunch of times. Sounds good on Scheifele.

  7. VeniceCanuck says:
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    Scheifele @ Ottawa for 3 pt Thursday

  8. Chet says:
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    Laine @ CHI for 3 points tonight.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Sounds good, good luck!

  9. Nightpandas says:
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    Drop Hintz or Arvidsson to activate Trocheck?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Tough one, would lean towards dropping Arvidsson.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        what the shit happened to that guy from like 2 years back anyway, he was getting up to superstar status, where it was a legitimate question as to him or forsberg going forward.

        • Viz

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          Not sure honestly. I still like the player, but I think he’s fell off a bit as a player, and Johansen taking a big step back has really hurt him. He’s had horrible shooting luck so far this year so I do think we see him turn it around to the point where he’s a bottom end hold at least, but who knows

  10. fleeced says:
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    is it time to move on from mantha in a points league? schmaltz, copp, lee, yamamoto and meier are on the wire

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      He’s definitely not a no brainer hold anymore. What’s your point system? I don’t feel strongly about one of these guys over the others. I guess I would lean Schmaltz barely over Copp and Meier (and Mantha for that matter), but it’s bunched. Only good I wouldn’t take it Yamamoto, don’t like the way he’s playing at the moment.

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