To say Jacob Markstrom finished October on fire would be an understatement.  Markstrom had a 20 save shutout against the Flyers on Saturday, his third in the past four games.  The Flames are off to a great start with Markstrom at the forefront.  He’s saved nine goals above expected over in the last four.  He’s a clear workhorse which is why I had him a bottom end #1 goalie going into the season, but the upside is higher than that because of the volume.  Who knows, maybe he puts together a top five season because of how Sutter wants to play.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:

Friday’s Games

Aleksander Barkov – Two goals on three shots.  Barkov has been his usual solid self as the Panthers get off to a torrid start.  The shot rate isn’t quite at last year’s level, but it could easily get back with one game.

Erik Gustafsson – Two assists with a shot.  The minutes are quite poor for Gustafsson, and he’s under a shot per game.  His 60 point season is one of the craziest outlier seasons we’ve seen.

Tony DeAngelo – Goal and two assists with three shots and five PIM.  DeAngelo has been a fantasy stud which comes as no surprise.  It’s just a matter of staying on the ice.

Vincent Trocheck – Two assists with three shots and two PIM.  Trocheck is crushing across the board to open the season.

Sebastian Aho – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Aho has at least one point in every game so far.  I don’t think that streak is going to get snapped by Arizona on Sunday (written on Saturday).

Igor Shesterkin – 31 save shutout in the 4-0 win over the Blue Jackets.  Outside of one rough game against the Flames, Prince Igor has started off extremely well.  He looks the part of a top five goalie.

Artemi Panarin – Three assists with two shots.  I don’t like seeing the shot rate below two per game, but I have little doubt that Panarin will turn that around.

Adam Fox – Three assists with two shots and two PIM.  If you had any doubts about last season being a fluke, that should be erased.

Chris Kreider – Two goals on seven shots with two PIM.  Kreider has been an absolute unit so far.  I was a bit skeptical about his fantasy value going into the season as it looked like he’d be on the third line, but he’s back with Zibanejad.  Therefore, Kreider is an easy hold.

Ilya Samsonov – 16 save shutout in the 2-0 win over the Coyotes.  Doesn’t get much easier than that.  Samsonov looks to be in a split with Vanecek.  I’d hold them both as of now.

Alex Ovechkin – Goal and an assist with five shots and two PIM.  Nine goals already with six assists and 4.5 shots per game.  Just absolutely incredible.

John Carlson – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Carlson has had a rough start, but there’s little reason for concern.  He’s too good of a player to be on the steep decline at age 31.

Evgeny Kuznetsov – Two assists with a shot.  I’m already admitting I was wrong on Kuznetsov this year.  The bounce back is firmly in play with massive minutes and the shots really coming in.

Adam Henrique – Goal and an assist with four shots.  The minutes are there for Henrique to be a middling streamer.  I see his real value in deep leagues.

Trevor Zegras – Goal and an assist with two shots.  I did not see Zegras pushing three shots per game which is a welcome development.  I’m not holding yet, but I wouldn’t blame somebody for doing it.  At the least, he’s an elite streamer.

Jonathan Marchessault – Two assists with two shots.  Rough start for Marchessault, like most of the rest of the Golden Knights, but I’m not concerned.

Chandler Stephenson – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Stephenson has been an exception to Vegas struggling with nine points in eight games.  I’d prefer to keep him as an elite streamer because the shot rate is so poor, but I don’t mind holding him while he’s on fire.

Nicolas Hague – Goal and an assist with six shots and two PIM.  I only see deep league value at the moment, but that could change if the Eichel to Vegas rumors become true.

Filip Gustavsson – 38 saves on 39 shots in the 4-1 win over the Stars.  Gustavsson is an interesting player in dynasties because he could be the goalie of the future in Ottawa.  For now, he’s only a streamer in good matchups.

Josh Norris – Two goals.  Strong start for Norris who is right on the fringe depending on team needs.

Saturday’s Games

Darcy Kuemper – 29 saves on 30 shots in the 4-1 win over the Wild.  It was nice to see Kuemper finally have a strong start for the Avs.  I still expect him to be a #1 goalie come the end of the season, and a strong one at that.

Gabriel Landeskog – Two goals and two assists with four shots and two PIM.  Dominant performance from the Kog who is crushing to start the season despite the Colorado struggles (relative to expectation).

Erik Johnson – Goal and an assist with three shots.  While the offense won’t be there consistently, Johnson should pile up some hits and blocks for those of you in deep leagues.

Nathan MacKinnon – Two assists with five shots and two PIM.  MacKinnon has had a point in every game and the shots are starting to pile up.  It feels like Colorado is going to start a massive run with MacKinnon at the forefront.

J.T. Compher -Two assists with two shots.  He’s been on fire to start the season, and while I wouldn’t give Compher the role he has at the moment, the fact of the matter is that he has that role and that makes him an elite streamer.

Tanner Jeannot – Two goals. Jeannot has nice underlying metrics, but the minutes aren’t there right now for sustained production.  He could be an elite streamer, but for now, he’s a bottom end one.

Colton Sissons – Two assists.  And there’s your bi-annual Sissons update!

Josh Anderson – Goal and an assist with six shots and two PIM.  Anderson is back in the middling to elite streamer range.

Alex Iafallo – Two goals and an assist with three shots.  Iafallo’s role has diminished this year, but the points are still coming in strong with seven in eight games.  He’s a solid streamer.

Anze Kopitar – Two assists with four shots.  I’m loving this version of Kopitar that is actually shooting the puck a lot.  I liked him to have a good season this year, but perhaps he can have a great one.

Matt Roy – Two assists with two shots.  The minutes are there, including on the PP, with Doughty out.  Roy is a nice deep league option for now.

Rasmus Kupari – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Kupari has high upside long term, but the role isn’t there now for him to be useful.

Aaron Ekblad – Two assists with a shot.  Ekblad has been outstanding so far.  I have all the stock this year which makes me pretty excited.

Taylor Hall – Two assists with three shots.  I was really hoping Hall’s shot rate would go back to around three per game again.  It was in his short stint in Boston last season, but right now, he’s just below two.  He’ll be a hold either way, but to get back to where he was, he’ll need to get the shot rate back up.

Andreas Johnsson – Two goals on three shots and two PIM.  Solid start for Johnsson.  I had higher hopes when he was to New Jersey from Toronto, but for now, he’s only a bottom end streamer.

Jesper Bratt – Goal and an assist. These were Bratt’s first two points of the year.  He’ll need to get on a better run for Bratt to get back to streaming level.

Zach Aston-Reese – Two assists with a shot.  The hit rate is mind blowing for ZAR right now; he has 34 in six games.  That makes him a viable streamer in hits leagues alone.

Timo Meier – Goal and an assist with six shots.  Meier has been dominant so far with 5+6 and 37 SOG in eight games.  You love to see it.

James Reimer – 34 saves on 35 shots in the 2-1 OT win over the Jets.  A bunch of Sharks were ruled out last minute, but that didn’t stop Reimer from stealing the show.  Reimer has been excellent so far and I’d keep streaming him until he slows down.

Filip Zadina – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Zadina has been decent so far, but nothing special.  He’s a bottom end streamer for the time being.

Joe Veleno – Goal and an assist with three shots.  This was Veleno’s first game of the season so he’ll be worth monitoring going forward.  The minutes aren’t there yet, but maybe they’ll get there.

John Tavares – Goal and two assists with three shots and two PIM.  A slow start from Tavares was mostly erased by this game.  While I’m lower on him than most, I still expect him to only be a bit below a point per game.

Jake Muzzin – Goal and an assist with three shots.  I don’t see much value in Muzzin at this point in his career.

Alex Kerfoot – Goal and an assist with three shots, +4.  I thought we were going to see Kerfoot take a leap after his first two seasons, but it never happened.  With the shot rate being absolutely dreadful, he’s a bottom end streamer at best.

Marc-Andre Fleury – 36 saves on 37 shots as the tough luck loser in a 1-0 loss to the Blues.  MAF stood on his head in the game but didn’t get any help.  It can’t stay this bad for Chicago, but I’m glad I don’t own him anywhere.

Jordan Binnington – 25 save shutout earning the win.  Binnington has been great so far with a .926 save percentage to go along with five wins in six games.  He’s looking more like a bottom end #1 than a #2 going forward.

Elias Lindholm – Two assists with a shot and two PIM.  Great start for Lindholm who has been the best skater for the Flames so far.

Sean Monahan – Goal and an assist with five shots.  I’m completely out on Monahan right now.  The minutes aren’t there at all and I don’t see it changing with the Flames rolling.

Rasmus Andersson – Two assists with a shot.  The shot rate has sucked, but Andersson has been solid elsewhere.  I’m still holding, but looking to get improved.

Mikko Koskinen – 29 saves on 30 shots in the 2-1 win over the Flames.  He’s been getting all of the starts with Smith out so Koskinen can be held for the time being.  It could end up being bad, but the Oilers are playing well enough right now that Koskinen shouldn’t bury anyone.

Sunday’s Games

Anze Kopitar – Goal and an assist with four shots playing 25 minutes.  Too good.

Adrian Kempe – Two assists with four shots.  His role is a bit diminished which drags him towards bottom end streamer.

Tobias Bjornfot – Two assists with three shots.  There could be something long term, but he looks like more of a defensive defenseman which limits his fantasy ceiling.

Frederik Andersen – 22 saves on 23 shots in the 2-1 win over the Coyotes.  Andersen looks like he did at his peak right now which makes him a #1 goalie again.

Martin Necas – It’s been a slow start, but I still think Necas should be a hold.

Kevin Shattenkirk – Two assists with a shot and two PIM.  Shattenkirk has had a great start with ten points in ten games.  That’s plenty to make him a hold for now.

Cam Fowler – Two assists with a shot.  Fowler has also had a nice start, but I have him on the fringe.  I don’t see a lot of upside, but his current rate is definitely worth holding.

Adam Henrique – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Henrique’s shot rate is outstanding given his baseline.  I have him in elite streamer range at the moment.

P.K. Subban – Two assists. I want nothing to do with Subban at this point in his career.

Jakub Voracek – Two assists with a shot playing almost 22 minutes.  The shots are dreadful, but Voracek has seven assists in eight games.  Assists ain’t got no face!

Patrik Laine – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Very good start for Laine who looks like a top bounceback candidate.

Barclay Goodrow – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Goodrow is on the first line right now, but I still have him a bottom end streamer at best.

Igor Shesterkin – 31 saves on 32 shots in the 3-1 win over the Kraken.  The Prince is carrying the Rangers right now.

Three Point Challenge: For those that are new or need a refresher, you pick one player to score three points in a game but they can’t be in the top ten in points.  We’re going with Tuesday night this week and with the Top 10 from last season for the time being. That means you can’t take McDavid, Draisaitl, Marchand, Marner, Kane, Matthews, Rantanen, MacKinnon, Scheifele, or Crosby.  Fungazi is still the leader in the clubhouse with Aho getting him on the board.  I’ll go with Kaprizov against the Senators.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll have a post out later in the week, probably on Wednesday.  As always, ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Toolshed says:
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    Comtois still doesn’t have a point. Sharnagovich was moved to 3rd line, shuffling after Hughes injury. Do you prefer one or the other for points, G and A only? I really liked how sharangovuch finished last year plus good ice time and shots (I thought 50pt was doable as a sleeper). Both are cost friendly for my cap.

    Another question about low cost reserve def, points only. Trying to find two who may get 20 points. I know it’s not much but I can’t afford to cut anyone else. Niku didn’t dress sun. N lundkvist scratched Sun. Both of them were getting pp2. Other option is clague for la, I saw he was on pp on Sun. How do you rank those 3 or do you have any suggestions for other who may not be owned in a deeper format? Slim pickings when I can’t spend more than 1m on a player. Thanks

    • Viz

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      Right now, I’d go Sharangovich, although I do think Comtois gets on track sooner rather than later.

      Lundkvist for me here pretty easily, I think sooner rather than later he’ll force himself into being in the lineup every game.

  2. Shitwolf says:
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    oh jeeze i feeel mad 12 team rich fiala owner got frustrated and dropped so obviously i grabbed him. He a slow starter! I dont understand how you can drop top forwards after two weeks. Anyway I have a log jam of forwards now with Kyrou Raymond Koneckny and Garland. Im a tool and also picked up backstrom cuz people C stack on my league and it is thin on the ww aside from yan gourde i see!

    Should i just hold tight to what i have for the moment or drop one to keep my stream spot alive. Im kinda setting my team currently for down the road cuz all that matters in this league is winning playoffs

    thx guys

    • Shitwolf says:
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      i probably will need to stream at some point so which forward is the easiest drop?

      • Shitwolf says:
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        sheeeiiiittt another curveball Bertuzzi was also dropped and with my league counting pim and hits i feel like i need to try and add him haha.

        Which wingers should i keep and which should i let go? Garland Koneckny Raymond Kyrou and now Bertuzzi! can keep max 4 or 3 plus the stream spot. I am assuming Fiala is better then these folks

        ty!

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          Hmm, this is tough. I do like Fiala most of this group even with the slow start. How good is your team in hits? Kyrou obviously has 0 but a ton of scoring. I guess I would have Konecny as the lowest guy on the totem pole for now?

          • Shitwolf says:
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            My team right now is this:

            C: Mathews
            C: Scheifele
            LW: Bennett (C/LW)
            LW: Brady Tkatchuk
            RW: Mathew Tkathcuk (LW/RW)
            RW: Fiala (LW/RW)
            D: Hamilton
            D: Theodore
            D: Letang
            D: Chabot
            UT: Trochek

            BN: Kyrou (C/RW), Garland (LW/RW), Raymond (LW/RW), Koneckny (RW), Backstrom

            IR Max P

            G: Markstrom and Knight

            Waivers is Bertuzzi. Someone else might claim him mind you, but I would guess I put him over Raymond? Having two guys on the same team isn’t super ideal with how many forwards I have is my thinking.

            Ya tough to figure out a drop IMO because I like them all. I am worried though in short weeks for Florida like this one they won’t play Knight and I will get stuck having to stream a goalie unless Markstrom plays all 3 games.

            Otherwise my plan was to hold steady for awhile and see if any forwards fall off for a streaming spot (where I could swap D for hits and blocks)

            Thanks Viz

            • Viz

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              I guess I’d prefer him over Raymond too, but marginally at that.

  3. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Giroux for 3 pnt!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Sounds good, good luck!

  4. Mattch says:
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    I’m feeling reckless, Farabee for the 3 pointer.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Haha sounds good, good luck!

  5. ashtray says:
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    For 3 point challenge I was about to go with Bertuzzi and then I realized the doofus won’t even be able to travel to the game. Get your damn shot!

    So anyway, I’m going with Couturier.

    So Duchene and Zacha are both available in my league. Do you like either of them as holds or streamers? I’d probably have to cut someone like Keller or McCann. Or, if I had to, Raymond or Bertuzzi.

    I’m strictly concerned with G, A, PPP, SOG, and +/-.

    • ashtray says:
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      Actually there has been a little more movement since i last checked.

      Hold any of Duchene, Zacha, Necas, or Benn over Keller, McCann, Raymond, or Bertuzzi?

      Also, who’s the better NA stash: Caufield or Rossi?

      • Viz

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        Sounds good on Couts. Caufield is definitely the better stash, I think he’ll be back up soon and get back on track. I think I prefer Necas over Keller? That’s close though, and I’m definitely holding the others for now.

        • ashtray says:
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          I think I’ll make the move for Necas over Keller simply because Arizona seems to be a complete dumpster fire in the early going. Thanks for the help.

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            i’d go necas over keller too

          • Viz

            Viz says:
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            No problem!

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        if dynasty rossi probably though. this doesn’t sound like that though. probably a lot more short term conditioning being needed first after missing all of last year mostly.

  6. What's a Drexl? says:
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    unless whatever BUF is on holds please please no hague to BUF!!!! ahhhhh. i’ve been sucking that dude up everywhere in 16’s since last year. some games he’s hitting all the stats even in lower minutes, if those went up a guess that’s good whichever team he’s on, but i’d prefer the VGK upside on the latter. i’m fine with him say getting 3rd most D minutes (he is playing with pietro at even now anyway, just no PP nor PK time)

    • Viz

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      If he did end up on Buffalo, the minutes would be much higher than in Vegas. I think it would be pretty neutral for his value. Doesn’t sound like he’d be the D the Sabres get in an Eichel trade though.

      • What's a Drexl? says:
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        tage thompson a very good get for deep hits/blocks (more so faceoffs as he’s LW or RW or C/LW/RW elig in spots and gets faceoffs as #1 BUF center and PP1 center). from large amounts of corona list and/or injuries just added him in more than 1 spot lately. he was a high ranked prospect years ago (and crazy tall)

        • Viz

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          He has all the tools to be successful but I don’t think he has the brains for how to use it. Having watched him a ton, he seems like he’s destined to be a big tease, but I hope I’m wrong.

  7. scoboticus says:
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    Petry and Ellis are dragging me down with their injuries. Which one should I cut loose?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Petry is playing right now and Ellis should be back very soon. I don’t really have a strong preference either way, I’d lean towards holding both without knowing the alternatives out there.

  8. Scoboticus says:
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    Would you stream Jake Allen vs Detroit REdwings tonight? He’s at home.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Seems like a pretty good stream, yes.

  9. Shitwolf says:
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    I dont understand what some NHL coaches are doing man! Dailyfaceoff has Garland 3rd line wing 2nd PP… Guy has a great start to the year has some boss moments like fan stairdown. Now his ice time and deployment sucks! Why did they trade for him? I domt get it!

    I like Garland but Im gonna drop him if this is how it is. Need him consistently scoring cuz he lacks peripherals

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I don’t really get it either. I’m sure it won’t last, but I don’t get why it happens in the first place.

  10. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    schefielele vs DAL for 3 pt tues.

  11. Surfer Dude says:
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    Hi Viz, 12 tm h2h pts, this season.

    Dmen scoring : Goals 5, Assists 3, +- 1 pt
    Who’s the drop?: Klingberg, M.Seider, R.Andersson or possibly Trocheck (as dropping 1 leaves me with I have no Dmen in my reserves).

    Also, drop either Knight or Koskinen for Price?

    BIG THANK YOU!!

    • Surfer Dude says:
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      * (as dropping 1 leaves me with no Dmen in reserves).

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Hmm, I guess it’s Andersson? It feels gross to even type that though, this is a tough one.

  12. Toolshed says:
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    Kaprisov finally found the back of the net! He’s shooting 1 for 32 right now. You got a think that % is about to turn around. Hopefully that first one will get him going.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Definitely, it’s only a matter of time.

  13. scoboticus says:
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    Is Troy Terry (ANA) a hold or a stream? Or is this just a flash in the pan?

    • Shitwolf says:
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      haha how about Ryan Getzlaf hooolllllyyyyy resurrected!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I don’t expect this to keep up, but I don’t mind holding him while he’s on fire.

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