A week ago, I said this about Steve Mason: “Michal Neuvirth is out for over a month so it’s going to be Mason’s show.  Perhaps the extra starts will help him get into a flow but he’s certainly in the ‘desperate for starts’ category for now.”  After Tuesday’s big game, it’s been three strong starts out of four.  Mason made 38 saves in the 3-1 win against the Panthers and if not for a horrible Matt Read turnover with less than two minutes left, he would have been a good bet for a shutout.  Since Neuvirth went down, Mason has saved 107 of 115 shots which is more than solid.  I picked up Mason for this start in multiple leagues and for now, I’d definitely grab him in 12’ers.  He’s less than 20% owned at the time of this writing so odds are he’s available in your league. It may not be all peaches and cream but the volume alone has its value and the Flyers have played much better in their last five games.  Here’s what else I saw on the short Tuesday slate:

Jake Allen – 39 saves on 41 shots in the 4-2 win at Boston.  Monster game from Allen who has allowed 6 goals in the last 4 games with over a .950 sv% since the Columbus debacle.  That sound you heard was the buy low window closing.

Patrik Berglund – Two assists with four shots.  Berglund is one of those guys who always leaves me wanting more.  For now, he’s only worthy of deep leagues.

Jori Lehtera – Two goals on two shots.  I had high hopes for him coming into last season but his lack of shots caps his ceiling so much.

Colton Parayko – Two assists and a shot.  Amazing that he doesn’t have a goal on 56 shots but at least he’s up to 11 assists.

Tuukka Rask – 24 saves on 27 shots in the loss.  He’s human after all!  It shows how good that Rask has been that this is his worst start of the year.

David Backes – Goal on six shots with two PIM.  Backes has been in a slump but I’d still hold tight for the penalty minute boost.

Torey Krug – Assist and a shot. There’s finally some improvement here but I’m still looking for a goal streak.

Cam Ward – 25 saves on 26 shots in the 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs.  We talked about him extensively on the latest podcast; ride the hot streak while you can.

Elias Lindholm – Assist and two shots.  He was buzzing a lot in this game and with four points in his last five games, Lindholm is back on my streaming radar.

Jeff Skinner – Goal on four shots.  No slowing him down right now.

Nazem Kadri – Assist with three shots playing over 21 minutes.  The shots are incredibly right now; add in the penalty minutes in a 60 point pace and Kadri has been excellent through the first 25% of the season.

Derick Brassard – Goal and an assist with two shots.  The minutes are lower than expected right now but I think I’d still hold tight in 12’ers.

Mike Hoffman – Goal and two assists with four shots and two PIM.  Don’t hassle the Hoff(man)!  I was going to give him the lede but Mason is widely available while Hoffman is not and I wanted to make a before and after title Wheel of Fortune style with an Alice in Chains album.  Sue me!  It was nice to see his return from being out a week in a big way.

Erik Karlsson – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM finishing +3.  Decent day for the silky smooth Swede.  The shots are down a fair margin which is frustrating but overall, no complaints with his total stat line.

Mark Stone – Goal and two assists with two shots.  Stoner bashing time!  A few commenters have asked me if Stone was a good buy low candidate.  I said yes and then he gets three points.  You couldn’t have waited a game before going off Stone?  Let people make their trades?  Just kidding, as an owner myself, I thank you.

Carey Price – 19 saves on 23 shots in the 4-3 loss to Ottawa.  The two goalies who were the best by a mile in the early going, Rask and Price, each had rough nights.  My level of concern for both is near zero.

Alex Galchenyuk – Filled up the stat sheet with a goal, assist, four shots and two PIM.  Sorry Reid, just one point short for the Three Point Challenge lead.  We are past the point of a breakout, he’s just the real deal.

Andrei Markov – Three assists with two shots playing over 30 minutes.  Good lord, I can’t believe the old guy can play 30 minutes.  As expected, it’s all assists and nothing else but amazingly he’s tied for second in the league in assists behind that McJesus fella.

Alex Radulov – Goal on three shots.  Absolutely unreal in the early going.

Shea Weber – Goal and an assist with five shots.  See Radulov, Alex except he’s been even more absurd.

Sean Couturier – Left the game injured.  If you own him in a 12’er, definitely cut bait even if he misses just one game.

Brayden Schenn – Two power play assists.  It’s unspectacular but it’s plenty good enough across the board.

Wayne Simmonds – Goal and an assist with three shots.  It doesn’t make a difference if he’s on the first or second line, he’s going to produce.

Nick Bjugstad – Two shots in his season debut.  Minutes were low to start but he was buzzing in this game. Assuming they go shortly, Bjugstad will be firmly on the streaming radar.

Jonathan Marchessault – Assist with a shot and four PIM.  He’s stuffed the stat sheet all season becoming one of the best late round values of the year.

Keith Yandle – Assist and a shot.  He’s heating up!

Thomas Greiss – 39 saves on 41 shots in the 3-2 fourteen round shootout win over the Ducks.  The Islanders were lucky that Greiss was remarkable and that a controversy in the shootout went their way.  Regardless, it looked like Greiss was going to be the workhorse and then didn’t start a game for three weeks.  Good job Jack Capuano, you might want to play this guy some more.

Josh Bailey – Goal and an assist with six shots playing over 22 minutes.  Bailey remains an elite streamer; I don’t think there’s quite enough to hold him.

Cam Fowler – Goal and an assist with five shots playing almost 25 minutes.  The return of Hampus Lindholm (shot in almost 29 minutes) hasn’t hurt him one bit.  Hold tight and enjoy it.

Ryan Getzlaf – Assist with a shot and two PIM.  I watched most of this game and his line was buzzing the entire game.  That is more important for…

Rickard Rakell – Goal on three shots as he moved onto the first line.  He’s been excellent in the early going with 11 points in 11 games.  He’s still available in 45% of leagues.  Go grab him now.

Jonathan Bernier – 33 saves on 35 shots in the loss.  Tough luck loser for sure especially since he should have won the game in the 12th round.  I think Bernier has played his way into streaming status when he starts.

Wednesday Streamers – Unlike the majority of this season, there’s a massive 12 game slate tonight being Thanksgiving Eve.  Here are my top three streamers:

Nino Niederreiter – Going back to the well here.  A home matchup with a struggling Jets team should do the trick.

Martin Hanzal (13.3%) – It doesn’t get much better than a home matchup against the Canucks right now.  I prefer Radim Vrbata in the same game but he’s at 22% owned and I don’t want to cheat my system today.  Hanzal will do just fine.

Sam Gagner (14.1%) – I’m still not buying in but he’s so hot the ice could melt right now and the Flames are a dumpster fire defensively.

That’s all for now guys.  To be honest, I’m not sure when my next set of daily notes will be!  Probably on Monday but there’s a chance that there is one Friday morning.  I’m recording a podcast with Reid later today though which should be out either late Wednesday or Friday morning.  I’m also scheduling the RCL recap post for Friday in case I don’t have daily notes Friday and the podcast is already out.  As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.  In case the podcast isn’t up on Wednesday, this is my last chance to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  Take care!

  1. What do you make of Evgeny Kuznetsov slow start Viz? He was my 4th round pick (39th). Ouch. I have been waiting patiently for the break out and it still has not come. Is it time to cut bait with him? Thanks.

    • Quick Sycamore says:
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      @madden_curser: 4th round pick isn’t too bad. He was a 2nd round pick in my league.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @madden_curser: Nah I’m still holding tight. He has definitely gone through a rough stretch but he’s the type of player who could string some massive games together, especially playing with Ovechkin.

  2. Man Of Steel says:
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    Thanks for the advice on buying low on Stone!

    I have Green as my last D and now Severson and Klefbom are on the wire. We use PTS/PP PTS/SOG and Green is getting minutes but he had a trick early on and has not done much since. How would you rank those 3?

    • Viz

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      @Man Of Steel: No problem at all! Man, they’re all really close. I’ve flip flopped 3 times writing this haha. I guess I’ll go Green, Severson, Klefbom.

      • Man Of Steel says:
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        @Viz: Thanks I picked up Hanzal for the rest of the week hoping you stay hot with your streamers! I have a chance to get Suter from Min for a D spot. What are your thoughts on him?

  3. Quick Sycamore says:
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    Hey Viz! So some impatient owners have dropped hoffman and mark stone in my league. I was looking at them to pick up against montreal, but I figured “nah, they won’t be worth it against price” so figures theyd get three points each. Anyway, both are still available. Would you drop Gallagher for one? After a hot start he hasn’t been good. My other options are
    Drouin (but I have a good feeling about him this year, injury aside)
    Saad
    Marchesault
    Thanks!

    • Man Of Steel says:
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      @Quick Sycamore: I traded Marchesault for Stone.

      • Quick Sycamore says:
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        @Man Of Steel: Nice. I’m not sure what to make of Marchesault just yet. Trading him would be nice, but somehow dropping him seems wrong. I don’t know lol.

    • Viz

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      @Quick Sycamore: Haha figures, don’t blame you one bit though. Man, that’s some quality on the bottom of your roster. I would swap Hoffman for Gallagher right now. I think I’d leave Stone out there for now, it feels wrong but I can get behind wanting to keep Drouin and the other two are peaking at the moment. I could see cutting Marchessault for him but it seems very lateral

  4. karlsson says:
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    Hey Viz,

    I’m a frustrated Fleury owner. I hate to drop him but we’re a shallow league and with the way he’s been playing I don’t think anyone will be rushing to grab him and Murray’s owner is MIA so I can’t make a trade with him. Who do you like best among Mason, Bobrovsky, Talbot, and Lehner (at least once Buffalo is healthy)? We count W, GAA, SV, SV%. My other goalie is Jones. I don’t like to hold more than 2 usually and just use one of moves to pick up if I need to…

    • Viz

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      @karlsson: If Bobrovsky is available, you have to grab him. It’s remarkable that he’s there, he’s a top 5 goalie at the moment. I would feel great cutting Fleury to get him. I’d rank the 4 guys, Bob, Lehner, Talbot, Mason although the middle two are close. Bob is definitely #1 and Mason 4

      • karlsson says:
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        @Viz: Thanks, Viz!!

  5. RickJamesBetch says:
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    The 13th Warrior Zibanajed going down really put a hurting on The Lost Vikings. Who would you replace him with out these options to serve as the lone Finn on the squad to represent the land of giants and magic

    Pool Party or Rantanen?

    points/assists/+/-/pp/hits/blks/w/gaa/sv%/so

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @RickJamesBetch: I think I’d go with Rantanen for now given his big role next to a red hot MacKinnon.

  6. jon says:
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    Thoughts on Anthony Beauvillier? thinking a 50-60 point guy in his prime?

    Also I know Razzball does prospect rankings in baseball, will there be some prospect articles for hockey?

    • Viz

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      @jon: Yeah that sounds about right to me. I would love to do that but at the moment, it’s not really feasible. On the baseball side of things, they have about 10 guys writing regularly with Ralph at the forefront of prospects. Yes, Grey is the only one writing daily but there’s JB, [email protected], Rudy, Smokey, etc. writing once or twice a week. For hockey, it’s only me with Matt contributing around once a week and Reid occasionally but mostly doing the podcast. If I had more people, it wouldn’t be an issue but with only me posting every day, it can’t be done at the moment. I simply don’t have the time to do more than daily notes and the podcast. I did do the top 5 for each team in my preseason team previews which you can find under the tab at the top of the page. I somehow skipped over Beauvillier when I did the Islanders and it doesn’t put much context in terms of the player’s rankings league wide which is unfortunate. I added them in as a suggestion by the commenters, next year I could do a separate ranking of them. I hope that we can build this thing to the level baseball or even football and basketball are in time but that’s a work in progress.

      • jon says:
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        @Viz:

        Sounds good man.. wish you luck in growing this thing!!

        Do you get paid to write?

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @jon: thanks a lot, I appreciate it. Quality fantasy hockey options are limited. I do but I wouldn’t even call it part time, more of a bonus for doing something I enjoy

  7. Surfer dude says:
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    Hi, 10 team h2h pts – thoughts on Pacioretty for ROS, drop him for either Hoffman or Schwartz?
    Thanks!

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