Both players talked about how the game was bigger than them but all eyes were on Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel on Tuesday night.  McDavid stole the show scoring 22 seconds into the game and then scoring the overtime winner to lead the McDavids over the Eichels  Oilers over the Sabres 2-1.  McDavid added five shots and pushed his total to 31 points in 28 games.  It’s remarkable how good the wunderkind is already and I think it’s fair to say he’ll be a first round pick in fantasy drafts starting next year already.  Here’s what I saw around the league on Tuesday night:

Tuukka Rask – 24 saves on 25 shots in the 2-1 win over the Flames.  His save percentage is now up to .918 which is quite remarkable with how horrible is was the majority of the season.  The goals against still isn’t great but he’s been better down the stretch.

Patrice Bergeron – Goal on three shots.  Nothing can stop Bergeron right nowhe’s been nothing short of remarkable this season.

Eddie Lack – 29 saves on 30 shots in the 3-1 win over the Devils.  Now that Carolina is out of it, I expect Lack to get more starts down the stretch.

Jaccob Slavin – Two assists with a shot.  Slavin has a bright future and while Justin Faulk is out, he makes a solid deep league options or DFS option.

Elias Lindholm – Assist with two shots.  The minutes will be up down the stretch so even though the Canes will be out of it, Lindholm will remain a solid stream option.

Nail Yakupov – Three shots.  He moved up to McDavid’s line with Benoit Pouliot out injured.  There’s the chance Yakupov finally takes off now.

Cam Talbot – 31 saves on 32 shots in the win.  He’s hotter than a pistol right now but I expect that to fall off shortly.  The Oilers defense is pretty putrid.

Robin Lehner – 39 saves on 31 shots in the loss.  His save percentage and goals against average are outstanding; the Sabres probably found their goalie going forward.  Hopefully the wins start to come in.  Despite the Sabres being a poor team, they have a bunch of winnable games down the stretch.

Jake Allen – 40 saves on 43 shots in the 4-3 win over the Senators.  That’s two strong starts in a row for Allen and I expect him to be the goalie he was pre-injury for the rest of the year.

Jaden Schwartz – Goal and two assists with two shots.  Just like Allen, I expect Schwartz to start rolling again very soon.

Kevin Shattenkirk – Two assists and two shots.  His plus-minus is a disaster but everything else is elite.

Vladimir Tarasenko – Goal on eight shots and two PIM.  He’s slowed down a bit but he’s still very close to last year’s pace in points.  The plus-minus completely dropped off but the shots are even more elite now than they were.  It’s crazy to think he can still get better but at 24 years old, it’s certainly possible.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Two goals on seven shots with two PIM playing over 20 minutes.  He scored both goals with under 3 minutes left in the third, including tying the game with less than 1 second left.  Pageau is on fire right now and you could argue that he should be held right now.  He’s definitely a top end streamer at the very least.

Mark Stone – Assist and seven shots.  Insert fire emojis here.

Evgeni Malkin – Goal on three shots with two PIM.  He should keep rolling down the stretch.

Patric Hornqvist – Goal on two shots.  Hornqvist is finally salvaging his season the last couple weeks and should be a difference maker down the stretch.

Matt Niskanen – Goal on three shots.  With John Carlson out indefinitely, Niskanen has moved up to the first power play unit.  Expect him to be very good down the stretch, probably a top 25 defenseman.

Antoine Roussel – Goal and an assist with four shots and four PIM.  Quite the line for the big PIM guy.  The potential for games like this is why you either a) hold Roussel for the PIM or b) stream him over any other PIM guy.

Antti Niemi – 14 saves on 18 shots before being pulled about halfway through the game.  Yikes.  I didn’t think it would come to this but I could see dropping Niemi in 12 man leagues right now.  Besides wins, everything else is horrendous.

Shea Weber – Goal and two assists with three shots in his return from injury.  Weber played almost 27 minutes so there’s no worries about him being eased into action.  Get him back into your lineups.

James Neal – Goal and an assist with six shots.  He was in the midst of a cold streak but it was only a matter of time for him and Ryan Johansen (assist and two shots) to turn it around.

Craig Smith – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM.  He’s on top of the streaming radar right now and I wouldn’t argue with someone holding Smith while his line goes off.  Yay for a good streamer call!

Mikkel Boedker – Assist with a shot in his Avalanche debut.  He played with the big boys as expected at even strength and had his point on the power play.  I don’t expect the numbers to be much better than in Arizona but they should get a slight bump.

Jason Pominville – Goal and two assists with two shots.  The new coach sure seems to have lit a fire under Pominville.  I’m holding him now and riding this hot streak.

Nino Niederreiter – Two goals and an assist with three shots and two PIM. I thought Nino was going to take another step this year but it looks like he is what he is now.  That guy is a streamer in 12’ers.

Zach Parise – Two assists with two shots.  The shots have been down lately which is a bit frustrating but Parise should still be fine down the stretch as the Wild push for a wild card spot.

Charlie Coyle – Two goals on six shots.  Another good streamer call!  This is why I keep going back to the well on Coyle; he’s up to 21 goals now.  I love his game and will be looking to own him everywhere next year.  I’m holding him where I have him right now.

Erik Haula – Goal on two shots with two PIM.  Haula has played his way onto the streaming radar now.  In the last 12 games, he’s had 5 that were either multi-point but where he contributed PIM with points.

Roberto Luongo – 30 saves on 32 shots in the 3-2 win over the Jets.  Expect Luongo to be a workhorse down the stretch as the Panthers fight for the division crown.

Reilly Smith – Two goals on three shots.  He quietly has 21 goals on the season now with 17 assists.  Smith must be held right now in 12’ers with these numbers.

Vincent Trocheck – Two assists with three shots and two PIM.  He’s come from completely off the radar to be on track for 50 points with solid PIM.  At 22 years old, Trocheck should be a force going forward.

Teddy Purcell – Assist and four shots in his Panthers debut.  He was on the third line to start but I could see his role expanding sooner than later.

Dustin Byfuglien – Goal on four shots.  Big Buff doing Big Buff things.

Mark Scheifele – Assist with three shots playing over 21 minutes.  Nikolaj Ehlers had an assist and two shots in over 20 minutes on his wing.  These two are both terrific and should produce a bunch down the stretch with their workload increase.

Thomas Greiss – 31 saves on 33 shots in the win over the Canucks.  Greiss leads the league in save percentage now and he sees enough starts that he should be held in 12’ers.  I’m holding him in a 10’er personally.

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

Travis Hamonic – Goal on two shots with seven PIM.  His role has decreased this year in offensive terms this year.  I could see Hamonic being a sneaky bottom end defenseman next year if he’s traded to the West as he requested.

Daniel Sedin – Goal on four shots.  Henrik Sedin had an assist with three shots.  The Canucks may be horrible but the Cyborgs can not be stopped!

Wednesday Streamers – There are only three games on the slate tonight so streaming options are limited.  Here are my top three options:

Rickard Rakell (19.8%) – Going back to the well here.  If any of the top Caps are available in your league, stream them.  Odds are they aren’t though so I’m looking at the Ducks against horrible Montreal goaltending.  Rakell is rolling right now so ride the hot wave.

Jamie McGinn (0.3%) – McGinn has been listed here before when he was in Buffalo.  Now he should get his first action for the Ducks and early indications are that he’s going to play with Rakell and Corey Perry tonight.  I like his chances to get a point if that’s the case.

Philipp Grubauer (5.4%) – He should be streamed any time he starts but Grubauer is a must start tonight against the Maple Leafs.  Pick him up because any start you can get against the Leafs is worth it, let alone for a goalie on the best team in the league.

That’s all for now guys.  With only three games on the slate, there won’t be any daily notes tomorrow.  I will be back on Friday recapping the action from tonight and tomorrow.  As always, leave any questions or comments below in the comment section.  Take care everyone!

  1. Veritas says:
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    Hello Viz, thank you for your updates all season long. Thanks to your advice and help, It looks like I might be able to hold on to the first place and I’m gearing up for the playoffs. I am in a 12 team H2H redraft league that counts G, A, P, +/-, PIM, PPP, GWG, SOG, W, GAA, SV and SV%.

    In order to proceed and try to win, I need to decide if I want to trade someone and/or who I am going to drop if you think they are dropable or fringe at this point. Incluing Nash, who is currently injured, I have 2 players that are taking up the spots that belong to now healthy players (Mason and Barkov) who are in my IR.

    Active Roster
    Matt Duchene Col – C,LW
    Dylan Larkin Det – C,LW
    Nikolaj Ehlers Wpg – LW,RW
    Andrew Ladd Chi – LW
    Brent Burns SJ – RW,D
    Tyler Seguin Dal – C,RW
    Roman Josi Nsh – D
    Sami Vatanen Anh – D
    Zdeno Chara Bos – D
    Johnny Boychuk NYI – D
    Kyle Okposo NYI – RW
    Charlie Coyle Min – C,RW
    Eric Staal NYR – C,LW
    Tomas Hertl SJ – C,LW
    Tyler Toffoli LA – C,LW,RW
    Ben Bishop TB – G
    John Gibson Anh – G

    IR+
    Aleksander Barkov Fla – C
    Rick Nash NYR – LW,RW
    Steve Mason Phi – G

    Notable FAs are: Ryan Spooner, J.T. Miller, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm, Dougie, Hamilton, Mark Scheifele, Joni Ortio, James Reimer

    Who would you drop or try to trade? Do you see any glaring weaknesses?

    • Veritas says:
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      @Veritas: I guess I could also take a shot at picking up Andrew Hammon with the possible injury to the Senators Starter. I would need to drop 3 for this though

      • Viz

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        @Veritas: No problem, thanks for the kind words. First off, I don’t see any glaring weaknesses outside of potentially saves. Bishop and Gibson aren’t true workhorses so you could get beat out there fairly easy. That said, it’s not the worst thing in the world.

        How many players at each position do you start? I think Chara is by far your worst player and I would probably drop him if you can get away with having 4 defensemen. Of the players listed, Scheifele is definitely the best, I think he’s must own at this point but then again so is everybody on your roster. I wouldn’t touch Hammond unless you are desperate for those saves because he’s pretty bad and so is the Sens defense

        Just to confirm, you have to cut 2 guys now to get Barkov and Mason off IR, correct? If that’s the case, Chara would definitely be one and then I guess it would come down to Coyle or Hertl for the other.

        • Veritas says:
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          @Viz: I can start 2 Cs, 2LWs, 2Rws, 4D, and 1 utility spot. I have to cut 2 guys until Nash comes back, then I would have to cut a 3rd

          • Viz

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            @Veritas: You can really go either way on Hertl and Coyle right now. I think I’d cut Chara and one, then cut the other when Nash is back. Do you have unlimited moves? You could stream that last spot for now if that’s the case.

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            @Veritas: what league are you in that you can leave barkov on IR while adding a new guy?

            • Veritas says:
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              @goodfold2: I can’t, to add a new guy I would need to add Barkov to the active roster.

  2. Scott says:
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    Crap! Forgot to check on Weber’s status and missed out. At least I got Craig Smith in.

    I think next season my strategy will be to draft Defensemen and Goalies and just stream Viz’ Forward picks! LOL

    • Viz

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      @Scott: Damn that sucks on Weber. I didn’t think he was playing either, came out last minute. Hahaha I wouldn’t go that far but the streamers have been really good for about 2 months. Hopefully it keeps up when it matters in the playoffs!

  3. Gus says:
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    In a multi-cat league (but w/o PIMs), who is the best player to acquire for ROS?

    B Schenn
    Callahan
    T Johnson
    Zuccarello

    Thanks!

    • Viz

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      @Gus: Wow this is tough. Callahan is definitely the worst of the bunch here, it’s down to the other 3 for me. I would lean towards Zuccarello because he is the safest of the three while having the upside to be a point per game down the stretch. Even though Schenn has been on fire, odds are that it’s going to slow down to some extent. At this point, Johnson is too big of a gamble to take over Zuccarello for me. I would say if you want to play it safe, go with Zucc but if you want to gamble on a super hot streak then Schenn would be the guy.

  4. Scott says:
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    Which of these Cap Defenders do you like tonight, if any?

    Orpik
    Alzner
    Orlov

    • Viz

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      @Scott:It’s hard to not like everybody against the Leafs but Oprik and Alzner generally don’t do much offensively. If I had to pick one, it would definitely be Orlov and I like him a fair bit. With Carlson out, he’s getting extra minutes, including time on the second power play unit.

  5. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    2 more trade ideas as i come up on about 1.5 days left in this one. hits/blocks but no faceoffs here.

    1. my eberle is too good for petan + mccann yes?

    2. my sharp/ellis/carter/2nd rounder (16 or so overall)/ 3rd rounder (30th or so)
    for
    hanzal/sheahan/shatty/3rd rounder (almost no value 40th)/ 4th rounder (54th).

    what about if i amend this to sharp + 1 of carter/ellis + 18th overall for hanzal/shatty?

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Crapshoot Kershaw: full dynasty 14 teamer with 10 man minor slots so that’s why those picks (most of them) have little value.

      • Viz

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        @Crapshoot Kershaw: Sorry was just getting to this on the other page… Yeah I definitely wouldn’t do #1. I like McCann a fair amount and Petan is solid but there’s nowhere near enough certainty to move Eberle.

        I wouldn’t do #2 as offered to you. You’re giving up the two best players in the deal and the better picks (albeit they don’t mean much). Granted you get a lot younger and getting Shattenkirk is very nice but Sharp and Carter are too good for this. As for the amend, Sharp and Ellis for Hanzal Shattenkirk and the pick is pretty close. I think I wouldn’t do it still, it’s not quite enough for me, but it’s close enough that I wouldn’t argue if you really wanted Shattenkirk.

  6. Playoff run help says:
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    Viz,
    10-tm H2H Keeper (keep 12) balanced stats
    One team wants to give away the Sedin bros for the highest bidder.
    He’s offered me:
    HIS : D. Sedin, H. Sedin
    for
    MY: P. Kessel & A. Barkov (maybe sub in Okposo instead of Barkov)
    I don’t really care that much for Kessel but I really like Barkov. My question is even though the Sedin’s keep producing while Vancouver is flat, do you see them finishing the season this way? Barkov has been hot out of the gate and I wonder if he’ll be able to keep up with Daniel in points possibly ? what do you think?

    • Viz

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      @Playoff run help: I would hold because you don’t improve that much now (if at all) and Barkov is obviously the best keeper here by a mile. Barkov should at least come close to Daniel, enough that Kessel can make up the difference versus Henrik. I’m mostly a strong opponent of owning Henrik because the shots and penalty minutes are so bad. I guess it depends on how badly you need assists and what playoff position you’re in, how much of a contender you are etc. but I think you have to hold Barkov at this point.

  7. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    GD news blurb about weber playing didn’t come out till 17 minutes till game time. gotta be smarter about that as playoffs approach. always at computer during last 30 minutes or so till first game time.

  8. Quick Sycamore says:
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    So Mrazek was DTD yesterday, and I used that opportunity to pick up orlov to have a full roster yesterday. Anyway now he’s activated today and I don’t know if I should start him. He’s facing Chicago, but I don’t normally like benching my starters. Oh and to activate him I need to drop someone who’s playing today, either orlov or burakovsky.

    • Viz

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      @Quick Sycamore: Sorry for the late response; what did you end up doing? Hopefully you went against your normal actions and sat him.

  9. Ben says:
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    Without reading this article until today, Rakell, McGinn, and Grubauer were my streamers last night. GREAT MINDS! Haha.

    Your streams are on point. I don’t share this with my league mates at all. Sorry!

    • Viz

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      @Ben: Haha I’ll take that as a compliment. Whatever you need to do to have an edge, right?

  10. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    got another one, trade deadline is very soon. tonight.
    C – kadri/horvat/carter/zibanejad/z.smith
    LW – brown/lee/skinner/baerschi
    RW tarasenko/oshie/jenner/eberle/JT brown
    D -murray/ellis/karlsson/martinez/orpik/gudas/dekeyser/weber (streamer)
    IR/IR+ o’reilly/ennis/sharp/boyes (streamer)
    some other streamers not listed since all those recent injuries
    G – quick/lehner/rinne

    got this deal offer:
    my eberle
    for
    faulk + k.hayes + kinkaid (i’d just drop kinkaid, just because a lot of people in this league own 4 or more goalies doesn’t mean i, with 3 starters, needs to. next year we might have a 3 active goalie max rule coming)

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Crapshoot Kershaw: i mean they aren’t listed as streamers, JT Brown, probably d.brown etc.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Crapshoot Kershaw: most of the people who own 4 or more goalies are backups, some awful. once one owner started doing this the others thought they had to keep up. i had 4 starters (3 active) when i traded price.

        • Viz

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          @Crapshoot Kershaw: You could do that but I wouldn’t if you do the deal below. No need for Karlsson, Shattenkirk and Faulk, I’d rather keep the impact forward in this case.

  11. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    i sent a carter + ellis for shattenkirk, is that about right?

    • Viz

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      @Crapshoot Kershaw: Yeah that’s seems good. You could get a second guy back but it couldn’t be anybody that good or it would swing too far in your favor.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Viz: i didn’t do any of them. i actually sent the carter + ellis for shatty one, which he rejected, asked for a higher pick back, and while i was thinking about it sent me annoying offers that included him getting marner or vladi (STL). i had already told him i wasn’t moving those to him. so this one never got done, if he wanted it as is he could’ve taken it. i got tired of even reading those deals. i was leaning towards it except i noticed how many pts carter has still this year. My forwards aren’t great as is. Can do it early next year still. I didn’t see these responses in time as is (34 minutes ago deadline passed)

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @Crapshoot Kershaw: basically i was pissed at his garbage deals, so when i already brought them down to fair, i didn’t want to give him an extra inch he assumed he’d get. Esp when he kept sending insulting crap during this same time. I’d tell him i don’t want Sheahan or Moulson and he’d keep sending them. the eberle one i wasn’t doing once this carter one looked possible, was trying to move one of sharp/carter. sharp couldn’t move though since his injury.

          • Viz

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            @Crapshoot Kershaw: gotcha, makes sense. No reason for you to cave in and take guys back who do nothing for you.

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