On Monday, I wrote the following about James Neal: “As long as he’s on the first power play unit, Neal has a real chance to bounce back.  I wouldn’t hold him yet, but he’s a solid streaming option.” And that’s me quoting me copying what Grey does! Well, I hope that you streamed him on Tuesday.  Neal stayed on the first power play unit, and the time to hold him is now.  Neal scored four goals on eight shots on Tuesday, playing almost 21 minutes, in the 5-2 win over the Islanders.  Two of those goals came on the power play where it’s clear Edmonton is using him as one of their primary shooters.  Am I saying Neal is going to score 40 goals again?  Definitely not.  However, the upside is too high to leave him on the waiver wire.  He’s always had a quality shot rate and there’s a chance of good penalty minutes on top of the goals.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:

Victor Olofsson – Goal on three shots playing over 20 minutes.  He’s eliminated all doubt for the time being, Goalofsson is a clear hold.

Nick Foligno – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Nice start to the season for Foligno.  In hits leagues, he needs to be held.  Otherwise, solid streamer.

Alexandre Texier – Goal and an assist with three shots.  My other favorite late pick after Goaloffson, Texier finally got on the scoresheet.  If you drafted him, I’d give him a little more time.  Otherwise, I think he’s an elite streamer.

Connor McDavid – Three assists with four shots.  Leon Draisaitl had two assists with three shots.  Unstoppable.

Mark Scheifele – Three assists.  I’d like to see some more shots from Scheifele (only 1 in the last 3 games) but I’m not going to complain about 6 points in 4 games.

Patrik Laine – Three assists with a shot.  While the Jets are struggling as a team, Laine has at least one point in every game so far.  Nice to see him get off to a nice start.

Connor Hellebuyck – 37 saves on 38 shots in the 4-1 win over the Penguins.  Nice bounceback by Hellboy after a rough start against the Rangers to open the season.  I’m still not buying him for this season because of their blue line but he does still possess the upside to steal a game.

Evgeni Malkin – Out at least a month.  Nick Bjugstad will be out close to that long as well.  Patric Hornqvist left Tuesday’s game early, although there’s been no diagnosis yet.  Their depth is now completely gutted.  Dominik Simon played on the first line Tuesday and had 3 SOG playing 19 minutes.  He’s an elite streamer for now.

Tyler Seguin – Goal and an assist with four shots and two PIM playing 22 minutes.  Hoping this gets him going, although it should only be a matter of time.

Alexander Radulov – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He’s had a slow start as these were Radulov’s first points of the season.  Again, I’m not really worried yet, but I’d like to see the minutes go back up.

Nicklas Backstrom – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Backs doing what he does.

John Carlson – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Great start for Carlson.  Feeling good about ranking him #2 for defensemen, although it is early.

Sergei Bobrovsky – 10 saves on 14 shots in the first before getting pulled against Carolina.  Woof.  That said, I’m expecting Q to right the ship defensively to help out Bob.  I doubt you’ll be able to buy low, but it can’t hurt to put some feelers out there.

Mike Hoffman – Two assists with six shots playing almost 25 minutes.  Hoffman is playing extremely well and Q is rewarding him right now.  Hoffman is perennially underrated for how good he is offensively.

Aleksander Barkov – Two assists with four shots.  It seems like he’s not playing well right now but Barkov has three assists in three games.  That leaves me encouraged because he will get going eventually.

Andrei Svechnikov – Two assists with six shots and two PIM.  He’s playing great hockey and I really want Brind’Amour to give him the minutes that he deserves.  It’s hard to complain when the team is 4-0 but I don’t understand it.

Jordan Staal – Goal and an assist with three shots, +4.  Staal has established himself as a middling streamer.

Ryan Dzingel – Two goals on three shots.  His minutes are quite low which is keeping him down towards lower end streamer status.

Teuvo Teravainen – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Very nice start for Teuvo who has had a point in every game so far.  I’m very encouraged by 13 shots in 4 games.

Haydn Fleury – Two assists.  And there’s your annual Fleury update!

Jakob Silfverberg – Goal and an assist with three shots.  The minutes jumped back up to over 18 per game in this one which gives some hope he can be a streamer again.  For now, I’d leave Silfverberg alone on the waiver wire.

John Gibson – 31 saves on 32 shots in the 3-1 win over the Red Wings.  Hotter than a pistol right now.

Filip Hronek – Goal on five shots playing 23 minutes.  Really feeling good about calling Hronek a late round pick.  He should be owned in 12’ers.

Brent Burns – Goal and an assist with four shots and two PIM.  Brent Burns doing Brent Burns things!

Evander Kane – Goal on five shots and four PIM in his first game of the season.  Nice to see Evander start off hot.  He’s on the first power play right now, so if anything, he’s become undervalued.

Roman Josi – Two goals on four shots.  I have no doubts about Josi being a top 10 D again, and I’m thinking top 5.

Ilya Kovalchuk – Goal and two assists with two shots.  It’s only two games, but hopefully Kovy can put last season’s disaster behind him and be valuable again.

Drew Doughty – Goal and two assists with four shots.  Perhaps McLellan is keeping Doughty’s minutes down to keep him more effective but it’s interesting to see.  He’s an easy hold, but I honestly don’t know if he’ll be a very good D2 or a bottom end hold.  I lean closer to the former but we’ll see.

Tyler Toffoli – Goal and an assist with four shots.  He played only 12 minutes so I’m not really interested in using Toffoli right now.

Matthew Tkachuk – Two goals and an assist.  I’m not sure Tkachuk can top last season’s 77 points, but at this point I’m not going to bet against him.

Brad Marchand – Two goals and an assist with three shots and two PIM.  Vegas didn’t have an answer for the top line as David Pastrnak also had three points, 1+2.  I’m very excited for Thursday’s matchup with Colorado to see my top two lines in the league going at it.

Torey Krug – Goal and an assist with three shots.  As long as Krug keeps his spot on the top power play unit, he should end up as a #2D come the end of the season.

Mark Stone – Goal and an assist with three shots.  My love of Mark Stone knows no bounds.

Max Pacioretty – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Patches looks much better than he did for most of last season.  He’s had at least three shots per game and the minutes are up.  With how good Stone is, I’m starting to think we see a Patches rebound to get closer to the 30 goal mark again.

Three Point Challenge: For those who aren’t familiar, for each Tuesday and Thursday of the season, you can make a pick in the comments section.  That player needs to get 3+ points for you to win.  You cannot take a player in the top 10 in points in the league.  For the first month to six weeks of the season, we will use last season’s top 10 in points.  That means no McDavid, Kucherov, Kane, Draisaitl, Crosby, Marchand, Gaudreau, MacKinnon, Stamkos, or Barkov. Feel free to make your pick any time before 7 PM EST on Thursday night.  I’ll keep track of the standings and give shoutouts in the daily notes to people who are correct (nobody was correct on Tuesday, a couple people were a point away).  For Thursday, I will take Mark Stone against the Desert Dogs.

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. SephMeier says:
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    monahan for three

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Got it, good luck!

  2. toolshed says:
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    The sharks looks like garbage right now. Hertl has zero points in 4 games. They can’t score or defend. Do you think hertl will get going? Do you expect him to have the kind of year that he had last year in terms of points? Are you worried about him? Would you be looking for other options? I thought he’d be in good shape point wise because of more power play time without Pavelski around. Thanks

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I’m a little concerned but not panicking. Kane coming back on Hertl’s wing should definitely help him. I’d expect a slight down tick in points only because he’s started slow, but I do think you should hold onto him and give him more time.

  3. Marco Kirillov says:
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    The challenge is for the Thursday games?
    So, Draisatl against the sleepy Devils…

    • Marco Kirillov says:
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      Oh no, he can’t be, thought I read it well…

      So… Wheeler!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Yes, Thursday games since there is a bigger slate and it gives people more time to make a pick. Good luck with Wheeler!

  4. Peter says:
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    Viz… good morning!

    I drafted Eric Staal… replaced him with Olfosson. I also drafted Zucker… should I drop him for Neal??

    Also, do you see Georgiev potentially getting more starts than Lundqvist this season ??

    Thank you!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Hey Peter, definitely like the Olofsson move. Zucker is closer and depends on how much you want to gamble on Neal sustaining success. I think I’d hold Zucker, but it’s really close.

      No, I would be very surprised if that happened barring injury. I would say best case for Georgiev is 30 games, but I would expect more in the 25 range

  5. BelmarPhil says:
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    Zuccarello for 3 points Thurs vs the Jets and their depleted blueline

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I like it, good luck!

  6. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    12 teamer with hits/blocks/points as additional category/PPP/ added h2h. have these D men for 6 starting slots (morrissey i’ll now be wasting 2/100th of the yearly moves on here, bad info claims he’s out tuesday so i dropped c.miller who i had added when he was DTD last time out). dobson is up now and playing at least as much as fabbro and 2 hits while fabbro does almost none of the hits/blocks so far.
    seabrook/kling/gardiner/edler/dougie/fabbro
    IR/IR+ (2 each): morrissey

    add dobson here in case he keeps this up and maybe drop fabbro or seabrook later?

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      sorry, bad info claimed he was IN tuesday, then later ruled out again.

      • Chris says:
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        Tarasenko @OTT Thursday for the 3 points challenge!

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          Good call, good luck!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I really don’t like Seabrook, I’m not sure he even gets to 20 points without PP time, which he’s not getting now, but he’s also a monster in hits and blocks so it depends if you need them.

      I’m torn on Dobson v Fabbro. I think I slightly prefer Dobson in this format, but he doesn’t have Fabbro’s upside if he starts to get PP time eventually, so it depends what you’re looking for. I’d probably go Dobson and then if Josi or Ellis go down, or the Preds make a switch, make the move back?

  7. Jaco says:
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    Yo I have always used Razzball for Greys baseball content but I’m enjoying the hockey side of things I wish I would’ve done it sooner!

    I am a Byfuglien owner in a Yahoo bangers league and I am currently running 3D as I dropped Cernak for Neal last night. Any suggestions on who to drop for a D? Or should I just painfully wait out the Byfuglien news. There are some good D men on the wire. My team and notable free agents are below:
    Cats are: g, a, +\-, ppp, shg, pim, shots, hits
    C- Seguin
    C- Stamkos
    LW – Svechnikov
    LW- B. Tkachuk
    RW- Kessel
    RW- Tarasenko
    D- Krug
    D- Ghost
    D- Petry
    D- empty 🙁
    B- Byfuglien
    B- Trocheck
    B- Neal
    B- Palmieri
    B- Lee

    G- Vasi
    G- Dubnyk

    Free agent D men:
    Hronek, Pulock, Pionk, Cernak (need PIMS), Gudas, Toews, Shattenkirk, Colin Miller, Schultz

    Thanks for the help!

    • Viz

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      Thanks, glad to hear you’re enjoying it! It sounds like Buff won’t be back any time soon, definitely at least a month a way, so I think you have to grab a defenseman. It’s too long of a time span to miss that many starts when volume is key in fantasy hockey. I guess I would be dropping Palmieri to do this? Don’t love it, but he’s your worst guy I think.

      As to who I’d grab, if you really need PIMs, then I would be grabbing Gudas over Cernak. Otherwise, in general, I think Schultz would be my top choice with Hronek a close second. The bottom of your roster should be filling your team needs, so if you think you need PIMs, I think Gudas over Cernak would be my choice.

      • Jaco says:
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        Thanks Viz!

        Based on what you said I am between Lee and Palmieri for drops. They are very similar but I feel Palmieri is better over the course of the year in terms of shots and PPP, considering he missed time last year. Plus, devils are going to be better.

        I like Cernak due to the massive amount of hits and the fact that he will help out with +\- almost undoubtedly weekly. Haven’t seen much out of Gudas this year yet…it’s hard to have a team with two pim gods (him and Wilson)

        I am intrigued by Pulock tho. If I drop Palmieri it would be interesting to have two PP1 guys from NY

        • Viz

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          Odds are Palmieri will be better in those categories, yes. Not convinced the Devils will be better than the Isles this year. They were so far ahead last year that even if they regress and the Devils improve (both should happen), it may not be enough. Also, Palmieri is already off the first line, and while the second isn’t bad, it’s not as good as being with Hall.

          You can go either way on that one, I just said Gudas because you said you needed PIM and he should be better there than Cernak.

          Pulock definitely has more offensive upside than those two, but he’s not locked into keeping that role, Toews or someone else can take it away. He’s also really good in hits, but the PIM aren’t there. And Hronek has more offensive upside than any of these guys, but as I said before, it really comes down to what categories you’re looking for.

  8. Matt says:
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    Delights: Zibanejad, Svechnikov, Sergachev
    Disappointments: Meier (my 3 pt. pick still have 0 points for the season), Bobrovsky, Q. Hughes, Gostisbehere.

    ESPN 10 team Rotisserie League (G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, ATOI, SOG, W, GAA, SV%) Currently in 1st.
    (9 Forwards, 5 Defensemen, 1 Utility, 2 Goalies, 5 Bench, 0 IR)

    My defense is kind of duck taped together this season: C. Makar, Sergachev, DeAngelo, Ghost Bear, Q. Hughes.

    And my bench consists of Kadri, Dadonov, Kreider.

    Question 1: Would you drop any of my defensemen? D. Orlov/J. Slavin/C. Fowler? I’m absolutely loaded at Forward (P. Kane, Marchand, Matthews, Hall, Scheifele, Meier, Svechnikov, Forsberg, Laine etc.) Goalies are F. Andersen, and Duck Hunt (J. Gibson)

    3 pt. : It’s ok to laugh. but I’ll go Timo Meier again because I’m a complete idiot and my beloved Blackhawks suck at defense. What a shit pick but I can’t think of anyone else.

    • Matt says:
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      D. Orlov, J. Slavin, C. Fowler are free agents**

      Viz

      Will you also be making picks win Divsions? Conference? Lord Stanley? Hart/Calder/Vezina/Richard/Norris

      Fantasy MVP/Bust/Sleeper

      • Viz

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        Nah, I’d be holding your defensemen over what is out there. Not really a fan of any of those three guys.

        I like the Meier pick again, I’m being stubborn too with the Sharks.

        I can include those picks in my Friday morning daily notes

  9. toolshed says:
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    I own eric staal in a salary cap pool. He is at 3.5m. I took him out of my lineup this week. Should I he concerned with his slow start. He is older and I am not sure how much left he has in the tank. How long would you give him? There are a few other options I can add who are younger for roughly the same price. He did have 70+ points 2 year ago and I thought he’d be around 60 this year. Thanks

    • Viz

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      He’s played two games, I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a slow start yet. He deserves a couple more weeks at least. He had 52 points last season and doing that again with some upside from there is a reasonable projection

  10. Niceguybilly says:
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    I’ll take Taylor Hall vs his old team.

    • Aurelius says:
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      O’Reilly @OTT for three points.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Sounds good, good luck!

  11. nightpandas says:
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    Hey Viz

    I’m in a 15 team league roto keep 5 (only one can be a goalie)

    We start 2 goalies (164 max games played)

    Cats are GS W L GAA SV% SHO

    My goalies are Rinne, Reimer, Elliot, Subban

    Got an offer of Georgiev and a 7th rounder next year for my Subban and 2nd rounder.

    What do you think, I’m competitive this year even though I had no first 6 round picks.

    Forwards: Pettersson, MacKinnon, JT Miller, Huberdeau, Wheeler, Buchnevich, Palmieri, Zuccarello
    Def: Ellis, Hronek, Shattenkirk, Petry, Girard

    Start 2C, 2LW, 2RW, 3D, 2Util, 2G

    • Viz

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      I’d probably pass, I don’t think Georgiev is that much better than Subban to be giving up what is the equivalent of a 7th round pick (after keepers) next year, especially with the games played cap.

      • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins?) says:
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        plus georgiev has shesterkin problems in not that long probably. or shestyorkin (similar to guriyanov these names have both been used, like otani/ohtani too)

  12. Chet says:
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    I’ll go with today’s headliner, James Neal, vs NJ.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Then he would be the Real Deal again! Good luck!

  13. Hardcore Wailers says:
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    3-point challenge: Alex Debrincat

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Sounds good, should be a high scoring game. Good luck!

  14. Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins?) says:
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    bergeron tonight.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Sounds good, good luck!

  15. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Brayden Point for the 3 Pnt!

  16. Euroalien says:
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    I’ll take DeBrincat for 3 pts tonight

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