Cory Schneider has been a mainstay among the top of goaltending rankings for the past few years in fantasy hockey. To say this year has been a disappointment to this point would be quite the understatement. The good thing is that there’s plenty of time for him to turn the tide. Schneider had his first shutout of the season on Thursday making 16 saves in the 4-0 win over the Flyers. Yes, it was a great spot for the Devils but regardless, they took it to the Flyers and Schneider stepped up when called upon. I would ask Schneider’s owner about a trade and see if you can buy low on him. He’s established himself as a true #1 fantasy goalie for years and I think he plays that way the rest of the season. Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two days:
Andre Burakovsky – Goal and an assist with five shots. Only played 12:32 in a shootout game so I’m still hesitant. The upside is definitely there though so streaming is still worth it.
Lars Eller – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM. He’s one of those guys who leaves me wanting for more all the time. Nothing here for fantasy at the moment.
Braden Holtby – 36 saves on 38 shots in the 3-2 SO loss to Philly. Five straight quality starts for Holtby who is starting to come on big time.
Claude Giroux – Goal on eight shots with two PIM over two games. The stat line is strong across the board.
Steve Mason – 36 saves on 38 shots getting the win Wednesday, 6 saves on 8 shots before getting pulled in the 4-0 loss to the Devils. He’s been overworked lately so I’m not surprised he laid an egg on Thursday. The break here should do him wonders.
Cam Talbot – 34 saves on 36 shots in the 3-2 win over Arizona. The Oilers finally beat the Coyotes! 25 game skid without the Oilers winning in regulation snapped. Talbot is a clear as day #2 goalie.
Zack Kassian – Two assists with two shots and twelve PIM. He’s a solid deep league option for PIM and hits but that’s it.
Mark Letestu – Goal and two assists with seven PIM. Gordie Howe hat trick! Letestu played over 17 minutes and is getting big time on special teams so he’s a solid streamer.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Goal and an assist with four shots. I feel like the best has to be yet to come for OEL. The biggest key is getting those shots back up.
Martin Hanzal – Goal on four shots with nine penalty minutes. I thought it would be a better overall line for Hanzal if he was healthy but he’s still a solid streamer.
Radim Vrbata – Two assists with five shots and two PIM. I’m still holding tight for the big shot totals and solid assists.
Cam Ward – 22 saves on 23 shots in the 3-1 win over the Sabres. Yawnstipating effort from Buffalo with Ward being the beneficiary. It’s still bottom end but worth owning.
Jeff Skinner – Goal on three shots. He’ll be a top 30 forward at the end of the calendar year becoming one of the best mid round values.
Robin Lehner – 31 saves on 33 shots taking the loss. Can a brother get some goal support? Except in the shootout, it wouldn’t do Lehner any good because he’s stopped as many shots as I have in the shootout this year. No, that’s not good.
Michael Cammalleri – Assist and four shots with five penalty minutes. He’s slowed down quite a bit but it’s still worth holding for the time being.
Adam Henrique – Goal and an assist with four shots and ten PIM. Man, Philly really brings it out in guys, huh? Henrique and Cammy with big PIM? I talked about Henrique being worth grabbing a week ago and this solidifies things.
P.A. Parenteau – Goal and an assist. Definitely worth streaming as long as he’s in the top six.
Sidney Crosby – Goal on five shots. He seems good at hockey. Hot take from me.
Matt Murray – 17 saves on 23 shots in 43:35 before getting pulled in the 7-1 loss to Columbus. This game was 1-1 halfway through before CBus just steamrolled the Pens. I have no concerns going forward.
Brandon Dubinsky – Two assists with three shots. That’s five assists in his last three games but I’m still only streaming.
Sam Gagner – Two assists with four shots. I still can’t explain how Columbus is doing this but Gagner needs to be held in fantasy at this point.
Scott Hartnell – Hat trick on four shots with four PIM. He’s been one of the rare disappointing Blue Jackets with a dropoff in shots and PIM. It’s okay to stream but that’s it right now.
Brandon Saad – Goal and an assist with two shots. Five category beast.
Alexander Wennberg – Two assists with a shot. Nothing has changed for Wennberg, he’s excellent in assists but the shots are dreadful.
Sergei Bobrovsky – 25 saves on 26 shots in the win. Yessiree Bob! His numbers are even better than his Vezina winning year at the moment.
Devan Dubnyk – 32 saves on 34 shots in the 4-2 win over the Canadiens. What a bum, 2 goals against and a .941 sv% lowers his season totals.
Mikael Granlund – Two assists with a shot. With 23 points in 32 games, you can definitely hold him if you can stomach the low shots and near-zero PIM.
Jason Zucker – Goal and an assist with six shots. Zucker is up to +20 on the season with solid points. I prefer to stream but it’s not the worst hold in the world.
John Gibson – 16 saves on 18 shots in the 2-1 OT loss to the Sens. The New Year brings 5 straight home games for the Ducks, 8 of 10 and 10 of 14 total in January. Looks like a great buy low spot for Gibson.
Mike Hoffman – Overtime winner on his only shot. He was back in the top 6 and should return to his previous value in no time.
Mike Condon – 24 saves on 25 shots earning the win. The
Condom Condon has been strong lately but it’s still only “desperate for starts” in my mind.
Andrei Vasilevskiy – 21 saves on 23 shots in the 5-2 win over the Blues. It’s his job for 3-4 weeks so make sure to pick him up and roll him.
Jonathan Drouin – Two goals and an assist with five shots. Oh baby, the time is now. I’ve wrote about it for a while but this opportunity to be the focal point offensively is massive for his value. Like I said earlier in the week, it should push top 50 the rest of the year.
Valtteri Filppula – Two assists with two shots and two PIM playing almost 22 minutes. It’s really not far off from Wennberg at this point. If you need assists, he’s an excellent option.
Victor Hedman – Three assists with a shot. Talked about him on the podcast in my Norris discussion; it’s under the radar but Hedman has been terrific.
Anton Stralman – Two assists with a shot. I wouldn’t hold right now but he could play to the point where he’s bottom end again.
Tuukka Rask – 29 saves on 30 shots in the 3-1 win over the Panthers. Nice bounceback from Rask who has been struggling quite a bit lately. I’m perfectly fine holding and fine trying to sell high.
Patrice Bergeron – Goal on two shots. Please turn it up in the second half for the owners you’ve buried to this point. Signed, everyone who owns Bergeron.
Torey Krug – Two assists. The stat line would be incredible if he could just score at a rate normal to his shot totals.
Jaromir Jagr – Assist and four shots moving to #2 all-time in points by himself. The heater is real for the Panthers first line.
James Reimer – 30 saves on 32 shots in the loss. Two strong games in a row for Reimer who could become the goalie I hoped for in the preseason in the second half.
Peter Budaj – 28 save shutout in the 4-0 win over the Predators. Roll the man until he loses his job, plain and simple.
Michael Hutchinson – 22 saves on 23 shots in the 4-1 win over the Canucks. Hutchinson is still bad at hockey and I discount performances against the Canucks.
Nikolaj Ehlers – Two goals and an assist with three shots. He’s the forgotten man in Winnipeg but damn, he’s pretty f***in good.
Mathieu Perreault – Assist with three shots and six PIM. Great streamer at the moment with the upside to be a hold as he’s been in the past. At this point, it’s mostly a matter of staying healthy.
Friday Streamers – Not much of a need with 12 games on the slate but if you have an empty slot or two and need a push on the last day of the week, here are my top three options:
Martin Hanzal (13.5%) – If you’re in a battle for plus-minus, look elsewhere but otherwise Hanzal is an excellent option.
Mark Letestu (7.9%) – It’s not the best spot against the Sharks but his minutes / role / heat are enough for me to stream him.
Sven Baertschi (3.3%) – Hit on him the other day so I’m going back to the well hoping for a revenge game on the team that drafted him.
That’s all for now guys. With no games on Saturday through Monday, I will probably put out my daily notes on Friday’s games plus other recent news on Tuesday morning. Then I’ll be back on Wednesday recapping Tuesday’s action. I’m also unsure of the podcast schedule yet; I need to figure out with Reid if it’ll be only one podcast next week or two. You can find Friday’s podcast here Anyways, as always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below. Most importantly, I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. I’m very thankful for all of the people who read these posts and make me feel like everything I do here is worthwhile. Take care everyone and enjoy the holiday weekend!