Before Wednesday, three of Cory Schneider‘s last four starts have been disappointing, especially factoring in for the opposition.  Naturally, when he goes against one of the highest scoring teams in the league, he locks it down completely.  Schneider had a 36 save shutout against the Senators on Wednesday night placing him in the top 10 in the NHL in wins, GAA and sv%.  The Devils can thank Schneider for being in a playoff spot at the new year.  Here’s what else I saw on Wednesday night:

Jonathan Bernier – 39 saves on 41 shots in the 3-2 shootout win over the Penguins.  One night he gives up 6 goals, the next he steals the game for the Leafs.  He started last minute because James Reimer had an injury setback.  What a mess.  Even with this start, Bernier has a save percentage under .900 and a goals against well over 3.  Pass.

Tyler Bozak – Assist with four shots and two PIM.  Absolutely unbelievable that he has 25 points in 32 games and a positive plus-minus.  He now has 11 points in his last 10 games and probably has become a must-own in 12’ers.

Nazem Kadri – Assist with six shots.  Still grabbing Kadri where he is available.

Leo Komarov – Assist with four shots and two PIM.  Somehow Uncle Leo is still available in plenty of leagues as well.

Dion Phaneuf – Goal on six shots and four PIM.  Phaneuf has been a great defenseman for the bottom of your roster this season.  Lots of assists, great PIM total and an above average shot rate for a defenseman.

Sidney Crosby – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM.  It feels like January could be a month where Crosby averages 1.5+ points per game.  Then again, that could be indigestion.  I’ll bet on the former.

Chris Kunitz – Goal on three shots.  Meh.  He’s on the first line but he’s not on the first power play unit and that really hurts his value.  I’m leaving him on the wire in 12’ers unless your league counts hits.

Jack Eichel – Two assists and six shots.  Oh baby, he’s heating up as the assists are starting to come in (as they inevitably would).  That’s eight points in his last five games with the shots steadily increasing.  I like Eich.

Zemgus Girgensons – Goal and an assist with three shots.  He’s been used in a shutdown role this year so the offense has been very disappointing.  However, he was put on a line with Eichel yesterday and on the power play so this situation is worth monitoring.  He was on a 20 goal pace last season on one of the worst offensive teams in NHL history before a late season injury.  There’s potential here.

Marcus Johansson – Goal and an assist with seven shots and two PIM.  He looked great throughout the game and was rewarded playing over 20 minutes.  He’s right on the fringe of 12’ers solely because of the lack of penalty minutes.

Alex Ovechkin – Two goals on ten shots with four PIM.  Greatest goal scorer ever.  Period.

Evgeny Kuznetsov – Two assists with six shots.  He’s now top 10 in the league in assists with a +18 and career best shot rate.  Yay for having him ranked high in the preseason.

Michael Cammalleri – Two goals on his two shots.  He had been ice cold so it was great to see him score both non-empty net goals for the Devils.  The drop in shot rate is alarming but it shouldn’t last.

Travis Zajac – Assist with a shot.  Not the greatest stream ever but you’ll take getting a point from a streamer.

Dan Boyle – Goal and an assist with a shot.  I’m still holding him (I said he was must-own last week) despite the return of the injured Rangers defenseman until I see how the minutes are dispersed now.  Boyle still played 19 minutes yesterday which would be plenty for him to maintain value.

J.T. Miller – Assist and a shot.  Not the greatest stream ever but you’ll take getting a point from a streamer.  And that’s me repeating me!

Rick Nash – Goal on his only shot plus two PIM.  I’m expecting a big second half from Nash.  With his shot rate, not getting to 30 goals would be a big disappointment.

Viktor Stalberg – Goal and an assist with five shots.  And here’s your Viktor Stalberg note for the year!

Keith Yandle – Assist with three shots.  Only played 13:44 which is incredibly disappointing.  There’s a ton of talent there but with the way the Rangers have played defensively lately, it’s not a surprise that an offensive first guy like Yandle is getting less minutes.

Mats Zuccarello – Goal on two shots.  Zucc now has more goals than last season.  In 40 less games.  I guess that will happen when you shoot 25% on the season.

Nikita Kucherov – Two assists with a shot. He’s on fire <NBA Jam voice>!

Anton Stralman – Goal and an assist with two shots.  The Rangers must be kicking themselves for resigning Dan Girardi instead of Stralman.  Girardi has fallen off a cliff (expected by pretty much everyone given his style) but Stralman is playing outstanding.  Unless Victor Hedman goes down, I’m not owning him in 12’ers.  If Hedman does go down, he’s immediately must own.

Claude Giroux – Goal on three shots.  Right after he starts to find consistency, he goes pointless in five straight until last night.  I’m not worried about Giroux, it just doesn’t look like this will be a point per game season.

Brent Burns – Goal on five shots.  You beautiful bearded bastard you.

Logan Couture – Two assists on four shots in his return from injury.  If for some reason he’s available, immediately grab him.  He’s a good trade target if his owner is frustrated by the injuries this year.

Joe Pavelski – Two goals on four shots.  There’s no stopping the Big Pavelski right now.  He’s already up to 20 goals on the season.

Joe Thornton – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM.  Jumbo Joe is almost on pace for another 60 point season.  What a career he’s had and his playmaking abilities are still top notch at 36.

Patrick Marleau – Two assists with three shots.  The return of Couture should help out Marleau immensely as almost half of his points this year have been on the power play.

Thursday Streamers: There’s a nine game slate on New Years Eve including some games at 6 PM EST so make sure your lineup is set ahead of time.  Here are my top streamers of the night:

Marcus Johansson (47%) – This is much a higher percentage than I usually go with but with Johansson being available in over half of ESPN leagues, he’s worth mentioning as the clear top option.  He looked great last night and gets to play a Carolina team that the Capitals should surely dominate.

Rickard Rakell (1.1%) – He’s still on the first line and first power play unit and gets to play an Oilers team who’s struggling defensively right now.

Zemgus Girgensons (0.7%) – I talked about him above.  I’ll take the chance that he gets the same opportunities tonight.

That’s all for now guys.  I will be back on Monday with a massive recap of the action from Thursday through Sunday.  As always, please ask any questions you have or leave any comments below.  I hope everyone has an excellent New Years Eve tonight.  Hopefully you can sneak some hockey in (I’ll be going to Sabres vs Islanders, Go Sabres!) either tonight or tomorrow for the Winter Classic.  Take care everyone!

  1. Worlds First Analrapist says:
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    Hey Viz, Happy New Year!!!! Solid write up as always.

    12-team, non-keeper league, offensive categories are G, A, +/-, PPP, SOG, Hit, Block.

    Would you drop Zibanejad, Henrique, Skinner, or Pirri for Marcus Johansson or Bozak? We don’t count PIM.

    Cx2- Crosby, Getzlaf
    LWx2- Duchene, Nyquist
    RWx2- Kucherov, Wheeler
    UTILx2- Sean Monahan, Dylan Larkin
    Dx4- Klingberg, Stralman, Hamilton, Boyle
    Gx2- Holtby, Niemi, Lehtonen

    Bench (F)- Zibanejad, Henrique, Komarov, Skinner, Pirri
    IR- Jaden Schwartz

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Worlds First Analrapist: Sorry for the late response. Thanks a lot, I appreciate it. I would drop Pirri for Johansson at this point and would hold the rest.

  2. PancakeMaker says:
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    Happy new year Viz! As a guy who owns Ryan Johansen Torts is killing me, think Columbus is gonna trade him to a more favorable place to play before the deadline this year?

    • Viz

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      @PancakeMaker: Thanks a lot. I would lean towards no as the Jackets are starting to play better and Johansen is producing, even in a limited role. It’s very frustrating as someone who owns Johansen. Sorry for the late response.

      • PancakeMaker says:
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        @Viz: No worries at all, I’ve been toying with the idea of shopping him around my league but I don’t think I’m quite ready to commit to that yet. At least stop jerking around his playing time Torts!!!!

  3. Surfer dude says:
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    Hi, for the rest of this season, who would you rather have, Hellebuyck, Gibson, F.Anderson, Domingue, or Talbot – thanks.

    • Viz

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      @Surfer dude: Gibson by a decent amount over Hellebuyck. My Monday article leads off about Gibson so check that out! It’s clear he’s must own at this point. You’re welcome.

  4. What's a Drexl? says:
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    palat/savard back. in 12 teamer with hits/blocks/PPP/faceoff wins/ pts as it’s own category along with other standard stuff. start 4 C/ 2 of each winger/ 1 any winger/ 1 forward/ 1 util/ 5 D. keep 6 per year, no round costs
    C – stastny/bozak/fisher/thornton/turris/plekanec/rakell
    RW – zibanejad/tatar/draisaitl/abdelkader
    LW – beleskey/lucic/perrault
    D – weber/demers/muzzin/maatta/k.miller/wideman/hainsey
    For d.savard and palat i’m guessing my drops are hainsey/rakell?

    • What's a Drexl? says:
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      @What’s a Drexl?: oops, we start 6 D, not 5, so 7 total makes sense.

      • Viz

        Viz says:
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        @What’s a Drexl?: Sorry for the late response. I agree that it’s those two as drops. Your team is so loaded that I don’t think it’s that close with faceoff wins being included.

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    somebody just dropped palat in 10 team dynasty. hits/blocks/shots/goals/assists/faceoffs but no PIMs or PPP/SHP. start 3 of each forward, 1 util, 4 D, 1 goalie (3 active goalies max at any time). trying to see if i have a drop.
    C – horvat/bozak/kadri/brassard/vermette (grabbed when both hanzal is out and jarnkrok got moved down the lines lately)
    LW – hartnell/marleau/komarov/steen/d.sedin/fabbri/a.lee
    RW – wheeler/perry/okposo/forsberg/hudler
    D – weber/hedman/josi/de haan/e.johnson
    G – dubnyk/lehtonen/greiss (have rotated this last spot a lot with mason/c.johnson/ullmark/
    RES – hanzal/pavelec

    2. other than palat thing, which two out of my greiss/lehtonen -plus markstrom/mason/ramo/condon? we have saves/wins/GAA/SV %/shutouts, so getting more saves is a big thing, i’m only 6th in starts and saves. roto here as well.

    • Viz

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      @goodfold2: Hmm. I think Palat should probably be owned but it’s closer with the added categories. I don’t really see someone you should drop if you need Vermette for the faceoff wins. In a dynasty, I’m not cutting your current worst guys. Maybe cut Hudler? He’s been pretty disappointing and doesn’t add much in the majority of categories.

      Sorry, I’m a bit confused to your question for the goalies. I would rank them Greiss, Lehtonen, Ramo, Markstrom, Mason, Condon so hopefully that helps. You could flip Ramo and Markstrom if the number of starts doesn’t matter much.

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        @Viz: nah you got it right, those two at the top are the two i have right now. c.johnson just got dropped again (he’s being flipped around by at least 3 teams lately). about what i thought, greiss is having bad games lately, and of course when halakness comes back i jump to ramo or markstrom. i was thinking hudler for palat also, but that would leave me with only 4 RW total eligible guys and 4 LW only along with 4 C/LW guys and already having center pretty well covered. greiss and lehtonen had a truly ugly game today, very lucky for me dubnyk’s game started only an hour later and he was announced in time, as it was a back to back for him and i was close to assuming he wasn’t gonna play and put in greiss or lehtonen. also, i forgot , for goalies we don’t have wins either. so save volume starts to become a tie breaker over ratios if they are close.

        i do need to find a RW to replace hudler with, got these options currently: dale wiese (i can RES stash him if he’s best option), r.smith, kevin or jimmy hayes, j.hansen, lindholm

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          @goodfold2: to this point weise/r.smith are highest ranked by our league specs, and they have nearly identical stats, both with less overall pts than hudler, but since i’m leading the league in assists by 11, but down to leader in goals by 24, i’d say since weise/r.smith help in every other category than assists (better goals, shots, hits, blocks) and somebody in this group more useful to me than hudler. It’s crazy, besides a few hits these two are nearly identical in all stats.

          • Viz

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            @goodfold2: That’s good you dodged that bullet with goalies. I think I’d take the shot on R. Smith then, I was going to say him or Hansen. I just can’t see Weise keeping up this production.

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