Hello Razzballers! Reid and I are back to hit you with some hockey knowledge! We open up with a quick talk about NBC’s hockey coverage before we give a thorough breakdown of Tuesday’s games. We look at all 12 games and give our biggest takeaways from all of them. Among the highlights are the Rangers rolling the Blues, the disappointment of Oilers-Leafs (besides for Nazem Kadri owners), the upset wins for the Sabres and Coyotes plus Nashville finally stepping up in a big way. We wrap things up with our Three Point Challenge picks, be sure to leave yours in the comment section. All of that and more in the newest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Halloween is always a good reminder to do a check in with your team, and in particular the rookies, to see who is the real deal and who is just a dude walking around with an ax and wearing a cheap goalie mask.
One reason to look at the rookies at this point is because of the Collective Bargain Agreement rules on entry level contracts. Essentially, once a rookie plays 10 games for the big league club, their entry level contract begins. If, however, the team decides to send them to their minor league team (or to Juniors), then the contract start slides to next year. At this point, most of the rookies have hit around eight games played, so it’s the perfect time to assess whether or not they can help your team out.
The first few guys here aren’t going anywhere, obviously. But what about those closer to the fringe…?Please, blog, may I have some more?
I have a question for everyone reading this. Is two 4 point games in a week good? That’s what Nikita Kucherov has done after Tampa’s blowout of the Islanders on Tuesday. Kucherov stuffed the stat sheet with two goals, two assists, five shots and two penalty minutes in the 6-1 win. That now puts him in a tie for the league lead in points with 12 in 9 games. Yeah, this kid is really good and at 23 years old, it’s only going to get better. That’s why he was 18th overall for me in the preseason and is a borderline top 10 player in dynasties. With his time on ice and the power of the Lightning offense, it’s going to be a great year for Kucherov owners. Let’s take a look at what happened around the league on Tuesday night before we close things out with Wednesday streamers.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hey everyone! Reid and I are back and after a quick review of something being thrown on the field at the Bills game, we start looking at a bunch of different things around the league that happened over the past five days. Devan Dubnyk piling up shutouts, Tuukka Rask winning every game and the goalie situations for the […]Please, blog, may I have some more?
I said on Friday that I don’t like leading off with the same person back to back, let alone the same month. Well, Devan Dubnyk deserves to be the lede again with his third consecutive shutout on Saturday stopping all 29 shots against the Stars. For those of you who own Dubnyk in weekly head to head leagues, congrats on winning the goaltending categories this week! Three starts, three shutouts for my most frequently owned goaltender, go me! In the big picture, this doesn’t really change things for me; Dubnyk is a #1 goalie and will continue to be so. While it matters less in fantasy hockey (it still has an impact for streaming and matchups), this shows me that the Wild are for real this season. I harped on it in the preseason and on the podcasts (mostly the over-under) but Bruce Boudreau does amazing things for hockey teams. I’m sure we’ll be talking about it on Tuesday’s podcast. Anyways, let’s take a look at everything that happened around the league this weekend.Please, blog, may I have some more?
In my preseason rankings, this is what I wrote about Mitch Marner and his teammate William Nylander. “Putting them back to back because I’m unsure which one will be on the second and third line. Either way, I think there is value there in redrafts but the one in the top six could end up a hold.” Well, it turns out Marner was that guy but both are clear holds at this point. Nylander has been getting the attention with Auston Matthews but Marner has equally impressed me. In my season preview for the Leafs, I said the following: “Marner, the fourth overall pick in 2015, is an incredible offensive talent. He had over two points per game this season in the OHL with 39+77 in 57 games along with 68 PIM. In standard redrafts, I like drafting Marner late. He won’t have the hype that the other young guys do but could be just as good as a rookie, if not better.” And that’s me quoting me again! In the 3-2 Leafs win on Thursday, Marner dished three assists and added two shots and two penalty minutes. This brings his totals up to 6 points in 7 games with above average shots and great PIM in the early going. Clearly he needs to be held right now and is elite in all dynasty formats. Also, shoutout to frequent commenter Shitwolf for being the first person to ever get a player correct for the Three Point Challenge! Nothing like somebody getting it on the first night we do it. Shitwolf and Mitch Marner go down in Razzball history! Here’s what else happened the last two nights in the NHL:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hey everyone! Reid joins me once again to do a thorough breakdown of the games on Tuesday, October 25th. We look at every single game focusing on the emergence of a new first line threat in New Jersey, the Sabres implosion in Philly, the domination of the Wild, Tampa’s big offensive breakout and much more. Now that we’re starting to build up a decent sample, there is more to take away from each game giving us a bigger fantasy hockey impact on a daily basis. Once we get through all of the games around the 50 minute mark, we introduce the Three Point Challenge. To copy what our partners at the basketball side of things has done, every night that the podcast comes out, we will attempt to pick a player outside of the top 10 in points in the NHL that will score 3+ points that night. I know it’s difficult but I’d rather it be tough! Listen to our picks on the podcast and please put your picks in the comments section of this post. All of that and more in the newest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Devan Dubnyk was a big focus of discussion for me in the preseason. I was the highest on him on FantasyPros by 20+ spots over everybody and 80 spots higher than ESPN’s staff rankings. That’s just insane for a player that I have ranked 41st to ESPN’s 122. Anyways, I argued that he was a no-brainer bottom end #1 goalie with the upside for more. Dubs showed what he can do on Tuesday night with a 27 save shutout on the road in Boston. It’s only been 5 starts for Dubnyk so far but after that game, he has a 2.01 GAA, .929 sv% and 3 wins. The Wild are playing excellent hockey in front of him right now and considering that he’s a workhorse, I wouldn’t be shocked if he pushes the top 5 for goaltending at the end of the season. I certainly hope so since I have him on literally every one of my teams! Here’s a look at what else happened on Monday and Tuesday night around the NHL:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hello everyone! Reid joins me once again to look at players who have started on opposite sides of the spectrum. We open up by looking at a bunch of different players who were drafted in all leagues and have started slowly. We look at each player’s current situation and decide whether we’d buy low, sell if we had the player or stand pat. Around the 35 minute mark, we flip the table and look at a set of players who have started off better than expected. Should you sell high on the player? Should you try to target the player in a trade? All of that and more in this edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast. Below are also streamers for Tuesday’s games:Please, blog, may I have some more?
It hasn’t even been two weeks since the regular season started and the hat tricks are already piling up! On Saturday, we had our most recent hat trick in Calgary as new Blue David Perron scored a hat trick on six shots and added an assist in the 6-4 win for St. Louis. Ken Hitchcock shuffled the lines before the game and the biggest beneficiary was Perron getting to play with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz. Obviously it worked out better than anyone could have imagined. Perron was horrible to start last season in Pittsburgh but took off in Anaheim so there is fantasy potential here. For now, if I had room, I would grab Perron just to be able to stream him on Tuesday to see what happens. The Blues play the Flames again who are a complete dumpster fire defensively at the moment so it’s an excellent spot for Perron to produce and there’s a chance he turns into a hold. Let’s take a look at what else happened around the NHL this weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?