As a chance of pace, instead of doing a big weekend recap, I’m going to highlight some injuries, trades, and line shuffling that could have some impact on teams and players for fantasy hockey.  I’ll be back to my usual set of daily notes on Wednesday morning.  Let’s get to it!

Filip Forsberg was the latest Predator to go on injured reserve, as he’s expected to miss around a month with a hand injury.  Kyle Turris is also on IR to add to Subban and Arvidsson.  Brutal for the Preds.  The current setup is Johansen with Fiala and Hartman, while Eeli Tolvanen was recalled and playing with Smith and Jarnkrok.  This is a big opportunity for Tolvanen to come in and produce in an offensive role.  He had a goal and an assist in his first game and is in a fairly good spot against the Sabres tonight.  I would look to grab him in most leagues because he has massive offensive potential.  Ryan Hartman also receives a big boost into solid streamer status, as does Kevin Fiala despite his early season struggles.

Dustin Byfuglien suffered a concussion and is out indefinitely.  Josh Morrissey is currently on the lethal Winnipeg first power play unit, so he needs to be picked up everywhere.  He’s played over 28 minutes in each of the last three games so the points are going to be coming, although it will probably be very assist heavy.  Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers also get a slight boost, although Myers isn’t worth grabbing yet.

John Klingberg will be returning right around Christmas.  That means that we have about three more weeks of Miro Heiskanen running the show there, but right now Gavin Bayreuther is on the first power play unit.  That alone makes him fantasy relevant and a worthy add if you’re looking for PPP.

Ilya Kovalchuk will miss the next four weeks due to ankle surgery.  You can safely cut him unless you have the free injured reserve spot.  I don’t want to grab any Kings in his place.

T.J. Oshie will miss at least the next three games.  He already should be owned everywhere, but Tom Wilson is on PP1 at the moment, even with Kuznetsov returning, so Wilson is a must-start.

Antti Raanta is questionable for Tuesday night’s game.  Adin Hill has been on fire, but Raanta will be the guy when he’s healthy.

Tyson Barrie will return on Tuesday night, meaning you can safely cut Samuel Girard if you grabbed him.

Alex Pietrangelo missed a game with a hand injury.  Just when he started to pick it up, he goes down.  It sounds like he won’t miss many more games, if any, but Vince Dunn gets the biggest boost if Pietrangelo does miss.

Michael Ferland suffered a concussion and has missed the last two games.  Jordan Staal moved up to the first line while Aho slid to the wing.  Not a big fan of this, but it makes Staal a top end streamer.

Timo Meier has missed three straight games with an undisclosed injury, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be out much longer.

Josh Leivo was traded to the Canucks to open up a roster spot for William Nylander.  There’s a chance Leivo could have some fantasy relevance but it depends where he slots into the lineup.  As for Nylander, it’s unclear if he’ll play in Tuesday night’s game against the Sabres, or who he’ll play with.  I would assume he goes back with Matthews, but possibly Kadri.  Either way, Nylander should be owned immediately.  Somebody is going to take a hit in value, and my guess would be that it’s Patrick Marleau, but it could be Kasperi Kapanen.  I’m hoping it’s Marleau since Kapanen has played very well in his increased role.  It’ll be something I touch on in my Wednesday notes to see how Toronto set up.

Daniel Sprong  was traded to the Ducks for Marcus Pettersson.  I am a big fan of Sprong’s potential; the change in scenery should do him some good.  It’s hard to say where he’s going to slot into the lineup at this point, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a chance with Getzlaf at some point.  I’m not rushing to grab Sprong, but I’m definitely watching how the Ducks utilize him.  As for Pettersson, there could be something there eventually, but right now I’m not sure he gets into the Pens lineup, mostly because they won’t bench Jack Johnson after giving him one of the worst contracts I’ve ever seen.

That’s all for now guys.  Feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or make any suggestions below.  I’m currently in California for the next week, so if you’re asking in the morning on the east coast, it might take me a while to answer you.  Rest assured, I will answer all questions as soon as I can.  As mentioned above, I’ll be back Wednesday morning recapping all of the action from the next two nights.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Jonathan says:
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    Who should I start this week?

    W GAA SV% SO- 2 goalie starts required

    Bishop is my lock: EDM, SJ, Vegas ( khudobin vs EDM leaves him SJ and Vegas)

    Allen: EDM, Win, Van ( meh leaning Allen as 2nd goalie)
    Crawford: Ana, Vegas, MTL ( b2b maybe Vegas and MTL)
    Talbot: Dal, Min, STL, Calg ( Maybe he gets 2?)

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Jonathan: Man, that’s tough but probably would have gone Allen if that’s what you decided

  2. dubjay says:
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    Hey Viz,
    What do you think about the Leivo trade for the Canucks? As a canucks fan should I be at all excited about this? What is his upside? I figured Leipsic would be gone soon. He teases every once in awhile with some sick moves but never did quite enough.
    Still stuck with Dubnyk, Raanta and Crawford as my goalies. Been a rough month to say the least. Fallen from 2nd to 5th just based on their play alone.
    Still looking to deal Larkin for another goalie. Lost out on Varlamov as he is heading to another team for Anze Kopitar. Crazy. Set out trade offers for Rask, Holtby and Bobrovsky. Highly doubt those will come to fruition but it cant hurt to ask. Any other keepers you would try to pick up?
    Quick? Price? Hutton? M.Jones? Lundqvist? Murray may be back soon as well.
    Would be a roll of the dice for sure but the Pens want him to be their starter.
    What do you think?

    • Shitwolf says:
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      @dubjay:

      goaltending is tough this year! I own Dubnyk as well… woof! Mcelhinney is my backup and i stream Brossoit. In my league someone dropped Crawford and Luongo but hard to have any faith in either… Yikes!!

    • Viz

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      @dubjay: I think it’s a good flier. He’s produced when given a chance in Toronto the last couple years. At the least, I could see him being a PP guy who needs offensive zone starts on the third line. I wouldn’t touch Quick or Price, but the other three you could. Lundqvist looks great as does Hutton (probably the two teams I watch the most) and Jones is starting to come on.

  3. The Harrow says:
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    pietro is much worse shape than you read, this from probably just after you posted:
    http://rotoworld.com/player/nhl/2555/alex-pietrangelo

    at least now he can get some sleep (had his first offspring in august, and there were 3 of them, so we have a reason why STL and him specifically have been horrible at home). 3-4 hours of sleep or less for home games per night isn’t good.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @The Harrow: Yeah yikes, pretty unfortunate.

  4. Marco Kirillov says:
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    Hey Viz, have to choose 3 LW between C.Wilson, Sheary, Boedker, Leivo and Zykov. Which ones I bet on?
    Thanks again.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Marco Kirillov: I think Sheary is going to be back today, if not their next game, so I’d say him, Wilson and Boedker. I have no idea where Zykov is going to slot into the lineup, and Leivo is on the 4th line right now. I could see this changing in a few weeks, but for now, I’d take the first three.

  5. Shitwolf says:
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    viz how would you rank crawford, luongo and mcelhinney ROS?? i picked up crawford in my stream spot but will need to drop 1 eventually luongo is still on WW…. i feel like every year when owning Dubnyk he goes through a long rough patch… last year i only won my playoffs cuz i dropped Duby and went 1 goalie raanta. He seems to be either really on or really off

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Shitwolf: Oh man, that’s tough. Crawford is getting wrecked because the team in front of him sucks and I’m not sure that changes. I honestly want to gamble on McElhinney, but he has his own risks, so I’ll go Luongo, Mc, Crawford. Don’t feel good about it though. And yeah, Dubnyk has been up and down these last two seasons after being super consistent before that.

  6. Flames4Lyfe says:
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    Rittich seems to be struggling lately with Smith winning his past 3 – is Rittich still a hold in a 16 team league?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Flames4Lyfe: I think so in a 16, but it’s close. Depends what the waiver wire is looking like and how many goalies you start at a time.

  7. Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins) says:
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    sounds like wilson got what he deserved from reaves. hearing it wasn’t the head though but the shoulder, nobody deserves a head shot more than wilson left in the NHL now. marchand might deserve a dog biting him a bit though.

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