Nothing like a revenge game against your former team to get your current team back on track.  Local Razzball favorite Mike Smith saved all 28 shots against his former team leading the Flames to a 3-0 win over the Coyotes.  Smith has been outstanding this point becoming one of the greatest values in fantasy hockey to this point.  The save percentage is among the league’s best and the wins are more than solid.  Since I’m all in on the Flames this year, I don’t see why the team in front of him would get worse.  To make things better, the Flames don’t have a quality backup goalie.  Smith is going to be a massive workhorse going forward and should be a borderline #1 fantasy goalie.  Not bad for someone drafted in the very late rounds.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the previous two nights:

Brad Marchand – Two assists with three shots and four PIM playing over 22 minutes.  The top line for Boston is going to continue to see massive minutes.  They always make a nice DFS stack.

Charlie McAvoy – Goal and an assist playing over 28 minutes.  I don’t think there’s any argument, it’s McAvoy’s blue line now in Boston.

Carey Price – 27 saves on 28 shots against Ottawa, 28 saves on 31 shots against Detroit, both wins.  I speculated that Price wouldn’t get both games of the back to back coming off injury but apparently Julien wanted to stick with the hot hand.  Price is back to elite status.

Brendan Gallagher – Two goals and an assist with four shots over two games.  Still a big Gallagher fan and he’s an elite streamer at worst.

Max Pacioretty – Goal and two assists with seven shots.  He started slow last season only to catch fire so I’m almost expecting it again from Patches.

Anthony Mantha – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Freaking stud.

Antoine Vermette – Two goals with four PIM.  He’s had a big opportunity with the injuries but that changes a bit with Adam Henrique in the fold.  You can hear instant analysis here as Reid and I were recording a podcast as the trade broke.

Kevin Roy – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Not much of a prospect to be honest.

John Gibson – 37 saves on 39 shots in the 3-2 win over the Blues.  Monster performance from Gibson but it’s hard to expect him to put together quality numbers while the Ducks are decimated.

Kyle Brodziak – Two goals.  And there’s your annual Kyle Brodziak update!

Nathan MacKinnon – Goal and an assist with three shots.  He’s been absolutely outstanding this season and isn’t getting the credit he deserves.  We talked about that on the podcast linked above.

Alexander Kerfoot – Goal and an assist.  Decent streamer in general but better for the next week while Gabriel Landeskog is suspended.

Semyon Varlamov – 31 saves on 33 shots in the 3-2 OT win over the Jets.  The wins have been great but the other numbers are truly awful.  I don’t think the wins are sustainable either so I have no faith in Varlamov going forward.

Evgeny Kuznetsov – Two goals on four shots.  Remember when he struggled so much at the beginning of last season.  Thankfully that’s a thing of the past.  Kuznetsov has been outstanding over a point per game with surprisingly great penalty minutes as well.

Marian Gaborik – Two goals.  I used to be a big Gaborik fan but his days of prominence are long in the past.

Trevor Lewis – Two assists.  Lewis has been solid for the Kings this season but there’s little fantasy value here.

Kurtis MacDermid – Two assists with a shot.  The two points are more than he had in his previous 17 career games.  He’s a bruiser so there’s nothing here at all in fantasy.  So I guess this is MacDermid’s annual update, if it’s even annual!

Daniel Sedin – Goal and two assists with four shots.  Blast from the past night for the Canucks as Henrik Sedin dished three assists as well.  The Cyborgs are playing less than 15 minutes every night so there’s little to no fantasy value left for two former superstars.

Brock Boeser – Two goals and an assist with five shots.  Now Boeser on the other hand, yum yum.  He’s the Calder favorite to this point as he pushes back over a point per game on the season.

Loui Eriksson – Two goals on three shots.  Eriksson has surprisingly played well this season, including five goals in the past six games and 9 points in the past 7.  He’s back on the radar and is a quality streamer at the moment.

Craig Smith – Goal and an assist with six shots.  Elite streamer with the new line configurations in Smashville.

Filip Forsberg – Goal on five shots with four PIM.  My prediction of Forsberg setting a new career high in points (I said at least 70 points) is looking great.  He’s been a master of consistency with at least one point in nine of the past ten.  Forsberg is a six category stud right now.

Eric Staal – Two goals on five shots.  Staal is rounding into form with 11 points in the past 10 games.  He’s pushing a point per game and is at three shots per game.  It’s amazing what the move to Minnesota has done to resurrect Staal’s career.  *cough Bruce Boudreau cough*

Devan Dubnyk – 29 saves on 31 shots in the 4-2 win over Vegas.  I still have all the faith in the world in Dubnyk being a middling #1 fantasy goalie at the end of the year.

Mattias Janmark – Two goals on five shots with two PIM.  Solid streamer as long as he’s playing top six minutes and getting PP time.

Radek Faksa – Goal and an assist with three shots.  He’s hotter than a pistol right now and the minutes are increasing accordingly.  Faksa is firmly on the streaming radar.

Patrick Kane – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Bastard couldn’t get three points so I hit the Three Point Challenge!?  Ugh.  Damn South Buffalo native.

Nick Schmaltz – Two assists with a shot for some more streamer success!  Keep using Schmaltz as long as the minutes are up (19 minutes in this game).

William Nylander – Goal and two assists.  Alright, that’s enough Babcock, can you get Nylander back in the top six again?  This playing 11 minutes is getting ridiculous.

Dominic Moore – Goal and an assist.  The geek is much more useful in real life than fantasy.

Jake Gardiner – Two assists with two shots.  Gardiner was great last season but not so much this year.

Auston Matthews – Goal and an assist with two shots.  It’s almost expected from Matthews at this point to get two points in great matchups.

Mark Letestu – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He’s okay in deep leagues for randomly good PPP but Letestu is of no use in standard 12’ers.

Kris Russell – Goal and an assist with four shots, four hits and four blocks.  The worst contract in the league has decent value in fantasy because of the insane blocked shots.  You know, because it’s almost impossible for him to leave his own zone.

Zach Kassian – Goal and an assist with two shots and five PIM.  He’s on a decent streak but it’s completely unsustainable.  Pass on Kass(ian).

Cam Talbot – Missed the game on Thursday with an upper body injury.  Don’t use Laurent Brossoit, the Oilers are a complete mess.

Friday Streamers:

Josh Anderson (15.7%) – He has a point in four straight, the minutes are up, and the Ducks are a mess.  No better time to use Anderson than now, who is a borderline hold.

Vladimir Sobotka (12.6%) – Not the best spot but the Kings are on a second of a back to back and the Blues are playing very well right now, specifically the top two lines.

Alexander Kerfoot (13.8%) – See Kerfoot above.  Solid streamer at the moment, especially since the Devils are susceptible defensively right now.

That’s all for now guys.  As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.  I’ll be back on Monday recapping all of the weekend’s action.  Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

  1. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:

    puljujarvi moved to mcdavid line. 7 shots and nearly 20 mins. add in deep non dynasties (as there’s no way in hell puljujarvi isn’t owned in dynasties)

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:

        @Viz: want to see some batshit shit (unless he was injured of course), check JVR’s minutes last night. WTF

  2. Amory says:

    What is Brock Boeser’s ceiling? I have him and Clayton Keller in a keeper league and wondering what I should expect.

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Amory: Keller has Patrick Kane potential, his ceiling is extremely high. I think Boeser can be a guy who settles into the 60-70 point range on a regular basis with occasionally years higher. I’m higher on Boeser than most, at least thinking his ceiling is higher. I see no reason to doubt him after this hot start

  3. Lackeydrinksonme

    lackeydrinksonme says:

    Hey Big Cat

    What is you rRazzball email? I have a weekend inside with work slowing down and two season’s worth of data that I pulled. I’m taking a look and I think I’m onto something, and can put out another article for Monday. Let me know.

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @lackeydrinksonme: I am going to email you at the email you listed when you made this name to post. Thanks!

  4. JJ says:

    Hey Viz,
    So I’m thinking that it may be time to make a couple of changes on my team. Let Guentzel go and then he exploded. so maybe a fail there. we will see. I am suffering in PIMs and Ws. Ws are a fickle stat so I’m sure that will average itself out. But it would be nice to gain a little ground in the PIMs category. M.Tkachuk was just let go and makes for a tempting pickup. Not sure who I would let go though. Im also not sure about Provorov on D. He is still playing a ton but not getting much PP time and not really helping in +/- or PIMs
    Here is my squad
    C-Stamkos, Scheifele
    LW-E.Kane, N.Ehlers
    RW-Pastrnak, Kucherov
    D-Ghost, OEL, Parayko, Provorov
    Bench-Neiderreiter, Arvidsson, A.Lee
    G-Dubnyk, Gibson, Darling
    Its a pretty solid squad and most of my stats are great. Just suffering in the G stats and the aforementioned PIMs and +/-
    C and RW and pretty set. LW has been a revolving door with Kane usually staying in there and a mix of the other 3 depending upon matchups.
    Id love to grab Tkachuk for his solid play/PIMs but not sure who id drop. J. Anderson is out there as well and seems to bring the same skill set. C.Atkinson was also dropped although he has been struggling. There are some good dmen out there. Fowler, Ekblad, Edler, Myers. Ellis could be a good stash on my IR.
    So what do you think? Do I just have an itchy trigger finger? Or would you make a/some move(s).

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @JJ: Man, I don’t know who you could consider cutting to grab Tkachuk. The only guy up for debate is Nino but he’s been playing extremely well. I think I’d have to leave Tkachuk out there but I would cut bait on Provorov. Ghost just blocks Provorov’s upside so much that I’d grab someone else. Who is tricky and I’d lean towards stashing Ellis and then grabbing one of Fowler and Ekblad, I’d go Fowler with the big minutes lately and 5 points in the past 5. He’s not going to help your PIM though so I would understand not wanting to take him. Maybe you can make a trade for someone who helps you there?

  5. A Wesley Snipes Life says:

    are we sure karlsson didn’t break his foot again or probably something worse than that since about nov 11th or so? maybe somebody stepped on his achilles yet again

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:

      @A Wesley Snipes Life: and my god OTT falling apart appears to be due to karlsson AND it’s been since turris left as well. the duchesne curse goes along. gotta be some correlation on guys demanding trades that just arrived and this. rest of team all notices they lose a good player (turris) for somebody quite willing to tank and/or set himself up as worth more than a team in public.

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @A Wesley Snipes Life: Pretty shocking, the Senators are a mess on the whole right now, but it will turn around soon enough (for Karlsson at least)

  6. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:

    20 team dynasty, need at least 8 PIT players (NA’s don’t count towards this) at all times. hits/blocks/PPG/PPA/SHG/SHA/faceoffs added. real life sized rosters
    C (4) crosby,malkin,turris,couture,desharnais (not a streamer while a top liner)
    LW (4) perlini (RW)/fiala (RW)/pyatt (RW, HAD been good for a while, now on shit line)/meier (RW, like how this guy’s hits are now added to great shot rate)/sobotka (good lord i just noticed how much his shot rate ballooned)
    RW (4) tuch, rust (LW), hornqvist, kessel, bjugstad (keeper while on top line, plus he gets all the stats)
    D (6) letang, goligoski, chychrun, honka, maata, zadorov (streamer)
    G (1) lehner, jarry (and THAT’s why i didn’t drop him even when i’m watching a near dead roster slot till murray got hurt, similar to how i did before when i had fleury)
    IR/IR+ (5 of each) murray, hanzal, fabbri, burakovsky
    NA (max 5) tippett, sprong, kaprizov, mcleod (NJ)

    1. appears pyatt has turned back into a stream slot over desharnais/bjugstad

    2. got an offer of sheary for chychrun, but with honka not doing much, i’m much weaker in D maybe to the point of not wanting to do this one, do already have 9/8th of PIT players. and unless sheary all of a sudden gets hot i can probably do this trade a lot longer in future if i want to. sheary’s stats of
    G = .29
    A = .14
    shots = 2
    hits = .32
    blocks = .36
    PIM = .07
    PPG = .07 (no other special teams points at all)
    these stats are pretty close to….

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Yes on Pyatt

      I think I’d hold off, I’m a big fan of Chychrun long term and like you said, this trade will be on the table later. A goal in his first game is great to see.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:

        @Viz: yeah, when D men (other than ekblad) do well this early on i’d think it means something very good for future, esp on a team this bad as ARI (more so last year on that). sheary’s .14 assist rate on PIT is str up ugly, esp as he plays PP2 as well (yet to have even ONE PP assist)

        • Viz

          Viz says:

          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Agreed, I was a huge fan of Chychrun going into his draft, I still can’t believe he fell that far. Sheary always seemed like a secondary piece to me in Pittsburgh but the fact that, like you said, he’s not piling up assists with his quality of teammate, is almost unfathomable.

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