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.
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!