The scores of some of the games over the last two days may have been surprising, but nothing compares to Mike Smith going into Smashville and shutting out the Predators.  Smith stopped 43 shots he faced in the 3-0 win over the NHL’s Stanley Cup favorite.  So what do we make of Smith?  Well, facing 43 shots isn’t a recipe for success.  On the other hand, the Flames have a lot of star power, and Bill Peters has a system that generally leads to puck possession (the downfall in Carolina was goaltending, plain and simple).  Smith gave up a bunch of goals to Vancouver last week, so these three games sum him up perfectly.  You never know what you’re going to get, and it’s going to make for a wild ride in head to head leagues.  At the end of the day in roto leagues, he should be a solid #2, especially given the volume he’s likely to get.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the past two nights:

Ryan Dzingel – Two goals on seven shots.  He’s been a solid streamer at times in the past, and now the minutes are the best they’ve been.  I don’t see anything more here, but Dzingel could be usable for stretches.

Dylan DeMelo – Two assists.  Little to no value here.

Patrice Bergeron – Hat trick on four shots with an assist and two PIM.  David Pastrnak had 2+2 while Brad Marchand dished three assists.  This top line is going to ravish the poor teams in the Atlantic (and everywhere for that matter).  They’re a viable GPP stack every game they play.

Charlie McAvoy – Three assists.  I really wish the shots would start coming in, but he’s been good enough that it could cause some issues for Torey Krug when he returns from injury.

Casey Cizikas – Goal and an assist with three shots.  And there’s your annual Cizikas update!

Robin Lehner – 35 save shutout in the 4-0 win over the Sharks.  Lehner is a damn good goalie when he’s on, and there’s a chance that he’s past his mental health issues and plays damn well for the Isles.  Now, the downside is still there, especially with the defense the Isles play, but if you need goalie help, he’s not a bad gamble.

William Karlsson – Two assists with a shot.  He has only four shots in three games.  Obviously that needs improvement for him to sniff a repeat of last year.

Jonathan Marchessault – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Marchessault on the other hand has picked up right where he left off, making me feel good about ranking him so high while keeping Karlsson and Smith lower.

Jack Eichel – Two goals on four shots.  Not the best start at even strength for Jack, but I’m not going to complain about three goals in three games with four shots per.

Kyle Okposo – Two assists.  He looks bad out there; I wouldn’t use him outside of deep leagues.  As a Sabres fan, it bothers me that he played 18 minutes in this game.

Sven Baertschi – Two goals and an assist.  Baertschi is your standard streamer and I don’t see that changing.

Alex Edler – Two assists with two shots and two PIM.  As I talked about Monday, he’s a plus-minus risk, but Edler has the chance to contribute well elsewhere.

Teuvo Teravainen – Two assists with two shots.  Fingers crossed that he can get his shot rate up.

Sebastian Aho – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He’s picked up where he left off last season with at least one point in every game.  Aho looks like he belongs at center which is massive for the Canes’ chances this year.

Jaccob Slavin – Two assists with four shots.  So good in real life, but next to no fantasy value without PP time.

Kevin Labanc – Four assists with three shots.  All of these stats for the Sharks are only from Tuesday’s game since they were shut out Monday.  DeBoer changed the lines on Tuesday, and I think eight goals shows that it helped.  Labanc is an elite streamer with the upside to potentially be a hold.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Two assists.  As I said the other day, I think Vlasic will stumble into enough points playing with Erik Karlsson (2A, 3 SOG) to be owned in 12’ers.

Joe Pavelski – Two goals on four shots.  Slow start for Little Joe before today, but he’ll be fine.

Evander Kane – Two goals on seven shots.  Kane has been terrific in the early going and I see no reason for the shots and goals to stop coming.

Brian Elliott – 40 saves on 48 shots in the 8-2 loss to the Sharks.  Yikes.  I don’t hate Elliott, but there’s a reason I prefer him as a #3 to a 2.

Claude Giroux – Two assists with four shots and two PIM.  Nice of him to salvage a decent day on the power play despite his team getting the beat down.

Wayne Simmonds – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Early returns for my Simmonds as a bust prediction do not look good.  The shots are there and his spot on the top PP unit is locked down with JVR out.  That said, I’m still not in love with him, and he’s given zero PIM.  Time will tell.

Nick Foligno – Tow goals and an assist with three shots and two PIM.  The minutes are huge right now and he’s on the top PP unit.  I’m not rushing to grab him yet, but Foligno is an elite streamer who could turn into a hold.

Alexander Wennberg – Two assists with two PIM.  Sigh, Wennberg has one shot on goal in three games.  He’s simply waiver wire material until that at least reaches 1.5 a game, if not 2.

Johnny Gaudreau – Three assists with two shots.  Great start for Gaudreau with 7 points in 3 games.

Sean Monahan – Two goals on four shots.  Same story as Gaudreau as Monahan has a goal in each game so far.

Connor Hellebuyck – 16 saves on 17 shots in the 2-1 win over the Kings.  Doesn’t get much easier than that for Hellboy as the Jets dominated the Kings all game long.

Morgan Rielly – Four assists with three shots.  Looks like Rielly is finally making the jump people expected when he was drafted fifth overall.  Great chance of him finishing as a #1 fantasy D.

Mitch Marner – Goal and three assists with four shots.  Like the rest of the big guns on Toronto, Marner is rolling now with eight points in the past three games.

Ron Hainsey – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Hainsey playing 18 minutes a game shows why Toronto has been a dumpster fire defensively.  He belongs nowhere near a lineup.

John Tavares – Two goals on three shots.  Nothing can stop him at the moment.

Kasperi Kapanen – Two assists with two shots.  I’m probably holding him if you have the room while he’s with Matthews, but at the least Kapanen is an elite streamer.

Auston Matthews – Two goals on four shots.  All your goals are belong to Matthews!  My 50 goal prediction looks better by the day.

Tyler Seguin – Goal and three assists with three shots.  My man!  You can put me on the board for the Three Point Challenge!  Back to back four points for Seguin as the top line has been unstoppable along with the Stars’ top PP unit.

Alexander Radulov – Goal and two assists with three shots.  The shots are down to this point but one good game gets him back on track.  Again, nothing to complain about with 7 points in 3 games.

Wednesday Streamers:

Max Comtois (2.3%) – He has a point in every game so far this season and the minutes are up with the Ducks decimated.  With only three games on the slate, pickings are tough, so I’ll give Comtois a shot.

Ryan Dzingel (11.0%) – Dzingel has started off hot and while I expect Philly to come out firing tomorrow following their beatdown from the Sharks, I still think Dzingel is worth using.

Calvin Pickard (0.3%) – He should get the nod against Ottawa last night, so if you need a goalie start, Pickard is in a great spot.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Friday recapping the action from Wednesday and Thursday.  I will add in streamers for Thursday to this point either later Wednesday or on Thursday morning.  I will also make a Three Point Challenge pick for Thursday’s games when I post it.  Again, no top 10 scorers from last year.  As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. JakeTPE says:
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    Hey Viz,

    Digging the recaps! Thanks for all the insight!

    Would be nice to get in on some of that Leafs action I think. Would you grab Kapanen and get rid of either Toffoli or Bjugstadt at this early stage?

    12 team H2H, 19 man rosters fwiw.

    Thanks!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @JakeTPE: Thanks, appreciate it! Man, that’s tough. Maybe I was wrong about being able to hold him in 12’ers, but then again you have 4 less guys on your team than standard. Umm, I think I’d hold with what you have just because Kapanen doesn’t have PP time at the moment. The Panthers have still only played the one game, so I want to watch Bjugstad a bit more before cutting bait.

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Viz: Thanks! Yeah, I hate cutting a guy after just one game for the shiny object. Panthers having a relaxing introduction to the NHL season, eh? Hopefully he does something soon. Appreciate the response!

  2. Rich says:
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    Great job, this has become a must-read for me

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Rich: Thanks, appreciate it! Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are the norms, but if there happens to be a lot of games on a Monday or Wednesday night, I’ll have a Tuesday or Thursday post. I just don’t bother if there’s 4 or less games.

  3. Jon says:
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    Hey Viz,

    Would you add Schwartz, Zuccarello, Eberle, Craig Smith, Haula, Nino Niedereiter, Silfverberg, Ferland, Sheary, or Elias Lindholm over Brassard? I think I’m set on centermen but could use another winger. G A +/- PPP SOG HIT

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Jon: Hey Jon, I would definitely be cutting Brassard. His third line role isn’t great, I’d take almost everyone on that list ahead of him. Before the year, I would have definitely taken Schwartz, so I kind of want to stick with him just because I don’t want to overreact to one week of games. I’d lean that way, and I think I’d say Lindholm next if you don’t like Schwartz. He’s solid in hits and playing massive minutes on Calgary’s first line.

  4. Jon says:
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    Would you want Petry, Vlasic, Erik Johnson, Edler, Slavin, Brodie, Niskanen, Matheson, McDonaugh, Alec Martinez over Klefbom or Trouba? G A +/- PPP SOG HIT DEF

    Thanks!

    • Viz

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      @Jon: I’m not a big fan of Klefbom, so I’d probably cut bait. Who you grab really depends on what you’re looking for. Johnson is very good at shots and hits with decent points. Same goes with Edler and Petry although they are both a +/- risk. Vlasic probably gets the most points but he doesn’t get hits. I’d probably go with Johnson, but Petry or Edler are solid too.

  5. Jon says:
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    14 team keeper league salary cap

    Drouin for Martin Kaut and Pavel Zacha

  6. Aardvark says:
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    Drop Shattenkirk for comtois, foegele or Dzingel?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Aardvark: Do you have the extra defensemen to cut for a forward? I’m probably holding Shattenkirk either way because all of those guys seem like flashes in the pan, but want to make sure you’re not screwing yourself if you do make a move.

      • Aardvark says:
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        @Viz: I have
        Ghost bear
        Jon Carlson
        OEL
        Chabot
        Collin Miller
        And Shattenkirk

        Can play 4 d

        • Viz

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          @Aardvark: Gotcha, then I would make a move. I’d only carry 4-5 D if you can start more, there’s no reason to carry two extra, they simply produce far less than forwards. From that list, I guess I would grab Dzingel, but can you send me more guys available on your waiver wire? My guess is there is somebody better out there than hasn’t started as well.

          • Aardvark says:
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            @Viz: highest percent owned are
            Rattie
            Byron
            Krecji
            David Perron
            Conor Sheary
            Bryan little
            Ondrej palat
            Perise
            Tuch
            Heinen
            Tatar
            Kase
            Coyle
            Kevin Hayes

            Then some rookies that aren’t available like
            Tolvenan and zadina

            • Viz

              Viz says:
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              @Aardvark: I’d probably grab the hot hand in Sheary while he’s with Eichel.

              • Aardvark says:
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                @Viz: cool thanka

  7. Tony Stark says:
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    Great job Viz thanks for the recaps!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Tony Stark: No problem, thanks!

  8. Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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    Viz, a guy made me a proposal.
    He will send me W.Karlsson and Colin Wilson for Hischier and Foegele.
    Do I take it?
    He also has Lowry and Marcus Johansson as guys that maybe can replace Wilson.

  9. dubjay says:
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    Hey Viz,
    Guy in my league offered me Holtby, C.Miller and Grubauer for my dubnyk, Crawford and Subban. I said no but was thinking of countering with Holtby for my Dubnyk and simmonds. What do you think? I have Wheeler and Kucherov at RW so dont really play Simmonds right now. Have Dubnyk, Crawford and Raanta in net.

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      @dubjay:
      The other option is to try and turn Simmonds hot start into an upgrade at LW. Currently starting P.L.Dubois and A.Lee with Skinner on the bench.
      I was thinking of trying to buy low on Ehlers, Couture, Landeskog or Couture.

    • Viz

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      @dubjay: I agree with saying no to the first trade. I would be good with that counter if Simmonds is marginalized for you. I wouldn’t mind trying to buy low on one of those players if that guy won’t do Holtby for Dubs and Simmonds. I think I prefer Ehlers assuming he stays on the second line like he should, but I would be fine with any of them.

  10. Chris says:
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    Great work, Viz!

    Boeser has been dropped in one of my leagues. Would you feel comfortable spending 50$ out of 100$ budget available for FA bid this season?
    12 team league, G/A/PPP/GWG/+-/Hits

    Thanks

    • Viz

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      @Chris: Thanks Chris! It depends how deep your benches are and if you can pick players up for $0 or if it has to be $1. I would certainly go for 35+ but if you’re happy with the rest of your team I’m fine with 50. At that point, I’d probably go 51 just in case someone else goes 50 so you don’t lose on a tie, but that’s nitpicking. I’m sure he’ll be the best player who hits the wire all year, so I’d be good going big to lock him down (having PPP as it’s own category helps cancel out the downgrade he has in hits imo)

  11. Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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    same 14 teamer with hits/blocks/PPP added, h2h dynasty

    14 team dynasty with hits/blocks/PPP added.
    C (2)kadri, horvat, carter, ROR, zibanejad
    LW (2) beauvillier (C), skinner (C), schmaltz (C)
    RW (2)sprong, oshie, rattie, senko, eberle (C), marner (C)
    2 W
    1 F
    D (6)ellis, spurgeon, petry, karlsson, edler, pulock, mcdonaugh
    G (2) jarry (yahoo is jerking us around, dude got put in minors on friday, 4 days later still has no NA tag), king H, rinne, lehner (MIGHT BE BACK?)
    prospect list (max 10, 5 of these i just drafted with the 13th in every round pick in the 5 round draft):
    donato, montembeault G FLA, guhle, kostin, gusev and the newest 5: wahlstrom, denisenko, clague D LA, gustavsson G OTT dahlen VAN

    putting that waiver 5 in on palat dropping sprong, but here’s a weird one, as much as goalies are owned in this league, desmith isn’t (for probably the next few hours). jarry always got better prospect grades, and most of the time started over desmith, but for right now desmith is starting. also i’m pretty sure jarry actually IS on PIT (not as yahoo’s blurb indicated in minors as of friday); guessing due to dynasty i need to hold jarry here or no?

    • Viz

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      @Yr Never Too Old for Balloons: He’ll be called up soon, they needed Grant to clear waivers first; Jarry was definitely in the AHL. It’s up to you though, I guess I would hold just because you’re pretty set in net as is, but I think it’s fairly close.

      • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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        @Viz: got lucky, yahoo (after at least 4 full days after he was minored on friday) finally NA tagged jarry, so i slotted jarry and nabbed desmith (very surprised some other team didn’t grab him the minute murray was hurt, i suppose the assumption was that was jarry’s gig and people checked and noticed i owned him), now can have both (well i can’t actually USE jarry yet, but i CAN wait to see which one is starting, and can keep the one who goes to minors when murray is back)

  12. Aardvark says:
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    Do you like Lajoie over Collin Miller?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Aardvark: Still would lean Miller but it’s pretty close, Lajoie has come out of nowhere to have a strong start. I’m mostly afraid of potential plus-minus disaster.

      • Aardvark says:
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        @Viz: do you like lajoie or Robert hagg more?

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          Viz says:
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          @Aardvark: I’d take a shot on Lajoie’s upside

  13. Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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    Hey Viz, I gotta choose between Cholowski, Lajoie, DeMelo, Carrick, Dumolin… Or some other guy with similar own percentage.
    Which one?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva: Hey, I’d take a shot on Lajoie’s upside. The last three guys have all had fluky starts given their minutes / PP time, and Cholowski is missing tonight’s games at least.

  14. Aardvark says:
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    How much faab out of 100 would you bet on mitrelstadt?

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      Viz says:
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      @Aardvark: I wouldn’t go more than $1-2, he looks pretty poor right now and the minutes aren’t there. Wouldn’t mind leaving him on the wire for now either, but the upside is probably worth trying to grab cheap

      • Aardvark says:
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        @Viz: thanks a lot man. One last question would you steal away from a bench defenseman is on the same team as one of your starters? Thinking it might make it harder to use him?

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          Viz says:
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          @Aardvark: No problem.. not sure I follow the question.

          • Aardvark says:
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            @Viz: sorry damn typo. I’m essentially asking if it’s a bad idea to have lajoie if I also have Chabot since they’re on the same team

            • Viz

              Viz says:
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              @Aardvark: Ah okay, makes sense. No, I don’t think it’s a problem. Hockey is such an independent game with on / off ice stuff that neither will have much of an impact on the other, as long as they’re both getting PP time. I don’t see it as a negative or positive having multiple guys on the same blue line. You do get the added bonus of one guy getting a boost if the other gets injured, but obviously you’re not rooting for that to happen.

              • Aardvark says:
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                @Viz: ok man thanks a lot

  15. Jumponit says:
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    Thanks for that – would you trade Schmaltz or Skinner for Jack Campbell, considering Quick is out?

    16 team H2H league with 3 min starts

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Jumponit: No problem! If you’re desperate for help, I wouldn’t hate it for Schmaltz.

  16. Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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    Also Viz, I need a C.
    Have to choose between Lars Eller, Iafallo, Wennberg, Athanasiou, Soderberg, Cirelli, Tierney, Compher, Byron… You know, bottom of the barrel. Which one looks better?

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