Injuries this time of year are the main thing we are trying to avoid.  This season probably hasn’t been as bad as last year, but unfortunately two of the best players in the world are going to be out for a while.  Steven Stamkos needed core muscle surgery which will put him out for 6-8 weeks.  That’s right into the first round of the playoffs, so for those of you in redrafts, you can safely cut Stamkos at this point.  Mark Stone is week-to-week with a lower body injury, but DeBoer could only say that he is hopeful that Stone will be back before the regular season ends.  In other words, I’m not counting on it and it would be a bonus if Stone does return.  So who are the beneficiaries?  In Tampa, it’s clearly Ondrej Palat right now as he took Stamkos’ place with Point and Kucherov.  I would own Palat in all formats.  In Vegas, Nicolas Roy is currently with Patches and Karlsson.  Will it stick?  Who knows, but he did score a goal against the Sabres on Friday.  He’s a solid streamer for the time being until we see if he keeps that role.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last few nights:

Victor Olofsson – Left Saturday’s game with an ankle injury.  No update yet, but it did not look good.  Perhaps Jeff Skinner finally gets another chance on the first line?  He’s looked very good lately despite the team’s struggles.

Chris Kreider – Out indefinitely.  It’s a shame as that line was playing like one of the best in hockey.

Leon Draisaitl scored two goals and an assist on Saturday to reach 102 points on the season.  To get to over 100 points before March is remarkable.  Props to him on having a real chance to win the Hart.

Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist against the Wild on Sunday as he continues to push towards Pastrnak for the league lead in goals.  Home ice is quite important for the Caps so I’m not expecting anyone’s workload to be limited in March.  Ovechkin has a great chance at 55+ goals, but will it be enough for another Richard Trophy?

Who is in second place chasing the Caps?  No, it’s not the Pens, but their cross-state rivals in Philly.  They’ve won six in a row, with Carter Hart winning five in a row.  Credit to Alain Vigneault for putting a great defensive system in place as Cart’s 2.51 GAA is very good despite only a .909 save percentage.  If Hart can take a small step forward next year, he could have a top 5 season for goalies.

Joonas Korpisalo is back as the main goalie in Columbus, at least while Elvis Merzlikins is out.  He was solid against the Senators, was brutal against the Wild, and then solid against the Canucks.  He was on a tear before getting injured in December so if he’s available in your league, grab him now.

Who had the Kings beating the Penguins and Golden Knights in the same week?  Certainly not me.  They won both on the back of Cal Petersen, who saved 35 of 36 shots against the Penguins before stopping 42 of 43 against the Golden Knights.  Petersen worked his way into being a top prospect at one point signing with the Kings instead of with the Sabres, who drafted him.  He has a chance to be the goalie of the future for the Kings.  That doesn’t sound great now, but they have one of the best farm systems in hockey and another top pick coming on the way so the Kings could turn it around in a couple years.  In a deep dynasty, Petersen is a nice lotto ticket to have.

Three Point Challenge: Let’s do it for the Tuesday slate of games.  I’m going to take Mitch Marner against the Sharks.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Wednesday with a set of notes for the games the next two nights.  I’ll also have my playoff manifesto coming out starting on Thursday, probably in multiple parts because it usually ends up being the longest post of the year.  As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or make any suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. toolshed says:
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    Is grubauer getting Wally Pipped? For what it is worth francouz stepped into a pretty favorable schedule. Gru was coming on too before he got hurt.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Sounds like he’ll be back in another week or two. I assume they keep it close to a split down the stretch to not wear him down

  2. Gerald says:
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    Viz

    Goal assists points Power play points Plus/minus Shorthanded points Game winning goals hits league

    My defenseman are tyson barrie matt dumba john carlson matias ekholm? would you drop any of them ? for Jake trouba alex edler kevin shattenkirk or esa lindell

    and Would you add any of those defenseman and drop blake coleman or nikita gussev and roll with a 5 man rotation. ?

    • Viz

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      I would go with 4D… I think I’d go with Edler over Ekholm for the hits boost? It’s close there, but I’d definitely hold the other three. I could see letting go of Coleman soon though, he’s worth monitoring

      • Gerald says:
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        Yeah that would be a big boost in hits. Pretty similar numbers Edler 55 GP 30 points plus 10 hits 100 . Ekholm 64 GP 33 points plus 5 48 hits. Ekholm does chip in 2 short handed points and 2 game winning goals.

        Thanks Viz

  3. Shitwolf says:
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    hey brotherman… whos the best IR stash at this point right now i have Rantanen there i had to drop kadri and Teresenko slash Reilly is on the Ww… somehow i have a super stacked D of Giordana Carlson Barrie Letang Weber and Makar.

    Next Monday our playoff starts and run for 3 weeks

    hugs and kisses
    -shitwolf

    • Viz

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      Hey buddy, hope all is well, sorry for delay in answer. I think it has to be Rantanen is still the best stash over all those other guys. I would rank them Rantanen, Tarasenko, Kadri, RoR, Reilly I think given how loaded your D is? Best of luck!

  4. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    MF’er, i def would’ve picked crosby or malkin tonight, stupid running 2 dozenish baseball teams and starting up at least 5 slow drafts! forgot it was tuesday till just now.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      well i knew it was tues, just not what that meant regarding here till now.

      • Viz

        Viz says:
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        Yeah I tried to go against the obvious but they were clearly the play

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          funny thing is PIT looked that good in the first of the back to back vs TOR right before they looked their worst all year right after. nothing like playing TOR’s shit D to get full of yourselves for a while

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