Mark Stone has been a favorite of Razzball Hockey (aka me) for a few years now.  One of the most underrated players in hockey, Stone is an above average first liner, no doubt about it.  Somebody is going to pay him a ton in the offseason as an unrestricted free agent and he’ll be worth every penny.  Stone had an incredible game on Tuesday scoring two goals on seven shots while adding in three assists as well.  That brings him to 6+12 in 15 games.  He’s somehow available in 25% of leagues on ESPN, which is crazy.  Stone should be owned everywhere, and while I’ve been clamoring for him to be traded so he’s even better, it’s become abundantly clear that he’ll produce just fine in Ottawa this season.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:

Monday’s Games

Tuukka Rask – 24 saves on 25 shots in the 2-1 OT win over Dallas.  I’ve gotten plenty of questions about Rask and Halak to this point.  Look, Rask is the #1, that’s not going to change.  If you can buy low on Rask, I would be all over it.  I assume you can’t get a lot for Halak, so if I owned him, I’d probably hold tight for now.

Jonathan Drouin – Goal and an assist with six shots.  Drouin has been playing a lot better lately.  I am not holding yet, but he’s getting close.

Max Domi – Goal and an assist.  The trade has done wonders for Domi’s career.  Domi is up to 8+7 in 14 games.  Sure, the shot rate isn’t great, but the PIM are there.  He’s a clear hold right now.

Noah Juulsen – Two assists with a shot.  There is nothing here offensively.  However, Juulsen has 40 hits and 26 blocks in 12 games, making him an elite streamer in deep leagues come the end of the week.

Casey Cizikas – Two goals.  Cizikas somehow has 5+4 in 13 games, but there is no reason to believe he can come anywhere close to keeping this up.

Brian Boyle – Hat trick on four shots with two PIM and eight hits.  Thrilled for Boyle to have six goals after his cancer issues.  He’s playing on PP1 which makes him a solid streamer.  Boyle only played 13:30 in this one, and he has one assist on the year. so he’s nowhere near a hold.

Will Butcher – Goal and two assists with two shots.  The shot rate still sucks and he doesn’t commit penalties so he’s an easy pass.  If you want to stream him at the end of the week because you need PPP, that’s okay.  Otherwise, no thanks.

Keith Kinkaid – 35 saves on 36 shots in the 5-1 win over the Pens.  I appear to be much higher than consensus on Kinkaid’s outlook.  Schneider wasn’t good last year, plain and simple.  Kinkaid could easily keep the #1 job and I would be shocked if he gets less than half the starts.  Plan accordingly.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Two assists with five shots.  RNH has been spectacular with 16 points in 14 games and over three shots per game.  Hopefully you got a piece of him since I moved him up a ton in my rankings once it was clear he would play with McDavid.

John Carlson – Two assists with five shots.  Great start from Carlson, no surprise.

Devante Smith-Pelly – Goal and an assist with two PIM.  Travis Boyd had two assists with a shot.  Both are irrelevant in the fantasy world.

Claude Giroux – Two goals and an assist with three shots.  Giroux has picked up right where he left off last season with 6+11 in 15 games.

Sean Couturier – Goal and an assist with five shots.  On the other hand, Couts has started very slow.  I’d be looking to buy low if I could.  The minutes and role are there for Couturier to get back on track.

Shayne Gostisbehere – Goal and an assist with six shots.  Same story as Couturier for Gostisbehere.

Tuesday’s Games:

Tomas Tatar – Two goals on six shots with two PIM.  They were his first goals in weeks, but Tatar now has 5+8 in 15 games with over three shots per game.  He’s either an elite streamer or a bottom end hold.  Montreal plays every other day for the next three weeks, so it’s your call.

Jeff Petry – Two assists with a shot, -3 in 28 minutes.  This game sums up Petry fairly well.  The assists are great, and it’s enough for you to hold if you want to.  He’s also under two shots per game and is generally a minus player, so there’s some real downside as well.  Either way, it shouldn’t last past Weber’s return.

Brendan Gallagher – Two assists with six shots.  I love me some Gallagher.  The assists won’t be great, but everything else could be.

Kevin Hayes – Three assists with five shots playing almost 22 minutes.  Hayes is a decent streamer right now, but there’s a chance he could become a bottom end hold if he gets traded into the right situation (he’s a UFA after the season).

Chris Kreider – Goal and an assist as did his linemate Mika Zibanejad.  The top line for the Rangers has been rolling for a while now.  Zibenejad is a clear hold while Kreider certainly looks like one at the moment given the PIM boost.

Erik Haula – Left the game with what appeared to be a devastating knee injury.  Here’s to hoping it’s not season ending, but odds are it is.  You can safely cut Haula even if you have IR spots.

Connor Brown – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Brown has not done much this year so I wouldn’t even consider him a bottom end streamer.

Frederik Andersen – 36 saves on 37 shots in the 3-1 win over Toronto.  The Leafs were quite poor in this game, but the combination of Andersen and the posts let them steal a victory.  Toronto is playing a tighter game with Matthews out which helps Andersen out quite a bit.

Sergei Bobrovsky – 27 saves on 28 shots in the 4-1 win over the Stars.  The buy low opportunity for Bob appears to be closing rather quickly.

Jimmy Howard – 40 saves on 42 shots in the 3-2 SO win over the Canucks.  It helped that Brock Boeser missed this game due to injury (it doesn’t appear serious), but I still have a tough time using Howard in any matchup.  He’s not the worst GPP DFS option given the shot volume he faces in the hope that he stands on his head, but it’s a big gamble.

Nico Hischier – Two assists with four shots.  He’s really coming into his own at 19 years old.  Hischier is already pushing a point per game, and with five multi-point games in his past nine, we’re starting to see the upside on a more consistent basis.  It might not be this season, but he’s going to put it all together soon and be a point per game player.

Matt Duchene – Three assists with a shot and two PIM.  I’m not going to list every Sens player who had a big game in their seven goal explosion.  Duchene is worth mentioning because of the hidden camera video that came out the other day.  It’s ridiculous that it became publicly available, and it’s a really bad look for Duchene.  He’s an elite streamer or bottom end hold, but I have to think this increases the chances that he’s traded which will boost his fantasy value.

Thomas Chabot – Goal and two assists with nine shots.  This kid is taking the league by storm and it’s only going to get better.  He’s so good that he should even avoid a bad plus-minus.  I loved him as a prospect, but Chabot is showing that he could turn out even better than I projected.  He’s a future #1 fantasy D in the making; hell he’s close right now.

Nikita Kucherov – Two goals and an assist with six shots.  His linemate, Steven Stamkos, had a goal and two assists with five shots.  As expected, these two are getting on a massive heater.

Yanni Gourde – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Congrats to Gourde on the big contract extension.  The shot rate has taken a huge jump this season which gives Gourde a good chance at being a top 50 player.

Brayden Point – Goal and an assist with two PIM.  Point has killed it across the board and there’s no reason to expect him to fall off.

Chad Johnson – 38 saves on 39 shots in the 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.  Johnson sucks, plain and simple.  Don’t let this game fool you, he’s completely unusable.

Ryan O’Reilly – Hat trick on five shots.  First career hat trick for RoR who has been spectacular in St. Louis.  As I’ve said for a couple months, I expect a career high in points from him, and now it’s looking like he could blow his previous career high out of the water,

Tyler Bozak – Two assists.  Couldn’t care less.

Vladimir Tarasenko – Two assists with a shot.  The plus-minus is rough, but I expect it to fix itself.  Tarasenko is at a point per game with over four shots per game, so things are going extremely well.

Mikko Koivu – Two assists playing 21 minutes.  I prefer to stream Koivu at this point of his career.

Marcus Sorensen – Goal and two assists with a shot.  He had never registered two points in a game before this three point outburst.  It’ll take more than this one game to get Sorensen in consideration of fantasy use.  Welcome to the Razzball Database!

Brent Burns – Two assists with a shot.  The shot rate is down but Burns remains among the league’s elite.

Barclay Goodrow – Goal and an assist with two shots, +4.  That’s more points than he had all season before today, so yeah, Goodrow is irrelevant.

Ilya Kovalchuk – Goal and two assists.  He’s really rounding into form on the Kings second line.  The offensive zone starts are doing Kovy wonders.  Expect him to keep piling up points.

Alec Martinez – Two assists.  The days of caring about Martinez in fantasy are long gone.

Tyler Toffoli – Goal and an assist.  The new second line for the Kings looks pretty good, but I’ve never been a Toffoli fan.  He’s a decent streamer, but that’s it.

Jack Campbell – 30 saves on 31 shots in the 4-1 win over the Ducks.  I think this says more about the spot than Campbell.  Campbell has plenty of upside and downside, but using any goalie at home against the Ducks looks to be a good play right now.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Friday recapping all of the action from Wednesday and Thursday.  As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    14 team dynasty with hits, blocks, SHP, PPP. lehner hasn’t started since healthy but still clearly a hold, pretty much ANY useful goalie is owned (10 man prospect lists, tons of goalies on those too as a few teams hoard, others have few, 4 starts per week min h2h)
    C (2) horvat, ROR, zibanejad, kadri, carter
    LW (2) skinner, schmaltz (C), sanford, beauvillier
    RW (2) senko, marner (C), rattie, eberle (C), j.anderson, oshie
    F (1)
    W (2)
    D (5) karlsson, oleksiak, petry, mcdonagh, spurgeon, pulock
    IR/IR+ (5 each): palat, edler
    G (2) desmith (added when murray was hurt), king, rinne
    IR+ lehner

    clearly if/when palat is back beauvillier is the drop, but who’s the other drop for lehner (desmith i’d guess, but murray sure looks to be getting time off with how he’s doing lately). also for some reason n.foligno was dropped, drop anybody else for him (sanford maybe). fabbri’s return won’t end up helping sanford.

    -weakest in goals, PIMs here (not weak in hits), foligno is doing fairly well in those, on good line now with anderson/jenner and centering the 2nd PP. also n.ritchie could be stashed here was playing on top line when healthy last seen (guessing he wasn’t in top shape during holdout and pulled something; this is very common occurence in pretty much any sport, holdouts not being in shape, getting injured very soon after signing (or just not doing well for a while since not in shape yet))

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: Yeah I agree with everything you said and would grab Foligno for Sanford. I am not a Ritchie fan at this point and don’t see him getting top line time anymore unless all of the other options fail. He should be amazing at hits, but I wouldn’t expect much else. Foligno is clearly the better option.

  2. Veritas says:
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    Great advice Viz. I always look forward to your articles.

  3. Steve says:
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    I traded Chabot for Boeser two weeks ago and regret is starting to set in. Not that I dislike Boeser but Chabot looks special.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Steve: To be fair, I would have made the same trade at the time and felt great about it. I do expect Ottawa to go on a fairly big losing streak soon, but at least their fans are getting entertaining hockey when they’re bad.

  4. Aardvark says:
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    Trade OEL and patches for ghost bear and Turris?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Aardvark: Yes, I’d do that. Ghost Bear is the best player in the trade fairly easily which is enough for me to do it.

      • Aardvark says:
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        @Viz: cool thanks. Now would you drop Turris for Nyquist? Or Dunn?

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @Aardvark: No problem; no I’d hold Turris, he’s been pretty good lately

  5. Jumponit says:
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    With Brady Tkachuk coming back, would you drop DeBrincat, Tuch or Hischier?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Jumponit: I guess Tuch; I feel Tkachuk is going to be the worst of the four for this season though. DeBrincat and Hischier aren’t even a consideration to be cut, it’s solely between the other two.

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Jumponit: if this is a dynasty league it better be shallow if these 4 are among the possible cuts. even then it seems hard.

  6. dubjay says:
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    Hey Viz,
    Which backup would you pickup while Raanta is out? Kuemper or Desmith?

    • dubjay says:
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      @dubjay:
      or C.Johnson.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @dubjay: kuemper won’t be a backup while raanta is out. of course he might only be out till like sat from what i’m seeing if that’s the case and you don’t have moves limits just stream it (possibly with other stuff than goalies if no good matchup that day for a backup). if you are worried raanta’ll be out longer grab the guy who’s starting in his place. ARI has been a surprisingly good D team thusly.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @dubjay: Johnson isn’t a consideration; I would go Kuemper over DeSmith since Arizona is pretty sound defensively.

      • dubjay says:
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        @Viz:
        Thanks for the feedback guys. Would you guys start Kuemper tonight at PHI or Crawford vs CAR?

  7. Eric the Waiter with Hands for Hands says:
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    20 team dynasty with hits, blocks, PPP, SHP, faceoff wins, shot % added. need at least 9 PIT players (NA slots don’t count). for some weird reason that makes me feel bad about the league i got b.tkachuk at 14th overall this draft. real life sized rosters, 1 goalie per day (max rule as many as you want from one team up to 1 from a 2nd team)
    C: crosby, malkin, white, turris, couture (LW)
    LW: rust (RW), fiala (RW), meier (RW), fabbri (C)
    RW: kessel, hornqvist, rattie, sprong, tuch
    D: letang, maata, pulock, petrovic, kempny, hamonic (latter 2 streamers)
    IR/IR+ (5 each): borowecki, chychrun, b.tkachuk
    NA (5) sikura, bouchard, mcleod, kaprizov
    G: murray, desmith, lehner
    NA: jarry

    a guy wants b.tkachuk for guentzel. if not for the hits and guentzel is about exactly 5 years older and tkachuk is a MUCH higher ranked draft propsect value this would be easy since guentzel is PIT. i’ve had similar sheary offers in past seasons that i declined, but of course guentzel is better than sheary. hell if guentzel was a high ranked guy as a prospect i’d have owned him from the get go (had streamed him a bit before he blew up). i said i’d think about it and i was thinking of asking for a D man to come back to me (i would’ve maybe given pulock to get s.jones or ekblad in it) then he just throws in ekblad. my only issues with ekblad are his ugly block rate for a high end D man (only 4 in 11 games this year, career mostly under 1, until last year it shot up to 1.47 which is fine, career is just over 1), hit rate (was over 1 till last year when it went down to .84, career just over 1 so not great). ekblad’s shot rate is quite good (2.48 career, 2.36 this year). but of course ekblad is still young and was drafted super high so could easily get much better long term. hell he’s on FLA and somehow has an even plus/minus so whatever is going on with FLA isn’t his fault.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Eric the Waiter with Hands for Hands: I think I would still hold Tkachuk, he’s so much better in this format with the extra cats. I just don’t believe in Ekblad’s offensive upside at this point for him to move the needle enough. I would change my mind if you can get him to Jones.

      • Eric the Waiter with Hands for Hands says:
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        @Viz: b.tkachuk + pulock for s.jones + guentzel or no? i can try that one.

  8. LG Hockey says:
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    Viz,

    Wanted to get tournament thoughts on a trade offer I received. Was offered Kyle connor for Elias Lindholm. I have Pastrnak and Kucherov on RW and Bergeron, Schiefele and Trocheck at C so Elias is a nice to have and could use a LW (Marchesseault, Hoffman and B.Tkachuk at LW). Regardless should I accept? – categories are G,A,P, +\-, PIM, PPP, SOG

    Thanks,
    LG

    • Viz

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      @LG Hockey: This is super close and you could go either way. I still kind of prefer Connor as I did in preseason, but Lindholm’s role couldn’t be better right now. Honestly, whichever helps your team build more is how I’d decide.

  9. Tony Stark says:
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    Hey Viz,

    10 Team League that counts hits. I need some advice on D/Goalies.

    D: Hedman, Jones, Hamilton, Reilly, Werenski
    G: Gibson, Dubnyk, Greiss, Halak

    I feel like it’s time to drop Werenski so I can stream another forward. Please advise. Also should I roll with four goalies? We have 6 skater categories and 4 goalie categories. Luongo, Rittich, Murray, Ullmark are all on the wire.

    Thanks Viz!

    • Tony Stark says:
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      @Tony Stark: Also we have 18 roster spots and can start up to 4 D every night.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Tony Stark: I would hold Werenski if you can start 4 D, 10 points in 15 games is nothing to sneeze at. If anything, I would try to trade him for a forward to somebody. He’s just too good of a player to cut outright.

      I would hold all of those guys for now, although Halak is close. I know he’s been unreal, but regression should be coming along with more Rask starts. Greiss is also close, and if you really want to have an extra forward streamer, you can cut bait with one of them and rotate the spot.

  10. Gerald says:
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    hey viz what happening,
    Goals, Assists, Points, +/-, Powerplaypoints, Shorthanded Points, Game winning goals, Hits league

    Mark Stone (RW) and ryan o reilly (C) are free agents should i add them and drop any one?

    C- William Karrlsoon (C/LW)
    C- Vincent Trocheck (C)
    LW- Filip Forsberg (LW)
    LW-Evgenii Dadonovv (LW/RW)
    RW- Alex Tuch (RW)
    RW-MIke Hoffman (LW/RW)
    F-Eliass PETTERSSON (C)
    D-Letang
    D-Ristolanen
    D-Chabot
    D- Pionk
    BN-Brayden Schenn(C)
    BN- Pierre Luc Dubuis
    BN-Nate Mackinnon
    BN- Taylor Hall
    IR- Victor Hedman

    Thanks bro,
    Gerald

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Gerald: Hey Gerald, what’s up! With all of the extra points categories, I think I would cut Pionk for one of them. I would generally keep one extra and carry 5D, but you will have that soon enough with Hedman back. I marginally favor RoR even though he’s poor in hits. Your team looks amazing!

  11. Gerald says:
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    No, Thank you ! The reason why its so stacked is cuz of your rankings lmao
    When hedman comes back I’m gonna have to cut somebody. When someone goes on the Inured reserve i have an open roster spot. If i cut Pionk now i only have 3 healthy D men for 4 defensemen slots. Which forward would you cut for one of them? or would you cut 2 forwards for both of them?

    • Gerald says:
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      @Gerald: when hedman comes back ill most likely cut pionk

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Gerald: Haha well I appreciate that. Man, this is so tough because a few guys are very close. I guess I would grab both and cut Dubois and Schenn? I guess it depends how badly you need Schenn’s hits.

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