It's that time of the year again.  For those of you who haven't seen this post in the past, I will break down every team's schedule for fantasy hockey playoffs i.e. starting on this coming Monday, 4/4.  I will note when a team has a back to back or a light day.  A light day is a day where there are four or less games on the schedule, with the exception of Wednesday, 4/27.  I am including that day where there are five games because it's the last day of the season where you'll need streaming, as the last two days both have a lot of games.  I will do the teams in alphabetical order so it's easy to find everyone, and next to each team, there will be (A,B,C,D).  Those numbers will be how many games the team has in each of the four weeks left in the season.  For example, (4,2,3,3) means they have four games from 4/4 - 4/10, two games from 4/11 -4/17, etc.  This post is going to be extremely long, so it will be broken into two parts, with part two coming on Monday.  If you have a specific question about a team next week that will be in part two and you need it answered immediately, please let it be known in the comments section and I'll answer it for you.  And away we go!
If I was going to pick a team to back up an eight goal game with a nine goal game, it would obviously be The Desert Dogs!  The last few weeks have been very strange as a whole in the NHL, but this takes the cake.  Arizona scored eight on Ottawa before scoring a nine ball, corner pocket on Detroit Tuesday.  They were led by the one, the only, Nick Schmaltz, who had two goals and two assists in this game.  That's 11 points and a +11 in two games!  He's the best thing since Gretzky!  While I like to joke, Schmaltz was on fire a week ago and then decided to get 11 points in two games.  He clearly needs to be held for the time being.  Let's see what else happened over the last two nights:
Those of you that have been patient holding Evander Kane for almost four months were rewarded on Saturday night.  Kane played his first game of the season with the Oilers and went right on McDavid's wing.  Kane scored in the first period and finished with three shots in the 7-2 win over the Canadiens.  He's still available in 50% of ESPN leagues and very close to that on other sites.  Kane is a must own immediately, and if you use FAAB, you should bid a large amount of your budget.  Yes, he could do something stupid and be banished, but the upside is too high for him to be on waivers.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
We don't know what's going to happen come playoff time, but the Florida Panthers have established themselves as a regular season juggernaut.  After destroying the Stars 7-1 on Friday, they came back to score nine goals on Saturday, beating Columbus 9-2.  Among the highlights between the two games were Sam Bennett scoring a hat trick on Friday and totaling six points between the two games, Jonathan Huberdeau having six points, and MacKenzie Weegar having a rare four point game from a defenseman on Saturday.  They're clicking on all cylinders right now and that means great things in fantasy.  They have ten skaters that I consider locks to be held, and another four that are quality streamers depending on team needs.  Side note, I'm going to do another hold/stream list soon.  Could we see the Panthers win their first playoff series since 1996?  As long as their goaltending is passable, it's firmly in play despite being in a division with three elite teams.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
Outside of more COVID cases and postponements, there wasn't a lot that went on over the weekend in the NHL, at least with a fantasy impact.  The big story was Marc-Andre Fleury returning to Vegas, the first face of the franchise.  Fleury was excellent, stopping 30 of 31 shots to win the game 2-1 for the Blackhawks.  MAF's overall numbers are more of a top end #3 goalie, but the volume is really good.  I'm indifferent towards holding him or not, but I'd lean that way since it's been better after the brutal first month.  There's also some additional upside if he moves somewhere at the trade deadline as a rental.  I assume Chicago will ask him what he wants at this point in his career but they're well out of the playoffs so for a couple months, I could see him going to a team for a few months before retirement.  The schedule for Chicago over the next 10 days is quite appealing before it gets ugly at the end of the month, which is more reason to hold Fleury for now. 
Columbus was in an absolutely miserable spot on Tuesday.  They were missing their #1 goalie, their best defenseman, arguably their second best defenseman, and one of their hottest forwards.  Their backup goalie was playing his first game in three weeks, and they were facing the healthiest version of Tampa that we've seen in months.  Needless to say, it did not go well.  Tampa was in control from the very beginning and won 7-2, led by Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point.  Palat scored two goals and an assist with four shots, while Point had a goal and two assists with two shots.  These two haven't spent too much time together this season as Palat has been with Stamkos for the vast majority.  They didn't miss a step from playing together in the past.  Point is a fringe top 20 player while Palat is solidified himself as a hold again.  If he's available, grab him now, because I have no doubt that Palat will be a no brainer hold once Nikita Kucherov comes back, which should be in a couple weeks.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
It wasn't hard to figure out who to feature in the opening paragraph tonight.  Andre Burakovsky started off the weekend with two goals on six shots against the Red Wings and finished it off with a hat trick on six shots against the Panthers.  That brings Burakovsky to 12+8 in 24 games on the season, quite the respectable total.  He's still available in 40% of leagues and that needs to change immediately.  With Gabriel Landeskog out for two weeks, Burakovsky is playing on the top line and top power play unit.  That's enough to make him must own in all formats, and he showed why on Sunday, getting a hat trick in a tough matchup.  It should be an excellent December for Burakovsky and hopefully it continues into the New Year.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
One of the best coaches of the past two decades finally received another chance.  Bruce Boudreau was hired by the Canucks and promptly won his first game 4-0.  Thatcher Demko had a 31 save shutout and looks to be the biggest beneficiary of the coaching change.  Boudreau has always had a great defensive system that inflated the numbers of his goaltenders.  Dubnyk was never that good of a goalie, but he was great in fantasy.  Same goes with the Washington guys earlier, or the other Wild goaltenders.  Demko has the chance to be a bottom end #1 now.  I'd also expect the stars on the Canucks to start turning things around.  I still think the roster is incredibly flawed, but this is a huge win for the Canucks in real life and for us in fantasy.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights: 
It's no surprise that an ex-Sabre destroyed the Sabres in their first game against their former team.  I've seen it for the better part of the decade.  The surprise was that the Sabres stormed out to a 3-0 and 4-1 lead, only to blow the game.  Sam Reinhart had a goal and three assists with two shots in the comeback, but that's not what makes me excited.  Four points doesn't make me excited?  Well, it does, but what really excites me is that Reinhart moved onto the first line once the game was 4-1.  The line change sparked the Florida comeback, and I'd have to think they keep Reinhart there to start next game.  I've already been holding Reinhart, but he is available in a fairly large number of leagues.  I'd grab him now because if he stays on the top line, we could see him push towards a point per game. 
My love for Alex Ovechkin is no secret for the readers who frequent these parts.  The best goal scorer of all time continues to torment the opposition as he's in the midst of one of the best starts of his career.  Ovechkin had a goal and two assists with six shots against the Sabres on Monday.  Through twelve games, Ovechkin has a ridiculous 11+10 with 60 shots on goals.  That's five shots per game, which he's had that or more in seven straight games.  The Great Eight is playing his best hockey at even strength in years at age 36.  Don't take Alex Ovechkin for granted!  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
In Ilya Sorokin's first two starts, he allowed ten goals.  In the next seven, he's allowed eight total.  Sorokin kept up his hot streak with a 24 save shutout against the Jets on Saturday.  Semyon Varlamov is back for the Islanders, but for now, Sorokin is getting all of the volume.  I had him pegged as a great platoon guy this year who ideally was your #3, but would be fine as a #2.  Now, it would be terrific if Sorokin is your #2 because he could easily end up being a top 10 goalie even without much volume.  The GAA and save percentage look to be elite while the wins on a per-game basis should be as well.  Long term, Sorokin looks like a top five goalie.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend: