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!
In stunning fashion, the Coyotes have won six of seven games this month, including games against the Avalanche and Maple Leafs.  In their last six games, they have goal totals of 8, 9, 5, 5, and 6.  Just as we all expected, an offensive juggernaut in the desert.  Wait, that's not Vegas...  Arizona won both games in a back-to-back on Monday and Tuesday, winning 5-3 in Ottawa and 6-3 in Montreal.  Their lead man was Lawson Crouse.  Crouse had a hat trick on four shots in the win over Ottawa before scoring a goal and an assist with three shots in Montreal.  That brings Crouse to 19+13 on the season, easily a career high in goals and one off his career high in assists.  For the time being, Crouse is an elite streamer.  You can even make a case for holding him in hits leagues given his gaudy total, and the PIM are great as well.  Crouse looked on the path to being a massive bust, and while he still has a way to go, this is an incredible encouraging season from the 24 year old.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
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:
Who would have thought that a seven point game wouldn't get the opening?  It would take something extravagant and that's what happened, with Jason Robertson scoring back-to-back hat tricks. R0bertson carried the Stars to victory on Friday scoring three on seven shots, including the overtime winner.  He capped it off with an empty netter to seal the game against Minnesota on Sunday, totaling six shots and two PIM with his hat trick.  That brings Robertson to a whopping 29+25 in 47 games and three shots per game.  Robertson seemingly came out of nowhere last season to earn a second place finish in the Calder race.  Now, the sky appears to be the limit.  Robertson is still only 22 years old and has his center of the present and future already with him.  It looks like the Stars have their new Benn and Seguin.  They can only hope Hintz and Robertson reach that level, but it's not out of the realm of possibility.  I don't think Robertson quite cracks the top 20 for the rest of the season and next year, but he's a slam dunk top 50 player.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
It’s that time again. Friday/Sunday stream targets to finish out the week. Get those claims in today so you don’t miss out! Unless you’re in one of them fancy same-day adds leagues. Eight teams to pick from this week. Whew boy! Let's do it to it. Note: For the sake of uniformity and convenience on my part, only players rostered in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues will be included. Also, a “***” denotes a priority stream, in my humble opinion.
Before this season, Tage Thompson was part of the punch line about how bad the Sabres were fleeced in the RoR trade.  Amazingly, Thompson has come out of nowhere to play better than RoR has this season (although I'm sure the Blues are just fine with it, banners fly forever).  Thompson was fantastic over the weekend, scoring a hat trick against the Avalanche before scoring a goal on four shots against the Blue Jackets on Sunday.  That brings Thompson up to 20 goals and 18 assists in 47 games and over three shots per game.  Thompson is right on the fringe although I lean towards grabbing him for now.  Buffalo's next opponent?  Montreal.  Let me get some of that.  Either way, Thompson's development is massive for the Sabres going forward.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
Yes, the Sabres are still a bad hockey team, but the good news for long suffering fans like me, is there are finally some signs of hope.  One of the best signs is how well the first line has performed since Tuch returned from injury after the trade.  They single-handedly won the game for the Sabres on Sunday against Montreal, and it started with their highest paid player.  Jeff Skinner was left floundering on the fourth line or scratched by Ralph Kreuger last season because, well, Krueger had no clue about coaching hockey.  Skinner had one of the games of the season on Sunday afternoon, scoring four goals and an assist on six shots in the 5-3 win over the Canadiens. That bring Skinner up to 20 goals with 14 assists in 45 games.  Is he worth his massive contract?  No, but he's proving once again that he's still a damn good hockey player.  I've had him on the fringe for a while, but I feel good about holding him now.  His shot rate is back over three per game on the season so that's plenty good enough given his contribution in points.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
It looks like I was a year early predicting Matthew Tkachuk to be a top 20 fantasy hockey player.  It also looks like I sold him a bit short.  Tkachuk had five assists on Monday, all of which came in the first two periods.  He's playing at a 40+50 pace with well over three shots per game, elite play at even strength and the power play, and plenty of PIM.  The first line in Calgary is playing just about as well as any line in the league with Tkachuk leading the way.  He's a top ten skater on the season now, and while I wouldn't rank him as a first round pick i.e. the top 12, he's a slam dunk top 20 guy.  Guys who absolutely dominate all of the categories are harder to come by, and the only two that have been better so far are Marchand and Kadri.  For the rest of the season, I'd take Tkachuk over Kadri too, and long term, Tkachuk is the top guy.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Prior to Monday, there has only been four times in the last 25 years that a player scored five goals in a game.  Add Timo Meier to the list.  Meier single-handedly won the game for San Jose, scoring five times on six shots in the 6-2 win over the Kings.  We haven't seen a player ascent from solid top six player to bonafide superstar in quite some time.  Meier now has 20+25 in 35 games to go with over four shots per game.  He looked to be on this path three seasons ago when he had 30+36 as a 22-year-old, but he was a major letdown the last two seasons.  So what should we be looking for from Meier going forward?  Well, his shooting percentage isn't that outlandish to expect major regression.  It appears to be the real deal, which would make Meier a top 20 player going forward.   At 25 years old, Meier's prime should only be beginning.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Pittsburgh is absolutely rolling right now, winning their ninth and tenth straight over the past two nights.  The total line has dominated on both nights, being sparked by the return of Bryan Rust.  In both games, Rust scored two goals and an assist, bringing his total to 11 points in 3 games since returning from injury.  Bonkers.  Jake Guentzel had two assists with four shots while Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM.  All three of these guys are top 50 players rest of season, with Guentzel being a top 20 guy and the other two probably just outside of it.  They're a viable DFS stack every time they play.  I wouldn't be surprised to see an uptick in minutes in the short term with the team heading to the West Coast.  If you have any of these guys on your team, you have to be thrilled.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
The Winnipeg first line did all of the scoring for the Jets over the weekend, totaling six goals between Friday and Sunday.  Nikolaj Ehlers contributed to all six goals, dishing two assists on Friday while scoring a goal and three assists on Sunday.  With nine shots between the two games, Ehlers is over four shots per game and inching closer to a point per game again.  Not bad considering he has the worst shooting percentage he's had since his rookie season.  Loyal Razzballers know how much I like Ehlers.  There could be additional upside with Maurice gone because for whatever reason, he refused to use Ehlers on the first power play unit.  Hopefully that changes because he clearly deserves to be there and we could see new career highs as an effect.  Obviously Ehlers should be owned in all formats.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend, a light slate of games due to all of the postponements.  As noted on Friday, I won't be listing every player that goes on the COVID list or every postponement because it's changing rapidly, but I'll note where it's making an impact on lines, PP units, etc.
As a Sabres fan, I've tortured myself for the better part of a decade watching this team.  In the last few years in particular, they would play a ton of games that were over halfway through the game because of how poor their goaltending was (besides Ullmark, who was constantly hurt).  Ukka-Pekka Luukkonen was considered the goalie of the future for the past few years, but in the eyes of most, he was passed this year by Portillo and Levi in college.  Well, UPL was called up out of desperation ten days ago, and opinions are quickly changing.  Luukkonen saved 30 of 32 shots in the 3-2 SO win over the Wild on Thursday.  Since being recalled, UPL has started five games and allowed exactly two goals in all of them, making over 30 saves in the past four games.  Even with the acquisition of Subban, UPL is going to stay up and should get most of the starts.  Granato has made it clear that they need to reward guys who play well and Luukkonen is keeping them in games.  I'm not rushing to grab him in redrafts, but he's certainly worth considering in his next start, presumably against Columbus on Monday.  In dynasties, I'm still a big fan.  Who knows what happens with the other goalies, but both are 2-3 years away, and the time for UPL is now.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights: