Playing time has been the only thing that has stopped Alex Tuch from breaking out in the past.  It looked like he was going into the top six two seasons ago, but then the Golden Knights acquired Stone keeping Tuch on the third line.  Well, this season that has finally changed even though Stone is still on the team, mostly because the Karlsson line plays less minutes.  On Saturday, Stone left the game with a minor injury which led Tuch to being double shifted.  Even before that, Tuch was on a tear and it'll only get better with his increased workload.  Tuch scored two goals on six shots on Saturday after scoring a goal on Friday.  That brings Tuch up to 12 goals in 21 games, an excellent mark.  Sure, his shooting percentage is unsustainable, but the increase in minutes could counteract that a bit.  Tuch is still available in over 40% of leagues, so if you're lucky enough to be in one of them, grab him now.  Let's take a look at what else happpened over the weekend:
Look, to be honest with you, there wasn't a ton of eventful things that happened in the NHL on Thursday night.  We're leading off with Sam Gagner for a couple reasons.  One, he had a trick on four shots in the 5-2 win for the Red Wings.  Sure, one was an empty netter, but a hat trick is a hat trick and that deserves recognition.  Never mind that Gagner came into the game with zero goals on the season and the three points in this game were more than he had all season.  The other reason I started off with Gagner is to give him some appreciation.  He had a solid career for over a decade now, constantly as an elite streamer while having a few years where he was a bottom end hold.  With all of the big games McJesus is having lately, you can try to stump your friends with a trivia question in terms of who the last player was that had seven points or more in a game?  As you could guess, it was Gagner, but did you know he actually had 8!?  He's one of only eleven players in history to have eight points in a game and for that, I thank Gagner for the memory of that wild night in Chicago.  Let's take a look at what else happened on Thursday:
Nino Niederreiter's first season in Carolina couldn't have gone any better with 14+16 in 36 games.  Last season really couldn't have gone worse with 11+18 in 67 games.  Well, this year has certainly been closer to 2018-19 and we can be thankful for that in fantasy.  Niederreiter scored two goals and an assist with three shots on Friday before dishing an assist on Saturday, adding six shots.  That brings Nino to 9+3 in 16 games with over three shots per game, 13 PIM, and a great +11 rating.  The second line in Carolina has been incredible, sparked by Niederreiter and Trocheck's revival.  He's an easy hold in all formats for the time being.  I wish that the minutes were a bit higher, but considering what Nino is doing with what he's getting, there can be some growth with additional minutes, namely in the assist department.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
If you just looked at the boxscore from Wednesday night, you'd see Jesse Puljujarvi scored a goal.  Nothing exciting there.  However, the big news is that he spent the entire game on the first power play unit.  The person in that spot has changed throughout the season.  Neal, Chiasson, Yamamoto, and now Puljujarvi have all had the opportunity.  It's also notable that with 3 minutes left, the Oilers went on the power play up one.  Nurse was out there to be safe having two defensemen out there, but it wasn't Puljujarvi who lost his spot, it was RNH.  With Puljujarvi locked into that spot for the time being, he gets bumped up to elite streamer status.  With five points in the past six games, things are starting to look up for the former fourth overall pick.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Toronto being up 5-1 on Ottawa with a minute to go in the second period wasn't exactly surprising.  The final result?  Well, I hope you didn't turn the game off.  The Senators, arguably the worst team in the league, stormed back to win 6-5 in OT.  Evgenii Dadonov tied the game with 2 minutes left before scoring the overtime winner.  That gives Dadonov five goals in his last five games after a sluggish start in Ottawa.  Is it going to be as good as it was in Florida?  Certainly not.  However, Dadonov is starting to build value again to the point where he's a solid streamer.  I wouldn't be surprised to see the minutes go up even higher to the point where he's an elite streamer.  Let's take a look at what else happened on Monday:
The first draft pick in the franchise history of the Golden Knights, Cody Glass is starting to come into his own.  On Friday, Glass scored a goal on four shots before falling it up with an assist and two shots on Sunday.  With Pietrangelo out for the time being, Glass has been on the point of the first power play unit and looked extremely comfortable.  He has a point in four of his five games and while I'm not looking to hold him, Glass is up to being a solid streamer.  Long term, there's tremendous upside but with how loaded Vegas is right now, Glass' ceiling is a bit capped.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
My bold prediction of Tyson Barrie scoring 50 points this season was looking absolutely horrible through the first two weeks.  After the past week, there's some hope.  Barrie had two assists with five shots on Tuesday night against the Senators.  That gives him seven points in the last four games and it hasn't been dominated by power play points.  The good news is that the Oilers have two more games coming up against the Senators early next week, but either way, I'm expecting Barrie to keep playing well and push towards being the top 10 defenseman I projected.  If somebody panicked early, including yourself since I assume most of the readers own Barrie, grab Barrie immediately.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Injuries and COVID absences didn't stop Carolina from shutting down the Lightning on Tuesday night.  It started with Petr Mrazek in net who stopped all 32 shots that he faced to earn the win.  That's two shutouts already in three starts already for Mrazek.  It's to the point where I feel comfortable playing him in every start where going into the season, I didn't want to use him against the other top teams in the Central.  We've seen the upside before in Detroit and even though that was a while ago, the system in place in Carolina should make Mrazek's burden relatively easy.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Your early leader in goals two weeks through the season is Max Pacioretty.  Patches had a hat trick on Tuesday putting eight shots on goal in the process while adding two penalty minutes.  That gives Patches six goals in seven games, along with a whopping 32 shots in 7 games.  His linemate, Mark Stone, has arguably been the best player in the league to this point, so the opportunities are going to be there for Patches to have a monster season.  After a disappointing first year in Vegas, Patches has really found his game again.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
For one night at least, the hype was real.  We've been hearing about Kirill Kaprizov for a few years now and his long awaited NHL debut couldn't have gone any better.  Kaprizov scored the game winning goal in overtime, finishing with an additional two assists and two shots on goal with a +3 rating in 21:52.  Cheers to all of you who have been sitting on him in dynasties and everyone who took him in DFS while he was still incredibly underpriced.  The first eight games for the Wild are against the three California teams so I'm expecting a big start from Kaprizov.  I'd have to say he's the Calder favorite if Evason is going to play him over 20 minutes in his first game.  Let's take a look at what else happened on Thursday night: