Reid joins me as always to discuss some goaltending situations around the NHL.¬† We look at St. Louis, Carolina, Chicago, San Jose, Colorado, and Philadelphia looking at their recent developments for fantasy hockey.¬† What will Chicago do with Corey Crawford out indefinitely?¬† Can Carter Hutton become the #1 for the Blues?¬† These questions and plenty more with the other teams are all examined.¬† From there, we make some early trade deadline talk before make our picks for the Three Point Challenge.¬† Be sure to make your picks in the comments section below along with any suggestions, comments or questions.¬† All of that and more in the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Here is what I wrote about the Blues in my 31 predictions post: “Carter Hutton¬†starts at least half of the games the rest of the way.¬† There‚Äôs no way around it, he‚Äôs been much better than¬†Jake Allen.¬† You can tell Mike Yeo knows it lately as Hutton is starting to get more starts.¬† Hutton is still available in over 75% of leagues; I‚Äôd go grab him now just because of the potential upside.”¬† And that’s me quoting me copying what Grey does!¬† Hutton received the start on Tuesday and stopped 30 of 31 shots in the Blues’ 3-1 win over Toronto.¬† Hutton has started 17 games and has the best GAA and sv% in the league for qualified goalies.¬† Is he going to stay at this level?¬† Of course not.¬† Could Hutton be a top 15 goalie the rest of the way if he gets 25+ starts?¬† Absolutely.¬† It’s worth repeating that you should pick up Hutton right now because he’s good enough to potentially be a huge difference maker in fantasy leagues this year.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Growing up, the Avalanche were always my second favorite team.¬† My grandpa was a huge Peter Forsberg fan and it didn’t interfere with my Sabres since they were in the Western Conference.¬† I’ve always kept a close eye on them even though my rooting interests are now firmly with the Sabres and “Team Whoever I Bet In Game X.”¬† Anyways,¬†Gabriel Landeskog¬†has been a personal favorite of mine in this new Avalanche era.¬† He became the youngest captain in the league when it wasn’t cool to make your young top pick a captain.¬† Landeskog won the Calder and led the Avs on a massive warpath to a shocking #1 seed in 2013-14.¬† When I started at Razzball, things looked on the up for Landeskog at 23 years old.¬† Then, like the rest of the Avalanche organization, Landeskog struggled mightily.¬† Thankfully for all of us fantasy owners, he’s back.¬† Landeskog had the best game of his career on Saturday scoring a hat trick and two assists with five shots against the Lightning.¬† Sure, the Avs lost, but it doesn’t change his stat line for us!¬† The Kog now has 13+11 in 28 games with a strong plus-minus and solid PIM plus shots.¬† In fact, I’d be surprised if the penalty minutes don’t jump soon.¬† It’s amazing that Landeskog just turned 25 so he’s not even in his prime yet.¬† Look for him to be a top 100 player for the rest of the season and for at least the next few years.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’ll be honest, a year ago, I never thought I’d be writing about¬†Alex Stalock¬†again.¬† After a few years of being the backup in San Jose, Stalock was shipped to Toronto, where he was immediately waived to play in the AHL.¬† In the summer of 2016, Stalock signed a two-way deal with the Wild but never played in Minnesota, only in Iowa.¬† After Kuemper’s struggles last year and Stalock recording a .926 sv% in the A, the Wild let Kuemper go and decided to sign Stalock to be their backup this year.¬† Sadly,¬†Devan Dubnyk¬†was injured on Tuesday and is week-to-week.¬† We discussed this on yesterday’s podcast, but Stalock becomes a clear must-own until Dubnyk returns.¬† He made me look good as he shut out the Maple Leafs on Thursday night stopping 28 shots he’s faced.¬† Grab Stalock now before somebody else.¬† The Wild are getting healthy and playing great defensive hockey at the moment so for at least the next week, Stalock should provide great value.¬† Here’s what else happened the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
There are plenty of great story lines going around the NHL right now.¬† Vegas’ incredible start, Kucherov and Stamkos dominating, the Blues top line taking off, the Jets breaking out, etc.¬† Even the Oilers dreadful start is a major talking point but we haven’t talked much about their best player.¬†¬†Connor McDavid is still only 20 years old and despite the Oilers being a dumpster fire and these other players being the talk of the town, McJesus is only 3 points from the league lead.¬† In Edmonton’s demolition of Columbus Tuesday, McDavid had a goal and three assists with five shots.¬† The shot rate is marginally down from last season but he’s well on track to repeat last year’s 30+70.¬† No matter what awful set of players Peter Chiarelli fills the roster with, it’s good to know McDavid won’t be stopped.¬† Look for him to win his second scoring title and potentially go for the Hart Trophy again if he can lead the Oilers back to the playoffs (seemingly a long shot).¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
It seems like forever and a day since¬†Matt Duchene¬†requested a trade from the Colorado Avalanche.¬† His wish finally came true on Sunday in a massive three-way trade between the Avs, Senators, and Predators.¬† The Sens acquired Duchene, the Predators received Reid’s favorite¬†Kyle Turris and the Avs get a ton of future assets.¬† For the Senators, I’m not a big fan.¬† Is Duchene better than Turris?¬† I would say so and Duchene had one more year on his contract than Turris.¬† However, adding a ton here, including a first round pick and¬†Shane Bowers, their first round pick from the 2017 draft, is a lot to add.¬† For Smashville, adding Turris without losing anyone from the current roster besides¬†Samuel Girard¬†is a nice move for a team positioned to go for it.¬† It may be more futures heavy than Colorado originally wanted but boy, did they get a ton in this move.¬† They effectively received 2 1sts, 3 2nds, a third and¬†Andrew Hammond¬†for goaltender depth in the organization.¬† I love this move for Colorado long term, like the aggressiveness of Nashville using futures to push (and like signing Turris immediately to a 6/36 deal), and question Ottawa’s decision here.
For fantasy, Duchene probably gets a small boost because he should slide onto a line with Hoffman and Stone right away.¬† Assuming Turris plays with Forsberg, I think this move could help him as well (at the least it’s neutral).¬† I’m very interested to see if Girard plays for the Avs right away.¬† He looked great in his brief stint for Nashville and the former second round pick could becomes fantasy relevant immediately if he’s in Denver.¬† I’ll be sure to talk more about this trade with Reid on Tuesday’s podcast.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened this weekend around the league:Please, blog, may I have some more?
In an opening month where tons of goalies are struggling,¬†Corey Crawford¬†certainly is not.¬† Crawford continued his excellent play on Wednesday making 35 saves for a shutout against the Flyers.¬† Crawford sits with a sub 2.00 GAA and > .940 save percentage.¬† To quote Larry David, “pretty, pretty, pretty good.”¬† He’s going a long way in masking some of the problems that the Blackhawks have.¬† Regardless, we all knew Crawford was a #1 fantasy goalie but perhaps he plays his way into the upper tier?¬† To be honest, the Blackhawks probably need it.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
As far as stunning results go, the Senators going into Calgary and winning 6-0 against Calgary is up there.¬† They then matched it on Saturday night beating the Oilers 6-1.¬† Not bad for back to back games against two elite teams on the road without their best player.¬† Leading the way for the Senators was¬†Kyle Turris.¬† Over the two games, Turris scored two goals on five shots with four assists and two PIM.¬† Reid’s man crush has the ability to be a top 100 player in fantasy.¬† Will this be the year he gets there?¬† Maybe, but even if it’s not, Turris should be owned in all leagues.¬† Let’s take a look at what happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The first home game for the Vegas Golden Knights couldn’t have started any better.¬† After an amazing pre-game ceremony, Vegas stormed out to four goals in the first period en route to winning 5-2 against the Coyotes.¬† Here we are with Vegas sitting at 3-0.¬† So do we have to change our expectations for the team?¬† I’ll talk about it extensively with Reid tomorrow but I still believe they’ll be at the bottom of the league come April.¬† That said, what an amazing start for a team in the wake of tragedy.¬† For fantasy, I think there’s three guys I would own right now in standard 12’ers:¬†Marc-Andre Fleury,¬†James Neal¬†and¬†Nate Schmidt.¬† There is still some downside for all of them but in the moment, just enjoy the ride.¬† I can’t wait to be there next week to see a game in Vegas.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
All everyone talked about in the preseason was wondering how bad Vegas was going to be in their expansion year.¬† Sure, it’s only two games, but boy did they have some excitement.¬† On Friday, Dallas was dominating Vegas in their franchise opener but was only up 1-0 in the third.¬† Down goes¬†Ben Bishop¬†which opened up the door for¬†James Neal¬†to give the people of Las Vegas some relief in an awful time.¬† Neal scored two goals in the third period to propel the Golden Knights to victory.¬† To top off the weekend, Neal scored another goal, this time the game winner in overtime, to give Vegas two wins to start the season.¬† Neal is still available in over 40% of leagues and if you are in one of them, grab him.¬† The shot rate is going to be elite along with solid penalty minutes and goals.¬† At least for now, I’m not overly concerned about the top guys on Vegas having bad plus-minuses either.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened in the first (long) weekend of the NHL season:Please, blog, may I have some more?