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?
Winnipeg cooled off the red hot Oilers on Wednesday night winning 4-3.¬† They’d probably trade that win if it meant¬†Mark Scheifele¬†wasn’t injured.¬† The Jets superstar center fell awkwardly into the boards in the second period and did not return.¬† This is mostly guesswork on my part but from watching a ton of hockey over the years, it looked like Scheifele severely damaged his shoulder or collarbone.¬† Either way, we could be looking at a significant absence.¬† What does it mean going forward for the Jets in fantasy hockey?¬† I think we see the top two lines get their minutes evened out.¬† Consequently, it would give a small boost to Laine and Ehlers while a slight down tick to Wheeler and Connor.¬† The potential winner is¬†Bryan Little.¬† Little scored a goal in this game on three shots and played over 21 minutes.¬† The Jets lack a true replacement as a top six center so it’ll be interesting to see what the Jets lines look like tomorrow in practice and during the next game.¬† My speculation: Little becomes must-own, one other player becomes a streamer (Armia?) and not much else changes.¬† Here’s to hoping Scheifele isn’t out too long for everyone.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Wednesday night after a three day hiatus for the NHL: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?
The Razzball ranking committee of one (yours truly) has long been a fan of¬†Brayden Schenn.¬† Mid 20’s in goals, about 30 assists, solid PIM, and elite special teams points made Schenn a main stay around the 100 overall mark in his time in Philadelphia.¬† With the move to St. Louis in the offseason, I wrote the following about Schenn in my preseason rankings: “Schenn‚Äôs success will come down to two things: can he improve his even strength play in St. Louis while sustaining his power play prowess?”¬† Well, the power play points are slightly behind the past, but my god is Schenn crushing at even strength.¬† Schenn scored a hat trick on Tuesday night leading the Blues to a 4-3 win over Montreal.¬† That gives Schenn 13+20 in 28 games this season, along with a mind-blowing +22 rating and elite penalty minutes.¬† Schenn’s career high in a season is 37 even strength points; he already has 25 this year!¬† Even the biggest of Schenn optimists couldn’t have seen this coming as he’s pushing for the #1 forward spot in all of fantasy hockey.¬† Kudos to everyone who drafted Schenn in the early to middle rounds and here’s to continued success for the top six in St. Louis.¬† Here’s what else happened the last two nights around the league:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Reid and I talked about¬†Tristan Jarry extensively on last week’s podcast.¬† We said that he should be picked up immediately with¬†Matt Murray¬†out for at least a few weeks, mostly because the Penguins had a back-to-back against the hapless Sabres.¬† Well, Jarry delivered and then some in both games.¬† He started off with a 34 save shutout in Buffalo before allowing 1 goal on 33 shots in Pittsburgh on Saturday.¬† The schedule isn’t great this week with the Rangers, Islanders, and Maple Leafs on deck, but they’re all at home.¬† At the least, Jarry is a nice spec add to see how things go against better competition.¬† He’s still available in over 70% of leagues so go grab him now.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Add another goalie to the list of guys who struggled in the opening month only to turn it around.¬†¬†Braden Holtby, the consensus #1 goaltender going into the season, showed us why this weekend with two big performances.¬† Holtby saved 27 shots in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Penguins and followed it up with 29 saves in the 2-1 SO win over the Oilers.¬† Just like that, his save percentage is back to its normal level.¬† Sure, the goals against average is still a little high, but goals are up around the league and it’s not out of the realm of possibility it goes back down.¬† With the massive win total as well, expect Holtby to get back to the #1 goalie by season’s end.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend: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?
Minnesota played an excellent game on Thursday booking an impressive 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.¬† Sadly for them, it came at a brutal cost.¬†¬†Charlie Coyle¬†and¬†Nino Niederreiter¬†both left the game injured and were already ruled out for Saturday’s game.¬† Coyle was hit in the back of the leg with a shot while Nino looked to suffer an ankle injury that could cost him multiple weeks.¬† Hopefully you have an injured reserve spot for both of these guys but Nino definitely should be held through the injury.¬† With¬†Mikael Granlund¬†out as well, the Wild are getting extremely thin.¬† So who gets a boost?¬†¬†Jason Zucker (1+1, 5 SOG) becomes must-own in 12’ers while¬†Chris Stewart¬†(2G, 5 SOG) moves back on to the streaming radar.¬† We’ll have a clearer picture tomorrow but this is a big blow to the Wild and fantasy teams in the short term.¬† Here’s what else happened the last two nights around the league: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?
We’ve reached the halfway point in my rankings and it’s time to approach the finish line. ¬†I will keep updating this with info for players as Friday progresses but I wanted to get the top 150 out as soon as possible. ¬†Also, sorry for the delay, but the RCL’s will launch this coming Monday in the afternoon. ¬†I’ve had a few technical difficulties setting it up but that should be taken care of by then. ¬†Without further adieu, here is my top 150:Please, blog, may I have some more?