While he's not getting the attention that he received in Vegas' inaugural season, Jonathan Marchessault has quietly had a terrific campaign.  His best game came on Wednesday, where Marchessault had two goals, two assists, and five shots leading Vegas to a 5-2 victory over the Sharks.  This let Vegas become the first team to clinch the playoffs this season, something that has been a formality for months already.  Marchessault now had 13 goals and 22 assists in 46 games, along with a +12 rating, 37 PIM, and 147 shots.  In other words, he's a plus across the board with elite PIM and a strong shot rate.  At 30 years old, Marchessault has shown no signs of slowing down.  He's getting easier matchups now which is helping him thrive on the second line.  He looks every bit of a top 100 player going forward, with the upside of being top 50 if he has some shooting luck in a season like he did in his one season in Florida.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Things have taken a dramatic turn for the fourth playoff spot in the West division.  With the Blues crumbling, Arizona has played its way into the fourth spot.  They opened up a three point lead on Sunday night, almost exclusively because of Jakob Chychrun.  Chychrun had the first hat trick of his career, tying the game late in the third before scoring the winner in overtime.  That gives him twelve goals on the season pushing towards three shots per game and with elite penalty minutes.  He's a solid #2 for this season, but what's the long term ceiling?  Chychrun just turned 23 years old and this jump in shot rate does a lot for his long term value.  In terms of dynasties, Chychrun has shown me enough this year to warrant a spot in the bottom of the top ten for defensemen, making him a #1D.  He's a stud, plain and simple.  Arizona has been a surprise offensively, and a lot of it has to do with their kingpin defenseman.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
The hype surrounding Kirill Kaprizov was building for a few years before he came to the NHL.  Even with the lofty expectations on his shoulders, he's played at a level higher than anyone expected.  On Friday, Kaprizov scored a hat trick on eight shots with two PIM and a +4 rating.  He followed that up with another eight shots on Sunday, adding an assist and two penalty minutes.  I wrote about a month ago that I expected Kaprizov's shot rate to take a big jump as the season progressed based on his shooting totals in the KHL.  Well, sixteen shots in the past two games brings him over 2.5 per game, an average rate for a forward.  Add in being just under a point per game and we can basically call the Calder race now.  I'm not convinced that it's going to get better in the future as Kaprizov will be 24 by the time the regular season ends, but either way, he should establish himself around a 30+40 pace in a normal season with slight upside on both of those numbers.  Kaprizov is definitely a top 50 dynasty asset, but I don't think he pushes the top 25 long term because the penalty minutes will be low and more importantly, I don't think he gets to be a 3.5-4 shot per game guy because he's too good of a playmaker for that.  Either way, if you're lucky enough to have him, enjoy it because there's nothing fluky about his performance.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
It was looking good for the Wild on Monday night.  After letting Vegas tie the game 2-2, Minnesota scored two goals in 19 seconds near the end of the second period to go up 4-2.  Move to the last minute up 4-3 with the goalie pulled, and Mark Stone makes a fabulous pass to Tuch to tie up the game.  In overtime, the Wild were controlling the puck until Stone won it back, and hit Patches for the game winner.  In a 5-4 victory, Stone had five assists, and not just five assists, five primary assists.  He was in a bit of a slump before this game with one point in his previous five games, but safe to say that's in the rear view mirror now.  Stone now has 22 points in 18 games, averaging an assist a game.  The big concern is that his shot rate has plummeted down to under two per game.  That puts a big dent into his overall value, but if he's going to put up an assist a game dominating at five on five, it's hard to complain.  That said, be a little more selfish and don't let Patches take every shot!  The first captain in Vegas history has been excellent this season and even though I'm American, I can't wait to see him in the Olympics on say, McDavid or MacKinnon's wing.  Or maybe the three of them are a line, who knows with how stacked their team is.  Let's see what else happened over the last two nights:
Nothing helps getting your season back on track like playing against the Buffalo Sabres.  Carter Hart has had a really rough go of it in the opening month of the season, but on Sunday, he looked to turn it around in Buffalo.  You'd think that after the Sabres were shutout 3-0 on Saturday that they would come out firing on Sunday.  Nope.  Hart stopped all 28 shots he faced, most of the routine variety, to beat the Sabres 3-0.  Brian Elliott only needed to make 23 saves on Saturday as the Sabres are in complete disarray.  As I always say, goalies are voodoo, but I'd be stunned if Hart doesn't make a jump towards being a #1 fantasy goalie again.  If you can buy low on Hart, I would try to do so.  The fact that the Flyers are 11-4-3 despite Hart's horrible start shows you what kind of upside the team has.  Elliott should be streamed every time he starts as his save percentage is over .930 in his eight games.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
In their last two games, Florida has put a whopping 94 shots on goal.  Incredibly, they only scored two goals.  Anton Khudobin was robbed off a win on Monday stopping 49 of 51 shots so he decided to one up that performance on Wednesday.  Khudobin posted a 43 save shutout to get the Stars back on track.  I was high on Khudobin going into the season because of the absence of Bishop.  The one problem for Khudobin is with the Stars being delayed for COVID, that's more games later in the schedule when Bishop should be back.  Regardless, Khudobin should be the workhorse for at least one more month and should be a #1 goalie in the meantime.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
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:
There was very little hype about Jack Hughes going into the season despite being the first overall pick only one year ago.  We're only three games into the season, but he's off to a tremendous start.  Hughes had two goals and an assist in the 4-3 win over the Rangers on Tuesday.  That gives Hughes six points in three games in the early going.  I wrote after his first game that he should be owned everywhere.  He's had the biggest chance in ownership since the beginning of the season, but he's still available in over 1/3 of leagues.  If you've been asleep at the wheel and you're lucky enough that he's still available, go do so immediately, and then read the rest of the notes below!  Let's take a look at what happened over the last two nights: