Hey everyone!¬† While there are still a bunch of teams that have their bye this week, it’s nowhere near as many as last week.¬† The lack of games made it the lightest week of the season and leaving little to talk about fantasy wise.¬† Therefore, I’m going to use this post to make one fantasy hockey prediction for each team for the rest of the season.¬† We’ll be back to the usual daily notes on Wednesday and Friday this week.¬† Let’s get going!Please, blog, may I have some more?
There have been a few big games by individuals this season but¬†Patrice Bergeron’s on Saturday is the new leader for the best of the year.¬† Bergeron scored four goals and added an assist with seven shots in the 7-1 win over the Hurricanes.¬† Bergeron was the second player this year to score four goals after¬†Alex Ovechkin.¬† Per usual, Bergeron is crushing all of the categories.¬† He’s playing around a 40+35 pace while already having a +19 rating, solid PIM and pushing four shots per game.¬† Bergeron is a slam dunk top 50 player for the rest of the season who should push towards the top 25.¬† Again, the top line in Boston is as good as it gets and Bergeron is at the forefront of their success.¬† That line just gave up their first goal against at even strength all season!¬† Remarkable stuff.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
What the Vegas Golden Knights are doing in their inaugural season is nothing short of spectacular.¬† The only thing I’ve ever seen like it is Leicester City fighting off relegation before winning the Premier League title the next season at 5000-1 shots.¬† Sure, Vegas was nowhere near that big of a long shot, but to have the best record in the West is remarkable.¬† On Tuesday, they beat their top competition, the Nashville Predators, 3-0.¬†¬†Marc-Andre Fleury¬†led the way with a 28 save shutout.¬† It’s a shame Fleury was injured this season because he’s been great in 9 of 10 starts.¬† Fleury has won 8 of his 10 starts with a GAA below 2 and save percentage above .940.¬† It’s safe to say it will regress some but I’m well past the point of thinking Vegas is going to regress.¬† This team is real and Fleury looks like he’ll be a slam dunk #1 fantasy goalie for the rest of the season and going forward.¬† Just a remarkable story that I can’t get enough of.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night: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?
Ryan Getzlaf¬†has been killing it for the Ducks since they were known as The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.¬† He’s been bald for that long too!¬† Getzlaf missed extensive time this year due to injury but he’s been great when in the lineup.¬† He had his best game of the season on Thursday dishing four assists and adding two shots in the 5-4 OT win over the Islanders.¬† To be honest, he wasn’t even the best player on his team for fantasy (more on that guy later), but Getzlaf’s fantasy impact is much greater.¬† Getzlaf now has 2+13 in only 12 games so far.¬† He played almost 25 minutes in this game which just goes to show you, everything is in place for Getzlaf to get back to being a top 50 player for the rest of the season.¬† 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?
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?
Jake Guentzel¬†started awfully slow this season after an outstanding playoff run for the Penguins last season.¬† He’s started to pick things up and had his best game to date on Monday, scoring two goals and an assist with six shots in the 5-4 OT win over the Flyers.¬† That gives Guentzel six goals in his last six games, more than he had in his first 20 games combined.¬† He’s actually benefited quite a bit from¬†Evgeni Malkin’s injury as Guentzel took his spot on the first power play unit.¬† That said, I’m hoping Malkin slides between Guentzel and Kessel on the second line when he returns which should really help Guentzel at even strength.¬† Obviously he’s a must own but here’s to hoping Guentzel keeps building on this and pushes towards being the top 50-75 player that was expected from him after leading the Stanley Cup Playoffs in goals.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Monday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!¬† Well, everyone who celebrated last Thursday, you Canadians had theirs last month!¬† In this post, I’m going to focus on the top 50 players from the last week along with some players who returned from injury.¬† The biggest story is¬†Jonathan Marchessault.¬† The best bargain in the NHL (salary of $750k this season), Marchessault has a goal and two assists in each of the last three games.¬† Just like that, he’s a top 50 player on the season despite missing a few games!¬† Marchessault now has an absurd stat line of 8/13/+5/16/66/5 in 19 games (for those unfamiliar with my normal format, that’s G/A/+/- / PIM / SOG / STP.¬† And somehow he’s still available in over 60% of leagues!¬† If you’re lucky enough to be in one of those, grab him immediately.¬† Let’s take a look at the other players on fire lately:Please, blog, may I have some more?
There were seven early games on Tuesday night, all of which hit the under.¬† That didn’t stop a few superstars from having a big night.¬† Among that select group was¬†Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored a goal and two assists with seven shots in the 3-1 win over the Devils.¬† He came into the game with an upper body injury making him unclear for the game last night but that didn’t stop him from keeping up his excellent play.¬† Tarasenko has been a five category monster in the early going, scoring 8 goals and 11 assists through 16 games with a whopping +14 rating and over four shots per game.¬† He’s done actually what you hoped for using a late first round pick on him, or a second round pick if you were lucky enough that Tarasenko fell to you.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?