For my last scheduled post outside of the bracket challenge for the next few months, I'm going to review my bold predictions from before the season.  My goal was to get three or more, did that happen?  Let's find out!  For those that want to read the entire post, click here.  1) Evgeni Malkin leads the league in points.  And a massive whiff to start!  Malkin was injured a lot (what else is new) and wasn't as good as usual when he played.  Even if he was, he was never catching McJesus.
Connor Hellebuyck hasn't been as good as in the past, but he's capable of stealing playoff series for the Jets.  He'll probably have to do that this year, especially if Ehlers isn't back.  He had a peak performance on Wednesday with a 32 save shutout in the 4-0 win over the Flames.  Even with Hellebuyck being below expectation, he's still been a bottom end #1 goalie.  That's why we take him as a top 5 goalie: safety.  As I have preached for years, goalies are voodoo, but Hellebuyck is one of the only exceptions.  Here's what else happened the last two nights:
It's no surprise that the Sharks gave up five goals on Saturday.  They've continually allowed a lot of goals and are arguably the best matchup you can hope your players are facing at the moment.  It was the top line's turn for the Blues as they combined for eleven points.  Ryan O'Reilly and David Perron each had a goal and three assists while Jordan Kyrou scored two goals and added an assist.  Perron is now above a point per game and RoR is exactly at it.  Kyrou cooled off after a hot start, but he's cemented himself as the third member of this line.  The schedule gets pretty tough going forward for the Blues, but I still think I would hold Kyrou in all formats.  The upside is through the roof and with the Blues in more of a battle for a playoff spot than they would have anticipated going into the season, I expect the top line to continue getting big minutes.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
Tristan Jarry had his best game of the season on Monday night stopping 42 of 43 shots in the 4-1 win over the Bruins.  He's crossed both hockey versions of the Mendoza line and the wins are strong, but it's still not pretty overall.  However, I'm very bullish on Jarry and Casey DeSmith going forward.  The Penguins are playing much better lately and their schedule going forward is outstanding.  They still have six games with the Sabres and all eight games against the Devils.  That means half of their remaining games are against teams that they should handle with ease.  Think of how well goalies like Andersen normally rank at the end of the season because of how many wins they get.  Both Pens goalies should have those kind of numbers in the second half.  It's hard to say how the starts will be split, but if you're desperate for goalie help, I'm fine with holding DeSmith, and Jarry is a nice trade target.  Let's take a look at what else happened on Monday night:
As far as feel good stories go, Troy Grosenick is near the top of the list for the season.  Grosenick, a 31 year old with only two previous NHL games in 2014, was forced into action for the Kings on Wednesday following Cal Petersen going on the COVID list.  To say Grosenick rose to the moment would be an understatement.  He saved 33 of 34 shots that he faced in the 5-1 win over the Ducks.  You have to love a journeyman coming in and having success.  All of a sudden, Grosenick could get some starts in the near term.  If you're in a deep league and desperate for starts, you can roll the dice on him.  With LA's next six games against Colorado, St. Louis, and Vegas, it's definitely a gamble, but the Kings have been a massive surprise so maybe Grosenick will be the next guy to keep them afloat.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
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:
Now is the time to get excited if you own Blues players.  Sure, the top guys have been plenty good, but after their seven game battle with the Coyotes, the Blues played their next 11 games against the California trio.  It took a dramatic finish on Thursday, but they started off on the right foot.  With the goalie pulled, the Blues tied the game before winning it in overtime on a David Perron goal.  Perron scored a goal and added two assists with four shots in the victory.  That brings him over a point per game on the season with a quality plus-minus, solid shot rate, and good PIM.  He's a true stud across the board that tends to get a bit overlooked.  The top players on the Blues could be in line for a big month with Perron leading the way.  I can't rule out a top 50 season when we reach the end of this truncated year.  Let's take a look at what else happened on Thursday night:
We're only two days away from the start of the season!  I hope you're as excited as I am.  For today's post, I'm going to give you ten bold predictions for this upcoming season and why I feel that way.  Let me know your thoughts on them below.  Let's get to it! 1) Evgeni Malkin leads the league in points.