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?
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?
Has¬†Sam Reinhart¬†lived up to being the second overall pick in his draft?¬† Definitely not.¬† Is the book closed on him becoming a great player?¬† I don’t think so.¬† Reinhart has shown flashes this season but his quality of linemate has been quite poor.¬† Last game, Reinhart moved to the first line with¬†Jack Eichel¬†and¬†Evander Kane.¬† This move paid dividends on Tuesday night where Reinhart scored a goal and two assists with four shots playing 18:36 in the 5-4 OT loss to the Penguins.¬† What does this mean going forward?¬† Well, Reinhart becomes an elite streamer and potential hold as long as he’s playing with Eichel and Kane.¬† Subjectively, I think Reinhart has been much stronger on the puck this year and if not for Eichel missing a glorious chance and another point blank save, Reinhart could have easily reached 4-5 points in this game.¬† Obviously we can’t expect that on a nightly basis but there’s no reason Reinhart can’t play around a 25+35 pace going forward.¬† Here’s to hoping Phil Housley does what’s right and keeps him there.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened around the league the past two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Reid joins me per usual to hit on a wide range of topics.¬† After running down the latest injuries, we have a free flowing conversation talking about the latest trends around the NHL and what to make of them going forward.¬† Among the talking points are¬†Blake Wheeler’s dominance, the Rangers hot streak, elite goaltenders turning it around and¬†Jason Zucker’s hot streak. As always, we wrap things up with our picks for the Three Point Challenge.¬† Be sure to make your pick below.¬†¬†All of that and more on the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast!¬†¬†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 Wednesday’s daily notes, I said that if I could, I would be looking to buy low on all of the elite goalies.¬† Obviously some at different levels than others, but everyone knows my love for¬†Devan Dubnyk¬†and the Wild as a regular season team.¬† I own plenty of Dubnyk stock again this year and it’s been nowhere near as fun as last season when he took the league by storm.¬† Dubnyk was a monster on Thursday night stopping all 41 shots he faced in the 3-0 win over the Canadiens.¬† Four of Dubnyk’s last eight starts (yes, one has bad against Toronto Wednesday but that’s Toronto) have been strong so perhaps there’s something building here.¬† Expect things for Dubnyk, and the Wild in general, to keep improving sooner than later.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I was all in on the Tampa Bay Lightning again this year picking them to make the Stanley Cup Finals.¬† Obviously they don’t crown champions 3 weeks into the season but Tampa has started off incredibly well.¬† They’ve had some depth players step up but at the end of the day, their studs have been incredible.¬† The top two players in points in the NHL by a wide margin are both Lightning players with¬†Steven Stamkos.¬† Tampa Bay blitzed Pittsburgh 7-1 on Saturday and Stamkos led the way with a goal, three assists and four shots on goal.¬† That gives Stamkos a whopping 17 points (3+14) in 9 games.¬† Stamkos was a player who consistently dropped in my drafts into the third round and while it’s too early to celebrate given Stamkos’ injury, it’s been the dream start.¬† Fingers crossed that he stays healthy because Stammer could be a top 10, maybe even top 5 player.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend: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?
Once you get outside of the top 200 overall, you’re looking at the last 2-3 picks in a standard 12 man league. ¬†There are a few different ways you can go about making your last few picks. ¬†You can shoot for upside, get a couple safe players if you already have plenty of upside, fill out your last couple defensemen, grab a goalie out of desperation. ¬†I’m going to list a bunch of players in different categories that fall outside of my top 200 that you can target depending on what you’re looking for. ¬†I’m not going to go into detail on these guys but I will put them in my order of preference. ¬†Here is my list:Please, blog, may I have some more?