It was great to see Aleksander Barkov back in the lineup on Thursday, and if you didn't get him back into your lineup off injured reserve, well, that one is going to hurt for a while.  Barkov scored a hat trick in the first period against the Canadiens and added two assists in the 7-2 win over the Canadiens.  It hasn't been Barkov's best season to this point, but I'm buying Barkov going forward to get back to being well over a point per game.  Florida has dug itself quite a hole in the playoff race and I expect Maurice to really ride their top six even more.  Barkov's shooting percentage is also much lower than his career sh% (10.3 vs 14.0) so look for some positive regression in the New Year for the Panthers captain.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Kevin Fiala's first two games for the Kings left a lot to be desired.  He didn't generate much in terms of chances, he took a stupid penalty in their opener against Vegas, and his ice time suffered as a result.  His old team, the Wild, were coming off giving up seven goals against the Rangers and were big favorites to get their first win of the season.  Instead, the Wild gave up seven goals again, with the Los Angeles top line leading the way.  Fiala scored a goal and two assists with six shots in the 7-6 win, while Anze Kopitar dished three assists and Adrian Kempe scored two goals and an assist with three shots and four PIM.  My biggest takeaway from this trio in the early going is that I was too low on Kempe this season.  While he's not the focal point of the power play anymore, he's still vital to its success, and the addition of Fiala strengthened the top line.  All of them are easy holds at the moment and I don't expect that to change.  Let's take a look at what else happened on Friday and Saturday:
I'm going to do the second half of the Playoff Manifesto today.  If you missed Part One, you can check it out here.  Let's get right to it! NASHVILLE PREDATORS (4,4,3,3) This schedule is right up there for best in the league.  Fourteen games is as good as it gets.  They close each week with a back-to-back.  The only nitpick is that there are no games on light days, but few things are perfect.  Josi and Forsberg can both push for best player in the fantasy playoffs if things break right.  Ryan Johansen and Tanner Jeannot are both elite streamers in the stretches where Nashville has three games in four nights.
David Perron had a horrible start to the season and was shaping up to being one of the biggest fantasy busts of this year.  To say things have turned for the better is an understatement.  Perron scored two goals on seven shots against the Predators before scoring a goal on seven shots against Winnipeg.  Since Perron went back on the top line, Perron has exploded.  He has eight goals and five assists in the last ten games with 35 SOG.  It's good enough across the board that Perron is a clear hold in all formats again.  He's only available in about 25% of leagues, but even in a shallow league, I wouldn't be cutting Perron to keep a stream spot.  The schedule is a little light the next couple weeks, but it really picks up in the last week of March and early April.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
It’s that time again. Friday/Sunday stream targets to finish out the week. Get those claims in today so you don’t miss out! Unless you’re in one of them fancy same-day adds leagues. We've got a seven-team slate this weekend. Note: For the sake of uniformity and convenience on my part, only players rostered in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues will be included. Also, a “***” denotes a priority stream, in my humble opinion.
It’s that time again. Friday/Sunday stream targets to finish out the week. Get those claims in today so you don’t miss out! Unless you’re in one of them fancy same-day adds leagues. Next week is All-Star week, so I'll be taking the week off. Note: For the sake of uniformity and convenience on my part, only players rostered in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues will be included. Also, a “***” denotes a priority stream, in my humble opinion.
It’s that time again. Friday/Sunday stream targets to finish out the week. Get those claims in today so you don’t miss out! Unless you’re in one of them fancy same-day adds leagues. Alrighty, we've got a slate of six teams to choose from for the Friday/Sunday split this week: the Jackets, the sexy as hell Panthers, the Pens, the lowly Kraken, the Blues, and the Nucks.
Prior to Monday, there has only been four times in the last 25 years that a player scored five goals in a game.  Add Timo Meier to the list.  Meier single-handedly won the game for San Jose, scoring five times on six shots in the 6-2 win over the Kings.  We haven't seen a player ascent from solid top six player to bonafide superstar in quite some time.  Meier now has 20+25 in 35 games to go with over four shots per game.  He looked to be on this path three seasons ago when he had 30+36 as a 22-year-old, but he was a major letdown the last two seasons.  So what should we be looking for from Meier going forward?  Well, his shooting percentage isn't that outlandish to expect major regression.  It appears to be the real deal, which would make Meier a top 20 player going forward.   At 25 years old, Meier's prime should only be beginning.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
It's been the longest break without playing hockey in Evgeni Malkin's career.  He sure didn't show any rust in his return.  Malkin was outstanding on Tuesday, scoring two goals and an assist with four shots playing 17:21 in the 4-1 win over the Ducks.  Everything we wanted to see from Malkin in his season debut was there.  Top power play unit?  Check.  Centering the second line?  Check.  Quality minutes?  Check.  He'll even have better linemates once Rust returns.  I'm not expecting Malkin to be a top 20 player, but top 50 certainly seems within reach given how well the Penguins power play is clicking.  If you stashed him, then you're going to make out extremely well if he can stay healthy.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
It’s that time again. Friday/Sunday stream targets to finish out the week. Get those claims in today so you don’t miss out! Unless you’re in one of them fancy same-day adds leagues. Another big weekend of streamable teams! Seven this time. Seven! Note: For the sake of uniformity and convenience on my part, only players rostered in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues will be included. Also, a “***” denotes a priority stream, in my humble opinion.
One of the best coaches of the past two decades finally received another chance.  Bruce Boudreau was hired by the Canucks and promptly won his first game 4-0.  Thatcher Demko had a 31 save shutout and looks to be the biggest beneficiary of the coaching change.  Boudreau has always had a great defensive system that inflated the numbers of his goaltenders.  Dubnyk was never that good of a goalie, but he was great in fantasy.  Same goes with the Washington guys earlier, or the other Wild goaltenders.  Demko has the chance to be a bottom end #1 now.  I'd also expect the stars on the Canucks to start turning things around.  I still think the roster is incredibly flawed, but this is a huge win for the Canucks in real life and for us in fantasy.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights: 
The Blues have cooled off a bit since their hot start, but that doesn't mean that all of their players have.  Pavel Buchnevich tore it up over the weekend, scoring a goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM on Friday before coming back with two goals and an assist with five shots on Saturday.  Buch is crushing it across the board on the seasons now with 8+8, 18 PIM and 58 shots in 19 games.  Add in a +8 rating and he's a top 20 forward at the moment.  Do I expect that to last? No, but his fit in St. Louis couldn't be better and now he's getting plenty of minutes, especially with David Perron out of the lineup.  Somehow, he's still available in over 20% of leagues which is blasphemous.  He has a real chance at being a top 50 player this year.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend: