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?
Hey guys!¬† I’m very sick at the moment so I’m going to keep this short and sweet.¬† I’m going to focus on players who aren’t trivial holds in this set of daily notes.¬† In other words, sorry¬†Jakub Voracek, but this is the extent of me writing about you.¬† Let’s focus on¬†Nino Niederreiter¬†for a minute.¬† El Nino killed it last season; he was a borderline top 50 player, definitely top 75.¬† He hasn’t started off that well and then was injured.¬† Niederreiter returned on Thursday and had a hat trick before the midway point of the second period.¬† He scored three goals on four shots as the Wild cruised to victory over the Sabres.¬† We know his upside and after this game, he’s up to 13 goals in 30 games.¬† The penalty minutes are strong, he’s +11, and he’s only 48.5% owned because of his injury.¬† Go pick him up now if he’s available.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the past 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?
If you follow my writing at all, you know how much I love¬†Brent Burns.¬† I mean, how can you not love this face?
He’s been among the most disappointing players in fantasy hockey to this point, mostly because he’s found a way to have a horrible shooting percentage.¬† Well, since my last set of daily notes, Burns is finally back on track!¬† In his past three games, Burns has three goals and three assists with a whopping 22 shots on goal.¬† ¬†There’s still plenty of time for Burns to deliver an elite fantasy season with a monster second half.¬† I certainly won’t put it past the reigning Norris Trophy winner.¬† I’m going to change things up a bit with this post.¬† Since I’m a bit behind, mainly because of the site going down last Thursday night, I’m going to list every player, by NHL team, that I think is a hold or streamer in standard leagues, guys who become in play with hits, blocks and faceoffs added, and then add some information where necessary.¬† Let’s get to it!Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Razzball ranking committee of one (yours truly) has long been a fan of¬†Brayden Schenn.¬† Mid 20’s in goals, about 30 assists, solid PIM, and elite special teams points made Schenn a main stay around the 100 overall mark in his time in Philadelphia.¬† With the move to St. Louis in the offseason, I wrote the following about Schenn in my preseason rankings: “Schenn‚Äôs success will come down to two things: can he improve his even strength play in St. Louis while sustaining his power play prowess?”¬† Well, the power play points are slightly behind the past, but my god is Schenn crushing at even strength.¬† Schenn scored a hat trick on Tuesday night leading the Blues to a 4-3 win over Montreal.¬† That gives Schenn 13+20 in 28 games this season, along with a mind-blowing +22 rating and elite penalty minutes.¬† Schenn’s career high in a season is 37 even strength points; he already has 25 this year!¬† Even the biggest of Schenn optimists couldn’t have seen this coming as he’s pushing for the #1 forward spot in all of fantasy hockey.¬† Kudos to everyone who drafted Schenn in the early to middle rounds and here’s to continued success for the top six in St. Louis.¬† Here’s what else happened the last two nights around the league: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?
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?
I normally don’t give the extended intro to the same player twice in a short period of time but my boy¬†Blake Wheeler¬†gets the honor tonight.¬† Wheeler’s excellent play continued on Monday night dishing four assists in the 4-1 win over the Stars, adding four shots and a +3 rating.¬† All of a sudden, Wheeler is quietly creeping up on the Tampa duo sitting third in the league in points.¬† 5+16, +7, 14 PIM, 9 STP, 46 SOG is Wheeler’s line through 14 games.¬† I don’t know what you guys think of that but it seems like an okay start to the season.¬† Loyal readers know I’ve long praised Wheeler as the most underrated superstar in the game and there are simply few players who consistently play at the level he does.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened in the 6 game slate on Monday:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hat tricks have been in vogue lately so¬†Blake Wheeler¬†decided to take it to another level.¬† Wheeler scored a hat trick in the first period on Sunday and later added an assist in the 7-1 win over the Penguins.¬† Wheeler has been the fantasy stalwart we’ve become accustomed to in the early going with 4+8, +3, 12 PIM, 35 SOG and 4 STP in 10 games.¬† I don’t know how many more years Wheeler will keep up this level of play but for now, he’s a top 20 player with relative ease.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend: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?