The Blues are in the middle of a brutal schedule, playing three back-to-backs in a row, including four games in six days.  They pulled off the first back-to-back through Alberta before going to Vancouver on Monday.  There, Jordan Kyrou stole the show.  Kyrou scored a hat trick on five shots while adding an assist in the 5-1 win, giving him 10 points in his previous four games.  Unfortunately for Kyrou, he was injured late in the game and missed Tuesday's debacle against the Kraken with a UBI.  It's unclear how serious it is, but I do find it a bit encouraging that the news that he was out came later on Tuesday instead of immediately after the game Monday or early Tuesday.  With only one game over the next week, let's hope that he misses minimal time while he's on a heater.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
One of the goaltending performances of the season came in the marquee showdown on Tuesday.  Toronto sure didn't make it easy on Matt Murray, taking seven penalties, but Murray stood up to the challenge and then some.  Murray had a 44 save shutout, leading Toronto to a 4-0 victory.  I thought the Toronto goaltending would be rough this season, but Murray has been very good when on the ice.  Same goes with Ilya Samsonov.  It could fall apart just like it did for Campbell last season, but the reason I liked these guys as #2 goalies is their floor is so high because of wins.  When Toronto gets this level of goaltending, it's extremely hard to beat them.  Here's to hoping Murray can stay healthy because he could be a big difference maker in fantasy.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Dallas locked up the last part of their core on Tuesday, signing Roope Hintz to an eight year contract extension.  Even being in the midst of a three game pointless streak, Hintz remains over a point per game and based on game score, he's a top ten forward in the league to this point of the season.  I don't expect him to maintain that pace, but his line is right there for the crown of best in the NHL.  Fantasy wise, I'd like to see the shot rate uptick 10-20%, but even with where he is, Hintz is a solid piece towards the top end of your roster.  If DeBoer played him 20+ minutes like he should instead of 17 per game, the numbers would be even better.  Congrats to Hintz for securing the bag!  Let's see what happened over the last two nights:
Vancouver has managed to blow multi-goal leads in each of their first four games.  Pretty remarkable stuff that already has Boudreau on the hot seat.  The good news is that there's still been some offensive bright spots for the Canucks, and Elias Pettersson is leading the way.  Pettersson had five points over the last two nights, totaling two goals, three assists, and six shots in the two games.  That brings Pettersson to 3+3 in four games, along with 3.5 shots per game.  That's a good start to one of my bold predictions of the season, which is that Pettersson will score 45+ goals this year.  Time will tell if that pans out, but I have no doubt that Pettersson can be a top 25 player despite the low penalty minutes.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Today, I move into the forwards section of my rankings.  I'm going to go through the top 40 forwards overall, 18 of which were covered in my Top 10 and 20 posts (linked below).  My plan for the rest of the week is to plow through 80 forwards before compiling a top 200 list to be out Friday for everyone's drafts over the next week.  I'm sure this will be a long one so let's get to it!
We're moving along to the players ranked 11th-20th overall today.  If you missed the Top 10, you can check that out here.  I'm sure this is going to be another long post, so let's get to it! 11) Mitch Marner - As talked about in the last post, there's not much separating the players from the end of the top 10 through the top 20.  At the end of the day, I'm going to continue to play it safe and go with high floors.  Marner set a career high in points last season with 97 in only 72 games.  He was above three shots per game for the first time, and we know the plus-minus will be quite good.  He's a little light on the penalty minutes, but at some point, you have to accept that and take a player who is probably a favorite to score 100 points this season, just like Barkov before him.  
The Panthers have won 11 in a row, and 14 of their past 15 games.  There's been plenty of crazy games in this stretch that has them tied for the league lead in points.  On Tuesday, they tied the game with less than four minutes left before they won it 20 seconds into overtime, and it was the usual suspects.  Aleksander Barkov scored all three goals in the 3-2 OT win, with Jonathan Huberdeau assisting on all three goals.  Barkov has a new career high in goals, 37, despite playing in only 63 games to this point.  Additionally, Huberdeau now leads the league in points.  Yes, that's correct, he leads the league in points.  Both of them will be in the discussion to be first round picks in drafts next season.  It's going to be great to see them in the playoffs, hopefully for longer than last time around.  Let's see what else happened on Tuesday:
There's been plenty of bounce back players this season across the NHL.  One of them who hasn't received the attention of others is Ryan Johansen.  Johansen's career was strongly trending in the wrong direction the previous two seasons, including only 22 points in 48 games last season.  He has been decent most of the season, but really took once he moved to the top line.  His best game of the season was on Tuesday night, scoring his first career hat trick on seven shots in the 6-2 win over the Wild.  Johansen now has 20+34 on the season with 51 PIM.  Yes, Johansen's career has turned out to be a big disappointment with the way it was trending early on in Columbus, but it's nice to see him score 20 goals for the first time since 2014.  Remarkably, he's still 29 years old, so this level of play can be repeated next season.  For the rest of this one, Johansen is an elite streamer in standard leagues and a hold if your league doesn't include SOG as a category.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
As a Sabres fan, the last decade has been bleak, to say the least.  There's starting to be some light at the end of the tunnel, and the newest example came on Monday night.  The Sabres did something they hadn't in 33 years: win a game after being down by four goals. The Sabres came back from 4-0 to tie the game at 4, then went down 5-4 before Alex Tuch tied the game with 2:14 left, then Tage Thompson won it with 11 seconds left. The team is 6-1-2 in the last nine games with plenty of encouraging signs.  We should see Owen Power sooner than later as well.  From a fantasy perspective, the biggest story has to be Thompson.  He's up to 28 goals on the season and over three shots per game.  The jump he's made this season while moving to center is remarkable.  Thompson is still available in over 50% of leagues and quite frankly, I don't understand it at all.  He's a clear hold.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Igor Shesterkin has been long anointed as "the next one."  It turns out he's even better than I expected, and I have him at +1200 to win the Vezina.  Shesterkin saved 36 of 37 shots in the 4-1 win over the Capitals on Thursday, losing his shutout with one minute left to an Ovechkin flubbed deflection.  Let's face the facts.  The Rangers are the good bad team.  Yes, the power play is great, but they're a below average even strength team being propped up by how good Shesterkin.  He's certainly the best goalie in dynasties, and for this season, it's a two man tier of Shesterkin and Vasilevskiy.  If NHL players were in the Olympics, one of these guys would have been stuck backing up, probably Igor.  Pretty absurd.  Regardless, I'm not a first round pick goalie guy, but starting next season, I wouldn't be surprised if Igor stays in that territory for the next 5+ years.  Let's take a look at the last two nights:
Before this season, Tage Thompson was part of the punch line about how bad the Sabres were fleeced in the RoR trade.  Amazingly, Thompson has come out of nowhere to play better than RoR has this season (although I'm sure the Blues are just fine with it, banners fly forever).  Thompson was fantastic over the weekend, scoring a hat trick against the Avalanche before scoring a goal on four shots against the Blue Jackets on Sunday.  That brings Thompson up to 20 goals and 18 assists in 47 games and over three shots per game.  Thompson is right on the fringe although I lean towards grabbing him for now.  Buffalo's next opponent?  Montreal.  Let me get some of that.  Either way, Thompson's development is massive for the Sabres going forward.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend: