While he's not getting the attention that he received in Vegas' inaugural season, Jonathan Marchessault has quietly had a terrific campaign.  His best game came on Wednesday, where Marchessault had two goals, two assists, and five shots leading Vegas to a 5-2 victory over the Sharks.  This let Vegas become the first team to clinch the playoffs this season, something that has been a formality for months already.  Marchessault now had 13 goals and 22 assists in 46 games, along with a +12 rating, 37 PIM, and 147 shots.  In other words, he's a plus across the board with elite PIM and a strong shot rate.  At 30 years old, Marchessault has shown no signs of slowing down.  He's getting easier matchups now which is helping him thrive on the second line.  He looks every bit of a top 100 player going forward, with the upside of being top 50 if he has some shooting luck in a season like he did in his one season in Florida.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Injuries are a part of the game, but always terrible to see.  Unfortunately, a Razzball favorite went down on Monday night.  Brendan Gallagher broke his thumb and is out multiple weeks.  If you have an IR spot, definitely stash him, but if you don't, you can sadly let him go.  So who gets the boost in Montreal?  Jesperi Kotkaniemi moved to the wing and took Gallagher's spot which boosts him up to a solid streamer from a middling one.  Eric Staal scored the overtime winner in his Canadiens debut and is now centering Toffoli and Drouin.  He looked completely shot in Buffalo, but maybe the trade plus the easier division rejuvenate him.  Let's see how he looks over the next couple games before we use him.  I also really like what I've seen from Josh Anderson lately who is playing more minutes.  The assists are brutal, but the goals and shots should be quite good.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Things have taken a dramatic turn for the fourth playoff spot in the West division.  With the Blues crumbling, Arizona has played its way into the fourth spot.  They opened up a three point lead on Sunday night, almost exclusively because of Jakob Chychrun.  Chychrun had the first hat trick of his career, tying the game late in the third before scoring the winner in overtime.  That gives him twelve goals on the season pushing towards three shots per game and with elite penalty minutes.  He's a solid #2 for this season, but what's the long term ceiling?  Chychrun just turned 23 years old and this jump in shot rate does a lot for his long term value.  In terms of dynasties, Chychrun has shown me enough this year to warrant a spot in the bottom of the top ten for defensemen, making him a #1D.  He's a stud, plain and simple.  Arizona has been a surprise offensively, and a lot of it has to do with their kingpin defenseman.  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:
My bold prediction of Tyson Barrie scoring 50 points this season was looking absolutely horrible through the first two weeks.  After the past week, there's some hope.  Barrie had two assists with five shots on Tuesday night against the Senators.  That gives him seven points in the last four games and it hasn't been dominated by power play points.  The good news is that the Oilers have two more games coming up against the Senators early next week, but either way, I'm expecting Barrie to keep playing well and push towards being the top 10 defenseman I projected.  If somebody panicked early, including yourself since I assume most of the readers own Barrie, grab Barrie immediately.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Hey guys! Sven back with the Buy, Sell, Hold segment for the second year. It’s pretty straight forward, players who are buys: you should pick up. Players who are sells, you should think about dropping. Players who are holds, you may be thinking about dropping but don’t just yet! Just for clarification, the % I am going to put next to the players’ stat line is their %own on ESPN. For Buys, I usually focus on guys with a %own less than 50%. Let’s get started! This is a quick one today as I have been very busy, but I will try to start pumping these out every week again.