Am I shocked at how well the Jets are doing?¬† No.¬† Reid and I talked about the Jets’ ceiling on the Central Division podcast and we said that second place is certainly within the realm of possibility (I guess we sold them a little short, first is in play).¬† Long term readers know how much I love¬†Connor Hellebuyck.¬† The only reason I was scared off a bit for redrafts is that Kevin Cheveldayoff said that¬†Steve Mason¬†would be their starter to open the season.¬† Well, Mason was lit up in his first game as a Jet and the rest is history.¬† Hellebuyck continued his outstanding breakout season over the weekend, saving 30 of 31 shots in the 2-1 SO win over the Flames on Saturday, then a 29 save shutout in the 1-0 win against the Canucks on Sunday.¬† Hellebuyck is currently the #2 goalie on the season, and while there’s a chance he falls off a little bit (I’m certain he’ll finish as a #1G), I think he’s solidified himself as the #2 goalie in dynasty leagues.¬† The Jets are going to be really good for a long time and Hellebuyck will be a big reason and also a beneficiary of the talent around him.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The best line in hockey from last season is at it again.¬†¬†Brad Marchand¬†and¬†Patrice Bergeron¬†each had five points in the two Boston wins over the last two nights.¬† Marchand started off with a goal and an assist with three shots in the 4-1 win over Montreal, then bettered that with a goal and two assists with three shots against the Islanders.¬† Bergeron dished two assists on Wednesday before getting his second hat trick in the last two weeks on Thursday.¬† Bergeron is now one point short of being at a point per game while Marchand is well over that, sitting at 1.28 ppg, third in the league.¬† Marchand has provided slam dunk first down value, just exactly what you hoped for when you selected him this year.¬† Bergeron has managed to surpass expectations on a per-game basis.¬† If he didn’t miss time, he’d be a top ten forward on the season.¬† These guys are the main reason why the Bruins are one of the best teams in the league and a major Stanley Cup threat if they can manage to upset the Lightning.¬† For our purposes, keep rolling them in seasonal formats, and if you’re someone who fires multiple DFS lineups every night, I would make sure to have a Bruins stack on at least one team every night.¬† The upside is simply too high to ignore.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Here is what I wrote about the Blues in my 31 predictions post: “Carter Hutton¬†starts at least half of the games the rest of the way.¬† There‚Äôs no way around it, he‚Äôs been much better than¬†Jake Allen.¬† You can tell Mike Yeo knows it lately as Hutton is starting to get more starts.¬† Hutton is still available in over 75% of leagues; I‚Äôd go grab him now just because of the potential upside.”¬† And that’s me quoting me copying what Grey does!¬† Hutton received the start on Tuesday and stopped 30 of 31 shots in the Blues’ 3-1 win over Toronto.¬† Hutton has started 17 games and has the best GAA and sv% in the league for qualified goalies.¬† Is he going to stay at this level?¬† Of course not.¬† Could Hutton be a top 15 goalie the rest of the way if he gets 25+ starts?¬† Absolutely.¬† It’s worth repeating that you should pick up Hutton right now because he’s good enough to potentially be a huge difference maker in fantasy leagues this year.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
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?
What the Vegas Golden Knights are doing in their inaugural season is nothing short of spectacular.¬† The only thing I’ve ever seen like it is Leicester City fighting off relegation before winning the Premier League title the next season at 5000-1 shots.¬† Sure, Vegas was nowhere near that big of a long shot, but to have the best record in the West is remarkable.¬† On Tuesday, they beat their top competition, the Nashville Predators, 3-0.¬†¬†Marc-Andre Fleury¬†led the way with a 28 save shutout.¬† It’s a shame Fleury was injured this season because he’s been great in 9 of 10 starts.¬† Fleury has won 8 of his 10 starts with a GAA below 2 and save percentage above .940.¬† It’s safe to say it will regress some but I’m well past the point of thinking Vegas is going to regress.¬† This team is real and Fleury looks like he’ll be a slam dunk #1 fantasy goalie for the rest of the season and going forward.¬† Just a remarkable story that I can’t get enough of.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I have to admit, I’ve always had a soft spot for¬†Thomas Vanek.¬† I saw him win the NCAA Championship as Minnesota’s best player as a freshman and fell in love with his offensive abilities before the Sabres drafted him 5th overall.¬† Vanek was excellent for many years in Buffalo and while his game isn’t where it once was, he can still put up points at a fairly high level.¬† Vancouver switched their lines recently with Vanek playing with¬†Brock Boeser¬†and¬†Sam Gagner.¬† They exploded against Chicago on Thursday with Vanek leading the way.¬† In the 5-2 win over the Blackhawks, Vanek scored two goals and three assists with five shots and two PIM finishing +5.¬† Vanek now has 10 points in his past 4 games giving him 12+16 in 38 games this year.¬† The shot rate has been up over the past ten games (3 per) so I’d grab Vanek while he’s on fire, at least as a streamer.¬† I’m sure his name will be discussed as a trade target again at this year’s deadline and unlike last year in Florida, I think Vanek will make a difference.¬† Injuries really hurt Florida and Vanek was mostly relegated to 12 minutes on third line duty.¬† We’ve seen in Detroit last season and Vancouver this year that Vanek is still capable of putting up points.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened Thursday night around the league:Please, blog, may I have some more?
There are plenty of great story lines going around the NHL right now.¬† Vegas’ incredible start, Kucherov and Stamkos dominating, the Blues top line taking off, the Jets breaking out, etc.¬† Even the Oilers dreadful start is a major talking point but we haven’t talked much about their best player.¬†¬†Connor McDavid is still only 20 years old and despite the Oilers being a dumpster fire and these other players being the talk of the town, McJesus is only 3 points from the league lead.¬† In Edmonton’s demolition of Columbus Tuesday, McDavid had a goal and three assists with five shots.¬† The shot rate is marginally down from last season but he’s well on track to repeat last year’s 30+70.¬† No matter what awful set of players Peter Chiarelli fills the roster with, it’s good to know McDavid won’t be stopped.¬† Look for him to win his second scoring title and potentially go for the Hart Trophy again if he can lead the Oilers back to the playoffs (seemingly a long shot).¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened Tuesday night: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?
We’ve gone without daily notes for five days due to Razzball crashing for a short period of time.¬† The good news is that the problem is fixed and that we are backed!¬† I’m not going to go through every single game over the past five days because at this point, some of it would be outdated.¬† I’m going to go through each team in the league and write a little bit about each of them.¬† Let’s get right to it!Please, blog, may I have some more?
As far as stunning results go, the Senators going into Calgary and winning 6-0 against Calgary is up there.¬† They then matched it on Saturday night beating the Oilers 6-1.¬† Not bad for back to back games against two elite teams on the road without their best player.¬† Leading the way for the Senators was¬†Kyle Turris.¬† Over the two games, Turris scored two goals on five shots with four assists and two PIM.¬† Reid’s man crush has the ability to be a top 100 player in fantasy.¬† Will this be the year he gets there?¬† Maybe, but even if it’s not, Turris should be owned in all leagues.¬† Let’s take a look at what happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?