My love for Alex Ovechkin is no secret for the readers who frequent these parts.  The best goal scorer of all time continues to torment the opposition as he's in the midst of one of the best starts of his career.  Ovechkin had a goal and two assists with six shots against the Sabres on Monday.  Through twelve games, Ovechkin has a ridiculous 11+10 with 60 shots on goals.  That's five shots per game, which he's had that or more in seven straight games.  The Great Eight is playing his best hockey at even strength in years at age 36.  Don't take Alex Ovechkin for granted!  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
In Ilya Sorokin's first two starts, he allowed ten goals.  In the next seven, he's allowed eight total.  Sorokin kept up his hot streak with a 24 save shutout against the Jets on Saturday.  Semyon Varlamov is back for the Islanders, but for now, Sorokin is getting all of the volume.  I had him pegged as a great platoon guy this year who ideally was your #3, but would be fine as a #2.  Now, it would be terrific if Sorokin is your #2 because he could easily end up being a top 10 goalie even without much volume.  The GAA and save percentage look to be elite while the wins on a per-game basis should be as well.  Long term, Sorokin looks like a top five goalie.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
Joel Eriksson Ek took a big step forward last season, one of the main reasons the Wild made the playoffs with relative ease.  It was more on the defensive end than offensively, but he showed plenty of offense with 19 goals in 56 games.  On Tuesday, Eriksson Ek controlled the game for the Wild, scoring a hat trick on seven shots in the 6-5 OT win over the Jets.  Eriksson Ek averaged just over two shots per game last season, but he now has twelve shots in three games.  The minutes are going to be there so there's a chance he could push into bottom end hold territory.  For now, he's an elite streamer.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
I certainly won't be doing any victory laps after the first weekend, but Sam Bennett made me look good on Saturday, scoring a hat trick on six shots in the 5-1 win over the Islanders.  Bennett finds himself in the same role as last season when he blew up after the trade deadline.  Remarkably, he's still available in 40% of leagues on ESPN.  I assume nobody that reads my posts would be in a league where Bennett is on the waiver wire, but if he is, grab him right now.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
With almost the entire league in action on Monday, we were hoping for some entertaining hockey.  We got that and then some.  We had the Sabres come back from 2-0 down with an ECHL goalie who hasn't played any game in over a year to beat the Islanders.  Colorado came back from two down in the third twice to beat the Sharks.  Montreal scored in the last minute of the game before winning in OT against the Leafs.  The Wild were down 2 with 10 minutes, then tied the game with the goalie pulled and won in regulation against Vegas.  Even for teams that didn't finish them off, the Stars came back from two down in the third to get a point.  Also, Columbus came back from 3-0 down in the third to tie it and lose in overtime.  Nights like Monday are a reminder of why hockey is incredible during the regular season.  Let's take a look at what happened in each game on Monday night:
With only a couple weeks left in the season, it's time to lock down and make that final push.  In this post, I'm going to highlight some notable things around the NHL and their fantasy impact, along with looking at the schedule for the week ahead and what we can do with that.  Let's get to it! Alex Nedeljkovic is only three games away from becoming a restricted free agent instead of an unrestricted free agent.  It's easier for Carolina to do with Petr Mrazek banged up (he could play if necessary, but Carolina won't push him), so expect Nedeljkovic to start at least three times down the stretch.  He's still available in almost 70% of leagues which I do not understand.  I would add him immediately if he's available.