The Washington Capitals have received plenty of criticism for their blockbuster trade on Monday.  If things go like they did on Tuesday, I'm sure they'll have no complaints.  Anthony Mantha scored a goal and added an assist with six shots in the 6-1 win over the Capitals.  If it wasn't for a spectacular Elliott save, Mantha would have had a three point game right off the rip.  I wrote in the trade deadline blog that I would have added Mantha right away after the trade for the upside.  If you were slow to pull the trigger, odds are somebody else in your league already grabbed him, but go check.  He's still available in about 25% of leagues and he needs to be owned everywhere, especially with Washington playing the Sabres tonight.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Look, to be honest with you, there wasn't a ton of eventful things that happened in the NHL on Thursday night.  We're leading off with Sam Gagner for a couple reasons.  One, he had a trick on four shots in the 5-2 win for the Red Wings.  Sure, one was an empty netter, but a hat trick is a hat trick and that deserves recognition.  Never mind that Gagner came into the game with zero goals on the season and the three points in this game were more than he had all season.  The other reason I started off with Gagner is to give him some appreciation.  He had a solid career for over a decade now, constantly as an elite streamer while having a few years where he was a bottom end hold.  With all of the big games McJesus is having lately, you can try to stump your friends with a trivia question in terms of who the last player was that had seven points or more in a game?  As you could guess, it was Gagner, but did you know he actually had 8!?  He's one of only eleven players in history to have eight points in a game and for that, I thank Gagner for the memory of that wild night in Chicago.  Let's take a look at what else happened on Thursday:
Nino Niederreiter's first season in Carolina couldn't have gone any better with 14+16 in 36 games.  Last season really couldn't have gone worse with 11+18 in 67 games.  Well, this year has certainly been closer to 2018-19 and we can be thankful for that in fantasy.  Niederreiter scored two goals and an assist with three shots on Friday before dishing an assist on Saturday, adding six shots.  That brings Nino to 9+3 in 16 games with over three shots per game, 13 PIM, and a great +11 rating.  The second line in Carolina has been incredible, sparked by Niederreiter and Trocheck's revival.  He's an easy hold in all formats for the time being.  I wish that the minutes were a bit higher, but considering what Nino is doing with what he's getting, there can be some growth with additional minutes, namely in the assist department.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
The first draft pick in the franchise history of the Golden Knights, Cody Glass is starting to come into his own.  On Friday, Glass scored a goal on four shots before falling it up with an assist and two shots on Sunday.  With Pietrangelo out for the time being, Glass has been on the point of the first power play unit and looked extremely comfortable.  He has a point in four of his five games and while I'm not looking to hold him, Glass is up to being a solid streamer.  Long term, there's tremendous upside but with how loaded Vegas is right now, Glass' ceiling is a bit capped.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
I've run out of superlatives to describe Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.  I don't even like starting posts with them because everyone knows how good they are, but this weekend's play deserves the big praise.  McDavid had two goals and an assist with three shots on Saturday, while Draisaitl had two assists with a shot and two PIM.  Those games were horrible compared to their explosion on Sunday.  McDavid scored a goal and dished four assists while Draisaitl had six assists!  They were already the top two in the league in points before Sunday's games.  Now, they're lapping the field at the end of January.  It's a treat to watch these guys on a nightly basis, and even better if you have one of them on your fantasy team.  With the way the rest of the North division plays, what's the ceiling for points for these guys? 90? 100?  It sounds ridiculous in 56 games, but they're at another level at the moment and they won't have a tough defensive team to play in their entire division.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
For one night at least, the hype was real.  We've been hearing about Kirill Kaprizov for a few years now and his long awaited NHL debut couldn't have gone any better.  Kaprizov scored the game winning goal in overtime, finishing with an additional two assists and two shots on goal with a +3 rating in 21:52.  Cheers to all of you who have been sitting on him in dynasties and everyone who took him in DFS while he was still incredibly underpriced.  The first eight games for the Wild are against the three California teams so I'm expecting a big start from Kaprizov.  I'd have to say he's the Calder favorite if Evason is going to play him over 20 minutes in his first game.  Let's take a look at what else happened on Thursday night: