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?
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?
Jake DeBrusk¬†was the second of three consecutive first round picks by the Bruins in the 2015 draft.¬† The other two players are still in the AHL developing but DeBrusk is starting to make his mark with the big squad.¬† In the 7-2 beatdown of the Blue Jackets, DeBrusk scored a goal and two assists with four shots and two penalty minutes.¬† He followed that up by scoring the only non-empty net goal against the Sabres on Tuesday.¬† As you can see below, snipe city:
That brings DeBrusk up to 8 goals and 10 assists in 28 games with solid penalty minutes and a decent shot rate.¬† The crazy thing is that he’s producing despite getting poor minutes (he’s averaging 14 per game on the season).¬† DeBrusk has shown me plenty this season to improve his stock in dynasties.¬† He looks like a lock to be a top six player going forward while having plenty of upside from there.¬† In redrafts, I wouldn’t hold him right now, solely because of the lack of minutes.¬† That said, DeBrusk is still a great streamer while he’s producing.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights in the NHL:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Reid and I talked about¬†Tristan Jarry extensively on last week’s podcast.¬† We said that he should be picked up immediately with¬†Matt Murray¬†out for at least a few weeks, mostly because the Penguins had a back-to-back against the hapless Sabres.¬† Well, Jarry delivered and then some in both games.¬† He started off with a 34 save shutout in Buffalo before allowing 1 goal on 33 shots in Pittsburgh on Saturday.¬† The schedule isn’t great this week with the Rangers, Islanders, and Maple Leafs on deck, but they’re all at home.¬† At the least, Jarry is a nice spec add to see how things go against better competition.¬† He’s still available in over 70% of leagues so go grab him now.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
In Wednesday’s daily notes, I said that if I could, I would be looking to buy low on all of the elite goalies.¬† Obviously some at different levels than others, but everyone knows my love for¬†Devan Dubnyk¬†and the Wild as a regular season team.¬† I own plenty of Dubnyk stock again this year and it’s been nowhere near as fun as last season when he took the league by storm.¬† Dubnyk was a monster on Thursday night stopping all 41 shots he faced in the 3-0 win over the Canadiens.¬† Four of Dubnyk’s last eight starts (yes, one has bad against Toronto Wednesday but that’s Toronto) have been strong so perhaps there’s something building here.¬† Expect things for Dubnyk, and the Wild in general, to keep improving sooner than later.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Aleksander Barkov¬†is in a dead heat with McJesus for the most time on ice per game as a forward in the NHL.¬† Barkov has been making those minutes count in October and he continued to do so on Monday.¬† Barkov finished the month with a bang scoring a goal and three assists with two shots against the Lightning.¬† The bad news for Barkov is that his team was still electrocuted by the Lightning losing 8-5.¬† The good news for us fantasy owners is that it doesn’t affect us.¬† Barkov has been outstanding and if these minutes last, a top 50 season is a near lock.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened around the league on Monday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Like¬†Patrice Bergeron, I’m back!¬† After a long flight back home, it’ll be difficult for me to return in the style he did.¬† Bergeron had a goal and three assists with six shots in his season debut, a 6-3 win over the Canucks.¬† There’s not much to be said about Bergeron; get him back in your lineup immediately.¬† Look for his linemates to take off as well.¬† Let’s take a look at what happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Giving up five goals to St. Louis in the opener wasn’t extremely concerning for the Penguins.¬† But ten goals to Chicago in game two?¬† I believe that qualifies as a mess.¬† Obviously I’m not going to panic in regards to the Pittsburgh season outlook; I’d actually try to trade for¬†Matt Murray if their owner is panicking.¬† We’ll have to wait a few weeks to develop a bigger sample size, especially because this spot was perfect for the Blackhawks, but maybe they’re better than I gave them credit for.¬† Let’s take a look at the eight games from Thursday night and see what developed:Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s finally time! ¬†After hours of writing and nitpicking one or two spots for multiple players, my top 50 overall players for this coming season are complete. ¬†This post is long enough so no need to right a long intro, let’s get right into it!Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Boston Bruins returned to the playoffs on the back of their first line. ¬†I would argue that¬†Patrice Bergeron,¬†Brad Marchand¬†and¬†David Pastrnak¬†were the best trio in the league. ¬†Injuries hurt them immensely in their first round loss to the Senators but thankfully for them, they get a chance to run it back. ¬†Boston’s roster is almost identical to last season’s except for some young players that are ready to make a full time leap. ¬†They don’t have many interesting pieces from a fantasy perspective but they have a few elite options and some top end prospects. ¬†Let’s take a look at what they’re working with:Please, blog, may I have some more?