It wasn't that long ago that Vladimir Tarasenko requested a trade from the Blues. It wasn't that long ago that Tarasenko could have went to Seattle in the expansion draft.  Now, St. Louis has to be thanking their lucky stars that he's still on the roster.  Tarasenko had his biggest game of the season on Thursday, scoring a hat trick on four shots and adding two more assists in the 6-2 win over the Sabres.  Tarasenko now has 31+41 in 67 games, with a great chance of setting a career high in points.  It's a remarkable turnaround for the Russian who is certainly a top 100 player for drafts next season.  I don't see him cracking the top 50, but it's great to see Tarasenko playing great hockey again.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
We've reached the home stretch with three weeks left in the season.  Today, I'm going to hit on some notable things that'll help you for your fantasy playoffs and other things just to watch for future gain.  Let's get to it! Owen Power signed with the Sabres and should make his NHL debut on Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.  It's not the best matchup obviously, but if you need defensemen help, I'm good with adding him.  The Sabres finish the week with a back-to-back against the Flyers which is pretty advantageous.
There's been plenty of bounce back players this season across the NHL.  One of them who hasn't received the attention of others is Ryan Johansen.  Johansen's career was strongly trending in the wrong direction the previous two seasons, including only 22 points in 48 games last season.  He has been decent most of the season, but really took once he moved to the top line.  His best game of the season was on Tuesday night, scoring his first career hat trick on seven shots in the 6-2 win over the Wild.  Johansen now has 20+34 on the season with 51 PIM.  Yes, Johansen's career has turned out to be a big disappointment with the way it was trending early on in Columbus, but it's nice to see him score 20 goals for the first time since 2014.  Remarkably, he's still 29 years old, so this level of play can be repeated next season.  For the rest of this one, Johansen is an elite streamer in standard leagues and a hold if your league doesn't include SOG as a category.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
As a Sabres fan, the last decade has been bleak, to say the least.  There's starting to be some light at the end of the tunnel, and the newest example came on Monday night.  The Sabres did something they hadn't in 33 years: win a game after being down by four goals. The Sabres came back from 4-0 to tie the game at 4, then went down 5-4 before Alex Tuch tied the game with 2:14 left, then Tage Thompson won it with 11 seconds left. The team is 6-1-2 in the last nine games with plenty of encouraging signs.  We should see Owen Power sooner than later as well.  From a fantasy perspective, the biggest story has to be Thompson.  He's up to 28 goals on the season and over three shots per game.  The jump he's made this season while moving to center is remarkable.  Thompson is still available in over 50% of leagues and quite frankly, I don't understand it at all.  He's a clear hold.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
David Perron had a horrible start to the season and was shaping up to being one of the biggest fantasy busts of this year.  To say things have turned for the better is an understatement.  Perron scored two goals on seven shots against the Predators before scoring a goal on seven shots against Winnipeg.  Since Perron went back on the top line, Perron has exploded.  He has eight goals and five assists in the last ten games with 35 SOG.  It's good enough across the board that Perron is a clear hold in all formats again.  He's only available in about 25% of leagues, but even in a shallow league, I wouldn't be cutting Perron to keep a stream spot.  The schedule is a little light the next couple weeks, but it really picks up in the last week of March and early April.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
It’s that time again. Friday/Sunday stream targets to finish out the week. Get those claims in today so you don’t miss out! Unless you’re in one of them fancy same-day adds leagues. Eight teams to pick from this week. Whew boy! Let's do it to it. Note: For the sake of uniformity and convenience on my part, only players rostered in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues will be included. Also, a “***” denotes a priority stream, in my humble opinion.
Before this season, Tage Thompson was part of the punch line about how bad the Sabres were fleeced in the RoR trade.  Amazingly, Thompson has come out of nowhere to play better than RoR has this season (although I'm sure the Blues are just fine with it, banners fly forever).  Thompson was fantastic over the weekend, scoring a hat trick against the Avalanche before scoring a goal on four shots against the Blue Jackets on Sunday.  That brings Thompson up to 20 goals and 18 assists in 47 games and over three shots per game.  Thompson is right on the fringe although I lean towards grabbing him for now.  Buffalo's next opponent?  Montreal.  Let me get some of that.  Either way, Thompson's development is massive for the Sabres going forward.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
We have our first big named moved prior to the trade deadline.  It appears that teams want to get their business done early this season, especially Montreal, and they did on Monday sending Tyler Toffoli to Calgary for a prospect and picks, including a first.  In Toffoli's first game, he scored a goal on four shots in 12:18 of ice time.  The game was lopsided so it's hard to make a lot of judgments yet.  Toffoli started the game on the third line, but his goal was assisted by Lindholm and Gaudreau as Sutter was trying out different looks.  Given how well the first line has played, I can't imagine Toffoli stays there, but it's worth noting.  If he's on the third line and second PP, he's capable of being a hold like Mangiapane has been in that role in the past, but it also caps his ceiling quite a bit.  I'm not rushing to hold him, but his underlying numbers are still quite good this season despite Montreal being a dumpster fire.  I wouldn't be surprised if he does turn into a hold at some point again, so if you want to make the spec add, I'm completely fine with it.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
It’s that time again. Friday/Sunday stream targets to finish out the week. Get those claims in today so you don’t miss out! Unless you’re in one of them fancy same-day adds leagues. Alrighty, we've got a slate of six teams to choose from for the Friday/Sunday split this week: the Jackets, the sexy as hell Panthers, the Pens, the lowly Kraken, the Blues, and the Nucks.
We don't know what's going to happen come playoff time, but the Florida Panthers have established themselves as a regular season juggernaut.  After destroying the Stars 7-1 on Friday, they came back to score nine goals on Saturday, beating Columbus 9-2.  Among the highlights between the two games were Sam Bennett scoring a hat trick on Friday and totaling six points between the two games, Jonathan Huberdeau having six points, and MacKenzie Weegar having a rare four point game from a defenseman on Saturday.  They're clicking on all cylinders right now and that means great things in fantasy.  They have ten skaters that I consider locks to be held, and another four that are quality streamers depending on team needs.  Side note, I'm going to do another hold/stream list soon.  Could we see the Panthers win their first playoff series since 1996?  As long as their goaltending is passable, it's firmly in play despite being in a division with three elite teams.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
Outside of more COVID cases and postponements, there wasn't a lot that went on over the weekend in the NHL, at least with a fantasy impact.  The big story was Marc-Andre Fleury returning to Vegas, the first face of the franchise.  Fleury was excellent, stopping 30 of 31 shots to win the game 2-1 for the Blackhawks.  MAF's overall numbers are more of a top end #3 goalie, but the volume is really good.  I'm indifferent towards holding him or not, but I'd lean that way since it's been better after the brutal first month.  There's also some additional upside if he moves somewhere at the trade deadline as a rental.  I assume Chicago will ask him what he wants at this point in his career but they're well out of the playoffs so for a couple months, I could see him going to a team for a few months before retirement.  The schedule for Chicago over the next 10 days is quite appealing before it gets ugly at the end of the month, which is more reason to hold Fleury for now.