I've been aggressive ranking Matthew Tkachuk for years, but I never expected this type of offense from him.  Tkachuk had a hat trick on Tuesday, bringing his season totals up to 37+55 in 73 games.  He has a chance for 100 points, he's +49, the PIM are strong, and his shot rate is over three per game.  Tkachuk is pretty much having a Marchand-esque season.  That's the Marchand who has been a top five player for the past 4-5 years.  Now, I'm not quite going there with Tkachuk for next season.  Gaudreau could leave and this is an outlier in terms of past performance.  That said, he's firmly in the first round pick discussion because he smashes every category.  I can't wait to see what he does in the playoffs.  Let's take a look at what else happened the last two nights:
Fifty-six goals.  That's how many Auston Matthews has on the season after another two goal performance on Thursday.  Not only does he have the most goals in a season in Maple Leafs history, he now holds the record for most goals in a season by an US-born player.  Matthews has 49 goals on 49 games, a run that hasn't happened in this millennium.  He's locking up the Hart Trophy with this run, and the fantasy question is where he goes in drafts next season.  I still couldn't bring myself to take Matthews over McDavid because the floor for McDavid is the highest we've seen in the fantasy hockey era, but I think Matthews has played himself into tier one being worthy of the second pick overall.  Can't wait to see how Toronto performs in the playoffs this year.  Let's take a look at what happened over the last two nights:
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:
The Flames are playing incredible hockey at the moment as they make their way up the standings.  The top line gets a ton of credit, but the second line has been just as important.  They've thoroughly dominated for months generating absurd shot rates and possession.  This continued the last two nights as Calgary blew out Vegas and Toronto back to back.  Mikael Backlund led the way with six points between the two games, scoring a goal and three assists against Vegas, then following it up with two more assists against the Leafs.  Andrew Mangiapane scored three goals over the two games, while Blake Coleman dished two assists.  It might be a stretch, but I have them all as elite streamers right now.  I'd rank them Mangiapane, Coleman, Backlund depending on your league format, but the work they're doing against top lines is more valuable in real life than fantasy.  Still, if they keep getting over 80 shots per 60 minutes as a line, which they've done for over a month, there will be plenty of fantasy value.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
It looks like I was a year early predicting Matthew Tkachuk to be a top 20 fantasy hockey player.  It also looks like I sold him a bit short.  Tkachuk had five assists on Monday, all of which came in the first two periods.  He's playing at a 40+50 pace with well over three shots per game, elite play at even strength and the power play, and plenty of PIM.  The first line in Calgary is playing just about as well as any line in the league with Tkachuk leading the way.  He's a top ten skater on the season now, and while I wouldn't rank him as a first round pick i.e. the top 12, he's a slam dunk top 20 guy.  Guys who absolutely dominate all of the categories are harder to come by, and the only two that have been better so far are Marchand and Kadri.  For the rest of the season, I'd take Tkachuk over Kadri too, and long term, Tkachuk is the top guy.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
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. 
It wasn't hard to figure out who to feature in the opening paragraph tonight.  Andre Burakovsky started off the weekend with two goals on six shots against the Red Wings and finished it off with a hat trick on six shots against the Panthers.  That brings Burakovsky to 12+8 in 24 games on the season, quite the respectable total.  He's still available in 40% of leagues and that needs to change immediately.  With Gabriel Landeskog out for two weeks, Burakovsky is playing on the top line and top power play unit.  That's enough to make him must own in all formats, and he showed why on Sunday, getting a hat trick in a tough matchup.  It should be an excellent December for Burakovsky and hopefully it continues into the New Year.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
One of the best coaches of the past two decades finally received another chance.  Bruce Boudreau was hired by the Canucks and promptly won his first game 4-0.  Thatcher Demko had a 31 save shutout and looks to be the biggest beneficiary of the coaching change.  Boudreau has always had a great defensive system that inflated the numbers of his goaltenders.  Dubnyk was never that good of a goalie, but he was great in fantasy.  Same goes with the Washington guys earlier, or the other Wild goaltenders.  Demko has the chance to be a bottom end #1 now.  I'd also expect the stars on the Canucks to start turning things around.  I still think the roster is incredibly flawed, but this is a huge win for the Canucks in real life and for us in fantasy.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights: 
It's no surprise that an ex-Sabre destroyed the Sabres in their first game against their former team.  I've seen it for the better part of the decade.  The surprise was that the Sabres stormed out to a 3-0 and 4-1 lead, only to blow the game.  Sam Reinhart had a goal and three assists with two shots in the comeback, but that's not what makes me excited.  Four points doesn't make me excited?  Well, it does, but what really excites me is that Reinhart moved onto the first line once the game was 4-1.  The line change sparked the Florida comeback, and I'd have to think they keep Reinhart there to start next game.  I've already been holding Reinhart, but he is available in a fairly large number of leagues.  I'd grab him now because if he stays on the top line, we could see him push towards a point per game. 
The Blues have cooled off a bit since their hot start, but that doesn't mean that all of their players have.  Pavel Buchnevich tore it up over the weekend, scoring a goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM on Friday before coming back with two goals and an assist with five shots on Saturday.  Buch is crushing it across the board on the seasons now with 8+8, 18 PIM and 58 shots in 19 games.  Add in a +8 rating and he's a top 20 forward at the moment.  Do I expect that to last? No, but his fit in St. Louis couldn't be better and now he's getting plenty of minutes, especially with David Perron out of the lineup.  Somehow, he's still available in over 20% of leagues which is blasphemous.  He has a real chance at being a top 50 player this year.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
The hits keep coming for Tampa Bay.  Brayden Point is now out indefinitely after an ugly crash into the boards on Saturday.  The Tampa lineup is starting to get pretty thin.  Stammer has been forced to go back to center, with Alex Barre-Boulet getting time on the top line.  Barre-Boulet scored in Sunday's game against the Wild.  He's a decent streamer now.  The more interesting player is Anthony Cirelli, who scored two goals on five shots with two PIM on Sunday playing over 24 minutes.  It's pretty clear that Cirelli is going to be the top minute getter for Tampa for the time being.  I think he becomes a must hold in all formats.  Let's take a look at what else happened around the league this weekend:
The Maple Leafs went into the season wanting to limit the workload of their goaltending duo, but things have gone off the rails in the first month.  The good news is that if you own Jack Campbell in fantasy, you're reaping all of the benefits.  Campbell had a shutout against Nashville on Wednesday, saving 24 shots.  Is a 1.68/.943 good?  I had Campbell ranked as a top 10 goalie going into the season, but now, he's looking like a top 5 guy.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights: