After a massive breakout in which he scored 72 points in 77 games and Tampa Bay made the Cup Finals in 2014-15, everyone expected¬†Tyler Johnson¬†to push his way into superstardom.¬† Then he struggled massively in 2015-16 scoring 38 points in 69 not-so-nice games.¬† “It’s okay, he’ll bounce back!”¬† Kind of, but 45 points in 66 games wasn’t necessarily what people hoped.¬† “Write him off, that was a fluke!”¬† Nope, Johnson is back on track.¬† Johnson scored a hat trick on Tuesday putting six shots on goal in the 5-4 win over Carolina.¬† He now has 16 goals and 18 assists in 42 games with a +11 rating.¬† The shot rate on the whole doesn’t look great, but Johnson has 33 shots on goal in his past 9 games, in which he has 8 goals.¬† The player that was tied for the team lead in points during the regular season and led a Cup finalist in points in the playoffs looks to be back.¬† If he is, Tampa is going to be even more unstoppable.¬† Johnson is available in around 25% of leagues and if you’re lucky enough to be in, grab him immediately.¬† If you own him, props for grabbing him and don’t look to sell high because we know the upside.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened 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?
What the Vegas Golden Knights are doing in their inaugural season is nothing short of spectacular.¬† The only thing I’ve ever seen like it is Leicester City fighting off relegation before winning the Premier League title the next season at 5000-1 shots.¬† Sure, Vegas was nowhere near that big of a long shot, but to have the best record in the West is remarkable.¬† On Tuesday, they beat their top competition, the Nashville Predators, 3-0.¬†¬†Marc-Andre Fleury¬†led the way with a 28 save shutout.¬† It’s a shame Fleury was injured this season because he’s been great in 9 of 10 starts.¬† Fleury has won 8 of his 10 starts with a GAA below 2 and save percentage above .940.¬† It’s safe to say it will regress some but I’m well past the point of thinking Vegas is going to regress.¬† This team is real and Fleury looks like he’ll be a slam dunk #1 fantasy goalie for the rest of the season and going forward.¬† Just a remarkable story that I can’t get enough of.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’ve generally been lower on players like¬†Johnny Gaudreau¬†than consensus for fantasy hockey.¬† The penalty minutes aren’t there, the shot rate was good but not elite, and the power play points were in the same boat as shot rate.¬† It’s why I’ve had him ranked as a third or fourth round pick because if he hasn’t not a point per game, he’s not giving you value.¬† Well, Gaudreau is laughing in my face at a point per game.¬† Gaudreau extended his point streak to ten games on Monday scoring a goal and an assist against the Capitals.¬† That gives him an incredible 31 points (10+21) in 20 games so far this season.¬† I’m going to go out on a limb and say that’s pretty good.¬† Johnny Hockey and the Flames look excellent right now (nods in approval since they’re my Cup pick) and Gaudreau is going down the path of being a second round pick in the future.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Monday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
We’ve gone without daily notes for five days due to Razzball crashing for a short period of time.¬† The good news is that the problem is fixed and that we are backed!¬† I’m not going to go through every single game over the past five days because at this point, some of it would be outdated.¬† I’m going to go through each team in the league and write a little bit about each of them.¬† Let’s get right to it!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Has¬†Sam Reinhart¬†lived up to being the second overall pick in his draft?¬† Definitely not.¬† Is the book closed on him becoming a great player?¬† I don’t think so.¬† Reinhart has shown flashes this season but his quality of linemate has been quite poor.¬† Last game, Reinhart moved to the first line with¬†Jack Eichel¬†and¬†Evander Kane.¬† This move paid dividends on Tuesday night where Reinhart scored a goal and two assists with four shots playing 18:36 in the 5-4 OT loss to the Penguins.¬† What does this mean going forward?¬† Well, Reinhart becomes an elite streamer and potential hold as long as he’s playing with Eichel and Kane.¬† Subjectively, I think Reinhart has been much stronger on the puck this year and if not for Eichel missing a glorious chance and another point blank save, Reinhart could have easily reached 4-5 points in this game.¬† Obviously we can’t expect that on a nightly basis but there’s no reason Reinhart can’t play around a 25+35 pace going forward.¬† Here’s to hoping Phil Housley does what’s right and keeps him there.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened around the league the past two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Add another goalie to the list of guys who struggled in the opening month only to turn it around.¬†¬†Braden Holtby, the consensus #1 goaltender going into the season, showed us why this weekend with two big performances.¬† Holtby saved 27 shots in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Penguins and followed it up with 29 saves in the 2-1 SO win over the Oilers.¬† Just like that, his save percentage is back to its normal level.¬† Sure, the goals against average is still a little high, but goals are up around the league and it’s not out of the realm of possibility it goes back down.¬† With the massive win total as well, expect Holtby to get back to the #1 goalie by season’s end.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hat tricks have been in vogue lately so¬†Blake Wheeler¬†decided to take it to another level.¬† Wheeler scored a hat trick in the first period on Sunday and later added an assist in the 7-1 win over the Penguins.¬† Wheeler has been the fantasy stalwart we’ve become accustomed to in the early going with 4+8, +3, 12 PIM, 35 SOG and 4 STP in 10 games.¬† I don’t know how many more years Wheeler will keep up this level of play but for now, he’s a top 20 player with relative ease.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Goals were plentiful around the NHL on Thursday night, none more than in Florida where the Panthers went eight ball, corner pocket on the Ducks.¬† The Panthers won 8-3 with¬†Radim Vrbata¬†leading the way.¬† Vrbata netted his seventh career hat trick and his first three goals as a Panther on six shots.¬† That brings him to 9 points in 10 games with elite shots and solid PIM.¬† I wouldn’t expect the PIM to last but the points and shots should be plenty to make him a hold.¬† He’s available in over 50% of leagues right now so grab Vrbata while you can.¬† He’s a clear must own in 12’ers and probably should be owned in 10’ers as well.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
As far as stunning results go, the Senators going into Calgary and winning 6-0 against Calgary is up there.¬† They then matched it on Saturday night beating the Oilers 6-1.¬† Not bad for back to back games against two elite teams on the road without their best player.¬† Leading the way for the Senators was¬†Kyle Turris.¬† Over the two games, Turris scored two goals on five shots with four assists and two PIM.¬† Reid’s man crush has the ability to be a top 100 player in fantasy.¬† Will this be the year he gets there?¬† Maybe, but even if it’s not, Turris should be owned in all leagues.¬† Let’s take a look at what happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?