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?
Winnipeg cooled off the red hot Oilers on Wednesday night winning 4-3.¬† They’d probably trade that win if it meant¬†Mark Scheifele¬†wasn’t injured.¬† The Jets superstar center fell awkwardly into the boards in the second period and did not return.¬† This is mostly guesswork on my part but from watching a ton of hockey over the years, it looked like Scheifele severely damaged his shoulder or collarbone.¬† Either way, we could be looking at a significant absence.¬† What does it mean going forward for the Jets in fantasy hockey?¬† I think we see the top two lines get their minutes evened out.¬† Consequently, it would give a small boost to Laine and Ehlers while a slight down tick to Wheeler and Connor.¬† The potential winner is¬†Bryan Little.¬† Little scored a goal in this game on three shots and played over 21 minutes.¬† The Jets lack a true replacement as a top six center so it’ll be interesting to see what the Jets lines look like tomorrow in practice and during the next game.¬† My speculation: Little becomes must-own, one other player becomes a streamer (Armia?) and not much else changes.¬† Here’s to hoping Scheifele isn’t out too long for everyone.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Wednesday night after a three day hiatus for the NHL:Please, blog, may I have some more?
There are plenty of great story lines going around the NHL right now.¬† Vegas’ incredible start, Kucherov and Stamkos dominating, the Blues top line taking off, the Jets breaking out, etc.¬† Even the Oilers dreadful start is a major talking point but we haven’t talked much about their best player.¬†¬†Connor McDavid is still only 20 years old and despite the Oilers being a dumpster fire and these other players being the talk of the town, McJesus is only 3 points from the league lead.¬† In Edmonton’s demolition of Columbus Tuesday, McDavid had a goal and three assists with five shots.¬† The shot rate is marginally down from last season but he’s well on track to repeat last year’s 30+70.¬† No matter what awful set of players Peter Chiarelli fills the roster with, it’s good to know McDavid won’t be stopped.¬† Look for him to win his second scoring title and potentially go for the Hart Trophy again if he can lead the Oilers back to the playoffs (seemingly a long shot).¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Razzball ranking committee of one (yours truly) has long been a fan of¬†Brayden Schenn.¬† Mid 20’s in goals, about 30 assists, solid PIM, and elite special teams points made Schenn a main stay around the 100 overall mark in his time in Philadelphia.¬† With the move to St. Louis in the offseason, I wrote the following about Schenn in my preseason rankings: “Schenn‚Äôs success will come down to two things: can he improve his even strength play in St. Louis while sustaining his power play prowess?”¬† Well, the power play points are slightly behind the past, but my god is Schenn crushing at even strength.¬† Schenn scored a hat trick on Tuesday night leading the Blues to a 4-3 win over Montreal.¬† That gives Schenn 13+20 in 28 games this season, along with a mind-blowing +22 rating and elite penalty minutes.¬† Schenn’s career high in a season is 37 even strength points; he already has 25 this year!¬† Even the biggest of Schenn optimists couldn’t have seen this coming as he’s pushing for the #1 forward spot in all of fantasy hockey.¬† Kudos to everyone who drafted Schenn in the early to middle rounds and here’s to continued success for the top six in St. Louis.¬† Here’s what else happened the last two nights around the league:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!¬† Well, everyone who celebrated last Thursday, you Canadians had theirs last month!¬† In this post, I’m going to focus on the top 50 players from the last week along with some players who returned from injury.¬† The biggest story is¬†Jonathan Marchessault.¬† The best bargain in the NHL (salary of $750k this season), Marchessault has a goal and two assists in each of the last three games.¬† Just like that, he’s a top 50 player on the season despite missing a few games!¬† Marchessault now has an absurd stat line of 8/13/+5/16/66/5 in 19 games (for those unfamiliar with my normal format, that’s G/A/+/- / PIM / SOG / STP.¬† And somehow he’s still available in over 60% of leagues!¬† If you’re lucky enough to be in one of those, grab him immediately.¬† Let’s take a look at the other players on fire lately: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?
In an opening month where tons of goalies are struggling,¬†Corey Crawford¬†certainly is not.¬† Crawford continued his excellent play on Wednesday making 35 saves for a shutout against the Flyers.¬† Crawford sits with a sub 2.00 GAA and > .940 save percentage.¬† To quote Larry David, “pretty, pretty, pretty good.”¬† He’s going a long way in masking some of the problems that the Blackhawks have.¬† Regardless, we all knew Crawford was a #1 fantasy goalie but perhaps he plays his way into the upper tier?¬† To be honest, the Blackhawks probably need it.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights: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?
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?