Tristan Jarry had his best game of the season on Monday night stopping 42 of 43 shots in the 4-1 win over the Bruins.  He's crossed both hockey versions of the Mendoza line and the wins are strong, but it's still not pretty overall.  However, I'm very bullish on Jarry and Casey DeSmith going forward.  The Penguins are playing much better lately and their schedule going forward is outstanding.  They still have six games with the Sabres and all eight games against the Devils.  That means half of their remaining games are against teams that they should handle with ease.  Think of how well goalies like Andersen normally rank at the end of the season because of how many wins they get.  Both Pens goalies should have those kind of numbers in the second half.  It's hard to say how the starts will be split, but if you're desperate for goalie help, I'm fine with holding DeSmith, and Jarry is a nice trade target.  Let's take a look at what else happened on Monday night:
The hype surrounding Kirill Kaprizov was building for a few years before he came to the NHL.  Even with the lofty expectations on his shoulders, he's played at a level higher than anyone expected.  On Friday, Kaprizov scored a hat trick on eight shots with two PIM and a +4 rating.  He followed that up with another eight shots on Sunday, adding an assist and two penalty minutes.  I wrote about a month ago that I expected Kaprizov's shot rate to take a big jump as the season progressed based on his shooting totals in the KHL.  Well, sixteen shots in the past two games brings him over 2.5 per game, an average rate for a forward.  Add in being just under a point per game and we can basically call the Calder race now.  I'm not convinced that it's going to get better in the future as Kaprizov will be 24 by the time the regular season ends, but either way, he should establish himself around a 30+40 pace in a normal season with slight upside on both of those numbers.  Kaprizov is definitely a top 50 dynasty asset, but I don't think he pushes the top 25 long term because the penalty minutes will be low and more importantly, I don't think he gets to be a 3.5-4 shot per game guy because he's too good of a playmaker for that.  Either way, if you're lucky enough to have him, enjoy it because there's nothing fluky about his performance.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
Going into the season, I was high on Aaron Ekblad because the reports out of Florida were that Yandle was going to get scratched to open the season and his future was in doubt.  One bout of COVID later, and Yandle was in opening night and scored.  For the bad luck I've had on rankings this year , Yandle has not impacted Ekblad one bit.  Ekblad had hit a bit of a rough patch over the last week, but he fixed that in a big way on Thursday.  Ekblad scored two goals and added two assists with six shots in the 5-4 win over the Predators.  That brings Ekblad to 8+7 in 22 games, an incredible rate of goals for a defenseman.  Add in three shots per game and strong PIM, and Ekblad has a chance at finishing as a #2D this season.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
It was looking good for the Wild on Monday night.  After letting Vegas tie the game 2-2, Minnesota scored two goals in 19 seconds near the end of the second period to go up 4-2.  Move to the last minute up 4-3 with the goalie pulled, and Mark Stone makes a fabulous pass to Tuch to tie up the game.  In overtime, the Wild were controlling the puck until Stone won it back, and hit Patches for the game winner.  In a 5-4 victory, Stone had five assists, and not just five assists, five primary assists.  He was in a bit of a slump before this game with one point in his previous five games, but safe to say that's in the rear view mirror now.  Stone now has 22 points in 18 games, averaging an assist a game.  The big concern is that his shot rate has plummeted down to under two per game.  That puts a big dent into his overall value, but if he's going to put up an assist a game dominating at five on five, it's hard to complain.  That said, be a little more selfish and don't let Patches take every shot!  The first captain in Vegas history has been excellent this season and even though I'm American, I can't wait to see him in the Olympics on say, McDavid or MacKinnon's wing.  Or maybe the three of them are a line, who knows with how stacked their team is.  Let's see what else happened over the last two nights:
Nino Niederreiter's first season in Carolina couldn't have gone any better with 14+16 in 36 games.  Last season really couldn't have gone worse with 11+18 in 67 games.  Well, this year has certainly been closer to 2018-19 and we can be thankful for that in fantasy.  Niederreiter scored two goals and an assist with three shots on Friday before dishing an assist on Saturday, adding six shots.  That brings Nino to 9+3 in 16 games with over three shots per game, 13 PIM, and a great +11 rating.  The second line in Carolina has been incredible, sparked by Niederreiter and Trocheck's revival.  He's an easy hold in all formats for the time being.  I wish that the minutes were a bit higher, but considering what Nino is doing with what he's getting, there can be some growth with additional minutes, namely in the assist department.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
On Friday, I started off talking about the first line in Columbus really putting together some great performances.  This continued on Saturday, especially for Cam Atkinson.  Atkinson had a goal and an assist with four shots against Chicago, giving him a goal in four of the past five games.  The shot rate is above average and could end up elite again, plus the minutes have been excellent.  I can not believe that Atkinson is still only 36% owned on Sunday.  He should be held in all formats for the time being, and there's a legitimate chance he can stay a hold for the rest of the season.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
I've run out of superlatives to describe Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.  I don't even like starting posts with them because everyone knows how good they are, but this weekend's play deserves the big praise.  McDavid had two goals and an assist with three shots on Saturday, while Draisaitl had two assists with a shot and two PIM.  Those games were horrible compared to their explosion on Sunday.  McDavid scored a goal and dished four assists while Draisaitl had six assists!  They were already the top two in the league in points before Sunday's games.  Now, they're lapping the field at the end of January.  It's a treat to watch these guys on a nightly basis, and even better if you have one of them on your fantasy team.  With the way the rest of the North division plays, what's the ceiling for points for these guys? 90? 100?  It sounds ridiculous in 56 games, but they're at another level at the moment and they won't have a tough defensive team to play in their entire division.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
Injuries and COVID absences didn't stop Carolina from shutting down the Lightning on Tuesday night.  It started with Petr Mrazek in net who stopped all 32 shots that he faced to earn the win.  That's two shutouts already in three starts already for Mrazek.  It's to the point where I feel comfortable playing him in every start where going into the season, I didn't want to use him against the other top teams in the Central.  We've seen the upside before in Detroit and even though that was a while ago, the system in place in Carolina should make Mrazek's burden relatively easy.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Your early leader in goals two weeks through the season is Max Pacioretty.  Patches had a hat trick on Tuesday putting eight shots on goal in the process while adding two penalty minutes.  That gives Patches six goals in seven games, along with a whopping 32 shots in 7 games.  His linemate, Mark Stone, has arguably been the best player in the league to this point, so the opportunities are going to be there for Patches to have a monster season.  After a disappointing first year in Vegas, Patches has really found his game again.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights: