We've finally reached the final four weeks of the regular season.  That means fantasy hockey playoffs!  This post is meant to help you plan for this specific week on a micro-sense.  For the macro picture, check the the Eastern Conference Playoff Manifesto here and the Western Conference here.  We'll take a look at every day this week and point out the best streamers to use or what games to target.  Let's get to it!
It's my favorite day of the year!  It's the NHL Trade Deadline, and I'll be updating this post throughout the day with instant analysis on every single move.  I'm starting this post now with moves over the weekend and will start up again around noon EST and be here through the hour after the trade deadline.  Let's get to it!
The first week after the All-Star Break is always an interesting one to navigate for fantasy hockey, especially in head to head leagues.  We have a bunch of teams that are on a bye week making some short schedules.  This makes streaming a necessity, so for today's post, I'm going to go break down every day's schedule and highlight some players I'd like to stream.  Let's get to it!
He's backkkk.  Justin Williams made his return on Sunday, totaling three shots on goal in 13 minutes of action before scoring the shootout winner for the Hurricanes.  So what should we expect from him going forward?  Well, the Hurricanes are in a bigger dog fight for the playoffs than expected, so I do expect Williams' workload to ramp up sooner than later.  He skated on the fourth line in this game, but there's a spot for him right now in the top six that's currently occupied by Foegele.  It should only be a matter of time until he fills that role.  How much does that matter?  Well, we know that Williams is a great source of shots.  He pushed close to three per game last season while totaling 53 points and 44 PIM.  That sounds like a guy firmly on the fringe to me.  I wouldn't be rushing to grab Williams, especially with Carolina only having one game between now and January 31st, but he's back to elite streamer status with the upside of being a bottom end hold.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
Loyal Razzballers know that I've been a big fan of Juuse Saros for a while.  He's had a tough start to this season, but I still believe in the player long term.  Saros was less than two minutes from a shutout on Tuesday, making 24 saves on 25 shots in the 2-1 win over the Sharks.  His overall numbers are still poor, but the Predators have started to tighten up defensively.  Saros is still only 24 years old and is one of the best long term goaltending prospects.  Saros is starting to see even more action starting five of the last eight games.  There's real upside here so if you need goaltending help, I'd grab him now.  Additionally, I would try to get him in a dynasty league before he boosts his value back up.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
There weren't that many notable performances over the last two nights, but the big win came from the Wild going into Tampa Bay and emerging victorious.  The ultra-rare line with two players with Z last names led the charge as Mats Zuccarello had a goal and two assists with two shots while Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist with two shots.  Zuccarello is on a nice tear lately with 9 points in the last 9 games.  He's had moments of being a hold in the past, but that time is not now.  He's just under 1.5 shots per game which eliminates Zucc as a hold.  However, he's moving to the second tier of streamers.  Zucker is a tier above Zuccarello, but he's still only a top end streamer.  You simply can't shoot over 20% forever.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
The gap between Brad Marchand and the rest of the league right now for fantasy hockey is incredible.  Marchand scored five points on Monday, tallying two goals and three assists and a +4 rating.  It's nothing new, but the first line in Boston has managed to find a way to get even better.  Marchand is crushing every category with 10+18 in 15 games with a +13 rating, 28 PIM and 41 SOG.  He's as good of a bet as any to finish as the #1 player in fantasy this season.  Honestly, he'd be my pick as long as he avoids a lengthy suspension.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights: