There were seven early games on Tuesday night, all of which hit the under.  That didn’t stop a few superstars from having a big night.  Among that select group was Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored a goal and two assists with seven shots in the 3-1 win over the Devils.  He came into the game with an upper body injury making him unclear for the game last night but that didn’t stop him from keeping up his excellent play.  Tarasenko has been a five category monster in the early going, scoring 8 goals and 11 assists through 16 games with a whopping +14 rating and over four shots per game.  He’s done actually what you hoped for using a late first round pick on him, or a second round pick if you were lucky enough that Tarasenko fell to you.  Let’s take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:

Robin Lehner – 24 saves on 25 shots in the 3-1 win over the Capitals.  Solid performance from Lehner bouncing back from Saturday’s disaster.  Perhaps all the Sabres needed was to get Matt Tennyson‘s horrible play out of the lineup.  I know I said the other day that I’m very worried about Lehner because of the Sabres blue line, and that hasn’t completely changed, but let’s see what happens when the Sabres finally get healthy back there.

Evander Kane – Two goals on four shots.  Kane is going to get paid big time on his next contract.  Great start from Kane across the board.

Benoit Pouliot – Goal on this saucy play below.  Solid streamer at this point.

Roberto Luongo – 45 saves on 47 shots in the 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes.  Much better from Luongo in his second start back.  I think this remains almost an even timeshare so I’m not exactly excited about Luongo going forward.

Justin Williams – Goal and an assist with six shots.  He’s been solid with 11 points in the first 13 games and a solid shot rate.  I don’t think it lasts but I’d still stream Williams.

Scott Darling – 30 saves on 31 shots earning the win.  Hopefully Darling keeps building as that’s two strong starts in a row.  Carolina has been dominating possession-wise so I feel strongly about Darling getting back to solid #2 level.

Brayden Schenn – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Schenn has been fabulous for the Blues and is a top 10 fantasy player to this point.  Incredible stuff.

Jake Allen – 21 saves on 22 shots in the 3-1 win over the Devils.  Like the majority of the Blues, Allen is starting off extremely well.

Leon Draisaitl – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Look at this overtime goal:

Well played sirs, good game.

Cam Talbot – 36 saves on 37 shots in the 2-1 OT win over the Isles.  Great start to this massive road trip for the Oilers by Talbot.  Like the rest of the elite goalies that have struggled, I would still buy low here, although I’m most worried about Price and Talbot.

Mathew Barzal – Assist with two shots playing almost 19 minutes.  Pick him up now while you still can.

Evgeni Malkin – Goal and two assists with five shots getting Reid on the board in The Three Point Challenge.  This was his first big game but Malkin has been very consistent so far putting up one point with solid shots in almost every game.

Phil Kessel – Goal and two assists with three shots.  Quick, who leads the Penguins in points?  Boy, you’re good guessing Phil Kessel reading the blurb about the president of the round face club.

Matt Murray – 24 saves on 25 shots in the 3-1 win over the Coyotes.  Wins have been strong and the rest should follow.

Pekka Rinne – 35 saves on 36 shots in the 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets.  Don’t look now but Rinne is off to the best start of his career after last season’s heroic playoff performance.

Miikka Salomaki – Two assists with three shots.  And there’s an extremely rare Salomaki update!  It’s fun to type Salomaki, let alone say it.

Viktor Arvidsson – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Not the best start to the year but Arvidsson has been piling up the shots and scored a goal in three straight.  No worries, he’ll be fine.

Jordie Benn – Goal and an assist playing almost 26 minutes.  It sounds crazy to say but Benn is probably their best defensive defenseman.  There’s value here in deep leagues for hits and especially blocks.

Charlie Lindgren – 29 saves on 31 shots in the 3-2 win over Vegas.  They’re not chanting Charlie for Conway, it’s for Lindgren!  I’m fine with grabbing Lindgren now and riding him while he’s the de facto #1.

Daniel Sedin – Two assists with two shots and two PIM.  He’s not of much use at this point with the minutes being very low.

Thomas Vanek – Goal and an assist.  Solid streamer but not worth holding since his minutes aren’t great either.

Ben Hutton – Two assists with a shot and two PIM.  Minutes are huge but Hutton isn’t doing much with them in terms of fantasy production.

Anze Kopitar – Goal and an assist with two shots.  No stopping Kopitar or his linemates at this rate.

Ryan Getzlaf – Out up to two months.  Bizarre year for the Ducks as they’re getting destroyed by injuries.  Stash Getzlaf assuming you have IR spots.

Rickard Rakell – Goal and an assist with four shots and two PIM.  I don’t want to say Rakell gets a boost with Getzlaf down but the minutes are going to be through the roof.

Wednesday Streamers:

Only three games on the slate so just go with best player available.  If Pavel Buchnevich is available, he’d be my first choice.  Otherwise, look at some Wild and Leafs players in that game first and foremost unless a quality player is available on the Bolts or Sharks.

That’s all for now guys.  With only three games on the slate tonight, I won’t have daily notes on Thursday.  I’ll be back on Friday recapping the action for the next two nights.  I’ll add in Thursday streamers into this post on Wednesday night.  As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    12 team hits/blocks league. start 5 D, have these: ghost/orlov/krug/skjei/petry/manson/nurse and gudas on IR+.

    1. who’s my drop for when gudas is back?

    2. drop anybody else for any of edmondson/pulock/santini/johns/demers.
    skjei’s shots might not be enough to make up for his low points/hits/blocks, orlov’s low shots/hits/blocks/points are just making me sick. pulock seems better than at least one of these 2, he has the low hits/blocks, but good shots and thus far points. am strong in hits, but weak in blocks, goals, PPP, assists, in that order. not weak in shots.

    • Viz

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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: Man, I can’t believe it’s come to this but Orlov? Hard to justify the other guys when they are piling up hits and blocks at a better rate than him and they are matching his point totals and I have more faith in Skjei turning it around at this point.

      Hmm, these guys are close and it depends on what categories you are looking for. I’ve been very impressed with Edmundson and he’s been a blocked shots monster so far so might give him a shot over Skjei. I think Skjei has the best chance to help you in PPP and assists from this group ROS (Pulock is close) so I think you’re fine holding there as well. It comes down to those three for me and targeting what you want.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @Viz: that’s the funny thing, orlov’s pt total is worse than any of them (his .13 per game, next closest being nurse with .2). when i drafted orlov he was supposed to be my high point (hopefully shots too) guy and low everything else but his shots are even only better (1.75) than krug’s (1.5).

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          @Eli Man Penguin Boy: and surprisingly skjei has no PPP yet.

          • Viz

            Viz says:
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            @Eli Man Penguin Boy: Right, I figured he’d be pushing 45 points this year with the increased role but it just hasn’t happened at all. Part of Skjei’s issue is the first unit has been so damn good that he hasn’t had much of a chance. I think it works out but like I said above, wouldn’t hate a move.

  2. Surfer dude says:
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    Hi, 10 team h2h pts, goals = 3pts, assists = 1.5pts, hits and block shots =0.5, for ROS, Barzel, Arvidsson or Rakell – thanks!

    • Viz

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      @Surfer dude: I’d have to go Rakell, his minutes are going to be through the roof with Getzlaf out, he’s by far the best of the bunch in hits and right on par with Arvidsson in terms of goal scoring. In a regular league, this is closer, but in a points league with your setup, I think Rakell could actually distance himself from the other two.

  3. Mal says:
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    Viz, any thoughts on Stepan? He seems to be shooting the puck, just not much going in for him. Keep rolling him and hoping?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Mal: Yeah, for now I’d keep rolling him. The minutes are massive and they are so thin that they have no choice but to play him with Keller and Domi which is great. I’ve watched a few of their latest games and Stepan looks good so I’d have a little more patience.

  4. G 3, A 2, PIM 0.5, PPG 2, PPA 1, SOG 0.5, HIT 1, DEF 0.5. Who is a better stream tonight, Marner or Niederreiter? Was thinking Marner might snap out of it with an increased role with Matthews out tonight. I would be dropping Boeser to stream a guy. Boeser’s pts. are all over the board last 5 games; 3, 1, 15.5, 2, 11, but he was highly touted this week as a pick-up. Should I hold on him or go ahead and stream one in tonight. We have 5 moves/week available. 10 teamer. I’m leaning to pick-up EL NIÑO tonight. Thanks Viz!

    • Viz

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      @madden_curser: First off, I would definitely stream; I like Boeser plenty but with that quality of player available on the waiver wire, it’s worth streaming.

      I would lean towards Nino as well, I like this spot for the Wild and it looks like Komarov is the one moving up the lineup, not Marner.

  5. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    deep enough league that there are no starting goalies out there. nabbed miller when i heard about gibson’s concussion. hold or attempt waivering lindgren (it’s espn so he wasn’t in the system already)

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: I’d probably hold, Price’s injury doesn’t sound serious, already at practice. When that happens, Lindgren goes back down.

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        @Viz: waivers espn last night i already nabbed lingren, gibson’s only a concussion had to weigh it. often times goalie hit in mask is weaker injury than goalie with leg issue PLUS lindgren has been good, ANA has been terrible with their top 2 centers out for months. even with their D men coming back lately.

        • For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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          @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: and miller gets hurt anyway (after doing well esp considering the shape of centers on ANA)

  6. Maccer says:
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    Viz!

    Pavel Buch is on the wire. Drop Mantha or Skinner for him?

    Thanks!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Maccer: As much as I like Buchnevich, I’m still holding there

  7. Saints says:
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    Im dumb last time i broke my number 1 rule in the 3point challenge : “just take guys i own”
    The guy i was debating over with the rule was schenn but i picked ovechkin damn it. Schenk got the 3 points and is amazing in my league with hits/blocks he is the best rated player in the league 🙂 great pickup in free agency for me.

    I hope the duchen trade helps girard to fullfill his potential im pretty excited.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Saints: Yeah, Schenn has been a monster… should pay off for Girard long term

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