Giving up five goals to St. Louis in the opener wasn’t extremely concerning for the Penguins. But ten goals to Chicago in game two? I believe that qualifies as a mess. Obviously I’m not going to panic in regards to the Pittsburgh season outlook; I’d actually try to trade for Matt Murray if their owner is panicking. We’ll have to wait a few weeks to develop a bigger sample size, especially because this spot was perfect for the Blackhawks, but maybe they’re better than I gave them credit for. Let’s take a look at the eight games from Thursday night and see what developed:
Ryan Johansen – Two assists with a shot. He’s going to pile up the assists but RyJo’s potential comes down to whether or not he gets the shot rate back up to Columbus levels.
Viktor Arvidsson – Goal and an assist with four shots. Picking up where he left off, Arvidsson was criminally underrated in drafts this year. I own him on almost all teams so here’s to hoping last year wasn’t a fluke.
David Krejci – Three assists with two shots playing over 21 minutes. Patrice Bergeron and David Backes were both out for this game and neither is long term so don’t expect Krejci to light the world on fire. He’s serviceable but a bottom end hold at best.
Jake DeBrusk – Goal and an assist with four shots. Definitely a great streamer and a nice piece for dynasties but I’m hesitant to expect more in redrafts.
Charlie McAvoy – Goal and an assist with two shots and six penalty minutes. Start the Charlie chants like everyone on the bench of The Mighty Ducks. This kid is going to be special.
Carey Price – 43 saves on 45 shots in the 3-2 SO win over the Sabres. I was at this game and it didn’t feel like Price did anything special. I guess that’s why he’s among the league’s elite.
Jason Pominville – Two goals on three shots. Streamer success! Keep using him while he sticks on the first line.
Evander Kane – Assist with eleven shots and two PIM. 11 shots! This is why Kane is outstanding for fantasy hockey.
Robin Lehner – 38 saves on 40 shots in the loss. Lehner didn’t look extremely comfortable in this game, in fact I think he wants a goal or both back. That said, his overall stat line is great so here’s to hoping he can keep this going.
Matt Duchene – Goal and an assist. Good to see Duchene start well despite all of the craziness surrounding his trade request.
Tyson Barrie – Goal and an assist with four shots. I’ve long been a fan of Barrie; his value comes down to whether or not he’s a disaster in terms of plus-minus.
Semyon Varlamov – 37 saves on 39 shots in the 4-2 win over the Rangers. An Avalanche win! Don’t expect many of those. Varlamov has shown he can get hot in the past and could also fall flat on his face for weeks on end. I still won’t want anything to do with him.
Mika Zibanejad – Two goals on eight shots playing over 21 minutes. Boy, if he’s getting these minutes every night, Zibanejad is a slam dunk top 100 player. I ranked him higher than most and like him plenty so I’d try to acquire him if possible.
Pavel Buchnevich – Assist with four shots. More streamer success!
Chris Stewart – Goal and an assist. Still don’t see much value here outside of the deepest of leagues.
Mike Green – Four assists and a shot. Obviously he’s nowhere near Washington levels but if Green can stay healthy, he’ll be a must own in all leagues.
Anthony Mantha – Goal and two assists with two shots. My man! My favorite sleeper starting off on the right foot. I’m all in on Mantha like Teddy KGB with aces full against Mikey McDermott.
Martin Frk – The former second round pick should finally get a shot to play every night this year. I’m not sure he’s worthy of the streamer radar yet but keep an eye on him.
Alex Ovechkin – Hat trick on six shots. Remember when ESPN ranked him 17th overall? Still can’t contain my laughter.
Evgeny Kuznetsov – Three assists with a shot and two PIM. It feels like three points are more points than Kuz had in October last season. Don’t fact check me on that.
Jakub Vrana – Two assists with five shots. I strongly considered opening with Vrana but decided ten goals was worthy of the intro. That said, Vrana should be owned everywhere.
Derick Brassard – Goal and two assists with three shots. I don’t think he’s quite a hold in 12’ers yet but he certainly can get back to that point.
Mark Stone – Two goals on three shots. Is there a player who gets less recognition than Stone? He’s played at a 60 point pace or better for three straight years.
Phil Kessel – Goal on five shots with ten penalty minutes. And he was only -2 in a 10-1 loss! The president of the Round Face Club has looked solid in the first two games.
Ryan Hartman – Goal and four assists with three shots. Clearly Hartman is going to maintain his 410 point pace so own him everywhere! For reals though, if he’s with Patrick Kane (1+3), he’s at least an elite streamer if not a hold.
Brandon Saad – Hat trick on five shots. All of these hat tricks on the first two nights is bonkers. Welcome back to Chicago Saad.
Nick Schmaltz – Two goals and an assist with four shots. See Hartman, Ryan.
Corey Crawford – 28 saves on 29 shots in the 10-1 win. Not much to add about Crawford at this point in his career.
Jonathan Quick – 35 save shutout in the 2-0 win over the Flyers. I’m still down on Quick but it’s nice to see him take advantage of a great spot against Philly on a back to back.
Max Domi – Goal and an assist with four shots. I’m still driving the Domi bandwagon despite last season’s struggles.
Alex Goligoski – Three assists with four PIM. I could see Gogo being an AAGNOF but I don’t see much else here.
Rickard Rakell – Goal and two assists with three shots and two PIM playing almost 22 minutes. With all of the injuries, including Ryan Getzlaf being out, Rakell is positioned for a massive start. He could be a sell high in a couple weeks.
Corey Perry – Two goals and an assist with four shots and two PIM. Prime bounce back candidate especially if he receives this kind of minutes.
Andrew Cogliano – Goal and two assists with three shots. There’s plenty of value in deep leagues but despite this big game, we don’t see it often from Cogs so I don’t stream him in 12’ers.
EDIT: Friday Streamers:
Vladislav Namestnikov, Mattias Janmark, Brett Ritchie
I’ll be sure to add streamers in the afternoon tomorrow; I just want to make sure I get this post out as soon as possible. I’ll also get to the questions on both this post and yesterday’s as soon as I’m free in the morning so be sure to ask any questions or leave any comments below. Thanks for reading, take care!