What better way to become the third player ever to 800 goals than to score a hat trick? Alex Ovechkin did just that on Tuesday, scoring three times and adding an assist against the Chicago Blackhawks. He’s only one goal behind Gordie Howe for second all-time, and then the real chase towards Gretzky starts. Ovechkin already has 20 goals this season in 31 games, a mere 53 goal pace for the 37 year old. He’s over four shots per game, and while the plus-minus is disappointing, it’s starting to turn around a bit. My love for Ovechkin is well known in these parts, so I don’t need to belabor the point, but I can’t wait for the greatest goal scorer ever to push towards 895. Here’s to hoping he keeps battling father time and gives hockey fans a great chase. Let’s see what else happened over the last two nights:
Jake Allen – 34 saves on 35 shots in the 2-1 SO win over the Flames. The wins are decent, but the GAA is really ugly. It depends on your format if he’s worth holding as a #3.
Jacob Markstrom – 37 saves on 38 shots as the tough luck loser. The numbers are rough, but Markstrom has only allowed ten goals in his past five games combined. That’s some real progress. Here’s to hoping he keeps building on it.
Dawson Mercer – Goal and an assist with three shots playing over 20 minutes. He’s on PP1 and Hughes’ line at even strength right now making Mercer an elite streamer.
Vincent Trocheck – Goal and an assist. Trocheck has played his way onto the fringe so let your team needs decide if he’s worth holding.
Filip Chytil – Goal and an assist with five shots. Chytil is a middling streamer.
K’Andre Miller – Two assists. Decent player in real life, nothing here for fantasy.
Tristan Jarry – 26 saves on 27 shots in the 2-1 win over the Stars. Jarry has been dominant, but his GAA is higher because the Pens are giving up a lot more shots this year. Regardless, he’s in the bottom end #1 goalie range.
Cam Talbot – 32 save shutout in the 3-0 win over the Ducks. This says way more about the Ducks than it does about Ottawa. Talbot is an easy hold, but nothing special.
Alex DeBrincat – Two goals on five shots, both assisted by Claude Giroux. DeBrincat is due for a lot of positive regression in the shooting department. The goals are going to be coming. Giroux gets a big boost while Tim Stutzle is out, mostly because of the power play.
Jordan Binnington – 25 save shutout in the 1-0 OT win over the Predators, making Juuse Saros (23/24) the tough luck loser. Both of these goalies have been big disappointments, but I have much more faith in Saros turning it around than Binnington.
Marc-Andre Fleury – 20 saves on 21 shots in the 2-1 win over the Oilers. MAF is still a hold, but it’s bottom end.
Matt Boldy – Goal and an assist with four shots. Very solid season for Boldy in the wake of Fiala’s departure. I lean towards elite streamer, but you can make a case for holding.
Craig Anderson – 40 save shutout in the 6-0 win over the Kings. There were a lot of low quality shots, but Anderson kept the Sabres in it, especially in the first period, while the Kings played the trap. Anderson is starting to get on the borderline of holding, and is definitely worth streaming in good matchups.
Tage Thompson – Two goals and an assist with five shots. Insert superlative here.
Dylan Cozens – Three assists with three shots and two PIM. The big offensive jump from Cozens has happened. He’s an easy hold everywhere now.
Alex Tuch – Goal and an assist with four shots. It doesn’t feel like Tuch is playing his best hockey and he’s still above a point per game. That’s a damn good sign.
Victor Olofsson – Goal and an assist. He’s had the quietest 13 goals in 29 games ever. He’s a solid streamer, but that’s it.
Rasmus Asplund – Two assists with a shot. And there’s your annual Asplund update!
Josh Bailey – Goal and an assist with two shots. Bailey’s days of being fantasy relevant are over.
Brock Nelson – Two assists. The coaching change is doing wonders for Nelson. He’s been fantastic offensively.
Noah Dobson – Goal and an assist with two shots. Dobson has been more or less within expectations. He’s on the fence between a #2/3 because of the plus-minus.
Jake DeBrusk – Two goals and an assist with six shots. DeBrusk has to be held everywhere still. He’s doing great on the second line and has stuck on the first power play unit.
Pavel Zacha – Two assists with a shot. Bottom end streamer.
Pyotr Kochetkov – 27 save shutout in the 1-0 win over Ville Husso (26/27) and the Red Wings. Kochetkov might be getting help from Carolina’s system, but we don’t care! He’s been fantastic and somehow is still available in over 75% of leagues. Open a new tab, pick him up, and then come back to finish reading the rest of these notes!
Scott Wedgewood – 35 saves on 36 shots in the 4-1 win over the Devils. This wasn’t the revenge game that I was expecting to write about tonight. That’s three straight games allowing one goal for Wedgewood, who is worth streaming in almost all matchups.
Nikita Kucherov – Three assists with two shots. Nothing is slowing down Kucherov this season.
Victor Hedman – Two assists with a shot. He’s back on PP1, but he just doesn’t look the same this season. Hedman is obviously worth holding still, but I’m not expecting a massive resurgence. It can’t be ruled out though.
Anthony Cirelli – Two assists with four shots. Cirelli has looked great since returning to the lineup. He has six assists in five games and is pushing towards four shots per game. I have Cirelli as an elite streamer, even if he’s centering the third line.
Ilya Samsonov – 28 save shutout in the 7-0 win over the Ducks. Boy, the Ducks are a dumpster fire. Leafs goalies continue to dominant as well.
Conor Timmins – Three assists. I’ve always been a fan of Timmins’ talent, but he’s had horrible injury luck. He’s on PP2 for those in deep leagues, but I don’t see fantasy value here with his shot rate.
Pontus Holmberg – Three assists. Holmberg has 9 SOG in 15 games. Welcome to the Razzball Database!
Rasmus Sandin – Two assists with three shots and two PIM. He’s under 10% owned right now which is completely insane. Sandin is must own everywhere with Rielly out.
Sergei Bobrovsky – 22 save shutout in the 4-0 win over the Blue Jackets. Knight’s return is coming very soon so it will be interesting to see the goalie time split. Bob is either in the desperation tier or barely above it.
Sam Reinhart – Goal and two assists with four shots. I would love to see Reinhart stick with Aleksander Barkov (1+1, 2 SOG) and Matthew Tkachuk (1+1, 3 SOG, 4 PIM) for a bit because I’m sure he would blow up. Carter Verhaeghe was out last minute which prompted the change. I’ve been stubborn and held Reinhart because I believe in the talent.
Gustav Forsling – Two assists with two shots. Forsling has been a great value pick hitting all of the categories well. He’s a solid #3.
Zach Hyman – Hat trick and an assist with six shots. Leon Draisaitl had two goals and three assists with five shots, while Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists with six shots. These guys are unbelievable. Hyman has played his way into being a top 50 player at the very least, and probably a fair bit higher than that. The other two are just unfair. McDavid is averaging almost two points per game!
Tyson Barrie – Two assists with a shot. It’s boring, but Barrie is a necessary hold at the bottom of rosters.
Roman Josi – Two assists with four shots. Josi is even beating some vintage Burns seasons averaging about 4.5 shots on goal per game. He’s obviously quite a bit behind last season’s insane pace, but he’s still been very good.
Chandler Stephenson – Four assists with two shots. It feels like Stephenson has been struggling lately watching Vegas play, but he still has 27 points in 31 games. It’s on the fringe because it’s very assist heavy, but I lean towards holding.
Daniil Miromanov – Goal and two assists with three shots. Miromanov is a decent short term option with Shea Theodore week-to-wekk and Pietrangelo still away from the team. Welcome to the Razzball Database!
Mark Stone – Two goals on four shots. It’s bottom end, but Stone is still worth holding.
Mark Scheifele – Hat trick. Nothing like scoring with one second left to complete a hat trick. I never would have guessed Scheifele would have an 18+8 split, but here we are. Eventually, these goals are going to turn into assists, but that’s perfectly fine.
Brendan Dillon – Two assists with two shots. Fine defenseman in real life, does nothing in fantasy.
Anthony Mantha – Goal and an assist with three shots. Four game point streak for Mantha, but his minutes are still low. His ceiling is capped until that changes.
Conor Sheary – Two assists with three shots. He’s a solid streamer as long as he’s on a line with Ovechkin.
J.T. Compher – Goal and an assist with two shots. Compher is a bottom end streamer, even with the injuries.
Artturi Lehkonen – Goal and an assist with two shots. Lehkonen played over 22 minutes in this game. There’s no doubt that he’s a hold everywhere.
Nick Bonino – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM. Bonino is getting a huge workload lately, playing almost 21 minutes in this one. He has a goal in four straight after not scoring in his first 24 games. I can’t remember anything like it. Even moving to the second line, I can’t see him as more than a bottom end streamer.
Three Point Challenge: Somehow, nobody managed to hit on Tuesday. We will go with Thursday’s games per usual. You can’t take McDavid, Drasiaitl, Thompson, Robertson, Kucherov, M. Tkachuk, Pastrnak, Crosby, Marner, or E. Karlsson. I’ll go with Jack Hughes against the Flyers.
That’s all for now guys. I’ll be back on Friday recapping the action of the next two nights. As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below. Thanks for reading, take care!
Think you could rank these LWers for me Viz?
Brady Tkachuk, Kyle Connor, Jack Hughes (LW eligibility on Yahoo), Brad Marchand, and Jake Guentzel
What’s your league format? Values can change a lot depending on your setup, especially Tkachuk’s
League format is Rotisserie with hits but not blocks
Gotcha, inclusion of hits really helps Tkachuk and hurts Hughes. I’ll say Marchand, Tkachuk, Hughes, Guentzel, Connor. Can make the case for Tkachuk first. I think the top two are a tier, and then the next three.
I’m in a bit of tough spot here Viz. My current centers are McDavid, Hughes, and Tage Thompson. However, most nights I have to bench one due to roto settings.
Hughes just got LW eligibility, and I could throw him in a LW slot if I trade one of Tkachuk or Connor (both only LW eligible). I am in first place in shots but middle of the pack in hits. Was thinking of sending Connor + Boldy + Dougie Hamilton for Rantanen and Hedman, as the shot shortfall from Hamilton I can make up from having Tage start for me every ngiht.
Seem like an ok plan ?
Guess I could also sub Connor with Brady if the owner doesn’t bit with KFC
Well, trading Tkachuk seems completely counter-intuitive if you want hits, so I wouldn’t entertain that. I think you’re taking a pretty big hit in value in either setup. I wouldn’t want to trade that much depth because right now, you’re covered if you have an injury. Hedman isn’t enough of an upgrade in hits over Dougie for that downgrade either. I would try to make a different type of trade than this one. Assuming non-keeper league, maybe something around Hughes for Rantanen or someone even better at hits?
Yes was thinking I could sub Hughes in for Connor, and then replace him at C with Tage. League is non-keeper, just a one year league.
Think I could do Hughes + Boldy for Rantanen as my opponenet needs SOGs
Gotcha, yeah I like that trade more for you than the one you proposed.
This Eichel injury worry you at all Viz ? Seems like he gets hurt a fair bit…
Well, he’s still only day to day so I’m not overly concerned about this specific injury, but yes, he had a hard time staying healthy in Buffalo, so this isn’t a surprise. I guess I’m encouraged he hasn’t had any neck issues, but it’s probably best to project him for 70 games most seasons and view it as a bonus if he tops that.
i’d be worried if it was neck or back related, considering the rare surgery that BUF wouldn’t let him have that appears to have worked so far. ask c.yelich about back injuries turning superstars into league average starters even at young ages.
Barkov for 3
If you were desperate for a goalie, would you trade Dougie Hamilton and Vladar for Georgiev and Swayman?
2nd in league in SOG but bottom half in all goalie cats. My only G1 is Jarry
I think it’s okay. I’d prefer if you can do Dougie for Georgiev straight up, but if that’s not an option and you really need the goalie help, this is fine assuming you have someone who you can plug in Dougie’s spot.
Interesting so you prefer Vladar to Swayman? It seems that Boston has been more split with their starts
My other D men are Heiskanen, Quinn Hughes, Seider, and Gudas
Yes, I do. Swayman has just been bad while Ullmark has arguably been the best goalie in the league, I don’t see Swayman even maintaining his current pace for games played. You can probably afford to go for it then, moving Dougie that is.
it is nice to see highly ranked prospect goalies doing well pretty early into careers, soooo many don’t this quickly (samsonov runs off to “take a piss”). f.gustavsson’s first real chance at an opportunity on a not horrible team going very well. and no 27 games on OTT spread over 2 years isn’t close to a sample size/situation such to say “that dude sucked” or “sucks” (esp since his first 9 on OTT went actually pretty well 2 years ago). let’s see if m.sogaard can survive being in OTT though (or maybe they trade him away too).
Gustavsson I agree with, he looks good. On the other side of things, you have Hart, who is coming off two terrible years, but is still only 24. He could just as easily not even played in the NHL yet, and now his problem is how bad his team is. He was great in the early going. It’s small sample, but Kochetkov looks the part, Saros did early in his career, etc. I’m a big believer in just getting these guys in the NHL and that goalies don’t need to be slow cooked as much as they are.
with guys like c.hart, might end up seeing that whole “development ruined from being on bad team” trope that’s for sure popularly seen in baseball as a theory.
Markstrom got dropped in my league, and I could use another goalie. Have Oettinger and Saros but trailing in most of the goalie cats.
I have $75 FAB left, was thinking for dropping $30 on him and get aggressive.
Does that seem reasonable ? Letang was on my wire last week and I missed out on him by $1…
Yeah, that seems good to me.
On the topic of Forsberg Viz,
Would you move him for McAvoy ? I could use a defenseman upgrade with Hanifin taking over my D4 spot. Was offered it earlier in the year but declined.
Could also go for Letang, Burns, Hedman
Also could pickup Darnell Nurse for Hanifin, as the roto settings of SOG and Hits shelter his value a bit, if a trade isn’t possible
It’s tough because Forsberg has been pretty unlucky so far. In general, I prefer him to all of those D, but it’s not the worst value in the world for McAvoy. Nurse isn’t a bad option depending on what categories you need.
Was just offered a big trade. My categories are G, A, P, SOG, Hits, +/-, PPP.
My Makar, Connor and Marner
For Svech, Pastrnak and Dougie Hamilton
We keep 6 players and my full team is:
C – Cozens
LW – Kaprizov (k)
LW – Connor (k)
RW – Marner (k)
RW – Fiala (k)
D – Makar (k)
D – Ekblad
D – Hronek
D – Toews/Sandin/ Ghost
G – Igor (k)
G – Markstrom
Would you pull the trigger on this deal?
Seems like a lot of moving parts without changing much in terms of value. I think I would just hold, but don’t have a strong opinion.
12 TM H2H PTS – +/-(1), A(2), G(3), PIM(0.25), PPG(1)
Which guy would you go with for the ROS – Batherson or Stutzle?
RNH vs STL for 3
I would have said Stutzle for sure if not for his current injury, but I still think I would go him. Sounds good on RNH
thx for the content! in hits/blks do u like sandin over any of my D ros – montour burns chabot letang and Seider?
Of course! No, I would hold with what you have.
Which group of players do you like more Viz:
Charlie McAvoy and Hanifin or Rasmus Andersson and Mo Seider?
League settings are Yahoo Roto
No strong opinion here, I guess I lean the McAvoy side since he’s the best player in the bunch.
Another trade question for ya Viz !
Montour and Sergachev or Rasmus Andersson and Sieder? Roto settings
Looking to cash in my chips on Sergachev and Montour while they are riding high on PP1
I’m torn on this one. I get what you’re saying about those guys, but Seider has taken a massive step back. Even if those two are off PP1 (Montour is still on it), they’re still going to be valuable. While I definitely understand selling high on them both, I don’t think you actually upgrade here. The three of them are in the same tier with Seider clearly behind imo, so I wouldn’t do this.
Amazing, thanks Viz this is super helpful.
I guess I tend to undervalue Montours’ and Sergachevs’ floor.
Calgary has been having a tough time scoring and Seider would be on waiver wires if not for his name you gotta think.
I wouldn’t quite go waiver wire level for Seider, but it’s definitely bottom end. Montour played almost 30 minutes tonight which is kind of my point, the floor is still quite high. I might take Andersson over them, but it’s super marginal, and the drop down to Seider is bigger.
dec 13th: a.matthews vs ANA
dec 15th: j.hughes (found it hard to believe he’s not in top 10 in pts even tied) vs PHI for 3 pt thurs (2nd thought was stamkos vs CLB, also a block attempt)
this started great right, but the rare hart stone wall game.