Growing up, the Avalanche were always my second favorite team.¬† My grandpa was a huge Peter Forsberg fan and it didn’t interfere with my Sabres since they were in the Western Conference.¬† I’ve always kept a close eye on them even though my rooting interests are now firmly with the Sabres and “Team Whoever I Bet In Game X.”¬† Anyways,¬†Gabriel Landeskog¬†has been a personal favorite of mine in this new Avalanche era.¬† He became the youngest captain in the league when it wasn’t cool to make your young top pick a captain.¬† Landeskog won the Calder and led the Avs on a massive warpath to a shocking #1 seed in 2013-14.¬† When I started at Razzball, things looked on the up for Landeskog at 23 years old.¬† Then, like the rest of the Avalanche organization, Landeskog struggled mightily.¬† Thankfully for all of us fantasy owners, he’s back.¬† Landeskog had the best game of his career on Saturday scoring a hat trick and two assists with five shots against the Lightning.¬† Sure, the Avs lost, but it doesn’t change his stat line for us!¬† The Kog now has 13+11 in 28 games with a strong plus-minus and solid PIM plus shots.¬† In fact, I’d be surprised if the penalty minutes don’t jump soon.¬† It’s amazing that Landeskog just turned 25 so he’s not even in his prime yet.¬† Look for him to be a top 100 player for the rest of the season and for at least the next few years.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
Elias Lindholm¬†– Goal and an assist.¬† There were a bunch of players for Carolina who had a goal and an assist against the Sabres.¬† Listing them wouldn’t do you guys any good.¬† The major takeaway is that you should stream a ton of guys against the Sabres whenever¬†Chad Johnson (29 saves on 34 shots) gets the start.¬† Lindholm is the best of the bunch and is worth streaming in almost all matchups.
Jack Eichel¬†– Hat trick and an assist with a whopping 11 shots on goal.¬† Eichel showed that he was capable of carrying a team by himself in this game as he willed the Sabres to a point.¬† He had only two shots in the previous three games combined so hopefully this is a sign that the shot rate is going back up.¬† Outside of plus-minus, everything else is great right now.
Evander Kane¬†– Three assists with four shots.¬† Please find a way to lock this guy up, Jason Botterill.¬† Kane is a slam dunk top 50 fantasy player right now.
Jake McCabe¬†– Goal and two assists.¬† And there’s your annual Jake McCabe update!¬† I don’t see much chance of McCabe developing into a fantasy asset going forward outside of the deepest of leagues.
Esa Lindell¬†– Two assists with three shots.¬† He’s right on the fringe of 12’ers right now and am fine with grabbing him if you need power play help.¬† Solid option for DFS as well.
Brian Boyle¬†– Two goals and an assist with three shots and twelve penalty minutes.¬† What a game from Guy Fawkes everybody!¬† He’s a bottom end streamer right now.
Brian Gibbons¬†– Two assists.¬† He’s producing but everything about it screams fluke.¬† He’s an okay streamer while he’s a hot schomato but that’s it.
Marian Gaborik¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots.¬† Gabby is a solid streamer as he’s played well when in the lineup this year.
Jussi Jokinen¬†– Two assists with two PIM.¬† Can you believe it was only two years ago when Jokinen had 60 points?¬† Seems so long ago now.¬† He’s virtually useless in fantasy.
Henrik Lundqvist¬†– 33 saves on 35 shots in the 4-2 win over the Kings.¬† Look for The King to get huge volume going forward since¬†Ondrej Pavelec¬†is atrocious.
Henrik Zetterberg¬†– Two assists with a shot.¬† He’s put together a nice stretch with 5 points in his past 5 but Zetterberg is fringe right now.¬† The rest of the categories outside of assists are lacking.
Jimmy Howard¬†– 25 saves on 26 shots in the 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs.¬† Howard is a #3 right now that you have to pick your spots with.
Brent Burns¬†– Two goals on three shots.¬† Ahh, Burns’ shooting percentage is regressing to the team over the last two weeks.¬† A couple more goals and he’s close to being back on pace for what we were hoping for in the preseason.
Daniel Sedin¬†– Three assists with six shots.¬† He’s a solid streamer but because Sedin isn’t strong in any category at this point, I’m not holding.
Henrik Sedin¬†– Three assists with a shot.¬† The King of AAGNOF is a streamer only late in the week when you need assists.
Markus Granlund¬†– Two goals.¬† He’s starting to get power play time which is nice but Granlund is still off my streaming radar.
Milan Lucic¬†– Goal and an assist with two shots.¬† That gives Lucic 10 points in his past 10 games.¬† Ironically, he doesn’t have any penalty minutes in that stretch.¬† Considering he had 49 in his first 23 games, I don’t think his owner care too much.¬† The points should keep coming in as long as he’s with McJesus.
Matt Dumba¬†– Two goals on three shots.¬† I really hope his role isn’t affected by Spurgeon whenever he returns from his injury.¬† Dumba is really coming into his own at the moment.¬† As I said when Spurgeon went down, Dumba is must-own right now.
Brady Skjei¬†– Two assists with two shots and two PIM.¬† The shot rate jumped which I thought would be the key to Skjei’s fantasy success this year but the assists have dropped drastically.¬† I wouldn’t hold him in a 12’er right now.
Henrik Lundqvist¬†– Same stat line as Friday, this time in a 3-2 OT win over Boston.¬† Like I said above, look for Vigneault to ride Hank right now.
Dalton Heinen – Goal on four shots.¬† He’s a great streamer right now as he has 5 points in his past 5 games and Heinen is on the point of the first power play unit.
Noah Hanifin¬†– Goal on four shots.¬† I can already visualize the “Noah Hanifin, 2018-19 Sleeper Post” that will be coming in 6-8 months.
Scott Darling¬†– 35 saves on 36 shots in the 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets.¬† He’s been a massive disappointment compared to my expectations but there is still plenty of time for Darling to turn it around, especially because Bill Peters has made it clear he’s the #1.
Tyler Toffoli¬†– Goal and an assist with three shots.¬† Toffoli has bounced back incredibly well this year, mostly thanks to a career high (by far) shot rate.¬† Shocking to me because it’s been without Carter.¬† Toffoli looks like a top 100 player again despite having 0 PIM.
John Tavares¬†– Goal and two assists with four shots.¬† Tavares is hotter than a pistol again; this was his third-straight multi-point game.¬† Just like that, Tavares is tied for third in the NHL in points.¬† Among those he’s tied with…
Josh Bailey¬†– Goal and an assist with three shots.¬† Bailey is tied for second in the NHL in assists which is simply remarkable.¬† It’s obviously incredibly assist and PPP heavy but who cares?¬† He was a waiver wire pickup who has 40 points in 33 games!
Anders Lee¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots.¬† Sure, he’s not going to shoot 25% all year, but there’s no reason why Lee can’t have a 35+35 season.¬† That’s a slam dunk top 50 player with his penalty minutes.
Craig Anderson¬†– 28 save shutout in the 3-0 win over the Canadiens.¬† There have been a couple exceptions of the year, but blind betting the under in outdoor games has been profitable.¬† I’m not taking much from this game going forward for Anderson.¬† Ottawa still has a long way to go to turn things around.
Erik Karlsson¬†– Assist, +3, 7 SOG, 8 blocks.¬† Like Burns, expect Karlsson to turn things around soon, and in a big way.¬† Karlsson can’t shoot 1.3% forever.
Shayne Gostisbehere¬†– Two goals on four shots.¬† He’s been a top 5 defenseman to this point, mostly in thanks to Ghost Bear having the most PPP among defenseman in the league.
Jakub Voracek¬†– Two assists with three shots.¬† And your league leader in assists is one Jakub Voracek.
Brian Elliott¬†– 27 saves on 28 shots in the 2-1 OT win over Dallas.¬† He’s hot right now so keep riding Elliott but expect him to cool off sooner than later.
Vladimir Tarasenko¬†– Goal and an assist with five shots.¬† He’s been an absolute stud in every category but penalty minutes.¬† Point per game, +16, well over 4 shots per game.¬† Pretty, pretty good.
Carter Hutton¬†– 48 save shutout in the 2-0 win over Winnipeg.¬† Hutton doesn’t play much but he’s been excellent when he does making him a must-stream whenever Mike Yeo gives him the nod.
Alex Ovechkin¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots.¬† The penalty minutes have randomly dropped but I suspect they’ll start to come back a bit.¬† Regardless, after a 33 goal season last year, Ovechkin is back on pace to top 50 goals again.¬† Sure seems like a guy who deserved to be a first round pick in fantasy.
Braden Holtby¬†– 28 saves on 30 shots in the 3-2 OT win over the Ducks.¬† Wins are right on pace from last year, rest of the numbers are behind but starting to improve.¬† He’s still been the #6 overall starter despite the 2.63/.919 so far.
Evgeni Malkin¬†– Goal and an assist with five shots and two PIM.¬† The goals are down a bit but his shooting percentage should increase.¬† Regardless, point per game, three shots per, great penalty minutes per usual.¬† Just stay healthy!
Anton Stralman¬†– Two goals and an assist with four shots.¬† If you’re desperate for plus-minus help, Stralman is already +24 and shouldn’t kill you in the other categories.¬† Odds are you’re better off leaving him on the waiver wire though.
Yanni Gourde¬†– Goal and two assists with two shots.¬† Gourde has played his way into top streamer status but like Gibbons, his numbers look unsustainable, just to a lesser degree than Gibbons.
Victor Hedman¬†– Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM.¬† It’s crazy that despite how excellent Tampa has been offensively, Hedman’s numbers are actually down.¬† That said, the shot rate is up to 2.5 per game so it’s still helpful in all six categories.
Nikita Kucherov¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots and two PIM.¬† After he slowed down in the goals department, Kucherov has a goal in four straight.¬† He appears good at hockey.
Mikhail Sergachev¬†– Goal and an assist with three shots.¬† He’s been excellent despite the minutes remaining lower than we hoped. My guess it that the minutes go up to mostly cancel out the impending regression.¬† I’d still sell high in redrafts if you could.
Nathan MacKinnon¬†– Two goals and an assist with seven shots.¬† You can add MacKinnon to the intro about Landeskog, even more so because the Sabres were in contention for MacKinnon following the shortened lockout season.¬† MacKinnon is back in the Matthews, Eichel, Laine tier in dynasties.
Tyson Barrie¬†– Three assists with a shot.¬† After last year’s disaster, Barrie is back on track for over 50 points.¬† It’s very assist heavy but Barrie is a solid #3D right now.
Nikita Zadorov¬†– Two assists.¬† At this point, it looks extremely unlikely that Zadarov ever approaches the ceiling he has.¬† Granted, he’s still only 22, but the lack of development is worrisome.
Pekka Rinne¬†– 32 save shutout in the 2-0 win over the Flames.¬† Calgary hit 4 posts in this game but it doesn’t hurt to have some good luck.¬† Rinne has been outstanding this season and with the team he has in front of him, I’d be shocked if he slowed down.
Connor Hellebuyck¬†– 24 save shutout in the 4-0 win over the Blues.¬† What a performance by Winnipeg in these back to back games putting 94 shots on goal against the Blues.¬† Hellboy keeps cruising along and the only thing we can hope for is more volume.
Jacob Trouba¬†– Two assists with five shots and four PIM.¬† Big Buff going down looks like it will spark Trouba’s season.¬† If he was dropped and is somehow still available, grab him immediately.
Josh Morrissey¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots and two PIM.¬† Anything deeper than a 12’er and Morrissey is must own with Buff out.¬† I don’t even hate the upside play in a 12’er if you want to see what develops.
Andrew Copp¬†– Two assists.¬† I don’t see much offensive potential here despite Copp being 23 years old.
Patrick Kane¬†– Two goals on five shots.¬† He’s right along his usual pace.
Corey Crawford¬†– 27 saves on 28 shots in the 4-1 win over the Wild.¬† He’s been the #2 goalie despite missing some time.¬† Crawford has been spectacular to this point and there’s no reason to expect a change.
Sam Bennett¬†– Goal and three assists with four shots.¬† Like I said before, I’m trying not to get too excited about Bennett.¬† That said, he now has 11 points in his past 10 with over 3 shots per game.¬† Perhaps the 21 year old is finally finding himself in the league?¬† I’d keep streaming him until I see how things go.
Mark Jankowski¬†– Goal and two assists with five shots.¬† I see some long term upside here but he’s a bottom end streamer at the moment.
Mark Giordano¬†– Two goals on five shots.¬† It hasn’t been that good but I think Giordano is a nice buy low candidate.
Dougie Hamilton¬†– Two assists with a shot.¬† He’s been ice cold, but like Giordano, I’d buy low.¬† They’re dominating the puck, the shot rate is there, and they’re contributing in all categories, more so in Hamilton’s case.
David Rittich¬†– 16 saves on 17 shots in the 6-1 win over the Canucks.¬† He’s been solid everywhere he’s been back to his days in the Czech Republic.¬† The starts will be minimal but I’d stream him in nice matchups.
Jonathan Marchessault¬†– Goal and two assists with six shots.¬† His current linemate and former teammate¬†Reilly Smith¬†had two assists with two shots.¬† Nice revenge game for them both and I have no idea what Florida was doing dumping both.¬† Marchessault has been outstanding while Smith is a bottom end hold.
James Neal¬†– Goal and an assist with two shots.¬† He sparked this whole Vegas team carrying them in the early going while Marchessault was out.¬† Neal has shown no signs of slowing down and he’s about to get paid handsomely for it.
Colin Miller¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots and four PIM.¬† I’d hold Miller right now.¬† It’s bottom end but the points are good enough with strong PIM and above two shots per game.
Monday Streamers:¬† LDOM’s streaming post will help you plan out your whole week of streaming.¬† If you are looking at guys solely for tonight, I like¬†Tomas Hertl (if available),¬†Bryan Rust, and¬†Jesse Puljujarvi the most at first glance.¬† If you want other suggestions, ask in the comments section here or ask Lackeydrinksonme.
That’s all for now guys.¬† I’m honestly unsure if I will have a post on Tuesday morning.¬† This slate has only five games so unless there is a ton of scoring, I’m probably going to hold off until Wednesday morning for daily notes.¬† I will give some streamer suggestions here and on LDOM’s post if that’s the case.¬† As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below and I’ll be sure to answer you.¬† Thanks for reading, take care!