We’ve made it to the fantasy hockey playoffs.  Congrats to all of you who have made it and have the chance to win a championship.  Now, it’s time to be very aggressive and to do whatever you can to maximize starts.  I am going to look at the schedule for this week only to figure out the best plan for success with streamers.  This post is meant as a compliment to my Playoff Manifesto, which you can read here.  Let’s get to it!

Monday’s Games – CBJ @ NYI , OTT @ PHI, TB @ TOR, SJ @ MIN, ARZ @ CHI, NYR @ EDM, CAR @ COL

Tuesday’s Games – DAL @ BUF, WAS @ PIT, BOS @ CBJ, DET @ MON, ARZ @ STL, SJ @ WIN, NJ @ CAL, NSH @ ANA

Wednesday’s Games – CHI @ TOR , NJ @ EDM , NYR @ VAN

Thursday’s Games – PIT @ BUF, MON @ NYI, WAS @ PHI, TBL @ DET, STL @ OTT, BOS @ WIN, DAL @ MIN, ANA @ ARZ, NSH @ LA, FLA @ SJ

Friday’s Games – PHI @ TOR, CAR @ CBJ, VGK @ DAL, NYR @ CAL, ANA @ COL, NJ @ VAN

Saturday’s Games – NYI @ DET, STL @ PIT, FLA @ LA, CBJ @ BOS, BUF @ CAR, CHI @ MON, TOR @ OTT, WAS @ TB,  CAL @ WIN, NYR @ MIN, EDM @ ARZ, NAS @ SJ

Sunday’s Games – NJ @ COL, STL @ BUF, NYI @ MIN, VAN @ DAL, PHI @ PIT, FLA @ ANA, EDM @VGK

Monday’s Games – ARZ @ TB, VAN @ CHI, WIN @ LA, VGK @ SJ

The teams in bold denote that this game is the first in a back-to-back set, with the italics denoting the second of a back-to-back.  This should make it easier to make a few observations:

The Blue Jackets and Coyotes are the only teams to open the week on a back-to-back.  Even though he hasn’t started well in Columbus, Ryan Dzingel makes a solid option.  If Josh Anderson was available, he’d be my first choice.  Arizona is rolling right now but their options are limited.  Christian Dvorak would be my first pick.  Note: when I say first choice, it’s from players who are widely available.  Obviously if there are guys who are 75% owned who happen to be available in your league, they’re almost certainly a better choice.

Wednesday is the one light day of the week.  The only team who plays on Wednesday as part of a back-to-back is the Devils.  Not exactly a team I’m looking to use right now.  However, Wednesday’s game with the Oilers isn’t so bad.  Blake Coleman would be my first choice.

With so many teams playing on Saturday, you’re probably not going to need streamers for that day.  That means I would be trying to maximize Thursday and Friday streamers, along with guys who play Sunday and Monday.  Anaheim obviously isn’t appealing, but Roope Hintz is a great option for Thursday/Friday while he’s on the top line.  Vegas has three games in four nights from Friday to Monday which is outstanding since the one day they don’t play is Saturday.  Paul Stastny and Alex Tuch are the best choices.

Tracking backup goalies to stream will be much easier following this post.

Streamers for Monday’s Games only (taking nothing else into consideration but Monday’s games):

Nolan Patrick (9.7%) – He’s playing with Giroux and JVR and is going against Ottawa.  Can’t ask for a better spot for Patrick.

J.T. Compher (10.0%) – With Gabriel Landeskog more than likely out for the rest of the regular season, Compher is up on the first line.  So is Derick Brassard, making both of them elite options while with MacKinnon despite a mediocre matchup with Carolina.

Alex Chiasson (11.4%) – While he’s not with McDavid anymore, Chiasson is with Draisaitl and remains on PP1.  A nice matchup with the Rangers gives Chiasson a nice chance of getting back on the scoresheet.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Wednesday recapping the next two nights of action.  As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Saints says:

    Hay Viz thanks for this amazing work.
    I got in to the playoffs as the 2nd Seed in my division. Playing against the 3rd Seed (only) this week i think i have the superior team. I still want to make no mistake especially with my goaliestats and starts. Our Goalie Cats are W,GAA,SV%,Saves, Shutouts
    With Streaming not an Option (deep dynasty league).
    My Goalie group is: Binnington,Dubnyk,Kuemper, Lehner
    My Opponent has: Koskinen, Quick and Ryan Miller

    I expect to win the majority of the skater stats so my plan is with my stronger (and deeper) Goalie group to secure those counting cats W and Saves and start Dubnyk (vs SJ) and Kuemper (@CHI) tonight even though they have not the best Matchups.
    What are your thoughts on it ?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Saints: Nice, best of luck! Yeah, I would roll every goalie I can in this scenario, we’re in total agreement. Maybe you can change paths later in the week (I doubt it but you never know how things go), but I see no reason to not roll everyone to start.

      • Saints says:

        Ouch Kuemper got banged… And so did I but i hope i can rebound with my skaters.
        At least i dont have to think about starts now i need to start everybody since im far behind in GAA and SV% 😀

  2. Tony Stark says:

    Hey Viz! Thanks for all of your help this year my team got the # 1 seed!

    We use G/A/PPP/+-/SOG/Hits/W/SHO/GAA/SV%

    I made a few changes since last week,I read your post on Greiss and picked him up and someone dropped Skinner so I have him now as well.

    C Mathews
    C Monahan
    RW Marner
    RW Lindholm
    LW Ovechkin, Skinner
    LW Guentzel, Dvorak
    UT Aho, Strome
    D Hedman
    D Klingberg
    D Jones
    D Rielly
    G Greiss
    G Kuemper
    G Binnington
    1 Spot open for streaming

    My plan is to pick up Williams towards the end of the week and drop Dovrak. Do you think I should stream a G or D or just go with skaters?

    Thanks Viz!

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Tony Stark: Congrats! Hopefully it turns into a title. It really depends how the week starts in terms of streaming goalies, but tentatively I would plan on just using forwards and adjusting if necessary, e.g. you have a full team of forwards Saturday but some of your D don’t play, then stream a D to get an extra start.

      • Tony Stark says:

        @Viz: Great advice thanks Viz! I cut Dubnyk again but he seems to not fit well with my other goalies. I will pick up a D for Saturday. Are you still high on Deangelo for a D streamer?

        • Viz

          Viz says:

          @Tony Stark: No problem! DeAngelo is a solid option, but if you’re grabbing him make sure to do it Friday so you get both Friday and Saturday from him. Otherwise, you’d be better off grabbing someone who plays both Saturday and Sunday.

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