We’ve made it to the final week of the season! For those of you who just wrapped up their leagues since you don’t play the last week of the season, congratulations. For those who still play this week (the majority), I’ll be breaking down the schedule for you to maximize your streaming potential. I’ll be following the same format as the last three weeks. Let’s get to it!
Monday 4/1 – NYR @ NJ, TOR @ NYI, WAS @ FLA, TB @ OTT, COL @ STL, WIN @ CHI, CAL @ LA, EDM @ VGK
Tuesday 4/2 – NSH @ BUF, BOS @ CBJ, PIT @ DET, TB @ MON, CAR @ TOR, WIN @ MIN, PHI @ DAL, EDM @ COL, SJ @ VAN, LA @ ARZ
Wednesday 4/3 – OTT @ NYR, STL @ CHI, CAL @ ANA
Thursday 4/4 – OTT @ BUF, NJ @ CAR, DET @ PIT, TB @ TOR , MON @ WAS, NYI @ FLA, PHI @ STL, VAN @ NSH, BOS @ MIN, SJ @ EDM, WIN @ COL, ARZ @ VGK
Friday 4/5 – CBJ @ NYR, DAL @ CHI, LA @ ANA
On Saturday 4/6, the last day of the regular season, every team in the league plays besides the Ducks.
We have caught a tough break with the light days this week. Nobody is playing the second game of a back-to-back on Wednesday or Friday, and with 12 games on Thursday and 15 on Saturday, there’s not a ton of streaming that’s necessary.
With Tampa having it locked up, I think we see Eddie Pasquale twice this week. That makes him a solid streaming option, especially if it’s tonight against the Senators. I don’t see the Lightning just laying down this week since they can still become the third team to ever reach 130 points. (Update: Vas is playing tonight meaning Pasquale should play Tuesday.)
The Blues and Senators are the two teams that start the week with three games in four nights and also play on the light day. Brian Gibbons has been insanely good at even strength since the trade deadline and is an excellent option for deep leagues. Given that the Blues are fighting for home ice in the first round, I expect them to push this last week. Assuming the obvious top guys aren’t available in your league, Robert Thomas would be my first choice.
The Blackhawks, Rangers, and Ducks are the three teams who play on both light days. Chicago is currently going with a three line approach which gives a bunch of streaming options on the wing. At the moment, I think I would go with Dominik Kahun first but that could change by Wednesday. Pavel Buchnevich is the easy choice on the Rangers and is one of the best guys for this week overall. He was scratched Sunday, but assuming that was a one game blip, Brendan Lemieux is still a great choice for what he provides. Also, Ryan Strome was quietly put together a nice stretch for the Rangers to the point that I would use him in 12’ers. I am liking the Rangers this week for sure. For the Ducks, it’s pretty ugly. Sam Steel would be my first choice.
When it comes down to a close choice, I will take a player on a team who is playing for something this week over someone who isn’t, especially if he’s playing against a team that’s out of it. That said, you can’t go too far with that.
Pavel Buchnevich (18.9%) – Mentioned him above, but to explain further, he’s currently on the first line with Kreider and Zibanejad. He has a point in four straight and gets a nice matchup against the Devils. Again, any of the Rangers are firmly in play here.
Anthony Cirelli (9.7%) – Cirelli is getting a bigger workload down the stretch as the Lightning wrap up their season. A game against Ottawa is a great opportunity for him to continue his recent form.
Jakub Vrana (16.9%) – He’s not in the best form right now, but a matchup against the Panthers should get Vrana back on track.
That’s all for now guys. I’ll be back either tomorrow or Wednesday with a post. Unsure if it’s going to be the usual daily notes or something different at this point. If you have any suggestions on that, let me know in the comments section below. As always, all questions are welcome as well. Thanks for reading, take care!