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Hey guys!  I’m very sick at the moment so I’m going to keep this short and sweet.  I’m going to focus on players who aren’t trivial holds in this set of daily notes.  In other words, sorry Jakub Voracek, but this is the extent of me writing about you.  Let’s focus on Nino Niederreiter for a minute.  El Nino killed it last season; he was a borderline top 50 player, definitely top 75.  He hasn’t started off that well and then was injured.  Niederreiter returned on Thursday and had a hat trick before the midway point of the second period.  He scored three goals on four shots as the Wild cruised to victory over the Sabres.  We know his upside and after this game, he’s up to 13 goals in 30 games.  The penalty minutes are strong, he’s +11, and he’s only 48.5% owned because of his injury.  Go pick him up now if he’s available.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the past two nights:

Andreas Athanasiou scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Ottawa.  He scored seven shots and played in the top six so he’s definitely worth streaming at the moment.

Jimmy Howard has had five consecutive starts allowing two goals or less.  He’s worth owning right now and Howard is available in over 50% of leagues.

Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman each had two points playing with Patrick Kane.  Both of them are solid streamers although I do prefer Hartman.

Jeff Glass started again and got the win against the Rangers allowing two goals on 25 shots.  You can gamble on him if you want but there’s a reason the 32 year old just made his NHL debut.

Ivan Provorov scored two goals on four shots and added an assist in the win over the Islanders.  He’s right on the fringe and it comes down to whether or not you need his shots from the blue line.

Damn you Reid for calling Sebastian Aho for three points.  I have no idea how he’s available in 30% of leagues.  He’s on pace for 25+40!

Cam Ward had an easy time of it shutting out Pittsburgh making 21 saves.  My biggest takeaway is Pittsburgh stinks right now and barring a massive change, they’re missing the playoffs.  Ward is the #1 now so if you want to own him given how dominant Carolina is with the puck, I can’t argue.

Carter Hutton has been incredible this year and it continued Thursday.  He saved 32 of 33 shots ending Vegas’ winning streak.  This was Hutton’s third straight start so I’d pick him up.  I’m sure he’ll get one of the two Blues games over the weekend since they have a back-to-back.

Minnesota’s second line had three points each, headlined by Nino.  Mikko Koivu scored a goal and two assists bringing him towards a 40-45 point pace with good secondary stats.  He’s a nice streamer but I’m not holding.

Tanner Pearson scored two goals and an assist with four shots against Calgary.  He moved on the first line which is excellent for him long term.  The problem is that the Kings have one game Saturday against Nashville and then they have their week off.  You can stream him Saturday if you want but don’t hold him during the bye.

Al Montoya was traded to Edmonton for a conditional 4th round pick and I have no clue what Chiarelli is doing.

Jonathan Bernier recorded a 34 save shutout against the Blue Jackets.  With Varly out, Bernier should see the starts going forward.  Again, like the Kings, the Avs have their bye week coming up, so leave him on the wire for now.

How is Mikko Rantanen available in over 1/4th of leagues?

Ryan Ellis scored in his second game back.  They have two more games before their bye week so I’d grab Ellis for now to potentially drop him during the bye.

Anthony Duclair scored a goal but the main story is that there are substantiated rumors that Duclair requested a trade and the Coyotes are looking to oblige.  Lot of talent here, I think it’s a small buy low by some team.

That’s all for now guys.  If there are other things you want to know, please ask me in the comments section and I’ll be sure to answer it.  I’ll be back Monday recapping the weekend’s action.  If you’re in horrible weather areas, stay safe.  Thanks for reading, take care!

 

  1. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    didn’t duclair pull that same shit with the NYR or maybe i misremembered this.

    rantanen owned in less than 80% of leagues is funny as shit, partly explained by shallow leagues i’m sure.

    • Viz

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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: Nah, he was moved as the main piece for Yandle, he didn’t ask for a trade.

      I’m sure shallow leagues are the reason but it’s still a crazy mistake in shallow leagues. Kid is almost at a point per game.

  2. Brad says:
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    Hi Viz,

    I just dealt Huberdeau for Pacioretty, Simmonds and Neiderreiter in a keeper league. Do you think that’s a really good return? I feel like Patches is a buy low and Simmonds always seems to be underrated.

    Cersy

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @Brad: i have no clue how you got that many of those guys in any kind of league for huberdeau.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Brad: If I was in your league, I’d have vetoed that trade in a heartbeat. That is so lopsided in your favor that it honestly should not have been allowed to go through.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @Viz: exactly.

        • Brad says:
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          @Eli Man Penguin Boy: @Eli Man Penguin Boy: Young players are valued so much higher than ones that are around 30 or so it’s crazy. Even though Neiderreiter is 25 or so he was almost seen as a thrown in even though I like him quite a bit. I dropped Gallagher and Zetterberg in this deal but they were my 2 worst players. I think I’m ready for my annual playoff push!

          Cersy

          • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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            @Brad: if it’s a hits league, probably even without that though, nino on his own could be valued AT LEAST similar to huberdeau. in a hits league i’d actually want nino more, but i could understand somebody saying the other side, either way the fact that this is arguable for both sides explains exactly why getting a free simmonds/patches would make this the kinda deal that gets vetoed.

            • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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              @Eli Man Penguin Boy: holy crap, didn’t realize, here’s nino’s hits per game, it’s a BIG drop:
              this year: .83 per game,
              going backwards:
              1.46 (still ok)
              1.57
              1.94 (very healthy territory)
              2.16
              yikes, ok, so they aren’t nearly equal in hits leagues. he’s eliminated hits from his game. had that one stuck in my head for years i guess. even so, it doesn’t mean a fair trade nets you 2 of those others in addition, but i could see nino + draft pick(s) for huberdeau still being close.

  3. Fundle Bundle Life says:
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    dynasty league, 16 teamer keep 14 per year. hits/blocks/STP/time on ice added. i have a trade offer of simmonds for the kog. a few years back when the kog first came up this should’ve been easy, maybe it still is again. for this year
    kog wins in (using espn season’s player rater for values): goals (2.33 to 1.71), assists (.99 to .44), faceoffs (.1 vs -.41),
    and loses in: shots (1.06 to 1.19), PIMs (.15 to 2.04), hits (.83 to 1.11), blocks (.21 to .31), STP (1.09 to 1.54). so he’s killing him in points (outside STP), losing badly in PIMs the rest is close, other than age, which kog wins easily by just over 4 years. rest of roster is

    • Fundle Bundle Life says:
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      @Fundle Bundle Life: there is one thing that seriously hampers this, right now i have these (also D man points are an added category), need minimum 6 BOS players at all times.
      C (3) bergeron, krejci, turris, d.ryan, sobotka (LW)
      LW (3) hall, fiala (C), marchand, debrusk,
      RW (3) bratt (LW), simmonds (LW), puljujarvi, pasternak (LW)
      D (5) klingberg, d.hamilton, chara, morrissey, krug, sekera, oesterle (streamer)
      G (2) dell, rask, dubnyk
      one way to balance here would be to drop debrusk for one of kempe/gourde/sprong

    • Viz

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      @Fundle Bundle Life: Well I do think Landeskog’s penalty minutes will go up substantially. I mean, he’s been a 60+ PIM guy every season, I don’t know why it would drop off so dramatically. I think I very marginally prefer Simmonds the rest of this year but the Kog should jump him very soon and obviously makes the better keeper. I would lean towards doing this unless you’re all in on winning this year and you need Simmonds’ specific strengths.

      • Fundle Bundle Life says:
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        @Viz: weird i won this league last year and was a top 3 team all year, now i’m just recently back to just over .500 and am clearly no longer a top 3 team in stats taken across the board. i also tend to be the guy who’d rather be better long term even if that marginally hurts my short term. i dropped the streaming D slot thus far to nab sprong, but to compete in stats i’d be best off in now dropping a LW to balance needing sprong for minimum enough RW’s (and while he’s on top line at PIT he’s a good add anyway). so drop which of these, debrusk, d.ryan (but i kinda am weak already in faceoffs), sobotka (but he’s valuable in kinda all categories at least somewhat)

        • Viz

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          @Fundle Bundle Life: Then yeah, I’d make the move for Landeskog then. That’s tough because I would say Ryan if not for the faceoff concerns. Otherwise, I’d go Debrusk because like you said, Sobotka is decent enough across the board to be held.

  4. Jump on it says:
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    Hope you feel better! Someone dropped TJ Oshie in my league – what’s your outlook on him/is he worth picking up? (14 team H2H with blocks and hits)

    I would be dropping Sam Gagner or Ouesterle – I also want to maximize games played next week.

    • Viz

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      @Jump on it: Thanks! Definitely better now, almost all the way back. Yeah, definitely grab Oshie, he should be a borderline top 100 player the rest of the way.

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