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!