Finally Tuukka Rask owners have something to be happy about.   Rask shutout the Coyotes, saving all 24 shots on goal in the Bruins 6-0 victory.  Would I be happy as a Rask owner with this development.  Of course, but mostly because this could give you a chance to sell Rask at a higher value.  Arizona is going to be a horrible team and they are regressing quickly from their hot start.  They are the type of team that the Bruins will dominate because their top-six is going to control the game and not allow their defense to be exposed.  Bottom line, I don’t see this as the start of a bounceback for Rask; I see it as an opportunity to get away from him while getting good value in return.

Here’s what else I saw Tuesday night:

Mike Smith – 21 saves on 27 shots.  The hot streak is over and the regression is killing Smith owners.  I would cut bait from him in 12’ers or shallower.

Jimmy Hayes – Goal and 2 assists on 3 shots, -2 Corsi.  Hayes got 2 minutes of PP time which is good for his future outlook.  I can see using him as a streamer in 12’ers in good matchups but I’m not owning him barring an injury to someone in the top 6.

Loui Eriksson – Two assists,  +5 Corsi, best on the Bruins.  Finally looking like the player he was in Dallas.  If people have been slow to pick him up, do it now.

David Krejci – Two goals on four shots.  This is getting ridiculous.  14 points in the first 8 games.

Brad Marchand – Goal and assist with five shots.  Looking great with Patrice Bergeron (assist, two shots).  This has been quite the transition from the Bruins going to a great defensive team to, so far, a great offensive team.

Matt Beleskey – Two assists with one shot.  Not getting power play time so I’m still not owning him.

Boone Jenner – Goal on three shots, +2 Corsi, best on Columbus.  He’s up to six goals already so he’s obviously worth considering owning.  He has a lot of talent but he isn’t getting the power play time right now.  If you need goals and shots, I’d add Jenner if you can afford the lack of special teams points.

Sergei Bobrovsky – 23 saves on 24 shots in the win.  Repeating myself but buy low if you can.  Columbus will turn things around.

Scott Hartnell – Goal on his only shot plus an assist.  If you’re owning him, it’s for his penalty minutes but it’s good to see him up to 3 goals so far.  If he gets 20+ goals, he’ll definitely be a success.

Ryan O’Reilly – Assist and two shots, +6 Corsi.  RoR is up to 8 points in 9 games after the slow start; with the Evander Kane injury, the Sabres will be counting on him even more offensively so he’s an intriguing trade target.

Cody Franson – Assist with three shots and three hits.  The Sabres power play has been great and a lot of it has to do with Franson.  He also had a +15 Corsi (reminder, Corsi is all 5 on 5 even strength) so the Sabres were in the offensive zone a ton with Franson on the ice.  I was asked about Franson’s value in the comments because of the emergence of Rasmus Ristolainen (3 shots, 2 hits, 3 blocks) and the impending return of Zach Bogosian but if anything, both of these players will help Franson.  They will allow Franson to have a smaller role for the Sabres but fantasy wise, those decreased minutes will result in more offensive zone starts and he will maintain his power play time.  I was higher on Franson than anyone else preseason and I’m sticking with him.

Johan Larsson – Two assists and three shots, +11 Corsi.  He’s consistently been a good possession player, even on poor Sabres teams the past two years, and with the injury to Evander Kane, Larsson has moved into the top 6 and getting power play time.  In deep leagues (16+), I’d add Larsson immediately.  He’s worth considering as a streamer in shallower leagues.

Brayden Schenn – Two goals on his only two shots, -17 Corsi.  Schenn is a solid player, although he isn’t a good as he was hyped up to be as a prospect, but he’s stuck on the third line right now.  If he were to move back to the first line, he’d be a must-add, but for now, I’m not adding Schenn in 12’ers.

Cam Ward – 25 saves on 26 shots in the win over Detroit.  You’ll get some games like this and then some absolute duds.  I still would stay away in 12’ers.

Jaromir Jagr – Left the game with a lower body injury.  Hopefully it is nothing serious because he’s been outstanding to start the season and the Panthers are already without Aleksander Barkov for the next 2-4 weeks.

Roberto Luongo – 32 saves on 33 shots in the 4-1 win over Colorado.  His save percentage is going to be outstanding come the end of the season with the high volume of shots that he faces.  His goals against average will probably be middle of the pack but you’ll still strongly benefit.

Vincent Trocheck – Two goals on four shots plus an assist.  Could be the biggest beneficiary to move into the top six if Jagr misses some time so I’ll keep you posted on the Panthers news in the coming days.

Reilly Smith – Power play goal on four shots with a shorthanded assist.  If Jagr is out, I think Smith is most likely to move onto the top line so I’d look to add him right now.  Even if he doesn’t move up, Smith’s top 6 role and power play time is secure and he’s had 7 points in the first 9 games.

Brian Campbell – Shorthanded goal on three shots plus two power play assists.  If you need some special teams points, Campbell is a good option but I’m not looking to add him in 12’ers yet.

Jake Allen – 26 save shutout in the 2-0 win over Tampa.  Great to see Allen shut down an elite offensive team.  I still feel like he’s likely to push the timeshare weighted towards his side than Brian Elliott’s.

Troy Brouwer – Goal on 4 shots plus an assist.  Down to the third line right now but that line is getting top offensive zone starts so I’m holding Brouwer in 12’ers.

Colton Parayko – Assist with one shot and three blocks.  Add him now.

Taylor Hall – Goal on his only shot plus an assist.  Hall has been solid with 8 points in 10 games but expect that rate to increase once the power play points start coming (only 1 so far).

Connor McDavid – Assist plus three shots, +4 Corsi, best among Edmonton forwards.  Played a ridiculous 22:17.  Amazing for an 18 year old.

Ryan Suter – Two goals on his five shots with three blocks in 27 minutes.  The minutes are always there and the Wild offense is the best it’s been since Suter went there so the points could also be a best this year.  The shot rate has been solid so far as well.

Thomas Vanek – Two assists and a shot.  Vanek has been great to start the year and that’s with only 1 power play point.

Tyler Toffoli – Goal on two shots plus an assist.  Toffoli is up to 7 goals already and is looking like a good bet to pay off his top 100 preseason rank.

Drew Doughty – Two assists and three shots; +13 Corsi, tied for the best on the Kings.  The Kings have ripped off 6 wins in a row and a lot of it has to do with Jonathan Quick (24 saves on 25 shots) and Doughty.  When Doughty is on the ice, the Kings dominate puck possession; it’s a big reason why they’ve won two Cups.  He’s up to 6 points in 9 games (all assists) with no power play points.  I had him just outside the big third tier of defenseman preseason and feel strongly about that.  He’s a solid #2 fantasy defenseman going forward.

Jeff Carter – Two assists and four shots.  The second line is on a tear right now and they showed last year that their hot streaks can last for weeks at a time.

Nikolaj Ehlers – Goal on five shots and three blocks.  Please, Paul Maurice, start playing this kid more minutes!

Ryan Getzlaf – Out 4-12 days due to appendicitis.  More frustration for his owners through Getzlaf’s horrible start.  He’s too good to not turn it around though so I’d look to buy low if his owner doesn’t want to wait for Getzlaf’s bounceback.

Andrew Cogliano – Assist plus a shot.  He doesn’t have much fantasy relevance barring a coaching change barring his role but I mostly wanted to point out how great he played in this game.  His Corsi was +7, best on the team, despite starting zero shifts in the offensive zone and nine shifts in the defensive zone.  That’s amazing.

Corey Perry – Assist and two shots with 2 PIM, -15 Corsi.  Yikes.  Perry is generally an above-average possession player but the Ducks are a disaster right now.  It’s not hard to see why Perry is struggling when you see how bad the Ducks are being dominated when he’s on the ice.  That said, I expect the Ducks to turn it around sooner than later, be it with Coach Bruce Boudreau getting fired or him righting the ship.  While the opportunity in the offensive zone hasn’t been there, the shots on goal totals from Perry have been getting better.

Jamie Benn – Three assists with three shots and 4 penalty minutes.  His Corsi was the worst on the team but the telling thing is that he started 13 shifts in the offensive zone and only one in the defensive zone.  Granted, the Stars as a team starting 26 shifts in the offensive zone and only 6 in their own zone but it’s great to see Benn getting huge offensive zone starts.  Is he the best player in fantasy hockey going forward?  I’m not quite there but he’s definitely in the top 5 after being 7th preseason.

Patrick Sharp – First goal as a Star with 4 shots and 2 PIM.  The breakout is coming.

Carey Price – 23 saves on 28 shots in the 5-1 loss to Vancouver.  He’s human after all!

Jared McCann – Two goals on 5 shots.  The 19 year old former first round pick is up to 4 goals on the season.  In dynasty leagues, I’d add him but in standard 12’ers or even 14’ers, I’m not adding him yet because he isn’t getting any power play time and is stuck on the fourth line.  If he gets the role boost, be it due to injury or he forces coach Willie Desjardins to play him more, he’s a must add.

Radim Vrbata – Goal on three shots.  Another guy who has a breakout coming.

Ryan Miller – 25 saves on 26 shots.  I was lower on Miller than most in the preseason because I expected the Canucks to take a step back but so far, they look a lot like last year’s team.  It’s still early to determine how good the Canucks will be in front of him but Miller has looked great so far and is going to play a ton of games.

Wednesday Streamers: It’s a three game slate so I assume people will be looking to stream in all leagues where possible.  Here are my top options in order:

Joel Ward (20.4% owned) – His ownership is starting to increase after the hat trick but it’s still very low for a player locked into the top 6 with great linemates.  Plus he’s going against his old team.  Revenge game!

Shane Prince (0.0% owned) – I’m digging deep on this one but Prince will get a chance to play on the first line tomorrow with Mark Stone and Kyle Turris.  Calgary has been horrible defensively and Prince put up 65 points in 72 games last season for Binghamton, Ottawa’s AHL affiliate.  I like his chances to get on the scoresheet tomorrow.

Pascal Dupuis (0.6% owned) – Dupuis is being bumped up to the first line to play with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist.  Great opportunity.

That’s all for now guys.  Tonight is a short three game slate so I won’t be writing a recap of those games for Thursday; I’ll include them in a big writeup for Friday.  However, I’ll be posting something on Thursday morning yet, I’m just not sure what exactly!  I’m thinking either a recap of the RCL’s so far, an in-depth look at the early possession stats for teams and players around the league and what that means going forward, or something else that I think of or that is suggested in the comments.  Feel free to post some thoughts below and as always, ask any questions you have.  Take care everyone!

  1. Scott says:
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    Kunitz + terrible
    Should I drop him for Joel Ward or Mike Fisher?

    • Viz

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      @Scott: I’d drop him for Ward.

      • JJ says:
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        @Viz:
        Your math seems a bit off. Kunitz = Terrible is right on the money.

  2. Great work Viz! Colton Parayko seems almost as legit as he is tall – has points in 3 of his last 4 games, 6 points in 9 games to go with a +6, 20 SOG, & 2 PPPts this season. You said add him now, but with Shattenkirk back possibly next game, I’d have to think that it will be Parayko off the PP unit and not Alex Pietrangelo. Do you think he will be significantly impacted by Shatty’s return?

    • Viz

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      @madden_curser: Significantly? Probably not but it is going to hurt. The first power play unit gets the bulk of the time for St. Louis and Parayko won’t be overtaking Steen or Shattenkirk on the point any time soon. That said, he clearly belongs in the NHL and will have his role for the team offensively and on the second power play unit. If I had him on my team, I’d hold him for a few games once Shattenkirk is back to see what Parayko’s role becomes.

  3. Nelson says:
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    Who gets Greens PP minutes in DET now that hes out a few weeks?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Nelson: Right now, Kronwall is the point of the first unit with Tatar and on the second unit, it’s Kindl and Pulkkinen.

  4. Scott says:
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    Who do you like out of
    Zajac
    Desharnais
    Reilly Smith

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Scott: I’d put Smith first by a decent margin, then Zajac, then Desharnais.

  5. JJ says:
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    Would you start Holtby tonight against the Pens? Im still waiting for their breakout game and don’t want it to be at the expense of my goalie

    • Viz

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      @JJ: Yes, I’d start him. The Capitals are playing great hockey and they are a decent favorite to win at home. I’d expect this to be a tighter game than you’d think with all of the big name offensive players.

  6. ashtray says:
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    Thoughts on this Darnell Nurse kid? Relevant in a 12 teamer?

    • Viz

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      @ashtray: Great talent and tons of upside. If you’re in a dynasty league, I’d definitely add him in 12’ers. If you aren’t, it’s very close. It depends on who your last defenseman is and if you want the safety of that guy or want to gamble on Nurse’s upside. It looks like he is going to be on the power play right away so I’d lean towards taking the gamble on Nurse.

      • ashtray says:
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        @Viz: Cut any of these guys for him:

        Michael Stone
        John Klingberg
        Antoine Roussel
        Mark Streit
        Marek Zidlicky
        Alex Goligoski
        Derek Stepan

        12 team league that includes HITS

        • Viz

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          @ashtray: I’d drop Zidlicky. He’s been okay so far but he only has 4 shots in 8 games and if he loses his PP time, he’ll be completely useless.

  7. Connor says:
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    Opinions on Tyler Ennis? Is he a must own in 10 teams?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Connor: It depends how deep your rosters are and what categories you use. He’s right on the edge of must-own in 10 team, he definitely is must own in 12 teamers.

      • Connor says:
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        @Viz: You don’t know my rosters/scoring by now? Come on, Viz.

        • Viz

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          @Connor: I’m sorry :/ I know you are one of the people who posts most frequently so it should be ingrained into me soon. There are so many people using different categories that it is tough to be track, to be fair. It’s only been 3 weeks so far so I’ll get it all down pat soon enough.

          • Connor says:
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            @Viz: Haha, I was completely kidding. I’d be super impressed if you remembered that stuff.

            • Viz

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              @Connor: Haha in due time it will happen.

  8. Brian says:
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    I’m hurting in the Goalie dept. With Schneider, Mrazek, and my 3rd is a streamer (currently have Condon), I’m looking to find a 2nd decent starter. Who do you think would be a better FA pick up…Cam Ward or Chad Johnson? Possibly even Reto Berra? I’m trying to work out a trade for a top 10, but nobody is willing to give anyone up.

    • Viz

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      @Brian: For now, I’d say Johnson is best but rest of season I would take Ward so it depends on what you’re looking for. I’d say try to buy low on Bobrovsky if you can or maybe get Howard to platoon with Mrazek.

      • Brian says:
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        @Viz: Thanks Viz. What would you consider buying low for Bobrovsky? I can part with some D, say maybe Victor Hedman or Kingberg? 1 for 1? or one of the Sedins?

        current lineup:
        Toews
        2x Sedin
        Ovichkin
        Seguin
        Kessel
        Hedman
        Klingberg
        Phaneuf
        Faulk
        Voracek
        Zetterberg
        Abdelkader

        • Viz

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          @Brian: I would defintely do either Sedin if you could. I would prefer to trade Henrik if you have the choice because the lack of shots and goals in general hurt. If not, Daniel is fine too. The defenseman are closer although if you really need the goalie, which you might, Klingberg would be fine as well.

          • Brian says:
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            @Viz: Appreciated!!

  9. Sherm says:
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    I still believe in this team, even though I am dead last in G, A, +/- and PPP, ESPN standard 10-team. By the way, 2nd in PIM! Woo hoo. They all have to break out sometime, don’t they?

    F Crosby Getzlaf Hudler Duchene T. Hall Toews Hornqvist Perreault Zuccarello Hertl
    D Giordano Vatanen Shattenkirk Stralman Doughty
    G Bishop Mrazek M. Jones S. Mason

    IR Couture

    • Viz

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      @Sherm: Yeah that team is still very good, I wouldn’t worry about the team yet. The only forward I am slightly concerned about is Duchene but I would still hold him for now. I’d say be patient and gives these guys a couple weeks to turn it around.

      • Sherm says:
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        @Viz: Forgot to say I also have Huberdeau and McDavid. But anyway, the season is eight games old. Thanks again.

  10. Sherm says:
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    Thanks for your two cents!

  11. Veritas says:
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    Great article. Mike Smith, has been the downfall of my team for a while (last season also) yet I always have a hard time letting him go. I somehow expect him to play well and keep waiting for him to turn things around. Knowing when to cut your loses is difficult.

    • Viz

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      @Veritas: Yeah, I hear ya. I have this problem a lot myself with certain players.

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    good call on prince, i saw that last night too when looking when/if methot would be back. now that i’ve seen the .6% for dupuis i know Yahoo’s stats are cranked OR maybe only for 10 and under leagues.
    10 team dynasty league with 10 minor league slots (can move players up and down till 100 games or age 26, whichever happens first). Got a trade offer. Here’s roster: (faceoffs/hits/blocks/SOG/goals/assists for skaters total). 3 goalie (active) limit, start 1 per day. start 3 of each forward per day, 1 D, 1 util. 1 goalie. 42 moves left on season)
    fabbri/horvat/kadri/brassard
    komarov/marleau/d.sedin/lee/steen/hartnell
    ehlers/perry/wheeler/forsberg/okposo
    hunwick/de haan/weber/josi/hedman/e.johnson
    pavelec/mason/dubnyk
    bozak/hanzal (IR)
    Minor guys left after calling up Ehlers/Fabbri: Tuch/Buchnevich/Zacha/Barbashev/Barzal/Perlini/H.Fleury/Morrisey/Demko. I added Buchnevich when i brought up Ehlers.
    Team is in 8th from weak goaltending and being bottom 3 in hits/blocks/faceoffs.
    team was starting to at least keep pace in faceoffs, but then bozak/hanzal got hurt right when i traded bergeron away, even after grabbing hanzal/horvat to help with those. Fabbri/Ehlers could be put back down (Fabbri will be) when Bozak/Hanzal comes back. D man is other drop.

    Offer is my Ehlers for opp’s Sam Bennett (10 games played)/Duclair (28 games)/2nd round pick (this is same pick i gave up trading bergeron/pominville for kadri/forsberg). Since we already drafted 10 minor guys this past summer my 2nd rounder would be the 12th-18th best player not owned after 2016 NHL draft. At which point we’ll have 12 minor spots, but they won’t go up after that.
    Duclair and Bennett aren’t shooting much, it’s possible i could get Virtanen instead of Duclair in that. He’s getting hits and is likely to. Ehlers of course is getting crazy amount of shots and points.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: Parayko would be another option to replace Duclair in that deal. He’s got all of these guys sitting in his minor slots.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: that’s 4 D per day, not 1.

        • Viz

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          @goodfold2: Hmm that is really tough. I really like Bennett long term but for right now, Ehlers looks amazing. Your team looks really good for now and once your goalies start turning around, I expect you to make a run. I think I would hold off for now just because Ehlers looks great but if in a month or so you are still far down, I would consider the trade more.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Viz: wasn’t sure if the 2nd piece would have flipped it towards doing it. 2nd piece offered was duclair, but i could probably have bennett+ 12-18th overall draft pick + one of parayko/virtanen instead of duclair. Virtanen is certainly worth more to me being weak in hits.

            • Viz

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              @goodfold2: It’s close for sure and I wouldn’t have a problem if you did it. I think it’s more of my man crush on Ehlers that’s making me lean towards keeping him.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Viz: i got two owners banging down my door for him. this is the smaller, likely better offer, i’ll show the others ones soon.

  13. JJ says:
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    Which of these would you drop to grab Kronwall?
    A.PANARIN
    M.LUCIC
    H.SEDIN
    Thanks

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @JJ: Depends on the categories but almost certainly Sedin. No problem!

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