Instead of my usual Monday daily notes, I am going to update my list of holds and streams for every NHL team.  This should help everyone out quite a bit in companion with my Playoff Schedule Manifesto.  I will also add in some notes where I feel like they’re necessary, either to explain myself, or some quick thoughts on a player.  Let’s get right to it!

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Holds: Getzlaf, Rakell, Perry, Fowler, Gibson
Streams: Silfverberg, Henrique, Kesler, Montour, Lindholm, Manson, Miller

Ondrej Kase has really fallen off lately so I wouldn’t use him.  I debated over all of the defensemen between stream and hold.  Fowler has been better lately that I think he’s a hold, but the others are a bit behind.  I think I actually prefer Manson as a plus-minus and PIM specialist with decent assists.

ARIZONA COYOTES 

Holds: OEL, Keller, Raanta

Streams: Stepan, Domi, Goligoski

I debated over making Raanta their only hold.  Oliver Ekman-Larsson‘s plus-minus is a major problem, especially in roto leagues.  I’d say in roto, I wouldn’t be holding him, but I would in head to head.

BOSTON BRUINS

Holds: Marchand, Pastrnak, Krug, McAvoy, Nash, Krejci, Rask,

Streams: Backes, DeBrusk, Khudobin

Patrice Bergeron‘s broken foot really helps David Backes, but I still think he’s only a streamer.  David Krejci and Rick Nash are both very close.  Of the two, I prefer Nash as he’s registered at least five shots on goal in all of his games for Boston.

BUFFALO SABRES

Holds: Eichel, RoR, Risto, Reinhart

Streams: Okposo, Lehner, Johnson

Jack Eichel‘s return is coming soon, which could end up hurting Ryan O’Reilly a bit.  For now, I’m leaving him in the hold category.  Sam Reinhart has been a point per game player for the last 6-8 weeks so I’m still holding him.  I’d only use the goalies in great spots at this point.

CAROLINA HURRICANES

Holds: Aho, Skinner, Teravainen, Ward

Streams: Faulk, Staal, Williams, Hanifin, Lindholm

I thought Carolina was going to have much better options going into the season, but they’re actually pretty barren.  Justin Faulk could be a specialist for you at the bottom of your roster, and I do like Justin Williams as a streamer right now.

CALGARY FLAMES 

Holds: Gaudreau, Monahan, Tkachuk, Hamilton, Giordano, Smith

Streams: Backlund, Brodie, Bennett

Super straight forward team.  Michael Ferland has been out lately, but he was awful for an extended period before that, so I wouldn’t use him even when he returns.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 

Holds: Kane, Toews

Streams: Schmaltz, Saad, Keith, DeBrincat, Anisimov

I think Chicago is clear cut; I don’t understand why people are still owning Duncan Keith.  He’s over 85% owned yet he has one goal on the season and is -19.  Not even in the ballpark.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 

Holds: Panarin, Werenski, Jones, Atkinson, Bobrovsky

Streams: Foligno, Vanek, Dubois, Wennberg, Bjorkstrand

Cam Atkinson keeps rolling; I’d even hold him in 10’ers.  Thomas Vanek is getting very few minutes right now which is a bit frustrating, yet unsurprising with Torts.

COLORADO AVALANCHE

Holds: MacKinnon, Rantanen, Barrie, Landeskog, Varlamov

Streams:  Kerfoot

Semyon Varlamov is close to desperation, but he’s getting all of the starts on a decent enough team that he probably needs to be owned.

DALLAS STARS

Holds: Benn, Seguin, Radulov, Klingberg, Bishop

Streams: Lehtonen, Roussel

Normally there are a few more streamers for Dallas, but all of their secondary guys have been pretty bad for a while now.  Faksa, Janmark, and Spezza could all get back to being decent streamers, but right now they’re not that close.  Obviously Antoine Roussel is a pure PIM stream.

DETROIT RED WINGS

Holds: Larkin, Green, Howard

Streams: Mantha, Zetterberg, Nyquist, Athanasiou

I’m fine with cutting Mike Green if there’s an upgrade on your wire.  The only reason he’s still under holds is how bleak the defenseman pool is.

EDMONTON OILERS

Holds: McDavid, Draisaitl, Talbot

Streams: Lucic, RNH, Strome, Nurse

If you need the PIM, you can still hold Milan Lucic.  I don’t have any stock in him, but with one point in the last ten games, I’d cut bait.

FLORIDA PANTHERS

Holds: Barkov, Huberdeau, Dadonov, Trocheck, Yandle, Ekblad, Luongo

Streams: Bjugstad

Don’t think this needs any explanation.

LOS ANGELES KINGS

Holds: Kopitar, Carter, Toffoli, Brown, Doughty, Muzzin, Phaneuf, Quick

Streams: Kempe, Pearson

Dion Phaneuf has been solid since being traded to the Kings so I’m inclined to hold him at this point.  Pearson and Toffoli should start to improve with Jeff Carter back in the fold.

MINNESOTA WILD 

Holds: Staal, Granlund, Zucker, Suter, Dumba, Spurgeon, Dubnyk

Streams: Niederreiter, Coyle, Koivu, Parise

Not much to add here except that Zach Parise is finally showing signs of life with a point in each of his last four games.  I’m not rushing to use him or anything, but he’s back on the radar.

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Holds: Pacioretty, Gallagher, Price (if you have an IR spot)

Streams: Drouin, Galchenyuk, Petry

I’ve always been a Brendan Gallagher fan so maybe I’m giving him a bit too much credit.  He’s playing very well right now though and the shot rate is excellent.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS 

Holds: Hall, Palmieri, Maroon, Vatanen, Schneider

Streams: Hischier, Wood, Butcher

There’s a few interesting debates here.  Patrick Maroon has been solid in his early going in New Jersey, so I’m inclined to run with him to see if he stays hot.  Sami Vatanen has been killing it lately so I’d grab him for sure.  I also don’t understand why people are still owning Will Butcher.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Holds: Forsberg, Arvidsson, Johansen, Subban, Josi, Ellis, Rinne

Streams: Turris, Smith, Fiala, Hartnell, Hartman Ekholm, Saros

Things have been a bit better for Mattias Ekholm lately with Josi missing the last two games, but I don’t think it’s going to last.  I also didn’t have Ryan Hartman on the streaming list before, but he did play on the second line on Sunday.  I still don’t like him much because the minutes are unstable, but it’s worth considering at least.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS 

Holds: Tavares, Lee, Bailey, Barzal, Eberle, Leddy

Streams: Halak

Nick Leddy is in the same boat as OEL; I would hold him in head to head but wouldn’t in roto leagues.  Jaroslav Halak is a desperation play no matter the matchup.

Holds: Namestnikov, Zuccarello, Lundqvist

Streams: Zibanejad, Kreider, Hayes, Buchnevich, Spooner, Skjei

I debated Vladislav Namestnikov but he’s played too well this year to cut yet, even after losing his spot on the top line in the league.  Mika Zibanejad has been better for the last week, but he was brutal before that so I’m still leaning stream.  Also, Ryan Spooner is on fire and an elite stream right now.

OTTAWA SENATORS

Holds: Karlsson, Hoffman, Stone

Streams: Duchene, Ryan, Chabot, Anderson

Pretty clear, I just want to tell Guy Boucher that at this point in the season, there’s no reason why Thomas Chabot shouldn’t be playing 23+ minutes a night.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Holds: Giroux, Voracek, Couturier, Simmonds, Gostisbehere, Provorov, Mrazek,

Streams: Konecny, Patrick

I’m very encouraged by how Nolan Patrick has played over the last few weeks.  Travis Konecny is right on the fence and you could easily convince me that he’s a hold.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 

Holds: Crosby, Malkin, Kessel, Brassard, Guentzel, Hornqvist, Letang, Murray, Jarry

Streams: Rust, Sheary

I originally wrote Bryan Rust as a hold since he’s playing with Crosby right now, but it’s still probably a step behind as only an elite streamer.  The minutes aren’t great for Derick Brassard but the opportunity is still excellent.

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Holds: Burns, Pavelski, Kane, Couture, Jones

Streams: Hertl, Labanc, Meier, Vlasic, Dell

Trivial lists in my opinion.  I guess it’s worth noting that Evander Kane has looked excellent in his first few games on the Sharks.

ST. LOUIS BLUES

Holds: Tarasenko, Schwartz, Schenn, Pietrangelo, Hutton

Streams: Steen, Parayko, Allen

I’m okay with holding Colton Parayko, but I’m confused as to why he’s over 80% owned.  I debated over both goaltenders, mostly Hutton.  Jake Allen has been awful so you can safely cut bait.  Carter Hutton is close but because their playoff schedule includes the Blues playing on a lot of light days, I’m still holding tight.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 

Holds: Stamkos, Kucherov, Point, Gourde, Johnson, Hedman, McDonagh, Vasilevskiy

Streams: Miller, Killorn, Sergachev

Mikhail Sergachev has completely fallen off, and with Ryan McDonagh set to make his Lightning debut on Tuesday, I’m just cutting him.  Alex Killorn has had first crack at replacing Names with Stamkos and Kucherov so he’s as good of a streamer as it gets right now.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Holds: Matthews, Marner, Nylander, Kadri, JVR, Rielly, Gardiner, Andersen

Streams: Marleau, Bozak, Hyman

Jake Gardiner is the only thing up for debate here.  While he’s an AAGNOF, we’re looking at around 45 assists so I’d hold tight.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Holds: Boeser, Horvat, D. Sedin

Streams: H. Sedin, Markstrom, Nilsson

Daniel Sedin has been hotter than a pistol so while I don’t expect it to last, I’d hold him right now.  They have a quality schedule coming up too.  Goalies are a matchup dependent play.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

Holds: Marchessault, Karlsson, Smith, Perron, Haula, Miller, Fleury

Streams: Neal, Tatar, Tuch, Schmidt

So James Neal is listed as a stream with a caveat.  If you can afford to leave him on your bench while he’s out, then do that.  I think he’s a hold when healthy, but he’s not at the moment and he’s not on IR so you can’t stash him.  If you need to push right now, I think you have to cut him.

WINNIPEG JETS

Holds: Wheeler, Scheifele, Laine, Ehlers, Stastny, Connor, Byfuglien, Myers, Hellebuyck

Streams: Perreault, Little, Roslovic

Tyler Myers might drop down to streamer when Trouba returns, but that won’t be for a bit still.  I remain bullish on Kyle Connor but he’s right on the fence.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS 

Holds: Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Backstrom, Oshie, Carlson, Holtby

Streams: Niskanen, Wilson, Grubauer

Can’t imagine any of this is controversial.  Philipp Grubauer has played lights out lately so if I owned Holtby, I might want to cover myself and own Grubauer.

That’s all for now guys.  With five games on the slate tonight, the amount of action will determine if I have notes on Tuesday morning.  Either way, there certainly will be on Wednesday.  As always, please ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    WTF! the dude with all the a’s and t’s maatta is ONLY 23! seriously, did he start when he was 17 or some shit. damn. seems like he’s been around a while.

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @A Wesley Snipes Life: esp crazy as he’s an undersized D man, who seriously had to be 18 at oldest when he started and has been around the whole time.

      • Viz

        Viz says:
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        @A Wesley Snipes Life: Haha yeah, there’s a few guys like that who are way younger than you think. Maatta just turned 19 when he made his NHL debut, then played in the Olympics that season right away at 19 as well. Him and Skinner are the two craziest to me, Skinner is still only 25 years old and this is his 8th full season!

  2. Kevin Henry says:
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    Missing Gostisbehere?

  3. Shitwolf says:
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    thanks for doing all this man.. this list is dope! I plan on streaming a lot so I will definitely use this as a resource.

    I find it funny tho cuz in the playoffs I change my strategy a bit and always stream/ hold a tough guy spot.. last year my playoff move was Mark Borowacki! fantasy is funny like that… imagine in real life moves like that? The leafs are trading a first round pick for Radko Gudas in order to shore up penalty minutes for their playoff run.. bahahah. Honestly though thanks to your rankings I have such a good core of players I can win points and waste a spot on a player with only tough guy stats.

    appreciation yo guy 🙃

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Shitwolf: No problem! Will makes things easier in companion with the playoff manifesto.

      Haha yeah, if your team is good enough, then I’d definitely use a spot on a bruiser. The schedule will help you a ton because you really want to get that extra game in a week from whoever you use.

      • Shitwolf says:
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        @Viz:

        ya that makes sense to me. I just looked back at the manifesto and realized my playoff schedule is 1 week earlier… I’m all set for this week anyway, but for the next 2 rounds (hopefully) I will use them together. I used my moves last week on my streamers this week so I am hoping to do the same so I can use the extra moves for the finals.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @Shitwolf: yeah that would be perfect, hopefully it works out!

  4. Shitwolf says:
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    ugh of course bishop gets hurt first game of playoffs haha. I’m not sure what to do because mcavoy is currently in my IR. I wish I knew how long they were out for! damn secretive Nhl teams

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Shitwolf: I’m seeing out next two games, which are today and Friday, and they’ll hopeful he’ll be back after that

      • Stupid Sexy Glanders says:
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        @Viz: new info on mcavoy he’s the drop

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