I normally don’t give the extended intro to the same player twice in a short period of time but my boy Blake Wheeler gets the honor tonight.  Wheeler’s excellent play continued on Monday night dishing four assists in the 4-1 win over the Stars, adding four shots and a +3 rating.  All of a sudden, Wheeler is quietly creeping up on the Tampa duo sitting third in the league in points.  5+16, +7, 14 PIM, 9 STP, 46 SOG is Wheeler’s line through 14 games.  I don’t know what you guys think of that but it seems like an okay start to the season.  Loyal readers know I’ve long praised Wheeler as the most underrated superstar in the game and there are simply few players who consistently play at the level he does.  Let’s take a look at what else happened in the 6 game slate on Monday:

Nino Niederreiter – Goal on two shots with two PIM.  Look for him to start picking it up now that the minutes are back to normal levels.

Brad Marchand – Missed the game with an upper body injury.  Bruce Cassidy said he doesn’t think it’s long term but he’s been wrong with other Bruins so far this year so keep an eye on the situation.

Zdeno Chara – Two assists.  Still some value in league that include the extra categories but I doubt he gets to 35 points and the shot rate is dreadful.

Jordan Szwarz – Two assists.  These are the first two assists in his 38 game NHL career.  At 26 years old, I think that tells you all you need to know.

Tim Schaller – Goal and an assist with five shots.  He’s not fantasy relevant but I’m happy for Schaller for carving out an NHL career after being signed as a college free agent by the Sabres.

Josh Anderson – Goal on three shots with two PIM.  It’s time for him to be owned in all 12’ers.

Oliver Bjorkstrand – Goal on three shots with two PIM.  Definitely remains an elite streamer and inching closer to a hold.

Kevin Shattenkirk – Goal and an assist with two shots.  No surprise, Shattenkirk has completely transformed the Rangers power play.  The plus-minus has been bad but Shattenkirk has been a monster otherwise.

Mika Zibanejad – Three assists with a shot.  Oh, Mika, you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind, hey Mika!  After scoring all of the goals early in the year, he’s piling up the assists lately.  Don’t look now but Zibanejad is over a point per game.

Michael Grabner – Two goals and two PIM.  He’s caught fire again with six goals in the past six games.  Again, he doesn’t get any power play time so he’s a middling streamer at best.

Pavel Buchnevich – Goal and an assist with two shots.  I’ve been saying it for two weeks, The Butcher is going to get more minutes and be must own.  Grab him now if you haven’t already.

John Carlson – Goal and an assist with four shots playing almost 28 minutes.  Carlson is playing his way back towards #1 fantasy defenseman status.

Evgeny Kuznetsov – Two assists, two shots, two PIM.  The shot rate has been great for the last few weeks so hopefully that can be maintained.  Kuz can be a top 15 player if that happens.

Connor Hellebuyck – 33 saves on 34 shots in the 4-1 win over the Stars.  Damn it, I was a year early on Hellboy.  He has been an absolute monster this year and has a firm grip on the job now.  He still doesn’t have a loss in regulation!

Mark Scheifele – Two goals and an assist with four shots.  That’s three three point games in the past five for Scheifele.  Seems above average.  He has a goal in ten straight games against Dallas with 22 points in those games.  That also seems above average.

Kyle Connor – Goal and an assist with two shots playing over 20 minutes.  Needs to be owned in all 12’ers right now.

Jamie Benn – Goal on eleven shots.  It felt like Benn was dominating the entire game yet he finished -3 on the night.  The perils of matching up against the top line for the Jets.

Justin Abdelkader – Two assists with four shots and two PIM.  He’s an okay streamer if you want some penalty minutes but I’m not using Abdelkader.

Jimmy Howard – 26 saves on 28 shots in the 3-2 win over the Canucks.  Still not a believer in this team or Howard despite their (his) strong start.

Tuesday’s Streamers:

Philipp Grubauer (10.6%) – I normally don’t include goalies because I don’t know who is starting but with the Caps on a back to back, Grubauer should get the start against a struggling Sabres team.

Mathew Barzal (12.8%) – He’s been a monster lately and the Oilers have been a mess.  Get him now because he might be blossoming into a hold.

Josh Anderson (16.4%) – See Anderson, Josh above.

William Karlsson (8.2%) – Going back to the well after I had some streamer success with Karlsson last night notching an assist.  Montreal is a mess defensively so I don’t mind using him on the back to back.

That’s all for now guys.  Reid and I are also recording a podcast in the morning so I’m hoping to get that out close to 1 PM EST so be sure to check that out.  Since that post isn’t live yet, feel free to make your Three Point Challenge pick in this post if you’d like… reminder that you can’t take anyone currently in the top 10 in scoring.  As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Gordon Holtby says:
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    Ovi in the three point challenge. Thanks for the continued excellent commentary!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Gordon Holtby: Thanks, appreciate it! Good luck

  2. S says:
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    Traded Viktor Arvidsson and Gallagher for Evander Kane + Mika Zibanejad.

    How’d I fare Viz?

    G/A/Pts/+-/GWG/STP/Hits

    • S says:
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      @S:

      Sidenote: What the HELL is up with Dubnyk this year? And goalies in general?

      I have Price, Dubnyk and Bishop and haven’t won a week of goalie stats yet.

      • Viz

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        @S: I have no clue, this year is crazy. This is part of the reason why I wait on goalies in drafts, the variance is so high. I watched Suter basically shoot the puck into his own net yesterday for the first goal which aggravated me enough since I own Dubnyk as my #1 in a lot of leagues to turn off the TV haha. I think it gets better sooner than later and feel best about his numbers going forward of the 3 (Bishop’s wins will be there, not sure about the rest, Price who the hell knows).

        • Saints says:
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          @Viz:
          Wasnt it last year the same where all teams ran wide open systems at the beginning of the year and Goal scoring was through the roof and after a few weeks Teams tightened it up and it got down again ?
          I was thinking about this thing a few times now. Maybe therefore now is the time to BUY Goalies.

          • Viz

            Viz says:
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            @Saints: Yes and while I don’t think it gets back to that extreme, I do like the idea of buying low on the elite goalies who have struggled.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @S: I think you did very well getting Kane being a hits league. Points being added as a category helps Zibanejad too.

  3. Oppo Taco says:
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    would you trade Jimmy Howard and James Neal for Carey Price?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Damn, that’s a good question. That’s buying so low on Price that I would do it.

  4. mehdan says:
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    would you drop corey perry for josh anderson?

    • Viz

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      @mehdan: I think I would actually. Perry looks really bad right now and the possession numbers are dreadful. With Anderson’s minutes up, he should have a better shot rate and match Perry’s in PIMs so give me the upside.

  5. goodfold2 says:
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    people are dropping tipppett even in leagues with NA slots. him or gauthier (hits/blocks) 18 team dynasty?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @goodfold2: I would definitely go Tippett, I don’t think he ever becomes great in terms of hits and blocks but there’s at least 30 goal potential there, if not more. His game reminds me so much of Kessel’s, I don’t know if he gets to that level but there’s that kind of upside.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Viz: didn’t he himself say that about himself/kessel or was that somebody else in this year’s draft class?

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @goodfold2: I think he said that he mirrored his game after Kessel, or one of the draft announcers said that, I can’t remember which. It’s definitely noticeable in the way they shoot and even skate.

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