Mid-Week Deke: Jan 5

Welcome to the first addition of Mid-Week Deke! The Weekly Dekes serves a great purpose at the onset of a match up – but in the world of fantasy hockey, things can change quickly. The Mid-Week Deke will provide a short update on recent developments – continue to use the Weekly Dekes as your weekly scheduling guide.

 

Calgary Flames on Fire

Several fantasy relevant points to note for the Flames following their Wednesday night game against the defensively (and offensively) poor Avalanche. Matthew Tkachuk (42% owned) is now riding a 7-game point streak. He is averaging only 14 minutes of ice-time this season but is producing at a strong clip (especially for a rookie). If your looking for PIMs, Tkachuk is tied for 2nd in the league in that category at 70 on the season. Mikael Backlund’s ownership (32%) continues to sky rocket – he has goals in 5 straight games and 9 points during that stretch. TJ Brodie is turning his season around with another 2 assists on Wednesday night, making it 9 points in the last 9 games. Monahan ended his 5-game pointless skid with a pair of assists too. Finally, Elliott has now won 5 straight starts and is looking to be the starting goaltender that Treliving had expected following the summer signing.

Washington Capitals Resurging

Fantasy hockey managers who drafted Kuznetsov and Carlson have been disappointed so far this season (even Ovi has been less exciting). Tuesday night’s game however was a huge relief, especially for Kuznetsov owners, and a sign of hope for the future. Kuznetsov had 1 goal and 3 assists (1 PPP) and a +3 rating while Carlson cashed in a goal and an assist (a beauty cross to Ovi for the OT game winner). The big question now: will this confidence booster turn things around for Carlson and Kuznetsov?

Young Guns

Palat is on a four-game point streak and is playing alongside Kucherov on the top line (and PP unit). The left-winger is also looking to turn his season around.

Baertschi (6% owned) has 4 goals, 2 assists, 14 SOG and a +7 rating in Vancouver’s last 4 games. Horvat (19% owned) is on a 5-game scoring streak with 6 points during that stretch. Horvat has seen over 2 minutes of additional ice-time so far this season compared to Baertschi and has been more consistent on the scoreboard.

Nathan Beaulieu (5% owned) has filled in nicely for Montreal while Markov is recovering from injury. The youngster has been given more of a power play role during this time and has profited from it with 3 PPPs over the last 4 games. He had a three-point night on Wednesday in an overtime win against Dallas. Beaulieu could be a good short-term add until Markov returns.

Laine and Matthews have been dueling it out lately for top-rookie honours. Laine scored 2 goals and 3 assists in back-to-back nights Tuesday/Thursday while Matthews is riding a 4-game multi-point streak and a 7-game point streak.

Struggling Squads

Detroit, Arizona and Colorado are looking quite bad right now. Nyquist and Larkin, two potentially bright young stars on the Red Wings have had disappointing starts to the year. Will they bounce-back this year? For Nyquist it has seemed like a life-time since his breakout season in 2013 with 48 points in 57 games – he’s been average-ish since. With Domi injured and Duclair slumping in his sophomore season, the Coyotes will have to wait awhile longer before being a competitive young team like the Leafs. The Avalanche are last place in so many categories this season. Imagine the impact of a Landeskog trade? What teams/trades are you betting on as the most probable?

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