Mid-Week Deke: Feb 9

Welcome to the fourth addition of Mid-Week Deke! 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.

Potential Playoff Moves

Elias Lindholm – Has anyone noticed that Lindholm has 1 goal and 11 assists over his last 12 games. He is averaging over 18 minutes of ice-time per game, including powerplay mileage. I reiterate that Carolina plays 5 games in weeks 21 and 23, two playoff weeks for many leagues out there. He is 5% owned and truly deserves more than that given his recent performance and his fantasy playoff schedule. Be proactive and grab him now.

Vasilevskiy – For those in a secure playoff spot who can afford to take a bit of a gamble with one of their roster spots (especially those who could use more goalie depth), consider adding Vasilevskiy while he is available in 59% of leagues. If Bishop gets dealt before the deadline, you’ll have scooped up another starting goaltender before anyone else could beat you to it. If Tampa Bay gets hot at the end of the season and makes a push into a playoff spot, Vasilevskiy will be a huge fantasy asset. He has proven his worth at times, and the Lightning were Eastern Conference finalists in each of the last two playoffs – the potential is high. Worst case scenario you drop Vasilevskiy and pick someone else up (or get a healthy player back from the IR).

Islanders Finding Momentum – The team is waking up under Dough Weight and could continue to push for the playoffs in a very tight Eastern conference race where no one is out of it yet. They are 7-1-2 in their last ten games and have a few players who have really stepped in up lately:

Josh Bailey – I am going to keep promoting Bailey until his ownership reaches at least 40%. He’s sitting at 23% right now despite having 38 points on the season which includes 5 goals and 3 assists over the last 7 games. Playing alongside Tavares is at least a reason to boost short-term ownership, but it’s a combination that seems to be working and should therefore last. Smarten up, grab some Bailey!

Ryan Strome – Remember when Strome tallied 50 points in 81 games played in the 2014 season? And then only managed 28 points in 71 games the following year? And then got off to a slow start in 2016 with the occasional healthy scratch to boot? Perhaps things are turning around and the talented young forward could be playing up to potential. He has points in 5 straight games (2 goals and 5 assists) while averaging between 15 to 16 minutes of ice-time a night. His ownership is a very insignificant 3% and is therefore available almost everywhere.

Anders Lee – Another Islander, Lee has points in 4 straight games (2 goals and 5 assists) which includes 3 PPPs. He too is finding success on a line with Tavares. He’s only 25% owned.

Other Streaking Players Under the Radar

Paul Stastny – Unfortunately Stastny is day-to-day with an injury following Thursday’s game (where he only registered 8 minutes of ice time). However, he was putting together a nice streak beforehand with 3 goals and 3 assists in his previous 4 games. Keep an eye on his injury status and consider picking him up if you are in the 65% of leagues where he remains available.

Jason Pominville – 6 points in the last 3 games and 14 points in the last 10 games – Pominville is hot and finding chemistry alongside Coyle and Niederreiter but is only 13% owned. Minnesota is one of the best teams in the league and you can generally rely on positive +/- ratings from any player on the squad. In fact, four of the top 5 in plus-minus are Minnesota players, although Pominville has a much more modest +2 rating.

Brandon Dubinsky – Dubinsky has had a surprisingly mediocre season despite his team’s success. Nonetheless, his 17:30 of ice-time per game is starting to produce more. He has 2 goals and 3 assists over the past 4 games with 10 PIMs and a +4 rating too.

Ryan Hartman – 12 goals on the fourth line in Chicago? Averaging 4 shots per game over the last week despite the ~12 minutes of ice-time? Hartman is a good spot start option, he has goals in three straight games and is only 5% owned (also has duel LW/RW eligibility).

Fantasy Hockey Playoff Push: We are getting into the final weeks of the season where fantasy hockey managers may be looking to finish strong in order to make the playoffs if they are on the bubble. It could be worth the risk to drop formerly reliable roster players in order to get a few more man-games. A few points here and a few points there could be the difference between a win and a loss, the difference between a birth in the playoffs versus a seat on the sidelines.

Scheduling: Need an extra boost at the end of the week because McDavid or Gaudreau have sat on your bench 6 out of 7 days this week? Take a shot at spot starting players on the following teams to get 2 games in over 3 days: Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, New York Islanders, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Winnipeg.

Side Notes

Thornton scored his first non-empty net goal of the season! The playmaker now has 4 total.

Domi registered his first goal and assists since returning from injury. He has been back in action for three games now but this was the first time that he recorded regular minutes at 18:42. Surprisingly, despite the pre-season ranking of 90 he is only 49% owned. Keep an eye out, if he is back to his regular self he’ll be a huge potential addition in half of Yahoo leagues.

Washington continues to hammer teams on home ice, winning 11 straight now and scoring piles of goals the whole way. Guys like Connelly have had consistent fantasy production lately but I wouldn’t jump to add the 3rd and 4th liners who only see about 10 minutes of ice-time per game. Additionally, the Capitals have one game left before their 6-day bye-week… no point sitting on idle players over that stretch.

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Weekly Dekes: Fantasy Hockey Feb 6 – 12

Welcome to the sixteenth edition of Weekly Dekes, your go-to location for information on the week ahead which includes team scheduling, injuries, hot streaks, and more. Take this information provided to make some roster moves, whether it’s a permanent replacement or a temporary rotisserie of your final roster spot. It’s kind of like economics. Draft day is macroeconomics where you look at the big picture and long term trends. Microeconomics is the day-to-day, focusing on back-to-back games, hot and cold streaks, short term injuries, and maximizing the number of fantasy games played for your roster.

With most fantasy leagues allowing 3 or 5 player adds each week, the last position on your roster can be changed multiple times during the week, allowing you to increase games played for your fantasy team while taking advantage of short term opportunities. This could be the difference in a tight matchup between a win and a loss.

Scheduling: More teams are getting their bye-week at this stage of the season, and therefore we have a handful of teams who have very low activity for the week ahead. Unfortunately this could severely damage your chances of winning of you have a core group of players only playing once or twice this week and are facing an opponent with three or four games on average per player (or 5 games for Buffalo). Good thing NHL fantasy hockey playoffs have a much more even schedule. Here’s the breakdown:

 

1 Game – Calgary, Edmonton

2 Games – Arizona, Carolina, Florida, Los Angeles, New Jersey

3 Games – Anaheim, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington, Winnipeg

4 Games – Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, New York Islanders, San Jose, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver

5 Games – Buffalo

Link to Excel doc containing scheduling information for the full season: https://4fandfurther.com/2016/09/15/nhl-fantasy-hockey-2016-2017-team-schedules-by-week-night-of-the-week-and-fantasy-playoffs

Back-to-Backs: this is where backup goalies could potentially be good spot starts, pay attention to who is scheduled to play in the crease. Take advantage of the scheduling to maximize your available player adds:

Monday/Tuesday: Buffalo, St. Louis, Toronto

Tuesday/Wednesday: Minnesota

Wednesday/Thursday: None

Thursday/Friday: None

Friday/Saturday: Chicago, Tampa Bay, Winnipeg

Saturday/Sunday: Boston, Buffalo, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Montreal, Nashville, New York Islanders, San Jose, Vancouver

 

Injuries: The Panthers’ young stars, Huberdeau and Barkov, are both back in action. After some speculation that both could miss the remainder of the season (that rumour was waaaay wrong), this is a very welcome news item for Florida fans and fantasy owners who have continued to patiently wait, especially in Huberdeau’s case where he played his first game of the year on Friday night (and scored a goal and registered 6 shots).

Max Domi has been back in action for two games now with the Coyotes after missing about 7 weeks of action. He has only logged 13 minutes of ice time in each of those two contests and failed to register any points, shots, penalty minutes, or block shots. Give him time to adjust, his 50% ownership is surprising given the top-100 pre-season ranking and his good start to the year prior to the December 8th injury.

Conor Sheary had been one of the hottest players in the league. His great chemistry with Crosby is unfortunately on a hiatus due to a four-six week timeline on an injury. He should remain valuable when he returns, therefore stash him on the IR or scoop him up if an impatient manager has dropped him.

Varlamov is out for the season with an injury that requires surgical repair. If you are extremely desperate for goalie starts, grab Pickard who will be the number one for the remainder of the year. However, the Avalanche barely ever win a game and Pickard’s 3.05 GAA and 90.3% save percentage are not reliable figures.

Robby Fabbri will miss the rest of the year with an ACL injury. Tough luck for an exciting young player and a hard blow for a struggling Blues team.

Day-to-day: Vatanen and Palat each missed their most recent game and news on their status is still undetermined. Keep an eye out for updates.

 

Who’s Hot (and available): In keeping with the weekly theme, here are some hot players who are under 60% owned (yes I moved it from under 50% this week).

Patrick Marleau – 7G, 3A, +6, 2PPPs, and 26 SOG over the last 6 games (55% owned)

The grizzled veteran is absolutely on fire over the past two weeks. Even excluding his 4 goal game against Colorado on January 23rd, Marleau still has registered at least a point in every game since. His 4.33 shots on goal per game during this stretch is way above career averages but is a good sign nonetheless. Ride him while he’s hot, but don’t hang on too long if he gets cold. Marleau is aging and can’t keep up this pace for too long.

Jacob Trouba – 1G, 3A, +3, 17 PIMs, 21 SOG, and 14 BLKs over the last 6 games (44% owned)

The young Jets defenseman is covering all categories lately with more than 3 shots and 2 blocks per game. The 17 PIMs all came at once and don’t occur frequently (2 other PIMs in last 10 games played), so don’t rely on that one to continue. Otherwise, Winnipeg is seeing solid production from Trouba – a great sign after the new contract ($6MM for two years) was inked in November. Trouba is up to 21 points on the season on 40 games played, a decent >0.50 point per game pace.

Sebastian Aho – 4 goals, 2 assists, +1, 4PPPs, and 12 SOG over the last 5 games (31% owned)

While Victor Rask and Jeff Skinner, arguably Carolina’s top forwards, are on cold streaks, Aho is having himself a nice little stretch. The powerplay production is exceptional during this time and could be sustainable if he continues to see those minutes on ice with the extra man. Aho has a strong future and definitely deserves to be owned in keeper leagues.

Evander Kane – 2G, 3A, 14 PIMs, and 25 SOG over the last 5 games (41% owned)

Leagues across Yahoo Fantasy Hockey should be picking up Kane this week. Buffalo’s 5 games for this matchup could be a key advantage as discussed earlier. Additionally, Kane is producing consistent numbers across multiple categories lately. He also has 10 points, 30 penalty minutes, and 57 shots on goal in his last 13 games. We all know his potential, and with around 19 minutes of ice-time per game, he’ll surely tally some numbers with almost 100 minutes of ice-time this week for your fantasy squad.

Adam Henrique – 3G, 3A, +1, 3PPPs, 10 SOG, and 5 BLKs over the last 5 games (39% owned)

Henrique is a top contributor on a modest (that’s being generous) Devils offense. New Jersey plays only 2 games this week but they are both at home. Consider at least grabbing him for a spot start on either Monday or Sunday night.

Ryan Spooner – 1G, 4A, +1, 4PPPs, and 15 SOG over the last 5 games (8% owned)

Spooner emerged big time last season with 49 points in 80 games but has been much quieter in 2016-17 with only 27 points in 54 games (still not too shabby however). Although he’s only seeing around 13 minutes of ice-time per game, he has a spot on the top powerplay unit and is therefore getting a fair shot at offensive production every night. Boston does not play on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, but the Bruins finish the week with 3 games in 4 nights – this is a good time to add Spooner to see what he can do for your lineup.

Josh Bailey – 4G, 1A, +2, 2PPPs, and 17 SOG over the last 5 games (13% owned)

I have mentioned Bailey before and I continue to be surprised by his low ownership figures. He has 11 points in the past 13 games with a +3 rating, 39 shots on goal and 10 blocked shots. Playing on a line with Tavares should always yield positive results, why haven’t more people caught on yet? He has 35 points on the year too!

Anders Lee – 1G, 4A, 3PPPs, and 15 SOG over the last 4 games (21% owned)

Another Islander contributing positively to the team to fill Ladd’s void (he’s healthy but just isn’t any good anymore) is Anders Lee. Normally a goal scorer, Lee has registered 7 assists over his last 12 games and now has 29 points on the year. The kids are looking okay – and as a team the Islanders are seeing more success too under interim head coach Doug Weight.

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Weekly Dekes: Fantasy Hockey Jan 23-Feb 5

Welcome to the fifteenth edition of Weekly Dekes, your go-to location for information on the week ahead which includes team scheduling, injuries, hot streaks, and more. Take this information provided to make some roster moves, whether it’s a permanent replacement or a temporary rotisserie of your final roster spot. It’s kind of like economics. Draft day is macroeconomics where you look at the big picture and long term trends. Microeconomics is the day-to-day, focusing on back-to-back games, hot and cold streaks, short term injuries, and maximizing the number of fantasy games played for your roster.

With most fantasy leagues allowing 3 or 5 player adds each week, the last position on your roster can be changed multiple times during the week, allowing you to increase games played for your fantasy team while taking advantage of short term opportunities. This could be the difference in a tight matchup between a win and a loss.

Scheduling: The next two weeks are split in half by a 4-day hiatus over the All-Star Weekend break. Thus, Yahoo has combined the next two calendar weeks into “Week 15” which runs from January 23rd until February 5th. Teams play a maximum of 3 games in the first segment of the week (ends Thursday) and a minimum of 2 games. From next Tuesday until the 5th of February, teams play at most 4 games, and at least 2 again. Therefore, the matchup totals range from 4 games to 7 games as expanded upon in the next section.

It’s worth noting that most players that are currently injured will most likely be given the next few games off so that their rest and recovery includes the All-Star break. Likewise, look for many players to potentially return to their lineups following the return to action on Tuesday January 31st.

4 Games – Florida, Vancouver

5 Games – Anaheim, Arizona, Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Islanders/Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay

6 Games – Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, San Jose, Toronto, Winnipeg

7 Games – Washington, Los Angeles

Link to Excel doc containing scheduling information for the full season: https://4fandfurther.com/2016/09/15/nhl-fantasy-hockey-2016-2017-team-schedules-by-week-night-of-the-week-and-fantasy-playoffs

Back-to-Backs: this is where backup goalies could potentially be good spot starts, pay attention to who is scheduled to play in the crease. Take advantage of the scheduling to maximize your available player adds:

Pre-All-Star Break

Monday/Tuesday: Calgary, Los Angeles, San Jose, Washington, Winnipeg

Tuesday/Wednesday: Detroit

Wednesday/Thursday: Edmonton, Philadelphia, Toronto, Vancouver

Post-All-Star Break

Tuesday/Wednesday:  Boston, Colorado, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Washington

Wednesday/Thursday:  None

Thursday/Friday: Edmonton

Friday/Saturday: Anaheim, Carolina, Columbus, Detroit, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh

Saturday/Sunday: Los Angeles, Montreal, Washington

Extra Scheduling Notes: Washington, one of only two teams to play 7 games, has 3 sets of back-to-back games during this matchup. Consider grabbing Grubauer who is 9-1-2 this season with two shutouts, he should at least play twice during this stretch but will most likely play 3 times, once in each back-to-back set.

Who’s Hot (and available): In keeping with the weekly theme, here are some hot players who are under 50% owned.

Nino Niederreiter (43% owned) – In his last 7 games, the Minnesota winger has 5 goals, 3 assists, 4 PPPs, a +3 rating, and 20 shots on goal. He’s only averaging around 15 minutes of ice-time per game but he has been making the most of it lately. His season totals are impressive too at 14 goals, 18 assists and a +18 rating with 90 shots on goal.

Conor Sheary (42% owned) – Sheary’s ownership is rocketing upwards (+16% between Saturday and Sunday and surely set to increase more after his strong performance on Sunday vs. Boston) and it deserves nothing less. In the past 11 games, Sheary has 9 goals and 6 assists, a +8 rating and 29 shots on goal. He has been averaging around 16 minutes of ice-time per game but doesn’t see too much powerplay time (only 2 PPPs on the year) and therefore does most of his damage at even strength while playing alongside Crosby and fellow youngster Rust. Grab him now.

Bryan Rust (4% owned) – Although less of a young star than Sheary, Rust’s play of late deserves consideration for higher ownership, at least in the short term, as well. He has 2 goals and 5 assists over the past 4 games and a +5 rating.

Radim Vrbata (9% owned) – Arizona received a big night from Vrbata on Saturday as he scored 1 goal and added 3 assists (1 PPP) while registering a +3 rating and 5 shots on goal. In fact, in his last six games, Vrbata has 2 goals, 7 assists, 3 PPPs, and 21 shots on goal with a mediocre -1 rating. He is one of the best players on a rebuilding Coyotes organization and deserves to be owned due to his strong production rate (33 points on the year) as long as you can handle the -15 rating alongside his defensively weak team.

Anders Lee (16% owned) – Lee is waking up again and on another streak. In his last 6 games he has 3 goals, 3 assists, an impressive 28 shots on goal, 2 powerplay points and a +2 rating. He has been playing alongside Tavares and Bailey and finding chemistry – owners in deep fantasy leagues should take advantage of his scoring streaks before he goes quiet again.

Andre Burakovsky (20% owned) – The Washington youngster is often overshadowed by Kuznetsov but is still a very talented young player on the Capitals’ squad. He has four goals and three assists over the past 6 games and a +6 rating. However, with only around 11 minutes of action per game, his production tends to be unsustainable, even if his line generates scoring chances. His four goals in the last four goals have been scored on only 6 shots on goal – the 20% ownership is a little high, even despite the strong streak he is on. I’d personally pass on Burakovsky in favour of some of the others on this list who are more likely to see sustainable fantasy production.

Kyle Turris (40% owned) – It is a surprise to see Ottawa’s first line center at an ownership rate below 50%. He generally plays around 19 minutes each game and has a spot on the team’s first powerplay unit. Over the last 7 games, Turris has registered 4 goals and 4 assists on 19 shots. He is a minus 3 during this stretch but also has 3 powerplay points. A bit of peripheral helps comes in with 9 blocks as well. Overall, on the season, Turris has 32 points and 88 shots on goal which is quite respectable, and a neutral plus-minus rating. Give a go if you’re looking for a reliable center man.

Ryan Ellis (26% owned) – Ellis now has 8 goals and 12 assists on the year after producing 3 goals and 2 assists over the last three games. He also has a +8 rating on the year but only 65 shots on goal. As a team, the Predators are hot right now and have moved into 3rd in the Central division with a record of 7-3 over the past ten games. Give the Pred’s defender a go if you need help on the blueline, he has been averaging over 26 minutes of time on ice and has even registered 5 powerplay points this year too.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (21% owned) – It has taken awhile this season for RNH to heat up, but he has tallied 5 points in his last 5 games and is now up to 25 points on the season. He has also sent 136 shots on goal this year which is a very strong clip-rate. His 7.4% current shooting percentage could easily trend upwards. There is a wealth of dependable options at center across the NHL, but if you’re high on Edmonton and believe that RNH can return to his potential, give #93 a go.

Patrick Eaves (19% owned) – Eaves had a huge hotstreak earlier this season and is looking to set up another one. He has 2 goals and 3 assists during Dallas’ last 3 games with a +2 rating, 2 PPPs, 6 shots on goal and 2 blocked shots. Pick him up while the Stars are scoring.

 

NHL Fantasy Hockey: Primary Assists

Today I decided to take a deeper look at an advanced statistic, primary assists, to see if I could determine whether there are any/many players out there who consistently generate primary assists or others who have a high percentage of secondary assists. A primary assist is generally what sets up a goal, therefore, the theory is that primary assists are more indicative of true play making skill. Under this assumption, players with more primary assists or a higher percentage of primary assists are more likely to sustain their point production through assists.

First lets take a look at the leaders (top-100) in primary assists.

# Player Name Team GP G A FirstA %FirstA
1 MCDAVID, CONNOR Edmonton 47 14 39 24 62%
2 MALKIN, EVGENI Pittsburgh 44 21 29 21 72%
3 VORACEK, JAKUB Philadelphia 46 11 28 21 75%
4 GRANLUND, MIKAEL Minnesota 44 10 27 20 74%
5 KANE, PATRICK Chicago 47 14 33 19 58%
6 GETZLAF, RYAN Anaheim 41 6 28 19 68%
7 SEGUIN, TYLER Dallas 47 16 28 19 68%
8 GIROUX, CLAUDE Philadelphia 46 10 28 18 64%
9 BACKSTROM, NICKLAS Washington 45 13 31 18 58%
10 RADULOV, ALEXANDER Montreal 44 10 22 18 82%
11 PAVELSKI, JOE San Jose 46 16 24 17 71%
12 STEPAN, DEREK NY Rangers 46 12 24 17 71%
13 MARNER, MITCH Toronto 43 10 26 17 65%
14 BENN, JAMIE Dallas 43 11 27 17 63%
15 KESSEL, PHIL Pittsburgh 44 13 28 16 57%
16 MCDONAGH, RYAN NY Rangers 45 2 26 16 62%
17 REINHART, SAM Buffalo 44 9 20 16 80%
18 FILPPULA, VALTTERI Tampa Bay 45 7 22 16 73%
19 WHEELER, BLAKE Winnipeg 48 14 23 16 70%
20 HEDMAN, VICTOR Tampa Bay 44 7 31 16 52%
21 DRAISAITL, LEON Edmonton 47 17 23 16 70%
22 COYLE, CHARLIE Minnesota 44 13 23 15 65%
23 KUZNETSOV, EVGENY Washington 45 6 26 15 58%
24 BURNS, BRENT San Jose 46 19 27 15 56%
25 KRUG, TOREY Boston 48 5 24 15 63%
26 ZUCCARELLO, MATS NY Rangers 46 8 28 15 54%
27 NIEDERREITER, NINO Minnesota 44 14 17 15 88%
28 CROSBY, SIDNEY Pittsburgh 38 27 22 15 68%
29 KUCHEROV, NIKITA Tampa Bay 40 17 25 15 60%
30 ZETTERBERG, HENRIK Detroit 45 9 22 14 64%
31 STAAL, ERIC Minnesota 44 16 24 14 58%
32 STEEN, ALEXANDER St. Louis 40 8 22 14 64%
33 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY Calgary 38 10 19 14 74%
34 BAILEY, JOSH NY Islanders 43 6 23 14 61%
35 PANARIN, ARTEMI Chicago 47 17 26 14 54%
36 CARLSON, JOHN Washington 43 5 20 14 70%
37 ATKINSON, CAM Columbus 44 21 22 14 64%
38 TARASENKO, VLADIMIR St. Louis 46 20 25 14 56%
39 MARCHAND, BRAD Boston 48 16 28 13 46%
40 KREJCI, DAVID Boston 48 10 20 13 65%
41 HAMILTON, DOUGIE Calgary 47 7 22 13 59%
42 FISHER, MIKE Nashville 41 12 15 13 87%
43 NYLANDER, WILLIAM Toronto 42 9 20 13 65%
44 VRBATA, RADIM Arizona 45 9 19 13 68%
45 TKACHUK, MATTHEW Calgary 44 8 21 13 62%
46 MARKOV, ANDREI Montreal 31 2 19 13 68%
47 KEITH, DUNCAN Chicago 47 2 29 13 45%
48 PERRY, COREY Anaheim 48 8 24 13 54%
49 HOFFMAN, MIKE Ottawa 39 14 17 13 76%
50 JOHANSEN, RYAN Nashville 45 7 23 13 57%
51 LINDHOLM, ELIAS Carolina 33 5 13 13 100%
52 BACKLUND, MIKAEL Calgary 48 14 19 13 68%
53 KARLSSON, ERIK Ottawa 43 7 30 13 43%
54 MACKINNON, NATHAN Colorado 43 11 20 13 65%
55 WENNBERG, ALEXANDER Columbus 44 8 29 13 45%
56 HALL, TAYLOR New Jersey 36 11 18 12 67%
57 MATTHEWS, AUSTON Toronto 43 22 16 12 75%
58 HAYES, KEVIN NY Rangers 46 13 22 12 55%
59 BYFUGLIEN, DUSTIN Winnipeg 48 7 21 12 57%
60 FABBRI, ROBBY St. Louis 45 11 17 12 71%
61 ORLOV, DMITRY Washington 45 2 19 12 63%
62 KESLER, RYAN Anaheim 48 18 20 12 60%
63 HORVAT, BO Vancouver 45 12 17 12 71%
64 BARRIE, TYSON Colorado 42 3 20 12 60%
65 FOLIGNO, NICK Columbus 42 15 20 12 60%
66 CARTER, JEFF Los Angeles 45 23 17 12 71%
67 BARKOV, ALEKSANDER Florida 36 9 18 12 67%
68 VANEK, THOMAS Detroit 34 12 19 12 63%
69 EHLERS, NIKOLAJ Winnipeg 48 14 25 12 48%
70 JAGR, JAROMIR Florida 47 8 20 12 60%
71 MILLER, J.T. NY Rangers 46 15 18 12 67%
72 STASTNY, PAUL St. Louis 45 11 15 12 80%
73 PROVOROV, IVAN Philadelphia 46 3 17 12 71%
74 THORNTON, JOE San Jose 46 3 25 12 48%
75 SAAD, BRANDON Columbus 44 15 19 12 63%
76 LAINE, PATRIK Winnipeg 42 21 16 11 69%
77 GAGNER, SAM Columbus 43 14 15 11 73%
78 SILFVERBERG, JAKOB Anaheim 48 13 16 11 69%
79 SKINNER, JEFF Carolina 42 17 18 11 61%
80 STONE, MARK Ottawa 42 15 19 11 58%
81 RISTOLAINEN, RASMUS Buffalo 44 3 24 11 46%
82 HARTNELL, SCOTT Columbus 44 11 15 11 73%
83 YANDLE, KEITH Florida 47 3 20 11 55%
84 O_REILLY, RYAN Buffalo 34 8 17 11 65%
85 BOZAK, TYLER Toronto 40 11 18 11 61%
86 KOPITAR, ANZE Los Angeles 39 4 20 11 55%
87 TOEWS, JONATHAN Chicago 38 6 16 11 69%
88 RIELLY, MORGAN Toronto 42 1 16 11 69%
89 OVECHKIN, ALEX Washington 45 21 20 11 55%
90 PALMIERI, KYLE New Jersey 44 10 17 11 65%
91 ZUCKER, JASON Minnesota 44 12 18 11 61%
92 ZAJAC, TRAVIS New Jersey 45 9 19 11 58%
93 LUCIC, MILAN Edmonton 47 10 17 11 65%
94 PARAYKO, COLTON St. Louis 46 2 19 10 53%
95 OSHIE, TJ Washington 37 16 14 10 71%
96 KREIDER, CHRIS NY Rangers 40 18 16 10 63%
97 CIZIKAS, CASEY NY Islanders 37 4 13 10 77%
98 HENRIQUE, ADAM New Jersey 46 11 13 10 77%
99 COUTURE, LOGAN San Jose 45 15 13 10 77%
100 SCHULTZ, JUSTIN Pittsburgh 44 7 23 10 43%

Some notables and surprises include the following:

#4 Mikael Granlund – Granlund is tied for 16th in total assists but has the 4th highest number of primary assists. He’s only 69% owned despite this stat, 37 points on the season, and a +23 rating. Looks like a very strong and sustainable playmaker based on these stats.

#10 Alex Radulov – Not the biggest surprise in the world given he spends a lot of time on the powerplay in a shooting and passing position, but a surprise nonetheless compared to unknown expectations for the Russian forward before the season had even started. Keep riding the Montreal sniper/playmaker.

#17 Sam Reinhart – Of his 20 assists on the year, 16 are primary helpers. This 80% rate shows the Sabres’ youngster is a reliable playmaker who has been unlucky to only receive 4 secondary assists so far on the year. Buffalo is an up-and-coming team with tons of young talent. Therefore, there should only be room for improvement here this season and in years to come. Keeper league managers be aware, Reinhart is only 32% owned but has the potential to deserve higher ownership when Buffalo matures just a little bit more and becomes a more potent offensive team.

#27 Nino Niederreiter – The Minnesota theme continues. Among NHL players with 10 or more assists so far in 2016-2017, Niederreiter has an 88% primary assist rate, good for 3rd highest in this defined grouping. He has 15 primary helpers on 17 total assists. He only plays about 15 minutes per game but he plays those minutes on the first line with Coyle and Staal and also sees time on the second powerplay unit. He is 36% owned and appears to be more of a playmaker and thus valued fantasy asset than his reputation holds. Did I mention he has 14 goals on the year too, and a +18 rating?

#34 Josh Bailey – Bailey is quietly having a very strong season with 23 assists so far, good for a tie for 33rd in the NHL. He plays alongside two scorers in Anders Lee and John Tavares which is a favourable advantage. Unfortunately he only has 6 goals on 93 shots, but his 18:57 of average time on ice indicates the Isles forward has plenty of opportunity to get on the score sheet on a nightly basis. Surprisingly, he’s only 8% owned and should deserve a little more love for his strong playmaking this year despite a disappointing year for the team. If the Islanders turn things around, things could get even better for Bailey owners.

#51 Elias Lindholm – 13th assists on the year and they are all primary assists? I can’t believe that this isn’t a mistake. The Hurricanes have known for a couple of years that their 5th overall pick in 2013 had a high ceiling of potential. As Carolina continues to mature and improve, Lindholm should see a boost in assist totals as his linemates become more adept scorers. Keep an eye on the 22 year old.

#53 Erik Karlsson and #55 Alex Wennberg – These two rank 5th and 6th across the entire NHL in total assists but are significantly lower on the primary assists list. The quick explanation for this is the fact that these two players are quarterbacks on the powerplay and in general spend way more time with the puck on their stick (especially in the offensive zone) than other players on their team. As a result, assists of all types pile up. We know that Karlsson is always dependable for piling on the points – only time will tell if Wennberg’s production is sustainable at such a high rate (0.64 assists per game).

#107 Mark Scheifele – Winnipeg’s top offensive player didn’t make the top 100 list because he only has 9 primary assists on a total of 23 helpers. This puts him at a first assist percentage of 39% which is the lowest among the top-50 assist leaders in the NHL. He also has 20 goals on just 96 shots for a unsustainably high shooting percentage of 21%. If you believe in mean-reversion, it appears as though Scheifele’s production is not sustainable. Perhaps owners can consider selling high here (he’s still undeniably talented, it’s just a question of whether he can keep producing at the rate he has generated points so far this season)?

#113 Rick Nash – Seriously? The renowned goal scorer, Rick Nash, has 90% primary assists on the year? He has missed around 10 games due to injury but has 10 assists in 34 games played, 9 of which are primary helpers. A healthy second half of the season and a little bit of luck could lead to greater production of assists from the big Ranger.

#343 Kevin Shattenkirk – On the same mindset as Scheifele, I noted that Shattenkirk’s first assist percentage is only 19%. He has 21 assists on the year, but only 4 of them are primary helpers. He is an offensive defenseman and plays good minutes on the powerplay as the Blues’ 1st unit quarterback, and will therefore continue getting assists of all types when Tarasenko buries PPGs, but perhaps he’s getting a little lucky this year. This luck could dry up and leave Shattenkirk owners disappointed as the season ages. In fact, only two players with 10 or more assists on the year have a lower first assist percentage (Paul Martin at 15% with 2 primary assists vs. 13 total and Mark Streit at 18% with 2 primary assists vs. 11 total).

Mid-Week Deke: Jan 20

Welcome to the third addition of Mid-Week Deke! 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.

 

Washington Offensive Frenzy: Washington is on an offensive tear of late. They have scored at least 5 goals in 8 of their last 11 games – that’s insane. Another interesting fact: in the last four games the Capitals have buried 25 goals, NONE of which have been scored by Ovechkin. Fantasy owners competing in category/rotisserie leagues may be disappointed but overall Ovechkin has still been very productive. He has 3 goals and 8 assists during a 6-game point streak. Deeper fantasy leagues have also seen Orlov and Burakovsky ownerships jump as almost every Capital player has benefited from the offensive outbursts that occur on an almost nightly basis. If you are in the 48% of leagues where Williams remains unowned, pick him up now – he has 9 goals in his last 15 games and 4 goals in the past 3.

Panther Woes: Florida has had some bad luck this season with injuries to two of their best players (Huberdeau and Barkov), injuries that may not heal this season. As a result, the team has heavily been leaning on Vincent Trochek who has been averaging over 22 minutes of time on ice over the past two weeks. He’s been productive too, sniping 6 goals in the last 6 games and adding 4 assists as well (really, his shot has been deadly lately). In fact, he has 5 multi-point games in the Panthers’ last 10 games. If he’s already owned in your league (59%), you may want to consider acquiring the 23-year old through a trade – he’s bound to be Florida’s top scorer for the remainder of the season.

Allen Blues: Jake Allen has allowed 10 goals on the last 36 shots that he has faced over the past 3 games in which he has played. His last win came on January 2nd. Hutton has given up 8 goals on the last 30 shots he has faced over the past 2 games. However, he has won 2 of his last 3 starts, including a 23 save shutout against San Jose last Saturday followed by a 22 save (1 goal against) win the next night in Anaheim. Allen is obviously the team’s future goaltender, as made clear when the Blues let Elliott go over the summer. But at least short term, Hutton could take over in St. Louis – keep a keen eye on this. It could also be a potential spot to buy low on Allen, he’s bound to bounce back… right?

Winnipeg Goaltending: After Hellebuyck seemed to be pulling away with the starting gig, the youngster hit a rough patch of two games where he allowed 6 goals on only 13 shots. Pavelec has now been brought up from the AHL and Michael Hutchinson has been sent down as a result. Pavelec earned a win in his only start since returning, making 30 saves on 33 shots. I’d be surprised if Pavelec lasts long as the Jets’ backstop, but the team is in desperate need of improvement and the team could therefore run with the veteran if he is able to earn some much needed wins for Winnipeg.

Philly Netminders: Mason has struggled immensely lately, but Neuvirth allowed 5 goals in his last start, therefore neither goalie has a significant edge for the Flyers’ starting role. With back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday, each will get a shot to prove that they are the #1… keep an eye on this situation and you might be able to come away with some additional depth on the back-end (Philadelphia could easily go on another significant win streak if one of the goalies can get hot).

Sheary-Crosby Lock: Sheary’s 32% ownership could be blamed on the fact that his value appears to be highly correlated with his linemate, the NHL’s best offensive player this season on a point-per-game basis, Sidney Crosby. Therefore many fantasy owners could be worried that this is not a permanent match. However, all indications seem to point towards this being a very favourable matchup. Sheary has been playing with Crosby almost all season while other lineup changes have been made. Additionally, Sheary and Crosby are often paired up with a defenseman during OT – this includes Sheary’s OT GWG on Monday where Crosby drew the primary assist (and Schultz had the secondary). It’s high time more owners buy into Sheary’s emergence, he should be owned in all deep leagues at the very least.He has only been held off of the score-sheet once in the last 11 games and has 11 points through the stretch.

Top Line Takeaways: A few noteworthy additions to very talented first lines.

Boston placed Frank Vatrano alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on Wednesday- young Vatrano can only continue to benefit after scoring 2 goals in his 1st line debut.

San Jose played a game with Melker Karlsson on the top line alongside Pavelski and Thornton but Marleau received the privilege in the Sharks’ most recent game. Keep an eye on the situation for potential spot starts for low ownership players who get a shot up front with the Joes.

Derek Ryan continues to play on Carolina’s first line with Skinner and Rask. Recently the McGinn and Staal line has been the most productive, but keep your eye out for the Hurricanes’ leading scorers to provide benefit to their linemate, Ryan, who provides better long term potential in deeper leagues.

On the flip side, Parise has fallen out of Minnesota’s top two lines. He has no points in his past 5 games and has only registered 8 shots during that time. Pretty disappointing for Zach who was 15th in the entire NHL in 2014-2015 for shots on goal.

Weekend Back-to-Backs: Keep your eye on the following back-to-back opportunities so that you can add man-games in an attempt to win a close week in the final days:

Montreal plays New Jersey and Buffalo on Friday and Saturday, two teams that provide potential opportunities for Montreal’s scorers. Andrew Shaw, Nathan Beaulieu, Phillip Danault, and Paul Byron are all less than 30% owned and have the offensive skill to put a few points up on the board for your squad this weekend.

The Islanders play back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday, both on home ice. Only Tavares is >50% owned for skaters. If you think the Isles can extend their 2-game winning streak, take a go at Anders Lee or Andrew Ladd.

Philly plays New Jersey and the Islanders on Saturday and Sunday, their only two games this week. Take a go on rookies Provorov (24% owned) or Konecny (11% owned) who could easily come out flying this weekend (rookies sometimes have trouble adjusting to the longer seasons).

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Weekly Dekes: Fantasy Hockey Jan 16 – 22

Welcome to the fourteenth edition of Weekly Dekes, your go-to location for information on the week ahead which includes team scheduling, injuries, hot streaks, and more. Take this information provided to make some roster moves, whether it’s a permanent replacement or a temporary rotisserie of your final roster spot. It’s kind of like economics. Draft day is macroeconomics where you look at the big picture and long term trends. Microeconomics is the day-to-day, focusing on back-to-back games, hot and cold streaks, short term injuries, and maximizing the number of fantasy games played for your roster.

With most fantasy leagues allowing 3 or 5 player adds each week, the last position on your roster can be changed multiple times during the week, allowing you to increase games played for your fantasy team while taking advantage of short term opportunities. This could be the difference in a tight matchup between a win and a loss.

Scheduling: Quite a few teams play 4 games this week (15) as we get into a busy stretch before the upcoming all-star break.

Edmonton plays 4 games in the first 6 days of the week ahead and two of their opponents play in Edmonton on the tail-end of a back-to-back set, therefore the Oilers could see some success. Guys like Sekera, Klefbom and Nugent Hopkins have low ownership while Maroon is now 53% owned as he has scored 7 goals in his last 6 games.

Buffalo plays two back-to-back sets this week, one to start the week and one on Friday/Saturday. Look or Reinhart or Evander Kane to add player games to your roster, both players are ~30% owned and have definite potential (especially Kane for multiple categories including PIMs).

Minnesota plays four home games this week while Calgary, Columbus, Detroit, Edmonton, New York Islanders, San Jose and Toronto play three home games. Conversely, Nashville plays four games on the road and Arizona, Dallas, Florida, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, and Washington play three on the road.

2 Games – Philadelphia

3 Games – Anaheim, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Florida, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York Rangers, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington, Winnipeg

4 Games – Arizona, Boston, Buffalo, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Tampa Bay

Link to Excel doc containing scheduling information for the full season: https://4fandfurther.com/2016/09/15/nhl-fantasy-hockey-2016-2017-team-schedules-by-week-night-of-the-week-and-fantasy-playoffs

Back-to-Backs: this is where backup goalies could potentially be good spot starts, pay attention to who is scheduled to play in the crease. Take advantage of the scheduling to maximize your available player adds:

Monday/Tuesday: Buffalo, Dallas, Tampa Bay

Tuesday/Wednesday: Florida

Wednesday/Thursday: Arizona, San Jose

Thursday/Friday: Nashville

Friday/Saturday: Buffalo, Carolina, Edmonton, Montreal, New Jersey

Saturday/Sunday: Columbus, Minnesota, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Philadelphia

Who’s Hot (and available): In keeping with the weekly theme, here are some hot players who are under 50% owned.

Jordan Staal – 2G, 5A, 14 SOG, +3 in his last 4 games played (17% owned)

Victor Rask has been Carolina’s best center so far this season but Staal has been the hottest Hurricane recently. He is on a two-game multi-point streak and a four-game point streak during Carolina’s four-game winning streak. Keep the good times rolling in Raleigh by adding Staal if you need a replacement at center or left wing.

Brock McGinn – 4G, 3A, +5, 9 SOG in his last 3 games played (0% owned)

This one is way off of the radar but deserves a mention nonetheless due to his scorching hot play alongside Jordan Staal in Carolina’s past 3 games. McGinn tallied 4 points on Saturday night against the Islanders. Perhaps the hot streak will continue a little longer before McGinn comes back down to Earth.

Vincent Trochek – 3G, 4A, 9 SOG, +3 in his last 4 games played (49% owned)

Vinny is turning his season around in a hurry, he has 13 points in his last 10 games while averaging over 21:30 minutes of ice-time per game (only two Panthers play more). With that much ice-time, Trocheck has plenty of opportunities to continue his impressive scoring. His pre-season ranking of 128 and Florida’s subsequent poor start to the season (especially compared to last season) resulted in a large drop in ownership. However, with his recent success and signs of sustainable production, Trocheck’s ownership will be over 50% and beyond in a hurry. Grab him now if he’s still available.

Nick Leddy – 2G, 3A, +4, 8 SOG, 6 BLK in his last 3 games (39% owned)

Despite the Islanders losing 4 of their last 5 games, Leddy has 6 points through that stretch and a +4 rating. Overall this season he has been pretty productive with 21 total points. New York plays back-to-back on the weekend which could be a good opportunity for a quick dose of Leddy in your lineup.

Gustav Nyquist – 2G, 3A, +1, 2 PPPs, 6 SOG in his last 2 games (34% owned)

Nyquist had a very strong start to the year but has been mostly non-existent since then… Until Thursday night when the Red Wings reshuffled their lines and matched Nyquist with veteran Zetterberg and rookie Mantha. The sample size is small but is a very positive indicator for owners of Nyquist. He definitely has potential, as evidenced by his 48 points in 57 games played in the 2013 season. If this is a true turnaround, Nyquist could be a much more valued player in the second half of 2016-2017.

Tyler Bozak – 3G, 5A, -2, 6 PPPs, 12 SOG in his last 5 games (10% owned)

Bozak has been absolutely on fire on the powerplay during the last two weeks for Toronto. The youngster is having another strong season and has been known for hot streaks, get on board while it lasts. The Maple Leafs play the next four games at home.

 

Beastly Weeks: Quite a few players had huge weeks last week, here are the best of them recapped that are not already feature in the “Who’s Hot (and available)” section:

Brad Marchand – in three games, Marchand scored 4 goals and 4 assists while registering a +5 rating and 12 shots on goal. Saturday night was the biggest game where he produced 2 goals (including one shorthanded) and three assists for an absolutely massive fantasy performance.

Alex Ovechkin – The great 8 had a point in all 4 games this week: 3 goals and 4 assists total with a +7 rating, 2 PPPs and an always impressive 16 shots on goal. Congratulations as well to reaching the 1,000 point club! Can’t wait to see that number get higher with many more great highlights to come in the future.

Nicklas Backstrom – Washington won all four games this week and Backstrom was the hottest Capital of the bunch as he registered multi-point efforts in each contest for a total of 3 goals and 7 assists. He too had a +7 rating and 3 powerplay points, though a weaker 6 shots on goal.

Anze Kopitar – The Kings star is finally starting to heat up, in three games this week Kopitar had 1 goal and 5 assists and a +3 rating. The bad news however was his meager shot total of 3. In fact, in his last 6 games he has only had more than one shot on goal twice. However, if he keeps tallying assists, fantasy owners will remain happy.

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Mid-Week Deke: Jan 13

Welcome to the second addition of Mid-Week Deke! 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.

 

Noteworthy Performances (not necessarily hot streaks)

Mikkel Boedker Hattrick – after scoring his 3rd goal of the season on Saturday night, Boedker doubled his goal totals with another 3 on Tuesday against Edmonton. The Sharks surely hoped for much more contribution from their off-season addition but it has not panned out well so far. But could this be a sign of resurgence? Likely not – Boedker has seen limited ice-time (less than 14 minutes in 5 straight) and he only had 4 shots on goal in the two games where he scored 4 goals. 100% shooting does not often last long. However, he did register one assist and 5 shots on goal against Calgary Wednesday – one on a penalty shot and another on a breakaway as well.

Ryan Hartman Hattrick – the Chicago Blackhawks 3rd liner also scored 3 goals recently (Sunday) and then had a strong follow up performance on Tuesday with two assists. Hartman now has an impressive 19 points on the season and a +10 rating with 83 shots on goal. Keep an eye on the potential here for a short-term pickup opportunity to ride the hot streak.

Evgeny Kuznetsov – While all the spotlights are on Ovechkin for scoring his 1,000th career NHL point on Wednesday night, all Kuznetsov owners have been extremely excited about Washington’s other Russian star. Kuz has 9 points in his last 5 games, 1PPP and a +7 rating. He only has 28 points on the year (still not too shabby) but he is starting to score at a pace that many expected from him earlier this season as well. Side note that Carlson owners have also been seen smiling lately – the Capitals defender has 6 points in his last 5 games to go along with 16 blocked shots, 14 shots on goal, 2 PPPs and a +7 rating as well. Washington as a whole seems to have found their form.

Andreas Athanasiou – Mantha is not the only exciting young player currently playing with the Red Wings. Athanasiou has 3 goals and 3 assists in the last 3 games (and a +6 rating with 10 shots on goal) before Thursday night’s contest where he had a -2 and no points.

Gustav Nyquist – A line shuffle in Detroit put Mantha and Zetterberg together with Nyquist; although the Red Wings lost 4-2, Nyquist put two points on the board and ended a 7-game point drought.

Matt Dumba – The young defenseman is putting together a solid fantasy season so far, something many experts had been waiting for over the past couple of years. He piled up 3 assists on Thursday night’s 7-1 victory over Montreal which puts him at 6 goals, 13 assists, and a +17 rating on the season. He has 8 PPPs on the year and should continue to evolve into a top offensive defensemen as he develops.

Derick Brassard – The ex-Ranger and new Senator seems to be finding his way in Ottawa now. He only has 20 points on the year but 8 of those points have come in his last 10 games. Keep an eye on Brassard, he is only 31% owned but deserves to be much more if he is able to turn his season around and return to the form he had shown in New York.

Goaltender Battles

Calgary – Johnson is currently in favour over Elliott since Elliott’s unfortunate 4-2 loss on 13 shots against Vancouver (unlucky rather than per performance). Johnson has played well in his last 3 starts, especially Wednesday night in a big win against division-rivals, the Sharks. Johnson kept the game tied at 2-2 with around 5 minutes remaining by stopping a penalty shot from Boedker – and then preserved the 3-2 lead with less than ten seconds remaining on a short-handed breakaway save, also on Boedker (how do you give up a breakaway in the last ten seconds of a game while you are on the powerplay and only up one??). Gulutzen will likely continue giving starts to Johnson while he’s in the zone.

Dallas – After a nice stretch of three wins in a row, Lehtonen has now lost 4 straight and has been pulled in the last two games. Niemi pulled off a one save win in relief of Lehtonen’s last start (Jan 9th) and then lost a tough 2-0 decision on Jan 10th while making 36 saves. Niemi got the call on Thursday night and picked up a 4-2 win. He’ll likely continue starting games while his short-term performance remains better than Lehtonens – remember, the Stars like to ride the hottest goalie.

Detroit – The Wings have continued to struggle, winning only 4 of their last 11 games. The surprise here is that youngster Jared Coreau has picked up each of Detroit’s last 3 wins. His GAA is above 3.00 and his save percentage is only 90.3% on the season, but he if he is winning games, he might start getting an edge of Mrazek (Mrazek gave up 4 goals on 20 shots on Thursday night). Keep your eye on this situation.

Philadelphia – With Mason going winless in 7 straight appearances, Neuvirth could be back in charge for the Flyers after he has finally gotten healthy again. Neuvirth won on January 8th (his only game after returning from injury) and will likely get the starting call if he continues to play well and generate wins. On Thursday night this was reinforced by a Philadelphia win when Mason was pulled after letting in 4 goals on 24 shots – Neuvirth came in and made 14 saves to register the shootout win for the Flyers.

Winnipeg – This one hasn’t really been a battle lately, but still worth noting. Hellebuyck has taken the starting role for the Jets, beating out Hutchinson for the honours. He has played well too, shutting out the Flames on Monday night and winning 4 of his last 7 starts. Wednesday night was a game to forget however, Hellebuyck gave up 3 goals on 7 shots and then Hutchinson gave up 4 goals on 23 shots in relief.

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