Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Waiver Wire Picks & Preview

Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Waiver Wire Picks & Preview

Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Waiver Wire Picks & Preview

In the 43rd episode of the Fantasy Hockey Hacks Podcast, the FHH team discusses the 15th week in the NHL – John’s List & Fantasy Lock Of The Week, Headlines With The Hacks, Ask The Hacks, and Edge Work (Schedule Notes, Week 15 Waiver Wire Picks). Subscribe to our podcast on all major directories; and stay up to date with the latest in fantasy hockey news and fantasy hockey advice. Be sure to visit LeftWingLock.com, the best source for fantasy hockey intelligence; and The Hockey Podcast Network for more great hockey-related content.

Highlights:
  • What’s wrong with the Edmonton Oilers? Tippett and Holland on the way out? Evander Kane signed?
  • The Florida Panthers are on another level
  • Big week for the Bruins – Brad Marchand had another incredible week, Matt Grzelyck posts 5-point game, Tuukka Rask
  • Jack Eichel close to returning for the Vegas Golden Knights
  • Evgeni Malkin returns to the Penguins lineup
  • Nikita Kucherov records his 4th career hat trick
  • Marc-Andre Fleury records 3rd shutout of the season, and 70th in his career
  • John’s List/Fantasy Lock Of The Week (2:40), Headlines With The Hacks (16:33), Ask The Hacks (37:11), Edge Work – Schedule Notes (55:00), Edge Work – Waiver Wire (1:03:52)

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John’s List

If you have been listening to our podcast for a while, you’ve undoubtedly heard about “John’s List”; which is basically John’s $h!t list of players past and present. We’ve decided to make this a regular segment on the podcast and will include it in the blog for fun as well. If you have any suggestions for players we should add to the list, let us know!

Team – The Edmonton Oilers (After last night’s game…)

The Edmonton Oilers lost to the Ottawa Senators 6-4 on Saturday night. All hope seems lost for this team that is now 2-10-2 in their last 14 games played dating back to December 3rd. -21 goal differential, 20th ranked PP at 19.4%, .214 winning percentage is 31st in the entire national hockey league. Absolute trash.

Fantasy Lock Of The Week (Jan 9 – 16, 2022) | Presented by Left Wing Lock
🔥Brad Marchand, LW, 100% Rostered (Yahoo)

10 Points, 6 Goals (1 Hat Trick), 1 GWG, 1 SHG, 5 PPP, 15 SOG, 77% PP Share, 20:22 ATOI in 4 games played.

Honorable Mentions: 🔥Florida’s Top Line – Jonathan Huberdeau (7 Points, 2 Goals), Sam Bennett (6 Points, 4 Goals including a hat trick), Anthony Duclair (5 Points, 2 Goals). Combined for a total 18 points (8 goals) through 3 games while posting a 54.24 CF%, 87.50 GF%, 61.90 SCF%, and 60.87 HDCF% – Absolute🔥

 

Headlines With The Hacks (News & Injuries) | Jan 10 – 16, 2022

Our partner, Left Wing Lock, has a complete up-to-date list available on their website for all players placed on COVID protocol. You can see that list here.

January 10
  • Evander Kane’s agent says there is interest in his client from a number of NHL teams. Will be a 1-year deal for the remainder of the season. 

  • With an assist in last Sunday’s game, Lucas Raymond became the fastest teenaged player to reach 20 assists (36 GP), surpassing Steve Yzerman. 

  • Ken Holland and the Oilers have been in contact with Evander Kane’s agent according to Darren Dreger, who believes the Oilers are in Kane’s top 5 destinations. 
  • Rick Bowness was fined $25,000 for his actions in the bench following a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis. Lies on January 9th.

  • Matt Grzelyck became the 5th defenceman in Bruins history to record 5 points, and the first one in over 28 years. First defenceman to record 5 points this season as well. 

  • Jack Eichel is expected to make his season debut this week, according to Ben Gots of the Las Vegas Review Journal! 
January 11
  • Tuuka Rask signed a 1-year $1 Million dollar contract with the Boston Bruins. Jeremy Swayman was later sent down to the AHL. Don Sweeny mentioned that Tuuka Rask would back up Linus Ullmark on Thursday night. 

  • Jack Eichel joined the Golden Knights for the first time at practice. No timetable for his return at the moment. 
  • Evgeni Malkin returned to the Pittsburgh lineup on Tuesday night against the Anaheim Ducks. Scored 2 goals (and 1 assist) to record his 63rd career multi-goal game in his return to the lineup. 

  • Nikita Kucherov recorded his 4th career hat trick on Tuesday night; now tied with Tyler Johnson for 4th most in TB history. 

  • Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen left Tuesday’s game with a lower-body injury, did not return. UPDATE: Reported Wednesday that Luukkonen is week-to-week. 

  • Tim Peel, now of DailyFaceoff.com, reported on Tuesday that Evander Kane is expected to sign in Edmonton…

  • Nick Lidstrom was named Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Detroit Red Wings. Hall of Fame defenceman played all 20 NHL seasons with the Red Wings. 
January 12
  • Evander Kane has interviewed with the teams interested, will make a decision by Thursday or Friday. It’s believed Edmonton, Florida, and Carolina are the front runners. 
  • Bowen Byram is suffering from lingering effects that may stem from past concussions, according to his father. 
  • Jake Allen suffered a lower-body injury on Wednesday night. The Habs goalie has just 5 wins in the season to go with a 3.15 GAA and .901 SV%. 
  • Brad Marchand scored a hat trick against the Habs on Tuesday night. He scored two of those goals 15 seconds apart, the fastest a Bruins player has scored two goals since November 18, 2010 (Milan Lucic). The third goal was short-handed! 

  • Joe Pavelski scored a career-high 5 Pts (2 G) in Wednesday’s game against Seattle. Pavelski is having another excellent season at age 37 – 35 Points, 15 Goals in 35 games played, on-pace for 87 points over 82 games. 

January 13
  • Ondrej Palat did not play on Thursday, and was ruled out for Saturday as well. 

  • According to Jason Gregor, Mike Smith’s thumb is still bothering him and he will miss the next 1-2 weeks. Apparently Smith has a partially torn tendon that will require some time to fix. 

  • Montreal’s Chris Wideman was suspended for 1 game after head-butting Bruin’s center, Erik Haula. 

  • Igor Shesterkin was activated from COVID protocol on Thursday afternoon in time for the contest against the San Jose Sharks. Shesterkin made 37 saves for a 3-0 shutout in his return. 
  • David Pastrnak scored his 11th NHL career hat trick on Thursday night against the Flyers. Pasta is now 4th all-time for hat tricks among Bruins. Tuukka Rask made his first start of the season, a 3-2 win while stopping 25 shots and posting a 2.01 GAA and .926 SV%. 

  • Chris Kreider scored twice on Thursday night to reach the 200-goal milestone for his career.

  • Andrew Cogliano played in his 1100th NHL game against the New York Rangers on Thursday night. 

  • Aisha Visram was on the Kings bench as an athletic trainer Thursday night; believed to be the first female to work behind an NHL bench in any capacity. 

  • Kyle Connor picked up a goal (and an assist) to reach the 20-goal mark for his 5th consecutive season!

 

  • Jeff Skinner recorded his 4th multi-goal game of the season against Nashville, most among Sabres players this season; and 10th time since joining Buffalo in 2018-2019.

  • The NHL announced the rosters for the 2022 all-star game. Connor McDavid (Pacific), Nathan MacKinnon (Central), Auston Matthews (Atlantic), and Alex Ovechkin (Metropolitan) we’re named captains. There were some notable snubs, including Nazem Kadri and Brad Marchand.

  • Ville Husso has been incredible in his last eight home appearances: 7-0-0, 1.38 GAA, .955 SV%. Stopped 234 of 245 shots in 478:47 time on ice.

January 14
  • Hockey Canada named Shane Doan as GM of the men’s Olympic team, Claude Julien head coach. 
  • Kirill Kaprizov was activated from IR on Friday. 
  • Dustin Brown collected career NHL points 700 and 701.

  • The Florida Panthers absolutely spanked the Dallas Stars on Friday night, 7-1. With the win, the Panthers improved to 20-3 at home this season! Sam Bennett scored his second hat trick of the season after a nice give-and-go with Anthony Duclair. Duclair-Bennett-Huberdeau combined for 11 points (6 Goals), +16, 100 GF%! 

January 15
  • According to Dominic Ducharme, Josh Anderson is expected in the Habs lineup for Monday. 
  • T.J. Oshie suffered an upper-body injury in Saturday’s contest, did not return. 
  • Jonathan Huberdeau extended the NHL’s longest active point and assist streaks to 8 games.matches the longest such run in Panthers Franchise history. The Panthers also scored 9 or more goals for the 3rd time in franchise history. The other two times were also on home ice. 
  • Mackenzie Weegar scored his 100th NHL career point shorthanded on Saturday against Columbus. 

  • Jason Robertson is considered DTD with a lower-body injury.

  • Timothy Liljegren scored his first NHL goal on Saturday night.

  • Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his 3rd shutout of the season, only trailing Jacob Markstrom (5) and Jack Campbell (4). Fleury also became the 14th goaltender in NHL history to record 70 career shutouts or more.

  • Nazem Kadri scored in his 700th NHL career game against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.

January 16 
  • Alex Ovechkin scored his 26th goal of the season – now up to 756 in his career.
  • Thatcher Demko required the 4th fewest games (103) in Canucks history to reach 50 wins. Only Roberto Luongo (81 GP), Cory Schneider (88 GP), and Dan Cloutier (102 GP) achieved 50 wins faster. 

Ask The Hacks

  • Sorokin or Varlamov, which one do you keep for the remainder of the season? 
  • I currently have Ivan Barbashev and Brayden Schenn from the Blues, but could drop them and pick up Taylor Hall and Evan Rodrigues …thoughts??
  • I have Crosby, Shattenkirk, Marcus Foligno; I was offered Marchaessault, Kapanen, Faulk. What should I do?
  • I love Seth Jones, but Chicago is sinking – should I throw Jones on my IR now and pick up Noah Dobson? Also, should I drop Ryan Strome for Kevin Fiala?
  • Kucherov, Crosby, Fox; OR Draisaitl, Kane, Theodore? 
  • Do I trade Leon Draisaitl and Bryan Rust for Sidney Crosby and Nikita Kucherov? 
  • Would you rather have Jack Eichel, Thomas Chabot, and Andrei Vasilevskiy; OR Auston Matthews, Thatcher Demko, and Jacob Chychrun.
  • Team A gets Alex Ovechkin, Drew Doughty, and Jack Campbell; Team B gets Roman Josi, Drake Batherson, Trevor Zegras, Elias Pettersson, and Carter Hart. Who wins this trade? It’s a 3-player keeper league.

Edge Work | NHL Schedule, Week 15

Need To Know:

The upcoming week is going to be a busy one with 52 total games on the slate. 13 teams play 4 games, just 5 teams play 2 games, and the remainder of the league plays 3 times. Monday and Friday are busier than usual with 8 games; while Wednesday and Sunday are more typical with 3 and 5 games respectively. With this many games on the schedule, be sure to take some extra time to assess roster/schedule conflicts. Utilize the Strength of Schedule and Roster Maximizer tools at LeftWingLock.com 

  • Monday – 8 Game
  • Tuesday – 8 Games
  • Wednesday – 3 Games
  • Thursday – 9 Games
  • Friday – 8 Games
  • Saturday – 11 Games
  • Sunday – 5 Game
Teams With 4 Games: ARI, BUF, COL, FLA, LAK, MTL, NSH, NYI, OTT, PHI, PIT, SEA, WPG
Team Of Interest | Colorado Avalanche (Strength of Schedule: -18) 
  • The Avs have been absolutely dominant over the last 30 days – posting the league’s 2nd best winning percentage (.813, behind Florida who sits at .833) and a record of 6-1-1 in their last 8 games played. +8 goal differential, +8.7 shot differential, and the 4th most GF/GP at 4.13. PP is converting at 23.3%. The Avs have a matchup with Minesota next week, who they beat 4-1 on October 30th. Erik Johnson had a goal and an assist; J.T. Compher had 2 assists; and Andre Burakovsky had 1 assist. Colorado faces Anaheim in the second game of the week – a team that they have already beat twice this season by a combined score of 9-4. Newhook, Aube-Kubel, Nichushkin, Johnson, Burakovsky have all contributed offensively in that series. The Avalanche have not faced off against the Kings yet this season; but they do have a game against the Habs, who they beat handily on December 2nd by a score of 4-1. Nichushkin and Burakovsky also contributed in that series and should be on your radar next week if they are available in your league. Players To Consider: Valeri Nichushkin (27%), Andre Burakovsky (75%), Alex Newhook (4%), Nicholas Aube-Kubel (13%), Erik Johnson (53%), Pavel Francouz (32%).
Team Of Interest | New York Islanders (Strength of Schedule: -16) 
  • The Islanders are finally back to playing hockey, and they have been much improved since December 15th, sporting a 4-1-1 record (.750 winning percentage, tied for 5th in the NHL). The power play has been clicking as well, ranked 5th in the league at 26.3%. The Isles have not played the Flyers yet this season – lifetime they have a .464 winning percentage against Philadelphia. The Islanders play Arizona this week and took game 1 of the season series by a score of 3-0. Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Anthony Beauvillier, and Noah Dobson all contributed offensively in that game. Finally, the Islander cap off the week with a game against the Leafs. Toronto took game 1 of the season series by a score of 3-0, but the Islanders have been much better of late. Players To Consider: Anders Lee (37%), Brock Nelson (16%), Anthony Beauvillier (6%), Oliver Wahlstrom (12%), Josh Bailey (3%), Noah Dobson (33%), Semyon  Varlamov (68%).
Teams With 3 Games: BOS, CAR, CBJ, CHI, DAL, DET, MIN, NJD, NYR, SJS, STL, TB, VAN, WSH
Team Of Interest | Dallas Stars (Strength of Schedule: -36) 
  • Dallas has been mediocre since December 15th, posting a 5-4-0 record (.556 win percentage). Special teams have been poor as well – 66.7% PK (30th), 22.2% PP (16th). However, the Stars have one of the most favourable schedules next week with games against Montreal, Buffalo, and Detroit. Dallas took game 1 of the season series against Detroit, a 5-2 win on November 16th. Jamie Benn, Ryan Suter, and Esa Lindell, all contributed offensively. Have not started the season series against Buffalo or Montreal; win percentages all time are .480 and .365 respectively. Players To Consider: Jamie Benn (64%), Dennis Gurianov (14%), Ryan Suter (21%), Esa Lindell (18%), Jake Oettinger (53%), Braden Holtby (44%). 
Team Of Interest | Minnesota Wild (Strength of Schedule: -23) 
  • The Minnesota Wild have only played 6 games since December 15th, posting an underwhelming record of 3-2-1 (.583 Win %). The power play is ranked 23rd (16.7%) over the last month, and the penalty kill is sitting at 22nd (75%). Again, the strength of schedule here is enticing, with 2 contests against Chicago, and 1 against Colorado. The Wild lost 4-1 to the Avalanche on October 30th, so that game will present a challenge. However, the Wild over the last month have scored the 8th most goals for per game (3.67), and they have plenty of quality forwards available on the waiver wire. Minnesota has played well against the Blackhawks, producing a .591 win percentage all-time. Players To Consider: Matthew Boldy (3%), Mats Zuccarello (49%), Kevin Fiala (69%), Marcus Foligno (62%), Jonas Brodin (15%), Kaako Kähkönen (42%). 
Teams With 2 Games: ANA, CGY, EDM, TOR, VGK
Team Of Interest | Vegas Golden Knights (Strength of Schedule: -59) 
  • The Vegas Golden Knights are 6-3-0-2 in their last 11 games dating back to December 15th, and sit 11th in the league in goals for per game (3.36). The Vegas power play has been surprisingly good at 5th overall (26.7%), while the penalty kill has struggled at 23rd (75%). The Golden Knights took the first game in the season series against the Habs, a 5-2 win on November 6th. Brayden McNabb, Nicholas Roy, and Reilly Smith all contributed offensively in the first matchup of the season series against Montreal. Jack Eichel has been practicing with the team in a non-contact jersey; it will be interesting to see where he fits in when healthy. Players To Consider: Reilly Smith (60%), Evgenii Dadanov (13%), Nicholas Roy (11%), Braden McNabb (16%)

Edge Work | NHL Week 15 Waiver Wire Targets

Waiver wire targets will be focused on players with ownership ~50% or less. 

Top Waiver Wire Targets

📈 Jared McCann (C/LW), SEA | Rostered: 30% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (Vs.CHI, Vs.SJS, Vs.STL, Vs.FLA) | Line: 1 (w/ Eberle & Johansson, PP1) 
  • Jared McCann is showing that what he did in Pittsburgh was not a fluke. The former Penguin is currently on-pace for a career-high 61 points and 40 goals over 82 games played. Note, McCann’s iSH% (17.9%) is high compared to his 3-year (13.1%) and career averages (10.5%), but he is also shooting significantly more (2.7 SOG/GM). Additionally, McCann is seeing top line and top power play deployment; and has produced 8 points (5 goals) over his last 10 GP. With 4 games on the schedule for next week, McCann is worth a stream at minimum. 
📈 Connor Sheary (LW/RW), WSH | Rostered: 5% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.WPG, @BOS, Vs.OTT) | Line: 3/4 (w/ Dowd & Hathaway, PP2) 
  • The former Penguin/Sabres has been productive of late with 10 points (5 goals) in his last 11 games played. With the Capitals lineup getting back to full-strength, Sheary’s even-strength and power play time has been reduced; but he has continued to produce regardless. More applicable for deep leagues.  
📈 Anton Lundell (C), FLA | Rostered: 13% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@CGY, @EDM, @VAN, @SEA) | Line: 3 (w/ Vatrano & Mamin, PP2) 
  • Lundell is loving life in Florida! The 2020 1st rounder has 11 Pts (4 G) in his last 10 GP for the Panthers. Playing with Vatrano and Mamin, PP2. 23 points (9 goals) in 34 games played to date this season – on-pace for 55 points over 82 games. 
📈 Mats Zuccarello (RW), MIN | Rostered: 49% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@COL, @CHI, Vs.CHI) | Line: 1 (w/ Kaprizov & Hartman, PP1) 
  • Mats Zuccarello has been nothing short of spectacular lately, producing 14 points (5 goals) over the last 12 games played; and 30 points in 28 games to date this season (on-pace for 88 points). iSH% (16.7%), tEVSH% (11.3%), and PPIPP (90%) are elevated, but no other significant red flags at the moment. This is a player that I would grab and hold for the remainder of the season. 
📈 Gustav Nyquist (LW/RW), CBJ | Rostered: 5% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@PHI, Vs.PIT, Vs.OTT) | Line: 1 (w/ Jenner & Laine, PP2) 
  • The former Red Wing is shooting at 22.9% and his shot volume is unusually-low (1.0 SOG/GM). However, he has largely played with Boone Jenner and one of Oliver Bjorkstrand or Patrik Laine this season; in addition to spending time on PP2. With 10 points (5 goals) over his last 10 games played, he is certainly worth a look for next week, especially with matchups against Philadelphia and Ottawa.
📈 Jeff Carter (C/LW), PIT | Rostered: 40% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@VGK, Vs.OTT, @CBJ, Vs.WPG) | Line: 1 (w/ Malkin & Kapanen, PP2) 
  • At age 37, Jeff Carter is having a fantastic season – 20 points (11 goals) in 30 games played. With Malkin back in the lineup, Carter is now playing with an elite center, which shouldn’t hurt his current pace of 55 points. Carter’s shot volume is great (3.3 SOG/GM), and his iSH% (11.1%) is right around his 3-year and career averages. ATOI (18:53) is also the highest we’ve seen from Carter since 2013-14, and his tEVSH% is right around league average at 8.2%. IPP and PPIPP are also a bit low. This is all to say that I believe Carter should not slow down significantly for the remainder of the season. ALSO: Kasperi Kapanen (19%)
📈 Jeff Skinner (C/LW), BUF | Rostered: 5% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (Vs.DET, @OTT, Vs.DAL, Vs. PHI) | Line: 1 (w/ Cozens & Tuch, PP1)
  • Everybody likes to hate on Jeff Skinner because he has definitely under-performed based on his current $9M AAV. However, Skinner is having another solid season with 21 points (13 goals) in 34 games played – on-pace for 51 points and 31 goals. 5 goals in his last 10 GP. That’s not bad production for a player that is 5% owned in fantasy hockey, and he could significantly help the lower-end of your roster. Shot volume (3.0 SOG/GM) is good, although iSH% (12.9%) is a bit high based on his most recent seasons. Currently playing with Dylan Cozens and Alex Tuch on the top line in Buffalo. 
📈 Andrew Copp (C/LW), WPG | Rostered: 55% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@WSH, @NSH, @BOS, @PIT) | Line: 1 (w/ Scheifele & Svechnikov, PP1)
  • Andrew Copp has been playing significant minutes for the Winnipeg Jets – 20:35 TOI and 2:36 PPTOI. With those heavy minutes has come some heavy point production as well, posting 24 points (10 goals) in 34 games so far this season (on-pace for 58 points). Copp is shooting at a career-high 2.8 SOG/GM, and his iSH% (10.5%) is actually under his 3-year and career averages. No red flags at the moment – we may even see some positive regression with regards to IPP, PPIPP, and tEVSH%. Another great streaming option for next week as the Jets play 4 games; and Copp is on the top line and top PP unit.
📈 Adrian Kempe (LW/RW), LAK | Rostered: 44% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@SJS, Vs.TB, Vs.COL, @NJD) | Line: 1 (w/ Kopitar & Iafallo, PP1)
  • Adrian Kempe has been a fixture on Anze Kopitar’s line all season long, and Alex Iafallo has joined that pair recently as well. Kempe has also been on the Kings first power play unit all year. The Kings forward has 17 goals on the season, on-pace for 36 goals over 82 games; yet somehow he is still available in nearly 60% of standard Yahoo leagues! Assists are a bit light (7 A), but Kempe contributes well in SOG (113), Hits (50), and PIMS (26). Kempe’s iSH% (14.3%) is elevated; but his tEVSH% (7.5%) is below average, and his IPP (60.5%) and PPIPP (45.5%) suggest there is some positive regression coming. 
📈 Matt Grzelyck (D), BOS | Rostered: 32% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.CAR, Vs.WSH, Vs.WPG) | Pair: 2 (w/ McAvoy) 
  • Matt Grzelyck grabbed the spotlight earlier this week in a big 7-3 win over the Washington Capitals. The Boston rearguard became the 5th defenceman in Bruins history to post 5 points in a game, 1st one in the league this year. 10 points (2 goals) in the last 11 GP. iSH% (3.1%) is below his 3-year and career averages, so we can expect to see Grzelcyk convert on a few more shots moving forward. 
📈 Brandon Montour (D),FLA | Rostered: 10% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@CGY, @EDM, @VAN, @SEA) | Pair: 3 (w/ Juolevi, PP2) 
  • The former Duck & Sabres seems to have found his stride in Florida – currently on-pace for 41 points; and has 7 Pts (1 G) in his last 10 GP. Montour’s shot volume (1.9 SOG/GM) is right around his 3-year and career averages, but his iSH% (5.7%) suggests we MAY see more goals. However, both secondary assist rate (0.81/60) and secondary assist percentage (64.3%) are high; and so are IPP (45%) and PPIPP (85.7%). Ride the momentum while you can, but temper expectations moving forward.  
📈 Filip Hronek (D), DET | Rostered: 22% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@BUF, Vs.DAL, @NSH) | Pair: 2 (w/ Leddy, PP2) 
  • Detroit defenceman has 4 Pts (1 G) in his last 4 GP, avg. ~26 minutes. Also saw 76.5% PP share against San Jose, more power play time than Detroit rookie Moritz Seider. On-pace for 44 points (9 goals), a nice deep league option. 
📈 Erik Johnson (D), COL | Rostered: 53% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (Vs.MIN, @ANA, @LAK, Vs.MTL) | Pair: 3 (w/ Murray) 
  • Erik Johnson is shooting significantly more this season (2.0 SOG/GM); the most we’ve seen from him since 2017-2018 (2.7 SOG/GM). Additionally, Johnson is also converting at 7.5%, which has the Avs defenceman on-pace for 36 points and 12 goals over 82 games. Pointless over his last 4 games, but still offers value in deep leagues that count hits and blocks. ALSO: Sam Girard (64%)
📈 Calvin Petersen (G), LAK | Rostered: 33% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@SJS, Vs.TB, Vs.COL, @NJD) | Role: Backup (37% Net Share)
  • Calvin Petersen played consecutive games on January 8th and 10th for the first time since October 30th. Jonathan Quick still has a firm grasp on the net in Los Angeles, but Petersen was impressive in his last 3 starts (0.67 GAA, .968 SV%, 3.51 GSAA) and it may open the door for additional starts moving forward. The Kings play 4 games next week, including a back-to-back against San Jose and Tampa Bay – expect at least 1 or 2 starts from Petersen next week. 
📈 Adin Hill (G), SJS | Rostered: 40% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.LAK, @SEA, Vs.TB) | Role: Tandem (55% Net Share)
  • With James Reimer injured, Adin Hill has really stepped up for the San Jose Sharks – posting a 3-1-1 record in his last 5 starts, along with a 1.99 GAA and .932 SV%. The Sharks have 2 winnable games next week (LAK, Seattle), and no back-to-backs, so expect Hill to start at least 2 games and produce good peripherals. 
📈 Ville Husso (G), STL | Rostered: 19% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.NSH, @SEA, @VAN) | Role: Backup (24% Net Share)
  • 🔥Ville Husso has been hot at home this season. In his Last 8 home appearances he is 7-0-0 with a 1.38 GAA and .955 SV%; and he has stopped 234 of 245 shots. Season totals: 5-2-1, 1 SO, 2.13 GAA, .935 SV%, 6.99 GSAA. Husso has started 2 of the last 3 games for the Blues…
📈 Karel Vejmelka (G), ARI | Rostered: 7% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (Vs.MTL, @NJD, @NYI, @NYR) | Role: Tandem (59% Net Share)
  • Vejmelka managed to steal a game for the Coyotes against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night (45 save, 2-1 win) earlier this week, and the Coyotes pushed Colorado to a shootout before ultimately losing 4-3. The Coyote crease is not a long-term goalie solution, but can certainly offer some value for steaming or spot starts. Over his last 4 appearances, Vejmelka has posted a 2-2-0 record, along with a 2.81 GAA, .931 SV%, and 3.15 GSAA.

ALSO: Pavel Francouz (34%), Elvis Merzlikins (66%)


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