Fantasy Hockey Week 16 Waiver Wire Picks & Preview
In the 44th episode of the Fantasy Hockey Hacks Podcast, the FHH team discusses the 16th 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 16 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.
- Chris Kreider tied for league lead in goals with 29
- Brad Marchand, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Nikita Kucherov named 3 stars of the week.
- Timo Meier scored 5 goals against the LA Kings
- Jake Guenztel reaches 5th consecutive 20-goal season
- Nikolaj Ehlers was placed on LTIR
- Tony DeAngelo reaches 30 points in 30 games with the Hurricanes
- Steven Stamkos records 12th 20-goal season
- Kris Letang plays his 900th NHL game
- John’s List/Fantasy Lock Of The Week (3:56), Headlines With The Hacks (9:25), Ask The Hacks (29:10), Edge Work – Schedule Notes (45:32), Edge Work – Waiver Wire (54:08)
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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!
1,263 NHL games played – 172 goals, 568 assists, +167
Fantasy Lock Of The Week (Jan 17 – 23, 2022) | Presented by Left Wing Lock
🔥Chris Kreider, LW/RW, 92% Rostered (Yahoo)
7 Points, 5 Goals (1 Hat Trick), 1 SHG, 3 PPP, 11 SOG, 61% PP Share, 17:36 ATOI in 3 games played.
Honorable Mentions: Joe Pavelski (also with 7 points – 1 goal, 4 PPP, 20:08, 14 SOG in 3 GP); Tony DeAngelo (7 points – 1 goal, 4 PPP, 8 SOG IN 3 GP), Sidney Crosby (6 points – 5 goals – 12th career hat trick, 2 PPP, 16 SOG in 4 GP); and Jeff Skinner (6 points – 3 goals, 2 PPP, 13 SOG in 4 GP).
Headlines With The Hacks (News & Injuries) | Jan 17 – 23, 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.
- Brad Marchand, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Nikita Kucherov are the NHL’s 3 Stars of the Week ending January 16th.
Brad Marchand (@NHLBruins), Marc-Andre Fleury (@NHLBlackhawks) and Nikita Kucherov (@TBLightning) named Three Stars for the week ending Jan. 16. #NHLStats: https://t.co/mFqdx7bbWe pic.twitter.com/TeWOsFAYsI
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 17, 2022
- Carey Price is essentially starting from scratch with regards to rehab for his knee, according to Arpon Basu.
She says Carey Price visited with his doctors and he is essentially starting from scratch in his rehab for his knee. He remains out indefinitely.
— Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) January 17, 2022
- Kevin Fiala became the 4th Swiss-born player in league history to score 100 career NHL goals, joining Timo Meier, Nino Niederreiter, and Roman Josi.
Kevin Fiala (St. Gallen, Switzerland) became the fourth Swiss-born player in NHL history to accumulate 100 career goals. He joined Timo Meier, Nino Niederreiter & Roman Josi.#NHLStats: https://t.co/R4R5apURR4 https://t.co/WYgFUJ72f4
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 17, 2022
- Timo Meier scored 5 goals against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday afternoon, becoming the 4th player this season to score a hat trick in a single period. Meier also became the NHL’s 5th player in the last 25 years to score 5 or more goals in a single game. Meier is up to 45 points (20 goals) in 35 games so far this season. That’s a 47-goal pace for anyone that’s interested! 👀
TIMO MEIER HAT TRICK!! 🎩🎩🎩 pic.twitter.com/nfKLY4hZ5o
— NHL (@NHL) January 17, 2022
- Jake Guentzel scored on Monday to record his 5th consecutive 20-goal season, and 141st goal since joining the Penguins in 2016-17. Only Crobsy (153) has more goals for the Penguins during that time.
Jake Guentzel recorded his fifth consecutive 20-goal season and 141st career tally since debuting with the @penguins in 2016-17, trailing only Sidney Crosby (153) for the most among Pittsburgh skaters.#NHLStats: https://t.co/R4R5apURR4 pic.twitter.com/mi8fbHaxPL
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 18, 2022
- Travis Konencny scored his 100th career NHL goal in a 4-1 loss to the Islanders on Monday night. Konecny becomes the 11th player for the Flyers to reach that milestone before the age of 25.
Travis Konecny scored his 100th career goal. Among players to debut with the @NHLFlyers, he became the 11th player to reach the milestone prior to his 25th birthday.#NHLStats: https://t.co/R4R5apURR4 pic.twitter.com/f4x5o1UndX
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 18, 2022
- Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist against the Wild on Monday to reach 600 career NHL points in 599 games played.
This line 🥰
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) January 17, 2022
- With 3 assists against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, Erik Karlsson reached 500 career NHL assists. Karlsson became the fastest active NHL defenseman to reach the milestone (820 GP).
This line 🥰
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) January 17, 2022
- Kent Hughes has been hired as the GM of the Montreal Canadiens.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 18, 2022
- Frank Seravalli reported on Tuesday that the NHL will no longer test asymptomatic players following the all-star break; assuming COVID rates around the league continue to decline. Also, testing is only required for cross-border travel and if symptoms develop.
Testing will only then be for cross-border travel (as required) and if symptoms arise.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) January 18, 2022
- The Evander Kane investigation is supposed to come to a conclusion by Wednesday or Thursday. If no supplementary discipline, Kane will sign with a team relatively soon after.
Quick update on Evander Kane: Told the NHL’s investigation is expected to conclude mid-week, possibly Wed or Thurs. If there’s no added discipline, Kane could sign soon after. https://t.co/qgxDyYIX1r
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) January 18, 2022
- Kevin Hayes underwent a procedure to drain fluid from his adductor region, expected to miss 3-4 weeks according to the team.
— Left Wing Lock (@Left_Wing_Lock) January 18, 2022
- Frederick Andersen reached 20 wins in just 26 games played this season – 9th fewest number of games needed to reach 20 wins in league history.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 19, 2022
- Willie O’Ree’s number was lifted to the rafters on Tuesday night. 64 years ago, O’Ree became the league’s first Black player.
An amazing honor.
On behalf of Willie O’Ree, B’s alum @AnsonCarterLA and @scoreboshockey‘s Dallas Jackson, Toryn Jackson, Austin Nelson, and Donald Craft raised his No. 22 banner to the @tdgarden rafters.#NHLBruins | #Willie22 pic.twitter.com/hvJg10VbG8
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 19, 2022
- Jake Muzzin was diagnosed with a concussion on Tuesday, will not travel with the team on Wednesday.
- Nikolaj Ehlers left Tuesday’s game against Washington. Orlov hit Ehlers knee-on-knee, no penalty on the play. Ehlers has already been ruled out for Thursday’s game against Nashville.
— Capitals Replays (@capsreplays) January 19, 2022
- Jacob Chychrun was activated from IR on Wednesday. Posted 1 A in 20:20 TOI.
- Dmitry Orlov was suspended 2 games on Tuesday for his hit on Ehlers the night before.
- The NHL announced that 95 games have been scheduled to be played from February 7 – 22. Starting February 8th, there are now at least four games each day until February 28th. The NHL season is still set to conclude on April 29th.
The NHL will play 95 games from Feb. 7-22 as part of a comprehensive update to the regular-season schedule announced on Wednesday.https://t.co/RE7332EALf
— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) January 19, 2022
- Jacks Eichel could still be a month or two away, according to the NHL’s website. He will continue practicing and travelling with the team.
- Nikolaj Ehlers suffered an MCL sprain, listed as week-to-week.
- Brad Marchand suffered an upper-body injury on Thursday night; did not return to the game.
- Preds captain Roman Josi is the franchise leader in assists with 357!
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) January 21, 2022
- Max Pacioretty skated with the team on Thursday, expected to travel on the upcoming road trip.
— Left Wing Lock (@Left_Wing_Lock) January 20, 2022
- The Edmonton Oilers lost an ugly one to the FLorida Panthers on Thursday night, 6-0. Mikko Koskinen posted a brutal .786 SV%, 6.00 GSAA, -3.51 GSAA, and a -2.5 GSAx.😬
- According to Eric Engels, Jake Allen will be out 8 weeks with a lower-body injury.
Jake Allen out eight weeks, lower-body injury per Canadiens.
— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) January 21, 2022
- Kevin Hayes and Joel Farabee were both placed on IR Friday. Farabee is expected to miss ~4 weeks with an upper-body injury.
- The Edmonton Oilers placed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on LTIR, and Mike Smith on IR, and Kyle Turris on waivers on Friday morning.
- Brad Marchand will not play on Saturday night against Winnipeg. Head coach Bruce Cassidy said,”Unfortunately, Brad’s going to miss a little bit of time, and that’s the end of it from our end,”. We should hear more sometime next week. Not only did he play (19:35), but had an assist as well
- Tony DeAngelo became the first defenseman in Hurricanes/Whalers history to record 30 points through his first 30 games with the franchise.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 22, 2022
- Teuvo Teravainen left Friday’s game with a lower-body injury, and he did NOT play on Saturday night.
- With an assist in the first period Friday night, Kris Letang extended his career-high point streak to 10 games. Sidney Crosby scored his 12th career hat trick, and the Penguins won their 4th straight game.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 22, 2022
- Sam Bennett is considered DTD with a lower-body injury.
- Colton Parayko took the first penalty shot by a Blues defenceman since February 3, 1985! Parayko scored, making it 4-0 for St. Louis.
This is the first penalty shot by a Blues defenseman since Feb. 3, 1985.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) January 22, 2022
- Islanders Hall of Famer, Clark Gillies, passed away on Friday. Gillies won 4 Stanley Cups with the Islanders during their dynasty years in the 80’s. Played in 958 NHL games, scoring 319 goals and 378 assists.
Statement from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on the passing of Hockey Hall of Fame member Clark Gillies. pic.twitter.com/K7PbmRiv56
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 22, 2022
- Buffalo Sabres rookie forward Jack Quinn will miss at least 4 weeks due to a lower-body injury. With 2 goals on Saturday, Jeff Skinner now has 16 goals on the season – leading the Buffalo Sabres and on-pace for 34 this season. Peyton Krebs also scored his 1st and 2nd NHL career goals against the Flyers.
— Left Wing Lock (@Left_Wing_Lock) January 22, 2022
- Sam Montembeault is considered DTD with an upper-body injury.
- Chris Kreider scored his 5th NHL hat trick on Saturday night against the Arizona Coyotes, and as of Saturday was tied for 1st in the NHL with 29 goals! 🔥
- Gabriel Landeskog scored the game-winner in OT against the Habs – extending Colorado’s home win streak to 15 games! The Avs are 16-1-1 in their past 18 games. Darcy Kuemper has won 10 straight at home, matching the longest streak in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history (Jonathan Bernier in 2016-17).
- Steven Stamkos recorded his 12th career 20-goal season, now tied with Vincent Lecavilier for most in Tampa Bay history.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 23, 2022
- According to Golden Knights head coach Pete DeBoer: Mark Stone – remains in COVID protocol, did not travel; Zach Whitecloud – with the team, DTD; Alec Martinez – skated Sunday, DTD; Max Pacioretty – will skate on his own Sunday, may play at some point on this trip.
Updates from Knights coach Pete DeBoer:
Mark Stone – remains in COVID protocol, did not travel
Zach Whitecloud – with the team, day to day
Alec Martinez – skated Sunday, day to day
Max Pacioretty – will skate on his own Sunday, may play at some point on this trip #VegasBorn
— David Schoen 🗞🏒 (@DavidSchoenLVRJ) January 23, 2022
- Kris Letang played his 900th NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets Sunday.
Congratulations on 900 NHL games, @Letang_58 👏
We’ve loved watching every second. pic.twitter.com/H5CyzyEwBw
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 23, 2022
- Mackenzie Blackwood is apparently DTD but will backup for the Devils on Sunday
- Kevin Lankinen was placed on IR by the Chicago Blackhawks after sustaining a wrist injury. Will miss approximately 3 weeks.
#Blackhawks place Kevin Lankinen on injured reserve with a right hand injury.
— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) January 23, 2022
Ask The Hacks
- Is it worth dropping Rodrigues for Batherson or Norris? Being that Ottawa had so many games PPD. Or pick up Barbashev, Zuccarello instead? (@55Boudr on Twitter).
- If you were drafting today in a fun league, would you mostly draft players from teams who have more games remaining? A mix? Or the best players still available? OTT 37 games. FLA 30 games. Do you take Matthews (TOR 36 games) or MacKinnon (COL 32 games) in the first round?
- So I have Ehlers, Nugent-Hopkins, Eichel, Palat, And Hovart out – Which of these do you drop?
- Is it time to pick up Tyler Seguin?
- Do you think Ville Husso takes the starting gig in St. Louis? He’s outplaying Binnington by a mile!
- Is Vitek Vanecek taking over the starting gig in Washington? Would you pick up Vanecek or Varlamov for the rest of the season?
Edge Work | NHL Schedule, Week 16
It’s going to be another busy week in the NHL with 53 total games on the slate, and no less than 5 games played on any single day. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are technically “light” days with fewer than 50% of the teams playing. If you’re looking to maximize games played for your roster next week there are 4 teams that play all of their games on light days – Boston, Chicago, Colorado, and Dallas. Additionally, New York, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and Washington play 3 games on light days.
- Monday – 7 Game
- Tuesday – 8 Games
- Wednesday – 5 Games
- Thursday – 10 Games
- Friday – 5 Games
- Saturday – 11 Games
- Sunday – 7 Game
Teams With 4 Games:
Team Of Interest | Pittsburgh Penguins (Strength of Schedule: -25)
- The Pittsburgh Penguins have the 4th best points percentage (.818%) over the past month with a record of 9-2-0. With a win on Sunday versus Winnipeg, Pittsburgh has now won 7 straight home games. Special teams have been clicking as well – the PP is ranked 14th (22.2%), and the PK is 12th (84.2%). Pittsburgh has a great schedule for next week with matchups against Arizona, Seattle, Detroit, and Los Angeles. The Pens crushed Seattle 6-1 on December 6th – Guentzel and Heinen both had 3 point games, while Carter, Zucker, and Rodrigues chipped in with 2 points each. The Kings recently beat Pittsburgh by an ugly score of 6-2, and should prove to be the toughest opponent that the Penguins face next week. Players To Consider: Kasperi Kapanen (20%), Jeff Carter (44%), Jason Zucker (8%), Evan Rodrigues (59%), Danton Heinen (3%), John Marino (3%).
Team Of Interest | Carolina Hurricanes (Strength of Schedule: -15)
- The Carolina Hurricanes have been the 8th best team in terms of points percentage over the last month with a record of 6-2-1. However, the team is ranked 2nd in GF/GP (4.56) and the special teams have been absolutely dominant – PP is ranked 1st (41.7%) and the PK is ranked 4th (87.1%). The Canes took down the Vegas Golden Knights on November 16th by a score of 4-2. Martin Necas, Vincent Trocheck, and Seth Jarvis all contributed offensively in the matchup. The Canes lost to Ottawa 3-2 on December 2nd, but Slavin and Jarvis were contributors in that game and are widely available. Carolina also lost the first games of the season series against New Jersey (7-4) and San Jose (2-1), but there has been offensive upside from a fantasy perspective. Players To Consider: Martin Necas (52%), Seth Jarvis (4%), Vincent Trocheck (69%), Nino Niederreiter (21%), Jesperi Kotkaniemi (5%), Jacob Slavin (56%), Brady Skjei (22%).
Team Of Interest | Colorado Avalanche (Strength of Schedule: -12)
- The Colorado Avalanche have the best points percentage (.958%) in the league over the past month, and with 2 matchups against Chicago, 1 against Buffalo, and 1 against Boston – the Avs offer plenty of offensive upside to help you win your upcoming matchup. The Avs have outscored the Blackhawks in 2 games this season by a combined score of 8-5; and they received lots of secondary scoring help along the way. Do not hesitate to pick up some of the support players from the Avs for next week. Players To Consider: Andre Burakovsky (76%), Valeri Nichushkin (20%), Logan O’Connor (5%), Alex Newhook (3%), J.T. Compher (6%), Sam Girard (62%), Erik Johnson (52%), Pavel Francouz (42%).
Teams With 3 Games:
Team Of Interest | Minnesota Wild (Strength of Schedule: +7)
- Since December 23rd the Minnesota Wild have only played 7 games, but they hold a 5-1-1 record – 5th in points percentage league wide at.786. They have been scoring 4.00 GF/GP (tied for 5th) while only allowing 2.86 (8th); however, special teams have been underwhelming – 18.2% PP (21st), 72.7% PK (26th). The Wild’s schedule is fairly neutral for next week, however, a matchup with Montreal (1-4-4 last month) has to be penciled in as a win; and Minny took game 1 of the season series against the Islanders by a score of 5-2 on November 7th. With Cam Talbot out, Kahkonen has provided excellent goaltending (5-0-1, 2.19 GAA, .938 SV%) and he is still available in 50% of leagues! Players To Consider: Mats Zuccarello (59%), Jordan Greenway (4%), Joel Eriksson Ek (52%), Marcus Foligno (60%), Matthew Boldy (5%), Kevin Fiala (71%), Alex Goligoski (29%), Kaapo Kähkönen (50%).
Teams With 2 Games:
Team Of Interest | Nashville Predators (Strength of Schedule: -24)
The Preds are 7-4-2 over the last month, good enough for 7th overall in total points. Special teams have been good as well – the PP is 12th overall (25.6%) and the PK is 7th (86.3%). The team is scoring 3.46 GF/GP (12th) while only allowing 2.92 GF/GP (10th); and they were tied for 5th in total goals for with 45. Also of note, the Predators led the league in hits over the past month with 452! The next closest team in that category was the Rangers at 341.👀 Looking at Nashville’s matchups for next week, the Preds will be on the road against Seattle and Edmonton, giving Nashville one of the most favourable schedules according to Left Wing Lock’s schedule tool. In their first matchup of the season series, Nashville actually lost to the Kraken 4-3, but Seattle is reeling right now at 2-7-1 in the past month.Tolvanen, Kunin, Granlund, and Carrier chipped in during that first matchup against Seattle. The Preds lost to the Oilers on November 3rd by a score of 5-2, but the Oilers have also been struggling over the past month. Duchene, Johansen and Kunin chipped in offensively in the series opener against the Oilers. Players To Consider: Tanner Jeannot (53%), Mikael Granlund (53%), Ryan Johansen (40%), Eeli Tolvanen (16%), Alex Carrier (2%).
Edge Work | NHL Week 16 Waiver Wire Targets
Waiver wire targets will be focused on players with ownership ~50% or less.
Top Waiver Wire Targets
📈 Tyler Toffoli (LW/RW), MTL | Rostered: 41% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@MIN, Vs.ANA, Vs.EDM, Vs.CBJ) | Line: 2 (w/ Suzuki & Evans, PP1)
- Like the Canadiens, Tyler Toffoli started the season slow, posting just 9 points (3 goals) in his first 20 games. However, over his last 10 games Toffoli has produced 12 points (4 goals) playing on the top line (and top PP) with Nick Suzuki and Jake Evans. Still on-pace for 59 points, Toffoli is also seeing a career-best 55% PP share, his iSH% (10%) is below his 3-year average (13.7%), and his tEVSH% of 6.1% all suggest we could see further production from the former Canuck. Still available in nearly 60% of leagues.
📈 Ryan Johansen (C), NSH | Rostered: 40% (Yahoo) | GP: 2 (@SEA, @EDM) | Line: (w/ Tolvanen & Kunin, PP1)
- The Predators are currently 12th in point % with 53 points, averaging 3.07 GF/GM; and Ryan Johansen has been a big reason why. The former Blue Jacket is enjoying his best offensive season since 2018-2019 when he posted 64 points (14 goals) in 82 games. This season Johansen is on-pace for 69 points and will challenge his career-high of 26 goals. Note, Johansen’s iSH% (19.7%) is well above his 3-year average of 14.4%, and his tEVSH% (10.9%) suggests he has benefited from some luck. Secondary assist rate is also high at 0.90.
📈 Ivan Barbashev (C/LW/RW), STL | Rostered: 69% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@CGY, Vs.CGY, Vs.WPG) | Line: 1 (w/ O’Reilly & Schenn, PP2)
- Tri-eligibility is rare to find these days, particularly with a player that is 22nd in league scoring since December 1st (20 Pts, 7 goals, in 16 games played). Barbashev posted a 4 point (2 goals) game against the Nashville Predators on Monday, and has scored 13 points (5 goals) in his last 10 games played. Note, Barbashev’s iSH% (23.1%) is not sustainable, and his tEVSH% (11.5%) is above league average. The Blues power play is currently 2nd in the league at 29.5%, and the team is 9th in points % league-wide. Still available in ~30% of standard Yahoo leagues. Also: Brayden Schenn (55%).
📈 Brock Nelson (C), NYI | Rostered: 16% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (Vs.PHI, Vs.LAK, Vs.SEA, Vs.MIN) | Line: 2 (w/ Bellows & Beauvillier, PP1)
- 6 points (4 goals) in his last 9 games played, as of Saturday evening. Time on the first power play unit, and top 6 for the Islanders. The Islanders have games in hand, and Nelson could be a nice volume option moving forward. Currently on-pace for 39 goals, but his iSH% (22.8%) will certainly regress. If Nelson settles in around his 3-year average (14.5%), we could still see somewhere between 27 and 30 goals for the season. Great goal production for a player just 16% rostered.
📈 Viktor Arvidsson (LW/RW), LAK | Rostered: 42% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@NYR, @NYI, @PHI, @PIT) | Line: 2 (w/ Danault & Moore, PP1)
- The former Pred is having his best season since 2018-2019 when he posted 34 goals in 54 games. Similar to that season, Arvidsson is taking 3.4 SOG/GM; but unlike that season, Arvidsson’s iSH% (7.7%) is well below his career average of 11%, putting him on-pace for a more moderate 22 goals. Arvidsson’s secondary assist rate (0.65) is higher than expected, but no other red flags to be aware of.
📈 Alex Tuch (LW/RW), BUF | Rostered: 26% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@OTT, @ARI, @COL) | Line: (w/ Skinner & Cozens, PP1)
- The former Vegas Golden Knight has fit in nicely with the Buffalo Sabres, posting 10 points (3 goals) in 9 games played this season. Most recently he has been playing on the top line (and PP1) with Dylan Cozens and Jeff Skinner. Tuch’s iSH% (17.6%) is well above his 3-year average (11.3%), and so is his tEVSH% (14.2%). However, Tuch is also seeing a career-high 57% PP share and 18:51 ATOI – significantly more than the 15 or 16 minutes he saw in Vegas. Obviously Buffalo is not a great team, but Tuch’s low-ownership is almost criminal at this point.
📈 Alex Goligoski (D), MIN | Rostered: 30% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.MTL, @NYR, @NYI) | Pair: 2 (w/ Kulikov)
- Alex Goligoski is in the midst of a fantastic season, posting 23 points (3 goals) in 32 games played – on-pace for 59 points over 82 games. However, there are some red flags to consider – his iSH% (7.7%) is inflated relative to his 3-year average of 4.7%; and his tEVSH% (12.5%) is well above the league average of 8.5%.
📈 Esa Lindell (D), DAL | Rostered: 19% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@PHI, @NJD, Vs.WSH, Vs.BOS) | Pair: 1 (w/ Klingberg)
- Esa Lindell’s overall point totals are underwhelming; however, he has posted 6 points (3 goals) in his last 10 games played, and with the Klingberg trade rumours circling, Lindell could prove to be a valuable add to the bottom end of your roster for the remainder of the season. Underlying metrics suggest there is room for positive regression, and he contributes to hits and blocks (also plays big minutes).
📈 Josh Morrissey (D), WPG | Rostered: 47% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (FLA, VAN, @STL) | Pair: 1 (w/ DeMelo)
- Josh Morrissey has posted 7 points (1 goal) in his last 10 games, and has played over 25 minutes in his last 2. Contributes to hits, blocks, and SOG and is seeing time on the top pairing with DeMelo. Morrissey’s iSH% (6.5%) is slightly elevated, but there are no other concerns regarding his underlying metrics.
📈 Mike Matheson (D), PIT | Rostered: 5% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (Vs.ARI, Vs.SEA, Vs.DET, Vs.LAK) | Pair: 3 (w/ Ruhwedel)
- Mike Matheson has produced 6 points (3 goals) in his last 3 games played, and 11 points in his last 15 games. Matheson’s iSH% (9.5%) and IPP are slightly inflated, but no other significant red flags. A short-term streamer at best given his deployment and ice time, but still worth a look while he is producing – particularly in deep leagues.
📈 Evan Bouchard (D), EDM | Rostered: 39% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@VAN, Vs.NSH, @MTL) | Pair: 1 (w/ Nurse)
- With 2 PPG on Saturday versus the Calgary Flames, Evan Bouchard is on-pace for 47 points. Despite receiving minimal power play time for the majority of the season, and seeing ice-time as low 12:38 (January 15th), Bouchard has managed to stay productive offensively with 21 points (8 goals) in 37 games played. Tyson Barrie is currently injured, which has opened the door for Bouchard to see time on PP1 (2:59, 70% PP share Saturday night); and on the top pairing with Darnell Nurse. Fantasy hockey managers everywhere are hoping that deployment sticks for Bouchard; and if it does, he will be one of the more valuable waiver wire pick ups for the remainder of the season.
📈 Vitek Vanecek (G), WSH | Rostered: 55% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.VGK, Vs.SJS, @DAL) | Role: Tandem (43% Net Share)
- Vitek Vanecek has now started 7 of the last 8 games for the Washington Capitals; and with a 3-2 win on Saturday night, you have to wonder if he has snatched the starting gig from Samsonov in Washington. Vanecek has posted a 2.61 GAA and .911 SV% over those 7 games; and given the overall performance of the Washington Capitals to date, he appears to be a very appealing option moving forward. Note, Vanecek’s PKSV% (.845) suggests there is potential for further positive regression.
📈 Sam Montembeault (G), MTL | Rostered: 33% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@SJS, Vs.TB, Vs.COL, @NJD) | Role: Tandem (27% Net Share)
- Jake Allen is on the shelf for 8 weeks with a lower-body injury, and the Montreal Canadiens are going to rely on Montembeault to shoulder the load moving forward. Montembeault over his last 5 appearances has posted just 1 win, but a 3.17 GAA, .926 SV%, and 2.57 GSAA. Proceed with caution, and play based on matchups.
📈 Petr Mrazek (G), TOR | Rostered: 38% (Yahoo) | GP: 2 (Vs.ANA, @DET) | Role: Backup (13% Net Share)
- In his last 8 GP, Jack Campbell has posted a 3.11 GAA, .900 SV%, and -2.83 GSAA. Mrazek made 27 saves Saturday night, along with a 1.00 GAA, .964 SV% and a 1.49 GSAA. With the Leafs facing a condensed schedule over the next number of weeks, Mrazek should see more playing time and could provide value down the stretch.
Also: Ville Husso (29%), Adin Hill (35%), Pavel Francouz (42%), Kaapo Kähkönen (50%).
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