Fantasy Hockey Week 25 Waiver Wire Picks & Preview
In the 56th episode of the Fantasy Hockey Hacks Podcast, the FHH team discusses week 25 in the NHL (playoffs start for many) – John’s List & Fantasy Lock Of The Week, Headlines With The Hacks, Fact Or Fiction Feat. Mike McLaughlin, Ask The Hacks, and Edge Work (Schedule Notes, Week 25 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.
- Cam Talbot, Leon Draisaitl, and Johnny Gaudreau are the NHL’s 3 Stars for the week ending March 27th
- Petr Mrazek done for the rest of the regular season
- Miro Heiskanen returns for the Dallas Stars
- Nathan MacKinnon avoids major injury, returns for the Avalanche
- Kyle Connor and Nate Schmidt miss 3 games due to COVID protocol
- Connor McDavid hit 100 points for the 5th time in his career
- Clayton Keller done for the season after colliding into the boards
- Jeremy Swayman hits 20 wins on the season, Marchand hits 30 goals
- Auston Matthews hits 50 goals for the first time in his career
- John’s List/Fantasy Lock Of The Week (5:31/12:16), Headlines With The Hacks (15:28), Fact Or Fiction (42:40), Ask The Hacks (54:48), Edge Work – Schedule Notes (1:03:41), Edge Work – Waiver Wire (1:08:28)
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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!
Fantasy Lock Of The Week (March 28 – April 3, 2022) | Presented by Left Wing Lock
🔥Nikita Kucherov, RW, 99% Rostered (Yahoo)
8 Points, 1 Goal, 5 PPP, 5 SOG, 83% PP Share, 19:22 ATOI in 3 games played. Playing at 107-point pace, averaging the most time on ice of his career at 20:03/GM, and shooting at a career-best 3.5 SOG/GM.
Honorable Mentions: Jonathan Huberdeau (7 points – 3 goals, 4 assists, 1 GWG, 1 PPP, 13 SOG, +2, 68.3% PP share, 18:25 TOI in 4 GP). Huberdeau’s 97 points are the most by a Panthers player in franchise history, on-pace for 115 points. Robert Thomas (7 points – 3 goals, 4 assists, 5 SOG, +5, 49.9% PP share, 19:20 TOI in 4 GP). Thomas is having a break-out year with a career-high in goals (15), assists (42), points (57), SOG/GM (1.5), PPP (10), and TOI (18:53). The Blues center is playing at an 81-point, 21-goal pace over 82 games! Watch for him in drafts next season.
Headlines With The Hacks (News & Injuries) | Mar 28 – April 3, 2022
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- The NHL 3 stars of the week for March 21 – 27. Cam Talbot 3-0 record, GAA of 1.33, SV% of .959 and 1 shutout. Johnny Hockey 2G, 8A 10 points in 3 games. Leon Draisaitl 6G, 2A, 8 points in 4 games
Wild goalie Cam Talbot, Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau and Oilers center Leon Draisaitl are the NHL 3 Stars of the Week.https://t.co/CmITWAARPP
— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) March 28, 2022
- Todd McLellan coached his 1000th game Monday night
- Sonny Milano return to the Ducks lineup on Tuesday
- Petr Mrazek left tonight’s game with a lower body injury (groin). Update: he will be out for at least 6 weeks
- Miro Heiskanen returned to the Dallas Stars lineup on Tuesday
- Nathan McKinnon flew back to Denver to have his upper body injury reevaluated
The Colorado Avalanche will be without Nathan MacKinnon for at least Tuesday’s game against the Calgary Flames, after the star forward returned to Denver for further evaluation of an injury he may have sustained in a fight during Sunday’s contest.https://t.co/NKbsUkiXCc
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 29, 2022
- Zack Werenski did not travel with the Blue Jackets on their road trip. He will miss the next 2 games
- Kyle Connor and Nate Schmidt are on the Covid 19 list and will miss the next 3 games
“They got the results this morning, and unfortunately they weren’t the results we were looking for. … Someone else will have to step up, and it creates opportunity.”
Dave Lowry on Nate Schmidt & Kyle Connor entering COVID-19 protocol, Buffalo’s recent play, and more.
WATCH 🔽 pic.twitter.com/1lh0BJt8ak
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) March 30, 2022
- Clayton Keller was stretchered off the ice after taking a nasty spill into the boards. Update: he is out for the season with a broken leg
- Taylor Hall was fined $5000 for sucker punching Ilya Lyubushkin of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Was it enough of a penalty?
taylor hall with the only penalty pic.twitter.com/UCyxz44mO5
— Spoked Z (@SpokedZ) March 30, 2022
- Connor McDavid has hit 100 points for the 5th time in 6 seasons
“It’s special to be able to produce in this league, it’s not an easy thing to do and I recognize that.”@EdmontonOilers’ Connor McDavid talks about not being focused on reaching the 100-point milestone and just wants to win: pic.twitter.com/F7rNUB1qrZ
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 30, 2022
- Jordan Kyrou missed Wednesday night’s game due to illness: UPDATE: also missed Friday and Saturdays games as well.
- Bowen Bryam (Col) is off to the AHL for a conditioning stint
- Lawson Crouse (Ari) is out for the season with a broken hand
- Nathan McKinnon returned to the lineup for the Avalanche
- Auston Matthews hit the 50 goal plateau for the first time in his career
Here is all 50 of Auston Matthews’ goals (so far) this season for your personal enjoyment: pic.twitter.com/YeiBWH8pdt
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 1, 2022
- Jonathan Huberdeau now has the the record for most assists by a left winger in NHL history with 71
The most assists ever in a season by a left winger?
Jonathan Huberdeau. pic.twitter.com/B8ykKUSxpq
— Jameson Olive (@JamesonCoop) April 1, 2022
- Brad Marchand scored his 30th goal of the season Thursday night
- Cole Caufield is the NHL Rookie of the month for March. 15 points (7G, 8A) in 15 games
Cole Caufield (@CanadiensMTL), who led all rookies in goals, points, power-play goals (tied), power-play assists and power-play points, has been named the NHL’s “Rookie of the Month” for March.#NHLStats: https://t.co/tnoxM2hOvs pic.twitter.com/jNy4YSl75Y
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 1, 2022
- The NHL 3 stars of the month of March are Roman Josi with 28 points(4G,24A) in 14 games, Johnny Gaudreau with 26 points (11G, 15A) in 16 games, Sergei Bobrovsky with a 7-0-0 record with 2.13 GAA and a .924 SV%
Roman Josi (@PredsNHL), Johnny Gaudreau (@NHLFlames), Sergei Bobrovsky (@FlaPanthers) named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of March.#NHLStats: https://t.co/lIkJkVen0B pic.twitter.com/qOog5XqXmk
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 1, 2022
- Trevor Zegras scores another highlight reel Lacrosse goal against the Arizona Coyotes <insert video clip>
- No league discipline for Jay Beagle after his cross check to Trevor Zegras and beat Down of Troy Terry. Was it a suspendable? Would this have happened if Ryan Getzlaf was in the lineup?
This is the altercation Trevor Zegras is referencing. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/EyOdn35bMU
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 2, 2022
- Tage Thompson records his 30th goal of the season Friday night.
- Jack Campbell returns to the Leafs line up on Saturday
- Nazem Kadri (Avs) is expected to miss some time after taking a big hit against the Sharks Friday night
- Marc-Andre Fleury is now 3-0 with a .958 save percentage since joining the Wild.
- Keith Yandle was a healthy scratch on Saturday for the Flyers today, ending his ironman streak at 989 games.
Keith Yandle on being a healthy scratch for Saturday’s game, ending his Ironman streak at 989 games. pic.twitter.com/9tRb1PL14K
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) April 2, 2022
- Sean Monahan (CGY) is to undergo season ending hip surgery.
- Robert Thomas has 14 points in his past 9 games and is still under 35% rostered. The Blues also play 4 times next week, including games against Arizona and Seattle. How is he still widely available?
- Kirill Kaprizov has set a Wild record for most points in a single season with 85 (39G,46A)
— NHL (@NHL) April 2, 2022
- Jeremy Swayman recorded his 20 win of the season on Saturday
- Roope Hintz scored his 30th goal of the season against the Sharks Saturday night.
- Cal Peterson reached the 20 wins this season in a win over the Jets
- With a win on Sunday, the Florida Panthers are the 1st team to secure their spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs
- MacKenzie Weegar has set a career high in points with 38 (7G,31A)
- Joel Erikkson Ek now has 20 goals on the season. A career high for him
- Tory Terry will miss Sunday’s game against the Oilers after his fight on Friday with Jay Beagle
- Robin Lehner returned to the crease for the Golden Knights on Sunday
- Mikko Koskinen will miss Sunday’s game vs the ducks with an illness
- Connor McDavid reached the 40 goal plateau for the 3rd time in his career in Sunday’s game vs the Ducks
Connor McDavid reached 40 goals in a season for the third time in his NHL career. Only three players in franchise history have more 40-goal seasons with the @EdmontonOilers: Wayne Gretzky (9), Jari Kurri (7) and Glenn Anderson (4).#NHLStats: https://t.co/lpKocqmZcj https://t.co/gt1eTFJHMq
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 4, 2022
- Leon Draisaitl scored his 50th goal of the season Sunday night vs the Ducks
2-time 50 goal scorer. 👏 pic.twitter.com/0RouFOvGDQ
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 4, 2022
Fact Or Fiction Feat. Mike McLaughlin (42:54)
Team Case: Arizona Coyotes
Since the last Fact or Fiction segment (February 13), the Arizona Coyotes have earned 19 points in 21 games (0.90 points/game). Prior to that, they had 28 points in 47 games (0.6points/game). This is a 50% improvement and comes at a time when the Coyotes would probably benet from losing and getting the high draft pick. Will Arizona maintain this point-per-game pace through the end of the season?
1.1 The Details
One way to approach this question is to look at both a team’s luck metrics and their puck possession. Specifically, we’ll look at this data from the stretch of February 14 through the present.
- The Coyotes are shooting with 12.2% success at even-strength. This is the highest value in the league (note: it is extremely rare for a team to maintain even 10% for a full season).
- The Coyotes’ goalies are stopping even-strength shots at a rate of 92.2% (good for 8th best in the league).
- Combining these two factors into one number (PDO or SHSV) yields a value of 1044. The league average is 1000. For reference, Arizona’s season-long values are 9.5%, 91.0%, and 1005.
- The Coyotes, during the February 14 to present stretch, have a USAT% of 38.5% (no other team is below 42% over that stretch). For the season, their USAT% is 43.1% (no other team is below 46%).
1.2 The Verdict
Fiction. Arizona’s recent stretch of earning a point per game in the standings over the past 21 games has been boosted heavily by luck (both in goal scoring and goaltending). They are getting heavily outshot (worse than at any point over their season) and still earning points. When this luck runs out, the Coyotes are going to lose and lose badly.
Forward Case: Anders Lee
Anders Lee (54% owned) has scored 24 points in his most recent 25 games (since February 14). Compare that to his total of 40 points in 61 games on the season. Can fantasy hockey managers count on the Islanders forward for similar production in the month of April?
2.1 The Details
- SOG: 2.1 (vs. 2.5 career and 2.0 since Feb 14)
- SH%: 19.4% (vs. 14.3% career and 26.5% since Feb 24)
- tEVSH%: 10.4% (vs. 9.4% career and 11.5% since Feb 14)
2.2 The Verdict
Fiction. Managers should take note that the Islanders have been running hot over the past 50 days and that Lee’s recent performance is buoyed by both a high personal shooting percentage and a high team shooting percentage while he’s on the ice. The Islanders have a tough schedule in all of the available playoff weeks for fantasy hockey. So, what might look like an attractive waiver-wire add could blow up in your face.
Defenseman Case: Sean Durzi
Sean Durzi (17% owned) has scored 24 points in 53 games played. Durzi has joined the top power play unit since Drew Doughty’s injury (March 10). What level of production can fantasy hockey managers count on from the Los Angeles defenseman in April?
3.1 The Details
- SOG: 1.8
- PPSOG: 0.6
- TOI: 15.80 EV, 2.26 PP
- Zone Starts: 53.3%
- SH%: 3.2%
- IPP: 31%
- tEVSH%: 7.2%
- a260: 0.30
- a160: 0.30
3.2 What is Important?
We don’t have any career data for Durzi for reasonable comparisons. But, his numbers above all look ne (he’s not getting lucky by any reasonable standards). What is interesting though is that since February 14, Durzi has taken 50 shots on goal (2.1 shots/game) and has scored on just 2.0% of those shots.
3.3 The Verdict
Fact. With the bump in shot production and the fact that this bump is coming on the power play, the likely scenario is that Durzi starts to convert those shots into goals down the stretch. Los Angeles has a neutral schedule for the first two weeks of the playoffs and then come on strong in Week 3 with games against Anaheim, Chicago, and Anaheim.
Note: Doughty is skating again and has recently started light work with the puck. His eventual return (which will be handled cautiously given LA’s playoff standing) will lower Durzi’s ceiling later in the month.
Ask The Hacks
- Are you holding or dropping Aaron Ekblad at this point?
- I have Miro Heiskanen on IR, I picked up Shayne Gostisbehere to replace him. With Heiskanen now healthy, do I drop Gostisbehere? Or should I keep Miro on IR to see how he performs post-injury?
- Hey guys, big fan of your podcast! Would you roll with 2 goalies and use the extra spot on your roster to stream players for the week or role 3 goalies? (14 team league, 22 man rosters). My goalies are Markstrom, Varlamov, and Stolarz (streamed on Friday).
Edge Work | NHL Schedule, Week 25
Need To Know:
Week 25 in the NHL features a total of 53 games on the schedule, and also happens to be the first week of fantasy hockey playoffs for some leagues. For many others this will be the final week of the fantasy hockey season, and still plays an important part for many in determining playoff positioning. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are packed with 10, 10, and 12 games respectively. Tampa Bay is the only team next week that plays 4 games on “light days” (50% or fewer of NHL teams are in action) and should be a target for fantasy managers looking to optimize games played. Boston, St. Louis, and Winnipeg play 3 games on light days; while Buffalo, Carolina, Calgary, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Minnesota, and Washington all play 2 games on light days. Chicago and Vegas are the only teams that play just two games next week.
- Monday – 4 Games
- Tuesday – 10 Games
- Wednesday – 5 Games
- Thursday – 10 Games
- Friday – 5 Games
- Saturday – 12 Games
- Sunday – 7 Games
Teams With 4 Games: BOS, BUF, CAR, CBJ, CGY, DAL, NSH, OTT, STL, TB, TOR
Team Of Interest | Carolina Hurricanes (Strength of Schedule: -19)
- The Carolina Hurricanes have a great schedule for the upcoming week with two matchups against Buffalo (6-1-3 last 10 GP), New York Islanders (6-3-1 last 10 GP), and Anaheim (0-8-2 last 10 GP). Two games during the week take place on light days, helping to maximize games played for your fantasy rosters. Since March 17th, the Carolina Hurricanes are 3rd in unblocked shot attempts percentage (57.1%), 7th in goals for per game (3.43 GF/GP), and 9th in shots on goal per game (34.2 SOG/GM). In addition to some solid possession and scoring numbers, the Canes are undefeated so far this season against upcoming competition. Record This Season Against Upcoming Opponents: 3-0-0| Players To Consider: Seth Jarvis (6%), Martin Necas (44%), Nino Niederreiter (17%), Max Domi (7%), Jacob Slavin (57%), Brady Skjei (17%), Brett Pesce (4%), Antti Raanta (26%).
Teams With 3 Games:, ANA, ARI COL, DET, EDM, FLA, LAK, MIN, MTL, NJD, NYI, NYR PHI, SEA, SJS, VAN, WPG, WSH
Team Of Interest | Edmonton Oilers (Strength of Schedule: +11)
- During the second half of March, the Oilers were first in the NHL with a goals for per game of 4.78, 2nd on the power play (37.5%), 7th in points percentage (.722), and 12th in shots on goal per game (33.9/GM). The downside is that Edmonton does face some stiff competition this week, with matchups against San Jose (4-5-1 last 10 GP), Los Angeles (5-3-2 last 10 GP), and Colorado (7-2-1 last 10 GP). Saying that, Edmonton has fared well against their opponents for this week, taking 8 of a possible 12 points so far this season. Record This Season Against Upcoming Opponents: 4-2-0| Players To Consider: Jesse Puljujarvi (26%), Kailer Yamamoto (25%), Derek Brassard (2%), Ryan McLeod (0%), Evan Bouchard (45%), Cody Ceci (6%), Mikko Koskinen (56%).
Teams With 2 Games: CHI, VGK
Team Of Interest | Vegas Golden Knights (Strength of Schedule: -24)
The Vegas Golden Knights are finally starting to get some bodies back (Alec Martinez, Robin Lehner); and their play has picked up of late – 3 straight wins, 5-2-0 in their last 7 games played! Since March 17th, Vegas is 7th in points percentage (.714), 7th in shots on goal per game (34.4 SOG/GM), 9th in goals for per game (3.43 GF/GP), 11th in unblocked shot attempts percentage (51.8%), and the power play is 16th (25%). Vegas has a very favorable schedule this week with matchups against Vancouver (3-5-2 last 10 GP) and Arizona (3-6-1 last 10 GP), who just lost Clayton Keller for the season. Through 3 games against Vancouver and Arizona, the Golden Knights are averaging 5 goals per game. Record This Season Against Upcoming Opponents: 2-1-0| Players To Consider: Evgenii Dadonov (23%), Chandler Stephenson (50%), Nicholas Roy (6%), Logan Thompson (21%).
Edge Work | NHL Week 25 Waiver Wire Targets
Waiver wire targets will be focused on players with ownership ~50% or less. SOS = Strength of Schedule, according to Left Wing Lock. Lower number = Easier Schedule, Higher Number = Harder Schedule.
Top Waiver Wire Targets
📈 Brock Nelson (C), CAR | Rostered: 52% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@DAL, @CAR, @STL +16 SOS) | Line: (w/ Lee & Beauvillier, PP1)
- Brock Nelson makes another appearance on our weekly waiver wire list. During the month of March, Nelson posted 21 points and 13 goals in 17 games played. Only Kirill Kaprizov had more goals (14) than the Isles forward last month. The 30-year old is having a career year, producing at a 45-goal, 69-point pace over 82 games. It should be noted that Nelson’s individual shooting percentage (iSH%) of 22.9% is not sustainable; and worse yet, his iSH% during the month of March was an outrageous 27.7%. All of that said, Nelson could be a valuable add for fantasy hockey playoffs.
📈 Andrew Copp (C/LW/RW), NYR | Rostered: 60% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@NJD, Vs.PIT, Vs.OTT, -15 SOS) | Line: (w/ Panarin & Hunt, PP1)
- Andrew Copp has been an excellent addition for the New York Rangers, posting a point in 5 of his first 6 games with his new club (7 points, 2 goals). Locked on a line with Artemi Panarin, Copp has averaged 18:04 time on ice, and surprisingly, has been given time on the top power play unit (1:37 PPTOI, 69% PP share). As an added bonus, Copp’s iSH% (9%) is below his 3-year average; and his team’s even-strength shooting percentage (7.1%) suggests positive regression could be coming. Shooting a career-best 2.7 SOG/GM, and winning nearly 54% of his draws!
📈 Frank Vatrano (LW/RW), CAR | Rostered: 21% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@NJD, Vs.PIT, Vs.OTT, -15 SOS) | Line: (w/ Kreider & Zibanejad, PP2)
- Frank Vatrano has also been a great deadline acquisition for the Rangers. The former Panther has 6 points (1 goal) in his first 9 games with New York; and has elite linemates in Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad. Vatrano is not seeing the same deployment on the power play that Copp has received, but he has definitely received more ice time relative to his time in Florida. There is potential for positive regression based on his team’s even-strength shooting percentage with him on the ice (6.6%).
📈 Erik Haula (C/LW), BOS | Rostered: 11% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@CBJ, @DET, @TB, @WSH, +5 SOS) | Line: (w/ Pastrnak & Hall, PP2)
- Erik Haula has 10 points (4 goals) in his last 6 games, playing alongside David Pastrnak and Taylor Hall at even-strength. Generally, not much of a goal scorer, or a shooter; but Haula is putting up points and getting some time on the second power play unit. Haula is also contributing to PIMs and face-off wins. With 4 games on the upcoming schedule for the Bruins, Haula could offer some sneaky upside for an important week in fantasy hockey.
📈 Dylan Strome (C/RW), CHI | Rostered: 36% (Yahoo) | GP: 2 (Vs.SEA, Vs.DAL, -16 SOS) | Line: (w/ Kane & DeBrincat, PP1)
- Looking at total points per 60 (Pts/60) during the month of March, Dylan Strome was just outside the top 10, league-wide, at a rate of 3.95 Pts/60! Looking at actual totals, Strome posted 20 points (10 goals) in just 14 games played. The former Coyote recorded a point in all but 2 contests during the month of March. Playing alongside Kane and DeBrincat should help Strome maintain some level of production; if he’s available, grab him now! Interesting note: Strome is 1 goal away from tying a career-High 20 goals; should set a new high this season.
📈 Seth Jarvis (C/LW/RW), CAR | Rostered: 8% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@BUF, Vs.BUF, Vs.NYI, Vs.ANA, -20 SOS) | Line: (w/ Aho & Teräväinen, PP2)
- Seth Jarvis has gone pointless in his last two games; but prior to that, he had posted 8 points (5 goals) in 7 games. Jarvis has typically received time on the second power play unit this season, but did see a season-high 51.3% PP (2:03 PPTOI) share on Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild. The Canes rookie has been playing with Aho and Teravainen at even-strength, and has a favourable schedule for next week.
📈 Alexander Barabanov (LW/RW), SJS | Rostered: 3% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.EDM, Vs.CGY, @VAN, +8 SOS) | Line: (w/ Hertl & Meier, PP2)
- The second year forward has been collecting points of late, posting 10 points (2 goals) in his last 12 games. Barabanov is playing alongside Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier on the Sharks top line; and is also seeing PP2 time, averaging just under 2 minutes of power play time on ice (44% PP share). San Jose has some tough matchups next week, but given his recent production, linemates, and deployment; I would give Barabanov a look as a short-term streaming option.
📈 Mason Marchment (LW/RW), CAR | Rostered: 24% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.TOR, Vs.BUF, @NSH, +3 SOS) | Line: (w/ Bennett & Reinhart, PP2)
- Mason Marchment continues to impress this season. 6 points (2 goals) in his last 8 games played, but also offers some great category coverage. Over his last 10 games played, Marchment produced 3.4 shots on goal per game, 2.2 hits per game, and 8 PIMS. Marchment’s 12.61 iSCF/60 ranks 21st in the NHL during the month of March. When you consider that Marchment is now playing with Reinhart and Bennett on Florida’s 3rd line, it’s an easy addition to make, particularly in deeper leagues.
📈 Robert Thomas (LW/RW), STL | Rostered: 32% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (Vs.ARI, Vs.SEA, Vs.MIN, Vs.NYI, -9 SOS) | Line: (w/ Tarasenko & Buchnevich, PP2)
- Mentioned earlier in our fantasy lock of the week segment, Robert Thomas is having a career-year, and is somehow only rostered in 32% of Yahoo leagues. 15 points, 7 goals in his last 9 games played. The Blues have an excellent schedule next week; 4 games, 3 of which are on light days.
📈 Josh Morrissey (D), WPG | Rostered: 66% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.DET, Vs.COL, @OTT, -6 SOS) | Pair: 1 (w/ DeMelo, PP1)
- Josh Morrissey has posted 7 points, 4 goals, 16 PIMS, 27 SOG, 3 PPP, 21 Hits, and 16 BLKs in his last 9 GP. In addition to some excellent fantasy production, the Jets blueline is finally seeing top pairing deployment, averaging 24:31 TOI and 2:40 on the power play (78% PP) over that same span. Winnipeg is just three points back of a playoff spot right now, so you know they will be pushing hard down the stretch.
📈 Vladislav Gavrikov (D), CBJ | Rostered: 7% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (Vs.BOS, @PHI, Vs.PHI, @DET, -29 SOS) | Pair: 1 (w/ Peeke)
- With Zach Werenski out with injury, Vladislav Gavrikov has filled-in nicely as the #1 Dman for the Blue Jackets (less time on the PP). On-pace for 37 points (6 goals), the third-year defenceman has posted 4 points (2 goals) in his last 3 games played; and with Werenski out of the lineup has averaged nearly 24 minutes of ice time. With 108 hits (1.64/GM) and 115 blocks (1.74), Gavrikov also provides some nice category coverage. Columbus has a very favorable schedule next as they take on Philadelphia twice, as well as matchups with Boston and Detroit.
📈 Mikko Koskinen (G), EDM | Rostered: 55% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@SJS, @LAK, Vs.COL, +11 SOS) | Role: Starter (58% Net Share)
- Jay Woodcroft apparently appointed Mikko Koskinen as the team’s starter following Monday’s 6-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. However, Mike Smith did start for the Oilers on Friday night, giving up 5 goals in a 6-5 OT win, while posting a 4.90 GAA, .861 SV%, and -1.80 GSAA. Koskinen finished the month of March with a 7-2-1 record, but a mostly average 3.04 GAA, .906 SV%, and -1.82 GSAA. As mentioned earlier, the Oilers are rolling right now, and Koskinen is worth a look, at least on a matchup-dependent basis.
📈 Semyon Varlamov (G), NYI | Rostered: 73% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@DAL, @CAR, @STL +16 SOS) | Role: Tandem (37% Net Share)
- Ilya Sorokin is still DTD, and Semyon Varlamov has been excellent in his absence. In 3 games without Sorokin in the lineup, Varlamov has posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.67 GAA, .952 SV%, and a 4.25 GSAA. The two Islanders goaltenders look set to split time for the remainder of the season, so Varlamov still has value even when Sorokin returns.
📈 Karel Vejmelka (G), ARI | Rostered: 15% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@STL, Vs.VAN, @VGK, -3 SOS) | Role: Starter (16% Net Share)
- The Arizona net minder finished the month of March with a 4-5-1 record, 3.00 GAA. .921 SV%, and 3.57 GSAA. Those are pretty impressive numbers for any goaltender playing for the Coyotes. Vejmelka is still a risk though, and might best be utilized as a match-up dependent streamer.
📈 Logan Thompson (G), VGK | Rostered: 27% (Yahoo) | GP: 2 (Vs.Van, Vs.ARI, -24 SOS) | Role: Streamer (16% Net Share)
- Logan Thompson has been impressive for the Golden Knights as Robin Lehner works his way back from injury (could be any day now). In 12 starts for Vegas, Thompson has posted a 7-4-1 record with 1 shutout, 2.55 GAA, .921 SV%, and 3.49 GSAA. The 25 year-old has rattled off 4 straight wins with a .929 SV% or better in three of those four starts. Worth a spot-start whenever he gets the call. Vegas was 6th in shots on goal for per game (35.1 SOG/GM), and tied for 9th in even-strength goals (41) during the month of March.
Additional names to consider heading into fantasy hockey playoffs: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Tim Stutzle, Valeri Nichushkin, Michael Bunting, Tyler Toffoli, Cole Caufield, Jakub Voracek, Rickard Rakell, Anthony Cirelli, Matthew Boldy, Anthony Mantha, Trevor Zegras, Jack Roslovic, Tage Thompson, Ivan Barbashev, Alex Tuch, Jake DeBrusk, Yegor Sharangovich, Damon Severson, Noah Hanifin, Noah Dobson, Nate Schmidt, Rasmus Andersson, Ryan Pulock, Jonathan Quick, Cal Petersen, Anton Forsberg, Antti Raanta, Spencer Knight.
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