Tag: Fantasy hockey updates

Fantasy Hockey News: Are Nick Bjugstad, Jared McCann worth adds? Sam Reinhart back on top line, Nolan Patrick production and more

Jared McCann/Nick Bjugstad: We are all aware of the trade I am assuming if not (here) but Nick Bjugstad played two games now with the Penguins, in those two games he skated along Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin, with Malkin day to day, Phil Kessel is going to be on that wing. Bjugstad has logged roughly 15:30 minutes per game, has had a handful of chances and recorded an assist in his first game. On the other hand Jared McCann is playing with Tanner Pearson and Patric Hornqvist, two veteran players who are strong in front and work down low, with may increase McCann’s stock. McCann has logged around 11:20 minutes per game, recording two shots on goal. This is a player I could potentially see on the second power play, and possibly making a case for a depth winger. I would definitely go out and add Bjugstad right now and be patient with him.

Sam Reinhart: Reinhart has been around the line up this season, from one to three and everything in between. For now though with the Sabres “pushing” for the playoffs and switching things up. Reinhart is back with Jack Eichel and also Jeff Skinner along with that. Reinhart has 12 goals and 33 assists on the season let’s see if this line is to stay tonight.

Nolan Patrick: It is about time we see Patrick being a consistent player in the Flyers line up Patrick has been a huge factor for the Flyers 8-game win streak, in this frame he has 5 goals and 3 assists. Logging around 14:30 minutes per game. He is a third line center right now that plays power play though too. Patrick is definitely a player you keep your eye on in the coming weeks.

Anthony Beauvillier: This kid has been in the line up consistently which is a good thing to see with the way Josh Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle have not lasted. Beauvillier is playing line two with Mat Barzal and Josh Bailey. On the year he has 12 goals and 7 assists and despite his 11 minutes vs LA last game he does usually play 16-18 minutes. A player that can be useful if you need an add for the day/week.

Blake Coleman: We can argue that he has been the Devils most consistent forward all year. Coleman has 18 goals on the year, six goals in his last 10 games and three assists. Coleman is a power play two player and a top six forward playing with Travis Zajac and Miles Wood. Coleman is surely worth the look and could be a possible consistent fantasy player for you.

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello line: All three of these guys have to be added in all fantasy leagues. This number could be incorrect, but I believe the MSG broadcast said this line has scored 11 of the Rangers last 13 goals (not including Monday nights game). Zuccarello has 5 goals and 10 assists in his last 11 games, Kreider has (24 goals on the year), 4 goals and 5 assists in his last 11 games, Zibanejad has 10 goals and 8 assists in his last 11 games.

Colin White back/Ryan Dzingel worth: Colin White was absent for a few games but he is back and playing normal minutes again. He played the last two games logging 15+ minutes per game, but not much else. He is centering the second line of Mark Stone and Brady Tkachuk therefore his value is there and could be a solid add. Ryan Dzingel plays with Matt Duchene and Bobby Ryan on line one and is a very under valued guy. Dzingel has 4 goals and 5 assists in his last 10 games. Playing the minutes he does with the players he does makes him an automatic valuable fantasy player.

Mathieu Joseph: Joseph has received a promotion it seems like in Tampa as he is playing line two with Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde, Joseph is a monitor the situation type of guy. I doubt he stays here for long but for right now he could be of use. He has 12 goals and 6 assists on the year.

Jack Roslovic: With Nikolaj Ehlers hurt, Roslovic has finally got the promotion to line two and power play two. It goes without saying that Patrik Laine and Bryan Little are on that line and two very good players but Laine has been in a funk but Roslovic does have 5 goals and one assist in his last four games. Roslovic is worth adding until Ehlers gets back in a week or less.


Fantasy Hockey Players of the week (Dec. 3rd-9th)

Johnny Gaudreau: It seems this kid is involved in every Calgary scoring play. The Flames five-game win streak that just ended Sunday night was in large part due to Johnny Hockey’s production. In the four games the Flames played this week Gaudreau had 2 goals and 6 assists. Gaudreau has been a big reason why the Flames are first in the West right now. On the year Gaudreau has 12 goals and 27 assists.

Elias Pettersson: Same as Gaudreau, every scoring play the Canucks have Pettersson is involved in. On the week Pettersson 2 goals and 6 assists. His big game coming vs St. Louis where he tallied 5 points, but every game this week Pettersson had a point. On the year this makes it now 15 goals and 15 assists for the rookie and clear Calder favorite.

Steven Stamkos: This is the first time Stammer gets on the list but Stamkos and the Lightning have had themselves a nice last two weeks. On a current six-game win streak, over the last week though Stammer managed 4 goals and 3 assists, picking up four points in the Lightning’s 7-1 win over Colorado. Stamkos has 12 goals and 18 assists on the year.

Jake Gardiner: If I am not mistaking this is the first defenseman to make the list. Gardiner is a very underrated offensive defenseman, his 2 goals do not speak for his offensive ability but Gardiner is a big part of this Leafs offensive success. Gardiner on the week had a point in every game, 1 goal and 5 assists, despite the Leafs two loses of their three games Gardiner managed to be productive for your fantasy team. On the year Gardiner now has 2 goals and 15 assists.

Gustav Nyquist: A name you probably have not heard in some time probably but Nyquist is a big part of the Red Wings offense, without his production and veteran leadership the Red Wings would not be as competitive. On the week Nyquist managed a point in every game managing 3 goals and 3 assists in three games this week. Nyquist now has 7 goals and 20 assists on the year.


Fantasy Hockey: Player updates, injuries, waiver moves and more!

It’s a new week and one more week closer to the All-Star break, therefore the season is slowly closing in and if some of you do not pick it up and start moving up the leaderboards, your season is done for and you are looking to 2018-19 already. Do you want to look forward to that already? No. Here is some news and other related fantasy hockey updates.

Reliable streamer goaltenders:

As of now, there are some goalies out there available in 99.9% percent of leagues, and when matched up correctly these guys can pay off.

Aaron Dell: Plays usually one time a week, definitely is seeing an expanded back up role and can be a reliable streaming goaltender. On the season Dell has 6 wins, 1.75 GAA and .939 save percentage and two shutouts. If you need a start, get Dell, he’s about as reliable as they come.

Carter Hutton: Jake Allen has looked shaky in the last few starts and the Blues have been struggling which means Hutton may see some more time, as they try and change things up or give Allen some rest. On the year Hutton has 5 wins, 1.63 GAA, .949 save percentage and one shutout.

Darcy Kuemper: The Kings are winning, Quick needs some time off, Kuemper has been a solid fill in for the Kings. By no means is he going to play a ton of games but every once in awhile you monitor the waiver wire and check starters for the day and he is in, it is worth a shot. On the season Kuemper has 5 wins, 2.11 GAA, .934 save percentage and one shutout.

Waiver Wire Additions You NEED To Consider!

Erik Haula, Riley Smith: Ok, now Haula is slowly moving up in leagues he went from I think 14% owned to 26% owned in a matter of a week. Over the last few weeks(14 days) Haula has 4 goals, 4 assists and 22 shots on goal. For the year he has 12 goals, 10 assists and 67 shots on goal. Plays top six minutes and power play one. Jump on him. Smith, now plays with Haula but Smith sees power play two time, it doesn’t matter because, on the season Smith has 9 goals, 16 assists, and 6 power play points. Over the last two weeks, he has 2 goals, 2 assists and 16 shots on goal. I would consider one of them at least. They do play two times this week though.

Craig Smith: I said last week he was a player to consider and now this week I am saying go and get him for sure. He plays three times this week too… Anyways, Smith plays top six minutes alongside one of Nashville’s hottest lines right now and plays power play time. Over the last two weeks, he has 3 goals, 4 assists and 21 shots on goal. And on the year he has 12 goals, 9 assists and 82 shots on goal. A player worth the gamble who can give a major ROI.

JT Miller: Miller has great fantasy flexibility, being that he is listed as a C, LW, RW, and that alone can help you out a ton. Also plays three times this week, two games at home. Anyways, Miller is on a four-game point streak and when he is grooving he is a tough player to stop. For the sake of being hot right now, and playing three times, I would say he is a decent add this week and also could bring long-term value to your roster. He does power play time and top six minutes. On the season Miller has 6 goals, 18 assists, and 5 power play points.

Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Jesse Puljujarvi: Now RNH has been a guy on my radar for quite some time, but just because it is RNH and the Oilers are not playing well, I have not bite on him. That has come back to bite me in the behind some games but, right now I would say RNH deserves some consideration at least. Over the last two weeks, he has 3 goals, 1 assist, 1 power play point and 20 shots on goal. Also has 870 adds in the last week. Puljujarvi is a player to monitor right now, he has been playing a bit better and the top six-minute pairing can be paying off but do not jump the gun on him. He has picked up 810 adds this week though and has 2 goals, 2 assists and 15 shots on goal over the last two weeks.

Brian Boyle: Hey you need a guy on certain nights that will definitely bring some fantasy value to the lineup Boyle is not a bad choice. He sees power play time, penalty kill time and plays around 14 minutes a game. He has tallied 4 goals and 1 assist over the last two weeks and could be a player you look to in times of need.

David Backes: The Bruins look good and everyone is healthy on certain nights this guy will be playing an expanded role he already plays top-six minutes and mixes it up on the power play when they need him too. He is a gritty player that will slam home pucks in front, if you need someone on a dead night and he happens to be playing, Backes is not a bad option.

(Kevin Fiala, Kyle Connor, Pierre-Luc Dubois are players you should have probably bought on already and picked up if not it may too late but if it isn’t too late go and get them!!)

Reliable Defenseman You MAY Want To Think About…

Colin Miller: Miller has been one of the Golden Knights best defenseman this year and I want to say we all saw this coming, as he went from a top role in Boston but was not their “guy” now he goes to a team that makes him the top defender and go-to guy and excels. Over the last two weeks, Miller has tallied, 1 goal, 4 assists and 19 shots on goal. On the season Miller has 5 goals, 14 assists, 7 power play points and 68 shots on goal. Go out and take him.

Josh Morrisey: With Dustin Byfuglien out until further notice, Morrisey steps in and becomes that #4 guy, and since that he has excelled immensely. Since coming into role Morrisey has 2 goals, 2 assists and 14 shots on goal. He plays power play two, and for the time of Byfuglien being out Morrisey is a fine streaming defenseman.

Dimitry Orlov: The Capitals defense definitely is nothing to be afraid of, but if there is one defenseman on the Capitals you want to have it is this guy. He can move the puck, skate freely and create offensive opportunities. He is a shifty defenseman and has an offensive mind to his game. Over the last two weeks, Orlov has 1 goal, 3 assists and 11 shots on goal, for the year he has 3 goals, 8 assists and 61 shots on goal. He does play 21 plus minutes a game the chances are going to be there.

Anton Stralman: Stralman is useful for most teams that count plus/minus as he leads the league with a +24. Anyways half of Stralman’s points have come in the last two weeks and being that he is on their number one pairing and second power play, may give you some incentive to take Stralman. He also plays 18 plus minutes a game, and over the last two weeks has 2 goals, 3 assists and 11 shots on goal. He is hot so beware.

Injury news: 

David Krejci: UBI, expected to play Tuesday

Shea Weber: OUT indefinitely, Weber’s rehab on his foot did not go as expected and he was sent home and will be out until further notice.

Brock Boeser: No damage to the foot, but will be listed as week to week. Boeser blocked a shot the other night and left the game and as of now he is said to be ok, no broken bones but some time will be missed.

Auston Matthews: Missed his second straight game and fourth game this season, it seems he is battling an injury all year, but right now his timetable to return is unknown.

Justin Schultz: As reported will be out for a couple of weeks and is now listed as week to week. His return date could be this week, next week and so on, who knows.

Logan Couture: Listed as day to day since sustaining a concussion on Friday night. This could either be a week of no contact or more. Monitor this.

Ryan Kesler: Still not ready to play but the good news is that he skated on Monday during Anaheim’s optional skate. This could mean a post All-Star break return.

Patrick Hornqvist: UBI, still not ready to play, as he sat another one Monday night, and returned back to Pittsburgh.

Nikita Zaitsev: Officially listed on the IR with a lower-body injury, return date could mean just a week of not playing or more. This will be monitored obviously.

TJ Oshie: Who has missed now two weeks of action, said he is optimistic to return Tuesday. Fingers crossed!

Mika Zibanejad: Skated with the first pairing today and should be back in the lineup Tuesday, after missing two weeks of contests.

Corey Perry: Listed on the IR with an LBI injury and said to be week-to-week.







Fantasy Hockey News, Player Predictions, start em, sit em


Radko Gudas listed as day-to-day after suffering an upper-body injury vs Chicago last night. With both Gudas and Gostisbehere out, the Flyers blueline has taken yet another blow. And another loss last night could be signs of something bad happening in Philly.

David Backes is slotted to miss eight-weeks due to getting his colon removed. This came of a surprise to many but with another blow on the front end, the Bruins forward depth continues to dwindle.

Cam Atkinson OUT. Atkinson did not practice Wednesday and officially ruled out for tonight vs Flordia. A chance for some young Columbus players like Oliver Bjorkstand, Sonny Milano and Josh Andersson to step up in the play. Atkinson did, in fact, suffer this injury(lower body) last Saturday and it is unclear if he will join Columbus on the three-game road trip. Tyler Motte gets into the line up now though.

Marcus Johansson rejoined the Devils Wednesday night after missing one game and quickly left the game after crashing into the boards, as of now this is not a good sign for Johansson but he will be reevaluated today. Also, Kyle Palmieri is listed on the IR due to a foot injury. Two major blows to the Devils front end. Only means time for Pavel Zacha and Brian Gibbons to step up.

Martin Hanzal will not play tonight vs Winnipeg. He suffered a lower-body injury last Friday vs Calgary and is being monitored as day to day right now.

Fantasy Player Predictions:

Alex Wennberg: 1G, +1, 5 SOG

Patrik Laine: 1G, 1 A, 1PPP, 8 SOG

Evgeny Kuznetsov: 2A, 1 PPP, +1, 4 SOG

Josh Bailey: 1G, +1, 5 SOG

Ivan Provorov: 2A, -1, 6 SOG

Evgeni Malkin: 1G, 1A, +1, 6 SOG

Andres Bjork: 1A, +2, 5 SOG

Erik Karlsson: 1G, 1 PPP, +2, 6 SOG

J.T. Miller: 1G, -2, 4 SOG

Evander Kane: 1G, 1PPP, 9 SOG

Shea Theodore: 1A, -1, 3 SOG

Mike Hoffman: 2A, 1PPP, 5 SOG

Tyler Seguin: 1A, 1PPP, 7 SOG

Wayne Simmonds: 1A, 1PPP, -2, 5 SOG

Anze Kopitar: 1G, 2PPP, 5SOG

Start em’ Sit em’:

Sit: Sean Courtier, Sebastian Aho, Chris Kreider, Jonathan Marchessault, Max Domi, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan McDonagh, Ben Bishop, Jimmy Howard, Henrik Lundqvist, James Neal

Start: Buffalo Starting goalie(Lehner or Nilsson), Patrice Bergeron, J.T. Miller, Jordan Eberle, Andres Lee, Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Craig Anderson, Matt Duchene, Nail Yakupov,



Fantasy News & Line up updates

Krejci Day-to-Day, Backes value increases 

David Krejci is slotted to miss a couple of games which means Andres Bjork, and David Backes worth increases a small amount over the next few games with Krejci out. It seems as if Krejci cannot stay healthy and with his recent injuries and always being hurt it may be best to just stream the veteran center.

JVR OUT, Marner back in top six!

James Van Riemsdyk is out tonight and possibly the next few games which means, Mitch Marner will probably be brought back up to the top six as the Leafs had Josh Lievo skating at practice Wednesday.

Rask, Luongo Injury Situation

Flordia released a statement the other day saying they shall know more about Roberto Luongo’s hand injury very soon, which could mean he is either out longer or coming back soon.

Also in the goalie sphere, Tuukka Rask was a participant at practice for the Bruins Wednesday so expect him to be back in the lineup tonight or sometime soon.

Schultz OUT, Cole, Maatta Value Increases

Justin Schultz officially hits the IR with a concussion and Penguins have recalled, Frank Corrado. This means I would start trying to stream Olli Maata or Ian Cole ASAP as one of the two will take over Schultz’workloadad.

Josh Ho-Sang, Prince; AHL 

Islanders Josh Ho-Sang was sent down to the AHL, and Alan Quine has cleared the IR and will be reporting to Bridgeport with Ho-Sang. What does this mean for Ho-Sang owners well obviously drop him but monitor the situation this will not be long-term this will help the young forwards growth, so expect to see him back sooner than later. Ho-Sang in six games this season recorded 4 assists and six shots.

Kyle Turris: OUT; Simmonds Game-Time 

Kyle Turris is ruled out for tonight vs Philadelphia and some other news from that game is Wayne Simmonds was not a participant in practice Wednesday and his situation is basically day-to-day.