It was not a good day for the top goalies in the league. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Jakob Markstrom, and Juuse Saros got hammered and the first two were pulled. These are proud men that will not be happy with their performances. Speaking of elite goalies, we have been waiting nearly a year for the return of the Montreal Canadiens top netminder. They will want to be getting him a win. Let’s see if he’s still got it.
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Carey Price has not played since the Stanley Cup Finals last year. His career has had many injuries, but he always seems to come back. Even a 90% price is still better than most of the league. We are near the end of the season and with the Canadiens not making the playoffs, we can be confident he is not being rushed back or else they would not take the risk.
Nick Suzuki is one goal away from 20 for the first time in his career. The 22 year old is building momentum fast and we have been impressed by the whole teams ability to not worry about the lack of success in the season. We wonder if Suzuki will get the C on his chest when the great Shea Weber officially retires. There are a couple veteran players that would be great choices, but since they are looking to the future, Suzuki may be the right choice.
Cole Caufield is only 2 goals away from 20 for the first time in his career. This line is going to be taking so many shots on the Islanders. To have come into the league so young and to have this kind of success makes us hopeful for this teams’ ability to build around this core and use next year’s draft to make a quick rebuild.
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We are not even sure you have to swap Caufield out for Jonathan Huberdeau since he is already so reasonably priced. On top of that, while Hubey isn’t cheap, his current point streak and ceiling are through the roof. His overtime steal and goal the other night was just unfair. He took Troy Terry’sbody, separated him from the puck and danced around Gibson for the goal. It was glorious.
You can get away with another deal by taking Pierre Luc Dubois. He is filling in for the top line in Winnipeg while captain Mark Scheifele stays home with injury. We were surprised to hear the Scheif did not travel with the team for their four game road trip, but we know Dubois will do well in his stead. Keep an eye on Mat Barzal as well. He is starting to get going again and could really use a goal to lift his spirits in an attempt to earn back the 1C spot from Brock Nelson.
One other big swing you can take from the Jets is Morgan Barron. IT may be a flash in the pain, but a goal and an assist in his last game have gotten him second line minutes and the young gun will be looking to repeat that success so he can keep the coveted position.
Taking Barron will allow all sorts of goodness on defense. We are going big after Mackenzie Weegar who is staying strong with Ekblad out until the post season. He is in a little lull for points, but those would come back quickly. His ice time is not going down so the coaches are trusting him more than ever. He played 26 minutes last game which is a Herculean effort.
We will put either Jeff Petry or Gustav Forsling with Weegar today. Petry would be one of those guys on the Habs who could theoretically become captain due to his veteran leadership. He has been back to scoring points and we are glad someone is filling in for Weber in that area of the game. Forsling is an upstart defenseman for the Panthers who is a bit of a late bloomer. He was drafted way back in 2014 and is just getting around to hitting a breakout threshold of 250 NHL games played. He has a nose for the net and is yet another secret weapon that Florida has up its sleeves.
Friday is finally here and we are ready to kick back and have an easy going weekend. There is still some work to get done, so stay focused and earn that time off. Please to follow on the Twitters (@FantasyDFSX). Take car.
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