April 16, 2024

Fantasy hockey stock watch – Goaltenders take the spotlight

A “Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday league” certainly. Featuring a pair of video games on Wednesday, 14 video games on Thursday, and one singular battle between the Devils and Sabres on Friday, this three-day span showcases the NHL in its most excessive “feast or famine” mode.

Only Buffalo performs on each Wednesday (vs. Ottawa) and Friday (vs. New Jersey), when nearly everybody else is off. So, if doable, contemplate streaming an obtainable Sabre or two — like ahead JJ Peterka, defenseman Owen Power, or goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. Wednesday’s solely different contest pits the Bruins towards the Lightning in Tampa.

Of course, the hefty take a look at on Thursday is deciding who to begin and who to sit down — significantly (however not completely) between the pipes. There’s much more to comfortably like from the web out with the Penguins towards a badly banged-up Columbus crew, than between two heavyweights in Colorado, at the least on paper. The Rangers are the first crew to 100 factors and are 9-3-1 since Feb. 28. The Avalanche are 10-2-0 over that very same time. In their final assembly (Feb. 5), the Rangers edged Colorado 2-1 in extra time.

A scorching Jamie Benn and the remainder of the Stars might additionally current a tricky problem for the Pacific-leading Canucks, whereas matchups between the Knights/Jets and Kings/Oilers — nonetheless delectable as matchups outdoors the fantasy sphere — may very well be headache-inducing for fantasy managers nonetheless in competition. Meanwhile, different goalies are taking part in groups like the Ducks, Flames, Blue Jackets and Sharks. I’m simply sayin’.

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Stock Up

Philipp Kurashev, F, Chicago Blackhawks (obtainable in 91.1% of ESPN.com leagues): Connor Bedard‘s linemate has six objectives and 9 assists in a dozen video games this March, together with six factors on the energy play. The Blackhawks go to the Senators on Thursday earlier than touching down in Philadelphia for Saturday.

Kaiden Guhle, D, Montreal Canadiens (58.8%): Since the younger defender is all the time good for a helpful variety of blocked pictures, contemplate the pair of objectives and three helpers over his final 4 contests as a fantasy bonus. Now that the activity of constructing the playoffs is totally off the desk, this 22-12 months-previous can wrap up his first full NHL season with little or no stress.

Charlie Lindgren, G, Washington Capitals (72.2%): Sure, why not? Winner of six of his final seven, the Capitals’ present No. 1 is doing his greatest to maintain his squad sq. in the playoff combine. While I would not essentially play him towards Toronto on Thursday — that tete-a-tete did not unfold nicely for Lindgren final week — there are many palatable matchups forward.

Jordan Binnington, G, St. Louis Blues (43.5%): Six factors out of a playoff spot, the Blues face the floundering Flames and struggling Sharks in the subsequent 4 days. Next week’s 4-recreation schedule options one other matchup with San Jose, plus a go to to Anaheim. There’s fantasy worth to mine from the membership’s No. 1 (who has been utterly strong of late) so long as he would not lose too many begins to competent backup Joel Hofer.

Frederik Andersen, G, Carolina Hurricanes (37.1%): Another fixture on this area for many of March, Andersen is an ideal 6-0-0 since returning to motion. Toss in his .951 SV% and 1.34 GAA over that stretch and all of it comes out to a mean of seven.0 fantasy factors/contest in ESPN.com customary leagues. Only Juuse Saros and Cam Talbot have extra whole factors this previous month, having performed practically twice as many video games.

Stock Down

Alexandar Georgiev, G, Colorado Avalanche (96.6%): He’s down, if just for this week. As talked about, the Avalanche face the Rangers on Thursday and the seemingly unbeatable Predators on Saturday. It would not get a lot more durable than that.

Jacob Markstrom, G, Calgary Flames (61.7%): While not mathematically eradicated from playoff competition, the Flames (and their latest string of 4 losses) are competing like they’re nicely out of it. Calgary has 11 video games remaining. Dustin Wolf is more likely to earn at the least half of these begins.

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Filip Gustavsson, G, Minnesota Wild (44.5%): There’s nothing like a date with the worst crew in the league to get totally again on monitor — and San Jose is 2-15-4 since January thirty first. After incomes his third shutout of the season towards the Ducks final week, Gustavsson has an awesome likelihood to garner one other a lot-wanted victory towards the Sharks on Thursday. The Wild’s extremely-slim playoff hopes rely on it. It additionally would not harm that each Joel Eriksson Ek and Jonas Brodin may very well be again in motion for that house contest.

Alex Nedeljkovic, G, Pittsburgh Penguins (96.6%): The Penguins netminder was further spectacular in Tuesday’s 4-1 win over the playoff-sure Hurricanes. Pittsburgh hosts the very-not-playoff-sure (to not point out damage-riddled) Blue Jackets on Thursday.

Joey Daccord/Philipp Grubauer, G, Seattle Kraken: Go with whoever will get the nod towards the Ducks on Thursday. Anaheim managed all of 12(!) pictures towards the Kraken on Tuesday, and Daccord stopped each single one among them.