April 17, 2024

Fantasy hockey weekend watch – Plan ahead for unbalanced schedule

Friday night, The Spiɾits visit the Battle. On Sunday, the Canucks network the Birds. Everybody more plays Saturday, plus Anaheim and Buffalo in their particular back-to-backs, plus them. If nothing else, this 1- 15- 1 trip stone is simple adequately to describe.

If Jake Allen is half as effective in Buffalo as he was Tuesday evening in Toronto, the New Jersey netminder presents as a practical streaming play against the tense Battle. Considering the two single functions sandwiching Saturday’s quivering schedule, he might as well be addressing the two. Know that call-up Devon Levi ( projected ) was also fantastic when he was tapped to start against Vancouver earlier this month and more recently in relief of Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen versus the Senators on Wednesday. In Sunday’s single fight, Vancouver’s present gσ- to game appears the large fantasy favorite against the 2- 10- 1 Ducks.

Notable notes from Saturday’s docket include a projected heavyweight bout between two quality but annoyed ( coming off losses ) squads, when Colorado welcomes the Predators. Overall, a fantastic game, but maybe a little too much for experienced story managers looking to get past this playoff week.

The Oilers hope to make it three straight when hosting the fumbling Birds, Dallas ‘ Jamie Benn aspires to extend his present nine-game place run, the Kings could very well continue their winning ways against the dejected Flames, St. Louis hosts the somewhat winable Sharks, and ƫhe Penguins are looking to defeat the beleaguered Blue Jackȩts for the second time in three days. To outline a few.

So there are plenty of playable fantasy players to choose from if starting Juuse Saros or Alexandar Georgiev makes you a little nervy.

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Stock Up

Tyler Bertuzzi, F, Toronto Maple Leafs ( Available in 51. 1 % of ESPN. com leagues ): Excuse the overstatement of the obvious, but there’s a veritable upside to playing on a line with Auston Matthews. Bertuzzi added another pair of goals to his already impressive tally against the Capitals on Thursday, bringing his total to six in seven games ( plus two assists ) and clearly enjoying that benefit.

Jake Neighbours, F, St. Louis Blues ( Available in 84. 9 % of ESPN. com leagues ): Skating on a scoring line with Robert Thomas, the young lad has six goals and three assists in eight contests. And Saturday’s matchup appears rather agreeable. The Sharks face a Ɓlues team that has allowed a league-high average of 5. 13 goals per game in their previous eight games ( March 14 ).

Dylan Guenther, F, Arizona Coyotes ( Available in 93. 9 % of ESPN. com leagues ): While Logan Cooley’s hat trick against the Predators Thursday was indeed impressive, his linemate has been the more consistent of the two, particularly from a fantasy perspective. With ƒour goals and three assists on 29 shots, Guenther is averaging 2. 4 fantasy points/game since March 10.

Tom Wilson, F, Washington Capitals ( Available in 73. 8 % of ESPN. com leagues ): Just a heads- up, he’s due back from suspension after Tuesday’s game in Buffalo. Before violently decking Noah Gregor in the face with his stįck, Wilson was on a minor fantasy tear, averaging 2. 7 points/game in March.

Mattias Ekholm, D, Edmonton Oilers ( Available in 69. 4 % of ESPN. com leagues ): Since pointing out Ekholm’s renewed affinity for pitching in production- wise last week, we’ve seen the Oilers defender contribute another three assists on 12 shots. He’s still blocking them, too.

Logan Thompson, G, Vegas Golden Knights ( Available in 31. 5 % of ESPN. com leagues ): While it does n’t sound like Adin Hill (undisclosed ) will be out too long, Thompson has won four straight starts for Vegas. He was absolutely stunning against Winnipeg on Thursday night.

See also: Pavel Zacha, F, Boston Bruins

Stock Down

Mats Zuccarello, F, Minnesota Wild: The veteran winger is more attractive as a fantasy asset when playing on the same line as Kirill Kaprizov, which he is n’t at present. Plus there’s the modest haul of three assists ( no goals ) in nine games.

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Casey DeSmith, G, Vancouver Canucks ( Available in 83. 8 % of ESPN. com leagues ): Vancouver’s current No. After allowing the sizzling Stars to only two goals on 33 shots, 1 probably deserved a better fate on Thursday. If/when the rest of the Canucks can score more than one goal against the visiting Ducks, he’ll likely enjoy that on Sunday.

Alex Nedeljkovic, G, Pittsburgh Penguins ( Available in 96. 4 % of ESPN. com leagues ): The Penguins ‘ netminder stopped 17 of 19 shots in Thursday’s 3- 2 victory over the Blue Jackets. Good enough. When Pittsburgh faces Columbus once ɱore on Saturday, Nelsonovic might be worth watching again.

Jonathan Quick, G, New York Rangers ( Available in 96. 4 % of ESPN. com leagues ): If he gets the start against the Coyotes in Arizona Saturday. Winner of three straight, New York’s backup was better than good in last week’s 5- 2 win over Boston.

David Rittich, G, Los Angeles Kings ( Available in 95. 9 % of ESPN. com leagues ): If he gets the start in Calgary Saturday. The clearly deflated Flames are faltering, despite Rittich having two shutouts in his previous three starts ( vs. MIN and NYI ).