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Lighting strikes; Wings of Bruin; Absorb the devils and more (January 5) – DobberHockey

We are seeing the Covid protocol list grow again after going down after the Christmas holidays. Lately a few prominent names have moved to the list including Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Claude Giroux, Alex Tuch, Ivan Provorov, Sam Reinhart, Trevor Zegras and many more. My best advice is to make sure your streamers play early in the week to try and play ahead, bring your moves closer to playtime, and don’t wait until it’s too late to make the tough decisions with your players. players out of line.

Ivan Provorov having missed the first game of his career, Cam York entered the roster. It’s his fourth game of the season, and he’s been a little slow to catch up so far with an expected goal percentage in the 1930s (it’s out of 100, so it’s not great. ). He’ll be on the power play soon enough, but he won’t be ready until next fall at the earliest.


Unlike York, there are a few rookies in Minnesota who are ready for the NHL. I’m talking about Calen Addison and Adam Beckman. Give these guys a regular spot in the lineup already!

All kidding aside, Matt Boldy and Marco Rossi appear to be making their very deserving and highly anticipated NHL debuts on Thursday. Boldy is expected to skate on the third row, while Rossi appears to be centering the second row with Kevin Fiala in what could be a row that could last the rest of the year.


Apparently, Evgeni Malkin himself has said he expects to return on this road trip someday. It could be this evening in Saint-Louis.

Not that it can really improve Evan Rodrigues’ stock at this point, but it looks like he shouldn’t be falling anytime soon if he lines up alongside Malkin.


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I’m working on the peripherals section for the guide, and diving into a few things, one of the most important things that struck me was the size of a second half that Noah Dobson seems ready for. He’s already got 10 points in his last 10 games, but it might not just be a hot streak. His ice time increased three minutes from Q1 to Q2, while his shot rate increased from 1.8 to 2.4 per game. Dobson’s powerplay time is also on the rise, leading to a three-point powerplay breakthrough in the last six games.


The Lightning blew up the Blue Jackets, scoring seven goals – the second in a row Columbus has allowed a touchdown. Tampa Bay is actually the healthiest they’ve been in months, and Nikita Kucherov has to come back any day. The whole squad is starting to come together and players like Anthony Cirelli (2A), Ondrej Palat (2G, 1A) and Corey Perry (1B) can play their part without having to be the best player on the ice. The game is easier when everything aligns and you place these players in their own locations. Look for the Lightning to run and climb to the top of the NHL rankings thanks to its score.

When Kucherov returns, Mathieu Joseph will be the odd man in the top six, although that could be good for him too in the same way it worked for Palat and Cirelli.


The Bruins have knocked down Craig Smith and David Pastrnak the way they like to when they try to make the top six. It worked for Pastrnak, who scored his first goal in ten games. It also means that we can see these lines for a few other games, which makes Craig Smith an interesting waiver and short-term DFS option.

Pastrnak is pulling under 11% for the first time in his career, currently at 7.3%. Set that number at 11%, and he has a handful of extra goals. Set him at his career 14% shooting percentage, and he has reached 18 goals and 31 points right now instead of nine and 22. His underlying numbers show he must have more luck in the game as well. share of his teammates, which means his assist rate should go up a bit the rest of the way as well. This is possibly the lowest you can buy Pastrnak looking back or ahead a few years. At least check if it’s actually moved.

In net for the Bruins, Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman have nearly identical records and have recorded similar stats so far, so it will be interesting to see how the Bruins end up making it on to Tuukka Rask. Rask will be number one, or number three, with no in-between. If he is the man of choice, then he leaves one of the Ullmarks or Swaymans as the strange man.

Ullmark’s contract is both a blessing and a curse here, as it makes him less likely to be buried / buried, but it also means that if anyone is to be traded, it would be him. He has a 16-team ban on movement, which would allow him to take the market by putting all teams in need of goalie help on his ban list. Many have tried to integrate him as a future Oiler because it is the only team with the means and the motivation to acquire a starter at this stage.

All of this to say that if you own a Bruins goaltender, it might be beneficial to trade them in for a more reliable option, unless you can afford to put all three in and wait.


It’s a tough pill for its fantasy owners to swallow. It is as constant as possible with the volume of the shot. Ty Smith should take advantage of his absence, while Damon Severson could also be worth a look.

The Devils are also missing Nico Hischier (ankle – day to day) and Jonathan Bernier (hip surgery – month). On top of that, they deploy the lineup… let’s just say sub-optimally. Recent first-round pick Alexander Holtz is on the fourth line. It’s just a mess for fantasy owners right now.

It should also mean that we see the earthy Mason Geertsen with a steady place in the roster (whether up front or defense is in the air) over the next few weeks. This is someone you want on your team if you need hits or PIMs.

Just another slap in the face, there were a few more incidents last night as Andreas Johnsson and Dawson Mercer took pucks to the face making it four in the last three games in my opinion. The Devils need an absolution.


The Capitals are grappling with their own injury issues as well, but at least for them Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek haven’t left at the same time. This time it was Samsonov who tweaked something in training just after Vanecek’s return. It’s hard to own one without the other. There aren’t a lot of tandems in the league where I think it’s worth owning both goalies, but that would be one of them, as the Capitals are right at the top of the NHL standings.

The rest of the roster has seen its fair share of injuries as well, but the rookies have stepped up. You would expect from Connor McMichael, but others like Brett Leason, Alexei Protas and Martin Fehervary have really taken over. Protas has above all made its mark. He only scored six points in 22 games, but he looked reliable and used his large frame to good effect. I remember when he was drafted he was considered one of those big first passing crosses (he’s six-foot-five) that has a lot of potential if things go right, but his skating was a big one. interrogation point.

Looks like the hands and feet have followed the rest of him, and he could end up being the second-row center for future Capitals. He’ll be better off with some time in the AHL, but someone to keep an eye on.


With Robin Lehner and Laurent Brossoit out of the roster, Logan Thompson made his first career NHL start to Vegas. He’s someone I’ve mentioned over the past year as one of goalie’s best hidden prospects due to his potential and his preparation in the NHL.


From “players you’ve never heard of” files: Scott Reedy was the best power-playing unit net man for the Sharks last night. If he can keep that gig, he might have short-term streamer value in a few leagues. He’s been a points-per-game player in the AHL this season, scoring eight of his 23 points with the man advantage, so he’s no stranger to producing in five-on-four situations.


This is great news for Canadian hockey fans, as you can find great news in NHL players who don’t make it to the Olympics. I hope they find a way to bring a few youngsters into this team to mingle with the KHL scraps. Would it be too much to ask when they also find a place for Connor Bedard?


If you’re fed up with me mentioning the ridiculousness of the 2023 project then I have bad news for you, it’s not going to go away. The whole class is doing well, but having even one from Bedard, Mitchkov and Adam Fantilli in the draft would be great. To have THREE players of this caliber is amazing.


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