The players you need to claim exemptions from this week
The fantastic hockey playoffs. There is nothing like it.
While it’s important to perform well in the regular season because you can’t make the playoffs without doing so, anything that happened in the weeks leading up to the playoffs can be tossed out the window and into a dumpster. garbage. Upheavals are not uncommon and timing is of the essence.
If you’re still playing in your league, congratulations. Here are some exemption goals you should seriously consider before this week.
Goals: LW / RW Denis Gurianov, Dallas Stars (25% on Yahoo)
After scoring three goals in his first four games of the season, Denis Gurianov has turned very cold for the Dallas Stars. In the next 37 games, the 2015 first-round pick scored just three goals. Now with four scorers in his last six games, Gurianov is finding some more luck with the puck. His 9.1 shooting percentage isn’t bad, but his 15.2% rating from last year shows he might have a few more goals in him down the home stretch. Scheduled to play four games this week, Gurianov is a nice addition if you need more lighters.
Josh Norris may only play three games this week, but two of his three games are expected to come on quieter nights in the NHL. Playing Monday (eight games) and Wednesday (seven games), Norris will be able to slip into your roster. The 2017 first-round pick recently excelled in the Ottawa Senators front row alongside Brady Tkachuk and Drake Batherson with nine points, including six assists, in his last seven games. Also seeing the time on the top power play unit, Norris recorded five points on the man advantage during that hot streak. Third in the rookie points race with 30, Norris will play two of his three games this week against the Vancouver Canucks, who allow the eighth-most goals-per-game of any team in the league.
Plus-minus: LW / RW Anthony Duclair, Florida Panthers (26% on Yahoo)
If you need a plus-minus boost, look no further than Anthony Duclair. Over the past 14 days, the 25-year-old has a higher ranking plus 13 in the NHL, his plus 22 ranking for the season is tied for 14th and he has not been a “player less” in any of his. last. 12 games, a stretch dating back to March 23. Plus, Duclair can help your team find the scoresheet. In the seven competitions he has played since returning from an upper-body injury, he has recorded seven assists and nine points. With four games scheduled for the week ahead, Duclair is one of the best players in fantasy hockey.
Powerplay points: LW / RW Andre Burakovsky, Colorado Avalanche (34% on Yahoo)
With Mikko Rantanen sidelined due to COVID protocols, Andre Burakovsky has entered the very fantastic position of playing on the Colorado Avalanche’s best power play unit. In his last two games, Burakovsky recorded four points, three of which went to the man’s advantage. With no clear return date for Rantanen, Burakovsky is expected to continue to excel while seeing precious minutes alongside Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, JT Compher and Cale Makar. The 26-year-old will play four games this week, including games on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – quieter nights in the NHL.
Penalty shootout: C / LW Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils (45% on Yahoo)
New Jersey Devils sophomore Jack Hughes remains the game for those in need of a boost. I had Hughes tagged as the player to add in this category early last week, and his performance over the past seven days has only made the point stronger. In his four games last week, the 19-year-old shot 16 pucks at the net, earning him fourth place in the league. Hughes is also starting to see a little more luck in the puck, having scored two goals this week, bringing his shooting percentage to 8.8, a rating that can certainly increase over the remainder of the season. The Devils are playing three games this week.
Face-offs won: C Phillip Danault, Montreal Canadiens (17% on Yahoo)
If your primary goal is head-to-head wins, Phillip Danault is the one player you should have your eyes on for this coming week. In the past 14 days, Danault’s 83 draw wins rank third in the NHL and he will play four hearty games over the next seven days. The problem with Danault, however, is that he’s been really struggling to find the scoresheet lately. In its last seven games, the intermediary of the Montreal Canadiens has recorded only one assist. Still, he’s gone over 18 minutes of ice time in three of his last four outings and plays with Tomas Tatar and Josh Anderson. It may not provide great category coverage, but it will dominate in focus.
Hits: C / LW / RW Sam Bennett, Florida Panthers (44% Yahoo!)
It’s really amazing what a change of scenery can do for a player’s performance. Since Sam Bennett was distributed from the Calgary Flames to the Florida Panthers, the 2014 fourth overall pick demonstrated the high-end offensive ability that made him such a well-regarded prospect. In five games with his new team, Bennett has scored three goals and six points while leading the Cats in all high-risk odds with 12, according to Natural Stat Trick. Additionally, Bennett has continued to be a physical presence, casting 19 checks since arriving in Florida. Logging over 19 minutes in each of his last three games and playing with Anthony Duclair and Jonathan Huberdeau, the 24-year-old is the best player available in over 50% of Yahoo’s fantasy hockey leagues.
Blocks: D Travis Hamonic, Vancouver Canucks (4% registered on Yahoo)
Since the Vancouver Canucks’ return to action on April 18, Travis Hamonic’s 14 blocks are the most tied in the NHL. Additionally, the defender made 12 shots during that span which is tied for fourth among all defenders. The 30-year-old has produced two assists in his last four games, but with just four assists and zero goals in 23 games this season, I wouldn’t expect many points. The Canucks have a busy schedule to close this year, including four games this week.
Goalkeeper: G Jake Allen, Montreal Canadiens (37% on Yahoo)
The latest update regarding Carey Price’s concussion was not positive as head coach Dominique Ducharme said: “I can’t say there has been a lot of progress there”. according to Eric Engels of Sportsnet. With Price likely sidelined for the week ahead, Jake Allen will act as the team’s No.1 goalie with four games scheduled.
Allen has been solid for the Montreal Canadiens this season, although his 8-9-4 record suggests otherwise. He’s beaten Price in all major goaltending stats and his above expectation 0.007 save percentage is seventh among all goaltenders, according to Money Puck. It wouldn’t be shocking if Allen started three of Montreal’s four contests this week.
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