Fantasy Hockey Week 6 Preview
What a rough week in hockey as some big names went down with injuries, including a couple of first round Fantasy Hockey picks in Steven Stamkos and Johnny Gaudreau. Those were just two of several players to suffer injuries.
Steven Stamkos, C (knee) – Expected to miss 4-6 months after undergoing surgery to repair torn meniscus.
#tblightning Steven Stamkos injury came just four days after the three-year mark of him breaking tibia in Boston. Both came in Game No. 17
— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) November 17, 2016
Stamkos said it took at least a year after breaking his leg for it to feel right again. He missed most of the end of last season with a blood clot and now a blown knee. If you have an IR spot, slot him there. If not, cut him and keep an eye on his status because he’s been known to return quicker than his original suggested timeline. Valtteri Filppula should see more ice time, but he doesn’t blow me away with his production. Vladislav Namestnikov is centering Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat. Keep an eye on Namestnikov!
Johnny Gaudreau, LW (broken finger) – Johnny Hockey is expected to be sidelined for about six weeks after undergoing surgery. Look for Sam Bennett to be more involved. More on him below.
Taylor Hall, LW (knee) – Expected to miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair torn meniscus in left knee.
T.J. Oshie, RW (upper-body) – Listed as week-to-week. Could have a concussion.
Patric Hornqvist, RW (concussion) – Skated on his own Saturday. Expected to be re-evaluated this week.
Chris Kunitz, LW (lower-body) – Penguins placed winger on injured reserve. He’s listed as week-to-week. Connor Sheary has been skating with Sidney Crosby. Piggy back off that for a bit in DFS.
Bobby Ryan, RW (broken finger) – Suffered third broken finger in as many years. Considered day-to-day.
Mike Hoffman, LW (groin) – Expected to return Tuesday @ Canadiens.
Tomas Hertl, LW (knee) – Reportedly could need second surgery on his right knee. He’s considered week-to-week and was just placed on IR.
Gabriel Landeskog, LW (lower-body) – Already ruled out of Monday’s game in Columbus, which will be three in a row for the Avs without their captain.
Alexander Steen, LW/RW (upper-body) – Ruled out of three game road trip.
Mika Zibanejad, C (broken fibula) – Expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks.
Anton Stralman, D (upper-body) – Says he ‘tore a muscle’ earlier this month taking a shot during a game. Has missed last four games. Considered day-to-day. You can drop him.
Anze Kopitar, C (hand/wrist) – He remained out all week and has now missed five straight games. He’s been skating on his own and could return this week.
Jack Eichel, C (ankle) – We could see him return by the end of November. He’s been skating and reports say he’s about two weeks away from game action.
Michael Cammalleri, LW (personal) – He’s expected to return to the lineup this week after missing the last five games. He’s off to a slow start but can score with the best of them.
Fantasy Hockey Week 6 (NOV 21 – NOV 27)
This is one of the busiest, if not the busiest week of the Fantasy Hockey season to date. 15 teams play four games this week and Thursday is the only night there are not at least five games on the schedule.
If you’re looking to get the most out of your moves or to get an edge on your opponent, Thursday and weekend streams may be the way to go. There are only two games Thursday and only three teams play Saturday and Sunday. Grab those weekend plays now before it’s too late.
Thursday, Nov 24
Carolina Hurricanes @ Montreal Canadiens
Paul Byron, LW – Seven of his 12 points have come in his last eight games. It’s not a coincident that he was placed on a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Alexander Radulov eight games ago. Continue to ride the hot hand.
Boston Bruins @ Ottawa Senators
Ryan Spooner, C/LW – Five points in his last nine games, 15 shots on goal in his last five and playing with a couple good forwards in David Krejci and David Backes.
Saturday, Nov 26 & Sunday, Nov 27
Carolina Hurricanes (@ OTT, vs FLA)
Victor Rask, C – Eight goals on the year and four in his last four games. This is no fluke as he scored 21 goals last year in his sophomore season. Grab Rask, play him Thursday and then you get the two games on the weekend. He should be on your roster anyway, regardless of the three games in four nights to finish the week.
Ottawa Senators (vs CAR, @ NYR)
Kyle Turris, C – The Senators are struggling to score goals, but Turris has eight on the season. He’s about the only Senators player you could stream as the team is scoring 2.06 (29th) goals per game on the year. Turris should see more ice with some of the injuries and he’s been OK lately with three points in his last four.
Florida Panthers (vs CBJ, @ CAR)
Vincent Trochek, C – Slow start for the big center, but over his last 11 games he’s registered 10 points. He’s skating alongside Jonathan Marchessault, who leads the team in points, and Reilly Smith who I also think is a solid stream. Trocheck can help in leagues with faceoff wins, power play points and hits.
Waiver Wire Adds (fewer than 50 percent of leagues)
Alexander Wennberg – Book is now out on Wennberg, as he’s picked up at least a point in seven of his last 10 games. 14 points on the year with 10 of them coming on the power play. Blue Jackets running out of gun powder for their cannon and he’s a big reason why.
Patrick Eaves – 11 points now in his last 10 games and has six power play points on the year. Currently skating with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. He’s not a point per game player but I don’t see him slowing down anytime soon.
Patrick Maroon – Quiet week for Maroon and off the Connor McDavid line for now, but still worth a roster spot in leagues with hits and shots. He’s still in a top-six role with power play time.
Mark Streit – Continues to produce. Great add in leagues with straight points and power play markers.
Andrew Shaw – Shaw isn’t blowing anybody away with his seven points, but four of them have come in his last eight games since getting placed on a line with Max Pacioretty. In straight points leagues he won’t do much for you, but he’s winning faceoffs, shooting a ton of pucks on net, making frequent trips to the penalty box and he hits everything that moves as he has 21 hits in his last four games.
Tyler Bozak – One of the best faceoff guys in the league has nine points in his last eight games playing with JVR and Mitch Marner who you hopefully own by now.
Derek Stepan – Plays nearly 17 minutes a game, has 12 points, four on the power play and is hanging around on the wire. No need. Ice time will probably go up with the injury to Zibanejad.
Sam Bennett – Bennett moved on a line with Sean Monahan and in his first game he had a goal and an assist to go along with six shots.
Troy Brouwer – Still believing in Brouwer in leagues with hits and PIMs.
Mike Fisher – Has eight points in 13 games this season with six of them coming on the power play. Three of those six power play points were goals. He has three points in five games since returning from injury and is a must-add in leagues with hits and faceoffs. He’s playing with some talented players in Nashville.
Alexei Emelin – An add only for leagues with hits and blocks. Emelin leads the NHL with 61 hits and he’s tied for 10th with 41 blocks.