Werenski out for the season; Goalie situations in New Jersey, Toronto, Seattle (November 12) – DobberHockey
Zach Werensky is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season after suffering a separated shoulder and a torn labrum in Thursday’s game. This is the worst possible news for those fielding Werenski, especially those fielding him in single-season leagues. Werenski is already certified Band-Aid Boyhaving missed at least 14 games in each of the previous two seasons.
With long-term Werenski and Adam Boqvist also sidelined with a broken foot, Jake Bean deserves immediate recovery in many league formats (3% Yahoo/27% Fantrax). Despite not scoring a point on Thursday, Bean recorded a season-high 26 minutes (including PP1 duties) while blocking six shots. That number was inflated by the fact that the Jackets were down to just four defensemen because Erik Gudbranson also left with an injury. However, the ice time total is still notable because Bean had never reached 20 minutes in a game this season before Thursday.
Before the season, I had mentioned Bean as a potential deep sleeper due to the possibility of a second power play and Boqvist being closer than expected. I don’t think Tim on the Five Hole Fantasy podcast was completely sold on my choice, though. Although I’ve been cold to starting Bean since I added him to one of my rosters just before the season, I will have no hesitation in starting him next week with the Jackets playing. four home games.
Here is a quote from Fantastic Guide comparing Bean to Boqvist:
When you talk about Bean vs. Boqvist with fantasy owners, they hands down prefer Boqvist, but is it the right choice? Bean, who is two years older, is closer to his prime, produced a similar offense last season, saw more ice time, didn’t get injured as often and wasn’t as shielded… Right now, Boqvist is getting a little more PP time, so he’s still favored, but don’t be so quick to write off Bean.
As of this writing, Boqvist was healthy scratched for four straight games earlier this season before breaking his foot in late October. His expected return date is early December. Whether Boqvist can leapfrog Bean in terms of power play features upon his return will very much depend on how Bean performs over the next few weeks.
The New Jersey Devils have won eight straight games on an increasingly hard-to-ignore offense (27 goals in the last 6 games). The goalkeeping situation is another story. Vitek Vanecek left Thursday’s game with an injury and was limited in practice on Friday. Since Mackenzie Blackwood and Jonathan Bernier are also on the shelf, Akira Schmid was pushed like the devils starting goalkeeper. Schmid earned his first victory in a relief capacity, stopping seven shots between the third period and overtime.
Schmid is a largely unproven option at the NHL level, but he’s off to a strong start in the AHL (4 GP, 1.97 GAA, 0.918 SV%). On paper, it couldn’t have been better on Saturday at home against Arizona, although the Coyotes surprised the world with a three-game winning streak. It’s only listed at 2% on Yahoo and 7% on Fantrax, so availability isn’t an issue. If Vanecek’s injury is only short-lived, then you shouldn’t drop a goaltender on a stronger NHL base for Schmid. The Devils starter for Saturday has yet to be confirmed, so check goal post for the last.
A defense “injury” occurred on Friday, with John Carlson back in the Capitals lineup. Carlson recorded an assist with three shots, three hits and two blocks while recording 26 minutes with his usual spot on the first-unit power play.
sonny milano has come a long way since the end of last season. Unqualified by the Ducks, Milano attended Flames camp on a PTO but was unable to earn a roster spot. About a week later, Milano signed with the Capitals and started the AHL season. In his fourth NHL game of the season, Milano made a splash, scoring two goals while adding an assist and a plus-3 differential and four shots. Milano was limited to just 14 minutes on Friday, but he picked up power-play time with the second unit. It is mainly aligned with Dylan Strom and Marcus Johansson, so I’m not quite there adding it in standard sized formats. Still, for some reason, Washington seems like a good candidate for his talents.
Andrei Vasilevsky advanced to Friday’s terrible start, allowing five goals on 24 shots. He has allowed at least three goals in each of his last six starts. Only one of those six starts was a quality start. I’d bet he’d find his groove sooner rather than later, but I still wonder if three seasons of Stanley Cup runs are finally catching up.
What a moment. Prayers for Borje Salming.
After the Leafs’ 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh, Sheldon Keefe said that Matt Murray won’t be ready to return for Saturday’s game against Vancouver. So it’s either Erik Kalgren starting on consecutive nights or Keith Petruzzelli make his NHL debut. Not ideal if you’re a Leafs fan.
After Ilya Samsonov was injured, Petruzzelli signed a two-year entry-level contract. He posted decent numbers for the Toronto Marlies (6 GP, 2.31 GAA, 0.922 SV%). I don’t know what our DFS editors will suggest as I write this, but this game looks like a great opportunity to start as many Canucks as possible. And of course check goal post or follow the five million writers beaten by the Leafs on Twitter to find out who their starter will be.
With a goal on Friday, Roope Hintz extended his point streak to seven games. During that span, Hintz has 11 points (4Gs, 7As).
Erik Karlsson went without a point on Friday, meaning his point streak ended at six games. Yet it was the number of stats he racked up during this point streak that was particularly striking: 15 PTS (7 G, 8 A), 35 SOG, and 5 DPI. Karlsson still leads all defensemen with 21 points, while only three players have more goals than Karlsson (10 goals). As we all predicted. Karlsson now appears to be a steal at his 140 Yahoo ADP and 125 Fantrax ADP.
Following the hot start, shall I add Karlsson to the Top 100 of the Roto ranking? Probably, although you have to wait a few days to be sure. In the meantime, you can check out the rankings released last month and let me know what changes you think I should make for this month.
Timo Meier scored a goal for the fifth game in a row. He has six goals in this period. Meier continues to do his thing in multi-category leagues, as he also leads the league in shooting (80 SOG).
Yes it was Logan Couture with Gordie Howe’s hat trick. Couture scored a goal, added an assist and fought back Jamie Benn, which is no small feat. In one of my leagues he filled out the stat sheet like this: 1 G, 1 A, +1, 1 PPP, 3 SOG, 3 HIT, 1 BLK.
I realized after noticing Gordie Howe’s hat trick that I hadn’t watched Draisaitl Hat Tricks in a while. Indeed, the leader so far is Mats Zuccarello with two, followed by a whole bunch of other players with one.
Zuccarello was the lone scorer in the Wild’s 1-0 win over Seattle on Friday night. He has points in consecutive games after being held without a point in his previous four games.
Marc-Andre Fleury won a 28-save shutout from the Kraken. After a slow start, he has raised the bar with six quality starts in his last eight games.
Even though his winning streak was snapped in four games on Friday, Martin Jones posted five straight quality starts. It’s not what you’d expect from Jones in recent seasons, but he’s been at least league average over the season with a 1.41 GSAA. Considering how much Philippe Grubauer struggled last season and during his brief stint this season before being sidelined, Jones makes his case for being Seattle’s starter even when Grubauer returns. Don’t forget that the Kraken also look like an improved team compared to last season. You didn’t expect to hear from Jones, did you? Another example of why goalkeepers are so hard to predict.