The Fantasy Hockey Daily Roundup highlights the most prominent fantasy hockey news in the NHL. It provides analysis Monday through Friday on the fantasy implications of the day’s biggest stories.
Lehner Hurt; Add Greiss
New York Islanders netminder Robin Lehner (78% Owned) was forced to leave Tuesday’s game after colliding with Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk. The Islanders recalled Christopher Gibson from Bridgeport (AHL) which suggests that Lehner will not travel to Ottawa for Thursday’s game. That leaves Thomas Greiss (60% Owned) as the Islanders’ unquestioned No.1 goalie until Lehner is back to 100 percent. Greiss will obviously be a must-start in Ottawa and is a solid option against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
The Islanders have improved drastically in their own-end under head coach Barry Trotz. It has led to the Islanders leading the NHL in Goals Against/gm (2.36) and 5v5 Save Percentage (.936). Individually, Greiss is 18-10-2 while tying for third in the NHL in SV% (.928) and ranking fourth in GAA (2.23). His owned percentage has been held down because he is splitting time with Lehner but now that the he is hurt, Greiss becomes a must-own as we head into the Fantasy Hockey Playoffs.
Schenn Back on Blues Top Line
Brayden Schenn (61% Owned) returns to the St. Louis Blues lineup on Wednesday after missing six games with an upper-body injury. Schenn will immediately be reunited with Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko on the top-line. The trio has played just 151:01 5v5 TOI together this season, but have been dominant while skating alongside each other. They have a 54.63 CorsiFor% while averaging an absurd 36 ScoringChancesFor/60, 18 HighDanger SCF/60 and outscoring their opposition 12-to-4.
Schenn was red-hot before getting injured, scoring two goals with 13 assists (15 points) in his last 14 games. Schenn remains available in 39 percent of Yahoo! leagues and is a great option on Wednesday. The Blues will face a struggling Ducks team, that is on the tail-end of a back-to-back and are 7-21-4 in their last 32 games.
Flyers Shuffle Lines without Voracek
With Jakub Voracek (lower-body) out for tonight’s game against the Capitals, Scott Gordon is opting to reunite Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier on the top line. Skating on their right wing will be Oskar Lindblom (3% Owned). Lindblom has flourished on Philly’s second line over the last month or so. He’s made the most of the opportunity, registering four goals and three assists over his last nine games. Lindblom is certainly worth starting tonight against the Capitals, but the Flyers unfortunately have just one other game this week. They’ll be in New York to take on the islanders on Saturday.
Nolan Patrick (20% Onwed) is a game-time decision tonight but is likely to play. He’s projected to centre James van Riemsdyk (52% Owned) and Ryan Hartman (2% Owned) on the Flyers’ third line. The fantasy value of Patrick and JVR takes a serious hit at the worst possible time. They were barely worth rostering when they were on the top line with Giroux. You should strongly consider dropping them in standard re-draft leagues. Michael Raffl, Scott Laughton, and Travis Konecny will make up line two tonight.
Mangiapane Earns Promotion
Andrew Mangiapane (0% Owned) will get a chance to skate in the Flames’ top-six tonight. He’ll skate alongside Mikael Backlund (35% Owned) and Elias Lindholm after spending the last couple of months on Calgary’s fourth line. Mangiapane has been a force in the AHL for the last two seasons and could be deserving of a larger role in Calgary. Dating back to last season, Mangiapane’s racked up 29 goals and 33 assists (62 points) in 54 games for the Stockton Heat.
He’s played just 9:49 a night with the Flames this season, which explains his lack of production. Mangiapane has just three goals and three assists in 28 games this season. Tonight’s matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights is one you’ll want to avoid but keep an eye on Mangiapane. He could be worth a spot start in Arizona tomorrow night if he stays on the second line.
Golden Knights top the List of Streaming Options
The Golden Knights have not lost since acquiring Mark Stone at the Trade Deadline. They’ve posted a 4-0-0 record with 4.00 goals for and 1.5 goals against per game. They have a nearly perfect schedule to use some of their players as streaming options this week.
Paul Stastny (25% Owned) is the best, readily available skater. Stastny has been paired with the newly acquired Stone and Max Pacioretty (60% Owned) and the trio has been dominant through four games. In 57:48 5v5 TOI, Pacioretty-Stastny-Stone has a 61.6 CF% and have outscored their opponents 3-to-0 while averaging 32 SCF/60 and 17 HDCF/60. Stastny has one goal and four assists in those four games and quietly ranks tied for 22nd in the NHL in assists (18) since January 1st.
If you need help on the blueline, the Golden Knights have two defensemen under 50 percent owned that are playing very well right now. Shea Theodore (44% Owned) has picked up seven points (2G / 5A) while averaging 3.67 shots per game in his last nine games. Colin Miller (18% Owned) was a healthy scratch prior to the Trade Deadline but has been great since re-entering the lineup. Miller has scored one goal on 19 shots in his last four games—that is 4.75 shots per game, which is elite shot volume for a forward and Miller is doing it from the blueline.
Pearson off to a Good Start in Vancouver
Tanner Pearson (2% Owned) will get a chance tonight to skate alongside Bo Horvat on the Canucks’ top line. Horvat seemingly has two revolving doors as linemates, so don’t expect this change to stick. Still, there is plenty of reason to like Pearson tonight against the Maple Leafs. Horvat has created plenty of offense this season with Nikolay Goldobin (1% Owned), who is expected to be the third member of the top line tonight.
Vancouver is averaging 30 SCF/60 when Horvat and Goldobin are on the ice. Toronto’s top-six is incredibly productive, but they surrender a lot of quality chances in the process. You can expect the Horvat line, and by extension, Pearson, to see their fair share of opportunities tonight. Considering his career SH% of 11.1%, Pearson is a solid bet to make in this matchup if you’re desperately trying to get some extra games into your lineup.