MacKinnon out on Friday, Pavelski and Hintz featured, more chances for Sprong (May 8) – DobberHockey – fr

MacKinnon out on Friday, Pavelski and Hintz featured, more chances for Sprong (May 8) – DobberHockey – fr

The main beneficiary of Alex Ovechkin’s absence from the roster (now nearly two weeks) has been Daniel Sprong. With another goal on Friday, Sprong now has six goals in his last six games. Currently, he’s on what should be considered the Capitals’ top scorer along with Nicklas Backstrom and Anthony Mantha. Sprong is still only 2% owned in Yahoo Leagues, but that may have a lot to do with the end of Fantasy Leagues and Ovechkin’s continued daily status. Sprong also saw some time on PP1 in this game, which would have a lot to do without Ovechkin or Evgeny Kuznetsov in the roster.

Removing Tom Wilson from Wednesday’s game seemed like a precautionary measure as he was back in the lineup on Friday. He looked relatively mellow, as he didn’t register a hit and only took one hit.

Wade Allison starred for the Flyers in the 4-2 win over the Capitals. Allison scored two goals in the second period, giving her points in three straight games. Allison is not getting the kind of overall ice time and line mate opportunity that Sprong is, in case you are weighing the options for Saturday. To compare, Sprong played almost five minutes longer (19:02) than Allison (14:06) in this game. To learn more about Allison, check out her Dobber Prospects profile.

When I have used Brian Elliott the past few weeks it has been a complete disaster. Of course, when I don’t throw it, it takes a 28-save win. Friday’s game was Elliott’s first quality start in his last five games.

Not only did Cam York make his NHL debut, but he logged over 20 minutes as well as the first unit’s power play time. Given that Shayne Gostisbehere has yet another game to serve for his two-game suspension, York could very well receive a PP1 opportunity on Saturday. York was held without a point with a shot in his NHL debut. Profile York Dobber Prospects.

Someone recently suggested that I should move Joe Pavelski out of the Top 100 Roto Rankings because he was slowing down after an unexpectedly strong start. He wasn’t going to follow with nine goals and 17 points in his first 12 games for sure. Pavelski scored two goals and added two assists with a plus-5 on Friday, giving him his third four-point game of the season and his first since early February. Pavelski also has six points and 11 shots in his last three games. Pavelski now has 24 goals and 50 points in 54 games, so he’s not going anywhere.

Roope Hintz also had a big game, scoring one goal and adding two assists. I insisted not to add him to the Roto leaderboard because I find it hard to trust his status as a perpetual decision in playing time. Yet Hintz has played nine straight games and scored at more than one point per game over the entire season (43 points in 41 games). I might have to rethink this for May’s ranking. If he’s able to fix that issue next season, I’m ready to take him seriously as a Top 100 option. Yes, it probably took me longer to get there than a lot of you guys. The experience of owning Peter Forsberg at the end of his career still affects me today.

You can start preparing your playoff brackets and pools. For the first time in history, interstate rivals Tampa Bay and Florida will face off in a playoff series. This playoff series should be a lot of fun, as these two teams have been very even this season.

Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov are said to be ready for the playoffs. Both players are currently not on roster, so they will give the Lightning a boost in their efforts to repeat themselves as Stanley Cup champions. Not having a playoff salary cap makes it all possible, of course. Kucherov may be forgotten in the knockout pools because he hasn’t played all season, but he drafted him where you would normally pick a top Lightning forward.

As the Stars beat the Lightning on Friday and kept their playoff hopes alive, the Carolina Hurricanes clinched the Central Division title. They will face the Stars or the Predators in the first round.

In his fifth game in the NHL, Joe Veleno scored his first NHL goal, which turned out to be a power play goal. Veleno also had three shots at the top of the season clocking 14:50 in ice time. To learn more about Veleno, check out his Dobber Prospects profile.

Vladislav Namestnikov with two goals and Valtteri Filppula with three assists were at the heart of the Red Wings in their 5-2 win over Columbus. The five-goal exit for the Wings seemed completely out of nowhere, as they had scored a total of three goals in their previous five games.

With two assists, Filip Hronek ended an unnecessary six-game drought. Hmmm, I could have used those passes last week before my team was knocked out head-to-head. Either way, with Detroit happily playing its last game of the season today (Saturday), Hronek is expected to finish as a team manager in scoring. He currently has 25 points, while no other active Red Wing has more than 20 points. It’s possible Hronek will lead the Wings in scoring while finishing with a pace below 40 points over a full season.

Here’s your highlight of the night Kirill Kaprizov… an overtime winner for the Wild.

Kaprizov now has three straight two-pointers, a five-game one-point streak and 11 goals in his last 11 games. His 27 goals also put him in the top 10 of all players, not just rookies. Even though Jason Robertson has had a fabulous season, don’t overthink the Calder Trophy race here. Kaprizov is the winner.

Even though they lost to Vegas in overtime, the Blues officially clinched a playoff berth in the West. This means that the four playoff teams in this division are finalized (Vegas, Colorado, Minnesota, St. Louis). The order remains to be determined, but the Blues will play whichever team wins the division.

Here’s Jonathan Marchessault’s Golden Knights overtime winner:

With the goal, Marchessault keeps his points streak alive for seven games. Over that span, he scored six goals and 11 points while taking more than three shots per game (23 SOG). He’s usually at his best when shooting the puck.

The Avalanche was without Nathan MacKinnon on Friday due to a lower body injury. After the game, Jared Bednar said no decision has been made on whether MacKinnon will dress on Saturday. So if your championship hopes are on MacKinnon, the Avalanche doesn’t play until later (10 p.m. ET), so any alternates you trade in would have to come from the following gameset: Avs / Kings, Blues / Knights, Canucks / Oilers or Coyotes / Sharks.

A possible MacKinnon replacement could be Tyson Jost, who took MacKinnon’s place on the front row with Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog. Jost scored a goal in the second half while recording 18 minutes on Friday. Expect him to be back on that line on Saturday if MacKinnon isn’t back. Jost has now scored goals in consecutive games.

Rantanen did very well without MacKinnon, scoring his own goal with seven shots. In his last 10 games, Rantanen has scored nine goals and 16 points while taking four shots per game. Whether MacKinnon is playing shouldn’t be of concern to Rantanen owners, as he is a fairly talented player on his own with 60 points in just 48 games.

Yesterday I mentioned that I had to stream the right wings to make up for unused games played at this position in my roto league. One of the players I chose for this purpose was Conor Garland. Fortunately, I decided to hang on to him for more than a day, and it turned out to be a good decision on my part. Garland scored one goal and added two assists on Friday, giving him six points in three games since returning from injury. Garland is scoring close to 0.8 PTS / GP (38 points in 48 games), which would be a 65-point pace over a full season.

The legend of Michael Bunting continues. With another goal, Bunting now has 10 goals in 20 games this season. Bunting also took five hits, which was his second-highest total of the season. I’ve discussed this in previous Ramblings, where I’ve mentioned that his shooting percentage is just unbearable (26.3% currently). But if you need a goal or two on Saturday, he’s got the stick hot.

Phil Kessel recorded his 900e point in the Coyotes’ 5-2 win over San Jose. Probably mentioned less than the 900 points is the fact that he broke an unnecessary four game drought in that game.

Jan Jenik made his NHL debut in that game, scoring an empty net with a plus-2 and two shots. Jenik is a 2018 third round pick whose career numbers at various levels show he could come in handy in leagues that have both points and penalty minutes. To learn more about Jenik, check out his Dobber Prospects profile.

Finally, today (Saturday) is the last day of many fantasy leagues. Many teams will make this latest push to a league championship. With 14 games scheduled, only Calgary, Chicago and Dallas will not be in action. There is no shortage of options available, but you may need to be on your guard for last minute scratches. Keep in mind that many teams’ situations have already been decided, which means that it is possible that some key players with very minor injuries may be at rest. It may not be really fair, but we expect the end of the season. Those of you who competed for a fantasy football title in Week 17 will be able to relate.

Good luck, and I’ll be back tomorrow to recap the games and discuss what you might need to know if your fantastic season continues until Sunday and beyond, or maybe even into the playoffs.

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