A ton of NHL games are postponed, but right now some teams are still playing their games a little shorthanded. This creates the opportunity for many players to step up and get into the rosters while the top six players are on COVID protocol (“Flames among 3 NHL teams stopped over the holidays in the middle of the season. ‘increase in COVID-19 cases “, Radio-Canada, December 17, 2021). Pickups will be essential this week, as your squad is most likely affected by the postponement of matches.
Think of more of these players as rentals until the NHL can get healthy. Keep in mind that the NHL will also have a few days off over Christmas, but some teams will still try to play three games over the next four days.
Teams that play three games include the Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens. Although there are a few teams that don’t play at all, including the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators. The players on these teams may not help you at the start of the week, but could be of use to you in the longer term.
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Tanner Jeannot, Nashville Predators (6.1%)
The Nashville Predators are on a seven-game winning streak. Although he didn’t play for the next four days, Tanner Jeannot stepped up and played on the front row with Filip Forsberg. He has scored two goals and four assists in the last five games.
Jeannot’s added value, even though he’s downgraded a bit when players start to come back, is the number of penalty minutes he gets. He has 38 so far, and over a span of 82 games, which makes over 100. Anytime a player can combine courage and points, it automatically increases his value in most hockey formats. fantastic.
Ondrej Kase, Toronto Maple Leafs (11.7%)
There is more value in adding Ondrej Kase in the short term rather than thinking that he will provide the necessary fantasy points for the rest of the year. With Mitch Marner out with an injury, it gives him a more unpredictable schedule for his return. In the meantime, Kase has taken on frontline duties alongside Auston Matthews and made the most of it.
Since being promoted he has seen his ice time increase from five to six minutes and played almost 21 minutes in their last game. An underrated talent since being held back by injuries, Kase knows how to produce if given the chance. He had three goals and seven points in his last five games before he was even promoted.
Warren Foegele, Edmonton Oilers (0.3%)
Warren Foegele was one of the Edmonton forwards who really needed to get started. During their six-game losing streak, despite the effort, the pucks just couldn’t find the back of the net. His work hasn’t gone unnoticed as he was promoted to No. 1 with Connor McDavid after Zach Hyman got injured and was listed as day to day, missing the last two games.
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Since he was brought up he has scored three goals in the last two games. With Jesse Puljujarvi and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the COVID protocol, he was given power play minutes, scoring on one of them. The power play time won’t last and neither will its leading minutes. But enjoy his game while he’s on the ice with McDavid and keep an eye out for him after the Oilers return as his confidence has definitely increased and that will make the third line more effective.
Valeri Nichushkin, Colorado Avalanche (28.5%)
Valeri Nichushkin has gone unnoticed in most fantasy hockey leagues. A once highly touted player, his career started off in a different way and went off the rails. Once back and signed with the Avalanche on the cheap, he found his rhythm and is accumulating points regularly this year.
He has a few more opportunities with injuries to top players, especially now that Nichushkin is skating with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen on the front row while Gabriel Landeskog is on the injured reserve. Well worth the long term addition as Colorado are a very high scoring team and they have 16 points in 18 games this season.
Oliver Wahlstrom, New York Islanders (6.8%)
Oliver Wahlstrom appears on the suggested players to resume. Sooner or later he’ll get that spot on the top line, but for now he’s finally been raised to the second line to play alongside Anders Lee and JG Pageau. He has three goals and five assists in his last seven games with a New York Islanders team that scores a little more. It adds more value by taking penalties and pulling a ton.
Alexandre Carrier, Nashville Predators (0.6%)
Alexandre Carrier has been a very solid player who has gone under the radar of most people. He’s had four assists in his last three games and adds a good mix of over / under, penalty minutes and hits. He’s stuck on the second couple with Mattias Ekholm.
The Predators have exceeded expectations after relinquishing Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Ellis, and with an offensive production Carrier will continue to benefit.
Noah Dobson, New York Islanders (14.3%)
Ryan Pulock’s injury really raised Noah Dobson’s stock. We rely more on him to play bigger minutes while ensuring responsibility during the first power play. While his ice time was around under 20 minutes per night previously, he is well over 20 minutes per night, playing at 26:14 six games ago.
He’s also shooting a lot more since taking on an increased role on the team while adding three goals and five points in seven games.
Travis Sanheim, Philadelphia Flyers (10%)
As Philadelphia is back on the winning streak after a long slide, Travis Sanheim is taking advantage of the increased production offensively. In a team that has generally struggled throughout the year, he’s not the type to point fingers. In the last three games, Sanheim has scored two goals and two assists, half of his totals this year.
Stuart Skinner, Edmonton Oilers (2.6%)
Mike Smith is getting closer and closer to the comeback, but in the meantime, with Mikko Koskinen struggling, Stuart Skinner has started in back-to-back games, helping the Oilers end their six-game losing streak. The Oilers have largely passed their opponents since Game 3 of their six-game slide and the goals are finally starting to come in, giving Skinner the support he deserves.
He now has four wins in nine starts while posting a .916 save percentage (SV%). The Oilers’ confidence and shooting percentage are back, so in the short term, even if Skinner has an evening off, the team may be able to cover that up like they did for Koskinen several times earlier in the season. the season .
Anton Forsberg, Ottawa Senators (3.4%)
It looks like Anton Forsberg is losing, having started seven of the last eight games with the Senators. Before losing two games in a row, he kept the team in there for five straight wins. The goalie market is always scarce, so you might benefit from a newbie goalie who can show off some decent stats and get your fantastic team started.
It will be a weird week in fantasy and you should expect it to last until week 12. Some of these players may not be worth more than a week so take advantage of it. ‘they are hot and have a great opportunity to contribute to your fantastic team. See you next Sunday for a preview of next week.
Rob Couch is a THW freelance writer covering primarily the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers. It covers everything you need to know about fantasy hockey. He will also keep you posted on the NHL Stat Corner and NHL trade talks.