Fantasy hockey – Forecaster for the week of February 22-28

it’s because the schedule has gone awry, maybe it’s just my point of view, but this seems to be one of those seasons where it’s harder to find unclaimed fantasy values. It’s anecdotal, and I don’t have much to add except a general impression of the availability of players over the 16 years I’ve been writing about fantasy hockey.

It seems like we need to dig a little deeper to find these players useful to add to our team.

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In the past, I’ve used a reference player in less than 20% of ESPN leagues because my guy is likely available for reference. With that in mind, I was pretty sure Alex Tuch would fall under this threshold when I made the list of available players that could be drafted by this predictor. And this is: Tuch is well above this threshold, currently in 30% of ESPN leagues.

Two things… Number one: Good job, ESPN players. Although he plays third row for the Vegas Golden Knights and only gets 15 minutes per game, his production per minute is relevant from a fantasy perspective and he is the first to emerge in the Vegas Golden Knights lineup in case of injury. In other words: It pays to be part of your team. Number two: If a player like Tuch grows above my likely availability threshold, it will take me some time to find players who are not.

Jonas Brodin, D, Minnesota Wild (13.8%) : Along with Matt Dumba and Jared Spurgeon, Brodin is playing big, important minutes for the Wilds this season. His 1.8 Fantasy Points Per Game (FPPG) places him, along with Joel Eriksson Ek, at the top of the pack and – if this pace is maintained – he will rank 21st among defensemen in FPPG for the rest of the season. Brodin does a good job of combining shots and blocked shots to fuel his fantasy points, while scoring enough goals to stay relevant. He was released from the NHL’s COVID protocol on Thursday and should be back in training soon.

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Andrew Mangiapane, W, Calgary Flames (7.7%) : At one point, Manganpan discreetly blocked a top six role for Fire, playing with Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk. One. In February, he scored eight fantasy points in eight games, but since then his value has increased to 24.2 fantasy points in 16 games. At his current rate, he will score more fantasy points than players like Evgeny Malkin, Kirill Kaprizov or teammate Sean Monahan for the rest of the season.

Adrian Kempe, W Los Angeles Kings (14.3%) : Playing in a surprisingly effective second line with Jeff Carter and Gabriel Vilardi, Kempe is also the fourth forward on the Kings’ improved power play. He has 17 of 26 chances to shoot on goal in 60 minutes, passing Jack Eichel and Artemi Panarin.

David Savard, D, Columbus Blue Jackets (23.3%) : At over 20%, Savard is a prime example of a defender who uses peripheral statistics (blocked hits and shots) to work his way up to fantasy relevance. If you already missed Adam Larsson’s train, Savard is a nice consolation prize for your list. This season he is in the top 10 in shots and in the top 3 in blocked shots among defensemen, ranking 50th among defensemen in terms of fantastic points across.

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Mats Zuccarello, W, Minnesota Wild (3.9%) : Contrary to previous recommendations, Zuccarello is known to be fancy, but he has struggled since being sold to the Wilds last season. He was injured at the start of the campaign, but has been back since De Wilde returned after COWID closed. He played with Joel Eriksson Eck and Kevin Fiala on the team’s front row this week and got power play time in the second unit.

Fantasy Forecast: 22 to 28 February

Next week should be a full week, but as we saw last week, nothing is set in stone. The Dallas Stars are on the road all week, so the situation in Texas should not be delayed any further. And if all goes well for the Philadelphia Flyers this weekend, all COVID teams will be back in action.

According to the lineup, the Winnipeg Jets and the Vancouver Canucks should be avoided, as they are the only teams with a two-game schedule and most teams will play four times next week.

Command Gms Rating MB
2/22
Mar
2/23
cf.
2/24
Di
2/25
Fri
2/26
Sa
2/27
dim.
2/28
3 6 @ARI

8

OFF @ARI

8

OFF OFF VGS

6

OFF
4 3

8

ANA

2

10

OFF ANA

2

10

OFF COL

5

COL

5

OFF
3 5

8

OFF OFF OFF @NYI

5

9

@NYR

5

10

OFF @NYR

5

10

5 8

8

@NYI

4

6

@NJ

7

7

OFF NJ

7

7

OFF IHP

7

5

IHP

7

5

4 7

6

@ TOR

5

2

OFF @ TOR

5

2

@OTT

9

8

OFF @OTT

9

8

OFF
4 7

5

TB

6

4

OFF @TB

6

4

@TB

6

4

OFF @ FLA

9

4

OFF
4 9

9

OFF @CLS

9

7

OFF @CLS

9

7

OFF DET

9

10

DET

9

10

4 6

10

VGS

4

8

OFF MIN

5

10

OFF @ARI

5

10

@ARI

5

10

OFF
4 6

4

OFF CHI

4

2

OFF CHI

4

2

OFF @NSH

8

6

@NSH

8

6

4 8

5

@ FLA

9

4

OFF @ FLA

9

4

@ FLA

9

4

OFF @TB

6

4

OFF
4 3

6

OFF NC

4

6

OFF NC

4

6

OFF @CHI

3

@CHI

3

3 6

2

OFF @ VAN

9

4

OFF @ VAN

9

4

OFF TOR

7

OFF
4 8

2

DAL

7

2

OFF DAL

7

2

DAL

7

2

OFF AUTOMOBILE

8

2

OFF
4 6

9

@STL

7

7

OFF @STL

7

7

OFF @MIN

5

10

@MIN

5

10

OFF
4 3

7

@SJ

4

8

OFF @COL

6

OFF LA

7

LA

7

OFF
3 6

6

OFF @OTT

10

8

OFF @ WPG

7

5

OFF @ WPG

7

5

OFF
4 5

6

OFF @DET

4

7

OFF @DET

4

7

OFF CLS

5

4

CLS

5

4

4 5

2

OFF BUF

4

3

OFF @BUF

4

3

OFF WSH

5

WSH

5

4 6

8

BUF

5

6

OFF OFF BOS

5

OFF PIT

7

8

PIT

7

8

3 2

5

OFF OFF @ PHI

4

7

OFF BOS

5

OFF BOS

5

3 3 OFF MTL

2

OFF CGI

2

3

OFF CGI

2

3

OFF
3 5

3

OFF OFF NEW YORK

5

6

OFF OFF @BUF

7

3

@BUF

7

3

4 5

3

OFF @WSH

6

OFF @WSH

6

OFF @NYI

3

5

@NYI

3

5

3 3

4

MIN

2

7

OFF OFF VGS

3

OFF STL

4

4

OFF
3 5

5

LA

4

5

OFF LA

4

5

OFF OFF @SJ

7

6

OFF
4 8

6

@CAR

8

5

OFF AUTOMOBILE

8

5

AUTOMOBILE

8

5

OFF DAL

8

5

OFF
3 8

5

CGI

9

6

OFF CGI

9

6

OFF OFF @EDM

10

4

OFF
2 4 OFF EDM

7

3

OFF EDM

7

3

OFF OFF OFF
3 4

7

@COL

2

6

OFF OFF @SJ

8

9

OFF @ANA

4

10

OFF
4 10

7

OFF PIT

10

6

OFF PIT

10

6

OFF @NJ

10

6

@NJ

10

6

2 4

2

OFF OFF OFF MTL

6

4

OFF MTL

6

4

OFF

For those who are not familiar with the synoptic table, here is some explanation: O (offense), which is on the left after each game, and D (defense), which is on the right, rankings of games are based on a scale of 1 (bad game) to 10 (great game) and are calculated using a formula that evaluates team statistics by season, home and away performance based on where the game is played, and the number of opponents in those categories. The Rankings column shows the cumulative rankings from 1 to 10 games this week for offense (O) and defense (D).

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Buffalo swords: From the postponed game to next week’s five games, the Sabres are the perfect target for scoring stats. If Sam Reinhart is available in your league, get him. He joins Taylor Hall and Eric Staal on the current list, as well as the top power play unit. Tage Thompson is an option for deeper competition, with Jack Eichel and Victor Olofsson. And if Rasmus Ristolainen is on your bench because of his COVID shutdown, put him back in your lineup. Although he missed the beginning of the week, he should be back for most of the games.

Chicago Blackhawks: With four games left, including one against the Detroit Red Wings, the Hawks’ offense could be the perfect place to bolster your team. Especially quarterbacks Nicolas Boden and Adam Boqvist, who are widely available in fantasy leagues. Pius Suter is also an option. The Hawks’ latest mission places him alongside fantasy stars Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat.

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Filip Kurashev scored for Chicago in the second period, which would result in a 2-0 shutout against Detroit.

Player notes

Rope Hinz and Denis Gurianov, W, Dallas Stars: Cancelled games and COVID breaks, as well as injuries sustained on offense, have made it difficult to get a clear picture of the Stars’ secondary goaltending situation this season. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that Hinz and, to a lesser extent, Gurianov will make up for the absence of Tyler Seguin and the injury to Alexander Radulov in the medium term. Hinz’s Fantasy Points Per 60 Minutes (FPP60) ranks 50th among skaters along with Nathan MacKinnon this season, while Guryanov’s FPP60 – down more than two minutes per game – ranks 53rd.

Jesse Puljujarvi, W, Edmonton Oilers: All right, let’s get on the train before it’s too late. Listed in 39.2% of ESPN leagues, the signs have been good for Puljarvi lately. Puljujarvi has been doing it since the 24th. Janvier played all 11 games on the Connor McDavid wing. But if you only have the first one. In February, Puljujarvi played six games and scored 2.3 FPPG and 8.22 FPP60. By comparison, Draisaitl has an FPP60 of 8.23 this season.

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