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Daily Dose: Petry Dish

Sunday, February 4, 2018


We had the National Hockey League All-Star break last weekend, but it was back to business on this Saturday. The NHL had 26 of 31 teams on display in this first Saturday in February, and we had some sparkling displays in between the pipes. It wasn't the usual suspects pitching shutouts, either, as Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets, Carter Hutton of the St. Louis Blues and Darcy Kuemper of the Los Angeles Kings were all able to keep the opposition at bay for three shutouts. There were three skaters lighting the lamp at least two times, too, making fantasy owners smile from ear to ear. Let's get started!

 

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Saturday's Fantasy Five

 

Jeff Petry wasn't quite as unlikely a two-goal scorer as Zajac, but he isn't exactly a must-start fantasy option this season, either. He entered the game with five goals and 22 points with a minus-25 rating, so it was rather surprising that the veteran rearguard lit the lamp twice while posting a plus-1 rating. Both of his markers came on the power play, accounting for his first goal on the man advantage since a 7-5 shootout in Vancouver back on Dec. 19. He might have just seven goals and 24 points this season, but four of the goals and 13 points have come on the man advantage. Petry is worth scooping up off the waiver wire in pools if you need help in the power-play categories, and your league does not penalize plus/minus rating. He is especially useful in the hits (121) and blocked shots (89) categories, too.

 

Travis Zajac was a huge part of New Jersey's success at home as short 'dogs against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins. He erupted for two goals with an assist, a plus-3 rating, five shots on goal and a blocked shot across 17:03 of ice time. He also did work in the faceoff circle, winning 10 of his 18 chances. He entered the game with five goals and seven points across his first 33 outings this season, so that makes Saturday's performance that much more surprising for the 32-year-old. It was his first three-point effort since posting a hat trick Dec. 1, 2016 at Chicago, and it was his first three-point effort at home since Nov. 23, 2016 against Toronto.

 

Jaroslav Halak wasn't one of the three NHL netminders posting a shutout Saturday, but he really shined while patrolling the crease against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets posted a team-record 26 shots on goal…in the first period. They must have been tired in the second period, as they amassed just 14 shots, and in the third period they were pooped, totaling just nine SOG. When the dust cleared, Halak turned aside 46 shots, yielding one power-play goal to Josh Anderson, as well as even-strength markers in the second period to Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno. Atkinson managed eight shots himself, just two short of the team record. Halak has allowed three or fewer shots in each of his past five outings, winning three games while losing one in overtime. He has finally re-emerged as a solid No. 2 fantasy netminder after an ugly five-week stretch from mid-December to late January.

 

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Darcy Kuemper faced 27 shots and stopped every one of them for his 10th career shutout, and his second this week. He earned second star honors in the game, but it was an impressive performance. The Kings offense provided him with six goals, and some might think this is not a great shutout. It's the equivalent of a baseball pitcher recording a complete-game shutout when his team provides 12 runs, or something along those lines. It speaks to Kuemper's preparation and his professionalism that he was able to maintain his focus despite the fact the game was not exactly on the line for a good chunk of the evening. Kuemper improved to 8-1-3 while lowering his goals-against average to 1.76 and his save percentage now sits at a sparkling .943. Should anything happen to Jonathan Quick, the Kings are in good hands, and fantasy owners can trust him as a mid-tier option in DFS until he cools off.

 

All-Star P.K. Subban set the tone in Saturday's 5-2 victory against the visiting New York Rangers, potting an even-strength goal just 19 seconds into the game. He added an assist on the marker by Colton Sissons in the third period, finishing with two points, a plus-4 rating, five SOG and a blocked shot over 23:14 of ice time. He was one of four Predators skaters to rack up two points, as Viktor Arvidsson also had a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating, Kevin Fiala had a pair of goals, including one on the man advantage, and Filip Forsberg chipped in with two helpers and a plus-2 rating. Subban has been on fire lately, racking up four goals with 11 points and a plus-7 rating over his past 10 outings.

 

Fantasy Game of the Night

 

The game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames was not only one of the more entertaining contests of the day, but it was great from a fantasy perspective, too. All-Star Mike Smith kept the Blackhawks mired in last place in the Central Division by turning aside 25 of the 28 shots he faced. All-Star Johnny Gaudreau found the back of the net for one of four even-strength markers, while Michael Frolik, Sean Monahan and Matt Stajan also getting on the board. In fact, Monahan was feeling particularly frisky with eight shots on net, lighting the lamp for the second straight game. He also has managed 27 shots on goal over his past five outings, as he lives by the saying 'You can't score if you don't shoot'. T.J. Brodie was the stud among the rearguards, picking up a pair of assists with a plus-2 rating and two blocked shots. He has logged 76 blocked shots through 52 outings, making him useful in deeper leagues not only for his offense, but his blocks. Mark Giordano picked up a helper and two more blocks, giving him 105 through 52 outings.

 

Poor Jeff Glass couldn't catch a break, as the Flames just kept coming at him. He allowed four goals on 39 shots, but he had a much better game than those numbers suggest. Anthony Duclair and Nick Schmaltz struck for even-strength markers, while Vinnie Hinostroza struck for a power-play goal. Patrick Kane was able to log a pair of assists while delivering a hit. He took four shots on goal, but was denied by Smith from flicking the switch. Still, Kane is averaging a point-per-game since the All-Star break, and he has three goals and 12 points across his past 11 outings. Duclair was brought over from Arizona for his offensive potential, and he has given the team an injection with two goals and five points over his nine outings with the team. Duclair has plenty of upside for fantasy owners in deeper pools.

 

Quick Hits: Antti Niemi was awfully impressive against the Anaheim Ducks, turning aside 43 of the 45 shots he faced for his second win in six appearances (four starts) since coming over to the Montreal Canadiens, his third organization this season. … Travis Konecny racked up three assists with a plus-2 rating and four hits in a shootout loss against the visiting Senators. He has five goals and 10 points over his past eight outings. … Tuukka Rask picked up a point in his career-best 20th consecutive game, stopping 23 of the 24 shots he faced against the Maple Leafs, the NHL club which originally drafted him. … Danny DeKeyser had managed just one goal and three points over his first 32 games this season. He scored a goal last time out, and did one better with two goals in Saturday's game at Florida. … Tyler Seguin posted a goal with two assists, a plus-2 rating, four shots on goal, a blocked shot and a minor penalty in a 6-1 win against the Wild. He also did work in the faceoff circle, winning four of his five chances. Teammate Jamie Benn potted a goal while adding an assist, plus-2 rating and two blocked shots with a hit. Alexander Radulov also got in on the two-point performances, posting a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating. Radulov has managed seven goals with 18 points and a plus-9 rating across the past 12 outings. … Jake Muzzin backed Kuemper with a goal, two assists and a plus-3 rating in the team's 6-0 blasting of the Coyotes. Dustin Brown, Alex Iafallo, Adrian Kempe and Anze Kopitar each posted a goal and an assist in the whitewashing. That made for a tough afternoon for Scott Wedgewood, who was tagged for six goals on 35 shots. … John Klingberg reached 50 points through just 53 games, and he is the first NHL rearguard to reach the milestone this season. … Marc Staal checked out of Saturday's game in Nashville due to what the team is calling an upper-body injury. He took a shot in the head and is likely in the concussion protocol, an issue he is all too familiar. … Evgeni Malkin lit the lamp in his fourth consecutive outing, posting eight goals and 11 points during the amazing span.

 




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