Updated Ramblings: How about a few more Game 6s? (April 23)

Neil Parker

2016-04-23

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Game 6s … the more the merrier, don't underestimate Matthew Tkachuk and can the Coyotes help your fantasy teams next year?

 

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The Capitals have let Philadelphia back into their first-round series because the offense has dried up. Washington has scored a single goal through the past two games, and now the series lead is cut in half.

The Flyers are playing with nothing to lose, and Michal Neuvirth and the skaters in front of him are gaining confidence by the minute.

Still, Washington takes this series, and if they don't, chalk it up to underdogs don't always lose.  

However, the larger issue is Washington can be limited offensively, and if we've learned one thing so far in these playoffs, it is you have to be able to win 2-1 and 4-3.

Can Washington win a back-and-forth shootout?

All season long, I've watched them play great hockey, but I've never left a viewing feeling blown away. And currently, there is no secondary scoring.

With that said, the jig is up with Evgeny Kuznetsov, Justin Williams and Andre Burakovsky. The trio has dominated the play in terms of possession, but the offensive results haven't been there. A breakout game looms, and in daily contests, Williams and Burakovsky are excellent sources of cap relief.

Pittsburgh-Washington is going to fun.

 

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For fantasy purposes, we shouldn't overvalue Neuvirth. He has been excellent in spurts as a solid complimentary starter, but he shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a middling No. 3 goalie option for your virtual team.

First, he isn't going to grab the lion's share of starts without an injury, and secondly, he hasn't proven capable of handling a full-time gig.

Steve Mason isn't going to be relegated to anything less than a 50-50 timeshare.

 

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Florida-New York was a rollercoaster, but aside from Nick Bjugstad sustaining an injury after being demoted to the third line, there was limited fantasy news.

Vincent Trocheck logged the third most ice time for Florida in his return, but registered just one shot. He looked up to speed from my channel-surfing viewing.

Thomas Greiss checked out with 47 saves, and Marek Zidlicky has relevance because of his powe