Flyers, Senators Offensive Explosions, plus more…
Lots of games with lots happening on Saturday, so there are more quick takes than deep dives in this installment of the Ramblings.
Because of the injury to Erik Haula, the Vegas Golden Knights were finally able to recall Vadim Shipachyov from the AHL. Shipachyov has missed only four games, so you shouldn’t have to adjust your projections that much for him. With only three games on Sunday, Shipachyov makes a great gamble in deeper leagues. There have probably already been a number of owners that have dropped him, so at 31 percent Yahoo ownership there’s a good chance that he’s available in yours.
Also earlier in the day, the Capitals placed Matt Niskanen on LTIR with an upper-body injury. The Capitals probably could have used him, as they found themselves on the wrong end of an 8-2 score in Philly. Alex Ovechkin was held without a point and was tagged with a minus-4, but at least he salvaged something for multicategory fantasy league owners with six shots on goal.
This was a game for the Flyers’ top line of Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, and Jakub Voracek, who combined for 10 points. Giroux scored two goals and added two assists, Couturier scored two goals and an assist, while Voracek chipped in three assists. For those who think Giroux is on the decline, he has seven points (3g-4a) in five games, with points in all but one of those games.
Should this line stick, then Couturier’s fantasy value receives a boost. Couturier’s real-life game has far surpassed his fantasy game, as he has never reached 40 points over his six-year NHL career. With six points and a plus-8 in five games, he’s off to a nice start. He’s only owned in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues, which I think is partially due to the fact that he is only C-eligible. I'd add him only for as long as he sticks on that line, though.
It’s time for the overreaction portion of the Ramblings, which happens to be included in the Leafs/Habs section (quelle surprise!) Much of the drama in Montreal this week surrounded the status of Alex Galchenyuk, whose demotion to the fourth line and mysterious flu refueled the rumor mill. Galchenyuk put some of that angst to rest with a first-period power-play goal, his first point of the season. Still, he was on a line with Jacob de la Rose and Ales Hemsky for much of this game, which isn’t really going to help him build on his one goal.
With the score 2-2 after the first period, it looked like another one of those games for both Carey Price and Frederik Ande