Wednesday Recap, Players Who Are More Trick Than Treat, plus more…
The evening of October 31 was an action-packed one, with Halloween, the World Series, and of course three NHL games all happening at once.
Many of the faults of the Rangers have been exposed early in the season. The lack of a true number one center and an aging Henrik Lundqvist are two that come to mind. But those worries were put to rest, at least for one night, with a 6-4 win over the fast-starting Vegas Golden Knights.
Mika Zibanejad, the closest thing to a true number one center for the Rangers, scored a goal and two assists with nearly 20 minutes of icetime in the victory. Zibanejad is on a four-game point streak, which includes five points over his last two games. With eight goals and 13 points in 13 games, he is one Ranger who hasn’t disappointed. His shooting percentage is a bit higher than normal, so the goal pace will come down. But if he stays healthy over a full season, 60 points is within reach.
Lundqvist earned the victory, although he allowed four goals in the process. Look at his numbers over the past couple seasons and you’ll notice that they are not trending in the right direction. If you own Lundqvist, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to try to deal him to someone who still believes he is elite. On Yahoo you can now look up a player and see who he is being traded for (go to Research, Trade Market). I noticed that Lundqvist is being traded straight across for the likes of Ben Bishop and Craig Anderson. I would take the other goalie in both deals.
You can’t be blamed if you don’t know who the goalie was at the other end of the ice. Maxime Lagace is the fourth goalie that the Golden Knights have used this season. Pick him up if you need a goaltender, I suppose. I believe the below video describes what has happened to the Knights' goaltending depth this season.
The Golden Knights are now on an Eastern road trip and have lost two games in a row. Nothing against Lagace (except for the fact that he’s a fourth-string goalie), but wins won’t be so easy to come by anymore.
I recently picked up Reilly Smith in a deep league and he rewarded me with two goals in the Vegas loss. With nine points (4g-5a) in his first 11 games, Smith is one player whose fantasy value has been aided by joining the first-year team. He seems to be clicking on a line with Jonathan Marchessault, who assisted on both of Smith’s goals while firing six shots of his own. Smith and Marchessault are familiar with each other as both played for the Panthers last season.
Nothing from Shea Theodore in his first game as