Ramblings: Which Scorers Have Been Most Important to Their Teams? (Feb 1)

steve laidlaw

2018-01-31

 

I’ve spent a good chunk of time slagging the Islanders’ goalies in this space, but let’s take some time to talk about how porous the defense has been as well. Over the past 18 games, the Islanders haven’t allowed fewer than 32 SOG in a single game and have allowed over 35 SOG 15 of 18 contests. It’s superb fun for fans of scoring, but what a horror show for these goalies. There’s a reason why the betting line for Islanders games has stayed up around 6.5 goals scored, while the rest of the league has regressed to 5.5 goals. Continue to look for Islander opponents to stream into your lineup or for daily fantasy plays.

Andrew Ladd made his return to the Islander lineup after missing three weeks with injury. He did not return to his usual spot alongside Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle, instead skating on the third line. Anthony Beauvillier is safe on the second line, for now, but that line also went a combined minus-nine, so tinkering could be ahead. We’re also talking three games without a goal for Beauvillier, which perhaps means his sugar rush has ended.

Nick Leddy update: the defenseman has one point in his last 11 games and five in his last 24. He is also minus-25 in those 24 games combined. YIKES! By no means am I putting this on Leddy. I think he’s more solution than problem, but reading the tea leaves he needs to be off fantasy rosters yesterday.

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The Leafs got serious contributions from a bunch of youngsters including rookie defensemen Travis Dermott and Justin Holl who each scored their first career NHL goals.

Dermott sure seems like he has a future in this league, and looks like he should stick around, even once the Leafs get healthy again. Not sure how much room there is for him to be fantasy relevant though. The Leafs have a hard enough time getting Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner going at the same time, let alone having a third option in there.

Speaking of Gardiner, he is now up to 10 points on a six-game scoring streak, all with Rielly out of the lineup.

Frederik Andersen pulling off some obscene goaltending:

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Big streak-ending night