Ramblings: Trade Deadline Thoughts; Flyers/Rangers Get Punchy; McDavid’s Hat Trick – February 19

Michael Clifford

2018-02-19

Don’t forget to set your lineups on this holiday Monday. There are three afternoon games that feature a lot of fantasy-relevant players so you don’t want to fall behind in your head-to-head leagues.

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A full day of hockey was kicked off with a wild game between the Flyers and Rangers. There were three fights in the first period alone, the first coming just 15 seconds into the frame between Shayne Gostisbehere (?) and Pavel Buchnevich (!). Kevin Hayes opened the scoring 90 seconds into the game and the two teams traded goals to a 5-4 score before Philadelphia pulled away in the third for a 7-4 win.

Philly’s top line had another big game as Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, and Travis Konecny combined for seven points. Tough luck for Jakub Voracek and Gostisbehere fantasy owners as those two were among the six players to not register at least a point.

Rick Nash tallied for the Rangers, his 18th marker of the season, giving him three goals in his last six games.

Henrik Lundqvist definitely wasn’t his sharpest in this game, but neither team felt much like playing lockdown defence. Case in point:

Peter Holland had his first multi-point game in a Rangers uniform and it was his first in any uniform since December of 2016.

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Connor McDavid stole the show in Nathan MacKinnon’s first game back registering his third hat trick of the season. According to the NHL, it’s the first time an Oilers player has managed three hat tricks in a single season in ove