Ramblings: Second-Half Sam, Kicking the Tires on Kinkaid, plus more…
You’re in either one of two situations this week.
You could be checking your team with extreme laser-like focus. A game like Ottawa and Columbus might not normally interest you (at least to me anyway), but you’re watching because you have one or more key players involved in a playoff matchup (also applies to me). You could be agonizing over which backup goalie to add to catch up in your goaltending category, or guessing which of countless players on your waiver wire will be your best option for some random category such as shorthanded points or game-winning goals.
You could also be completely ignoring your fantasy team (in which case you’re less likely to be reading this). Either your season has already come to an end as far as capturing first place, or you’ve been fortunate enough to receive a first-round bye and have had plenty of time to plan your ideal lineup for next week.
Season-long projections matter little, as the player that provides the most over the next day to week becomes your best option. So as I’ve said before, just about anyone could be a decent option in the right situation. After all, anyone can become lucky on St. Patrick’s Day, right?
I was watching that aforementioned Senators/Blue Jackets game mainly because of Sergei Bobrovsky. Just as the Blue Jackets have climbed back into a playoff spot, Bobrovsky has now posted five consecutive wins and wins in eight of his last ten games. With three wins this week, Bob is one goalie drafted in the early rounds who is actually coming through for fantasy teams during a playoff week. Goalies drafted ahead of him in Yahoo leagues – Carey Price, Braden Holtby, and Matt Murray – yeah, not so much. Not a good season to be using a first- or second-round pick on a goalie.
Jack Eichel returned to the Sabres’ lineup, recording an assist in 18 minutes of icetime. This was also Eichel’s first game since linemate Evander Kane was traded to San Jose, so who his linemates would be was an interesting question entering this game. Eichel played on a line with Jason Pominville and numerous other wingers.
The Ryan O’Reilly – Sam Reinhart unit really did the damage for the Sabres, combining for five points in over 20 minutes of icetime each. Reinhart had already started to heat up even before Eichel’s injury, but during Eichel’s injury Reinhart posted 12 points in 15 games. You may be intereste