Ramblings: Bishop Injured, Hinostroza Hattie, Opportunity in Ottawa (March 15)

Ian Gooding

2019-03-15


For many head-to-head leagues, this week is the start of the fantasy playoffs. Alternatively, it could be the final week before the playoffs start. If you’re wondering why the fantasy playoffs start so early for some, here’s an explanation. The regular season ends on a Saturday, so many leagues have defaulted to using a two-week championship round. This extended scoring period might mean less fantasy hockey for teams already on the sidelines, but the benefit is that it reduces the probability and impact of unexpected chance occurrences crushing a deserving team’s championship hopes.

Because I am currently in a playoff round in two of my leagues, my thinking has shifted toward surviving at least one more week. Since you’ve got me for the next three days, I’ll try to sprinkle in as many thoughts as I can for those of you in the same boat. With a lighter schedule of games on Friday night, I’ll list some possible waiver-wire options over the weekend that could help you with that final push to win your week. So be sure to check back tomorrow at the same time, in case you weren’t already planning to.  

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Erik Brannstrom made his Senators’ debut on Thursday, playing 17 minutes while taking on second-unit power-play duties. With Thomas Chabot now week-to-week with a toe injury, Christian Wolanin assumed first-unit power-play duties, scoring an even-strength goal in 19 minutes of icetime. Wolanin, who has four goals and four assists in 20 games, is a deep-league option for Chabot owners who need the immediate stopgap. The newly acquired Brannstrom, though, is far and away the preferred keeper to own between the two. You can check out Brannstrom’s Dobber Prospects profile here.  

Recent NCAA signing Max Veronneau also made his Senators’ debut on Thursday. With opportunity wide open in Ottawa, Veronneau was immediately placed on a line with Brady Tkachuk and given second-unit power-play duties. He was held without a point in 14 minutes of icetime, but he managed to fire five shots on goal.  

The Sens might appear to be dead in the water at the moment, but don’t tell that to Anders Nilsson. The Sens’ goalie stopped all 35 shots he faced in earning a 2-0 shutout. Entering the game with just one quality start in his last eight games, Nilsson was not likely added in many formats. This shutout probably won’t change things, especially with him sharing starts with Craig Anderson.

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Speaking of shutouts, Penguins’ backup