Ramblings: Toronto/Philly Goal Barrage, Weekend Waiver-Wire Options

Ian Gooding


The Toronto/Philadelphia game on Friday may have decided a few fantasy seasons, mainly in a positive way for scorers or in a mainly negative way for goalies. At one point during the second period, the Flyers held a 5-2 lead before the Leafs stormed back with five unanswered goals. The Flyers ended up scoring one more to be within one before the Leafs hung on for a 7-6 win.

Both Auston Matthews and Jake Muzzin scored twice for the Leafs. Muzzin filled the stat sheet in multicat leagues, adding an assist as well as firing seven shots on goal. Since being traded to the Leafs about a month and a half ago, Muzzin has 14 points (4g-10a) in 22 games, so he’s already been more productive with Toronto than he was with Los Angeles (21 points in 50 games). This in spite of logging about a minute and a half less icetime with the Leafs than he had with the Kings. So fewer minutes, but the minutes have been more productive.

Against his former team, James van Riemsdyk scored three goals with a plus-5 rating and six shots on goal. Over his last ten games JVR has been sniping, scoring nine goals and taking an average of over three shots per game. You’ll want to make sure he’s in your lineup. It’s also worth mentioning that he has secured first-unit power-play time with Wayne Simmonds now in Nashville.

Claude Giroux added three helpers for the Flyers. He has now reached 75 points for the fifth time in his career and in consecutive seasons, although he won’t likely come close to his 101 points from last season.

It has been a downright awful week for Frederik Andersen (I’m experiencing this firsthand), but at least he earned the win on Friday. It’s not often that a goalie earns a win after allowing six goals, but that’s the kind of game it was. Andersen was pulled in his previous two starts after allowing four goals before the midway point of each game. He’ll probably be fine over the long haul, though he could be wearing down a bit after an extremely heavy workload. Andersen has a higher save total (1584) than any goalie, while only