The carousel that is the NHL coaching position continues to spin with each change more surprising than the next.
Ten days ago, we saw Nashville decide to move on from Peter Laviolette for John Hynes despite being just a few points out of a wildcard spot with some games in hand. Hynes most recently coached the Devils earlier this season and became only the third coach in Nashville’s history.
Not to be outdone, Vegas, who was only three points out of first place in the Pacific, fired Gerard Gallant this week. Gallant of course led the expansion franchise to the postseason each of the past two years including a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2017-2018. Arguably the Knights biggest rival during their two years has been the San Jose Sharks, coached by Peter DeBoer, who Gallant called a “clown” in their playoff series back in April. That clown now has his job after he and the Sharks parted ways in December.
If Twitter is any indication on how each team’s fan bases feel about the moves, “not pleased” would be an understatement. Only time will tell if these changes will actually pay off and jumpstart these two teams with high expectations.
An update on the “Last Men In” voting for the upcoming All-Star game in St. Louis. Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin was NOT voted in by the fans despite his request to not be so he could enjoy the days off instead. I am disappointed in the fans for failing to make this happen.
On to fantasy. We’ve got 12 games on the docket for Saturday, four of which have a puck drop in the afternoon with the remaining eight starting at 7 p.m. EST or later. Those eight will be the focus of today’s article as both sites have these as their “main” slate. All players and prices used are from DraftKings but can be applied to FanDuel as well.
C –Auston Matthews ($8,400)
After missing last week, an at-home Toronto team is back on the slate for tonight. That means fire up Matthews. The young star has been on a tear at Scotiabank Arena with an astonishing 14 goals in Toronto’s last nine home games. He has scored at least once in every one of those nine games except for Thursday’s clash against Calgary, but he still racked up the fantasy points with nine shots on goal. During this stretch Matthews is ave