Ramblings: Skinner; Sorokin; Hughes; Overusing Goalies & More

Alexander MacLean

2021-03-08

Alex MacLean here covering for Dobber, and it was a nicely spaced out Sunday of hockey so there's a few more eye-test observations than usual. Get comfy, grab your coffee, tea, or drink of choice, and let's get rolling.

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Which coach is getting shown the door next?

Personally, I think it needs to be Hynes as Nashville might still have a shot at the playoffs if they act now. If you have some thoughts, chime in down below in the comment section. 

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The Midseason Guide is scheduled to be released at the end of the week – likely late afternoon on March 12. You can pre-order now and it will be available for download when it’s released. If you're not reading it and your league mates are, then be ready for a disappointing finish to the fantasy season. It's also a great way to help support us and all the content that gets pumped out on a daily basis. For the guide, yours truly is diving deep into all of the peripheral stats, so if you have any specific questions about someone's shots, hits, PIMs, etc. chime in down in the comments! 

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Jeff Skinner can't buy his way out of the dog-house. I'm sure he would trade half of his $9 million salary for this year to even get a chance back up on the top line again with Jack Eichel. Unfortunately, he was back on the fourth line again. Someday he'll get a shot and bust out for a 30-goal season again, but it may not be this season, or even next year. For now, his first goal of the season was a good start towards redeeming any of that value. 

Colin Miller's pinching finally paid off. After some terrible defensive decisions led to multiple odd-man rushes against, Miller picked the right time to step-up, and notched his first tally of the season. He looks like he's struggling to even manage a sheltered 19 minutes per night. At one point, I thought he might be a worthwhile selection for Seattle, but now he just looks like he's going to be a fringe producer at best. He's droppable in almost all formats. 

The Buffalo defencemen as a whole are tough to make sense of. I had some quick talks with the owner of Brandon Montour in one of my leagues, and the other GM didn't want to sell because of some terrible luck Montour has had this year. While that is fair, the whole Buffalo team is not shooting well, and it's not looking like there will be a huge rebound this year unless drastic changes are