We're into the first full week of April, which used to mean playoffs would be starting today (they used to start on the Wednesday right? It's been a while…). Right now though, fantasy playoffs are either approaching, or in some leagues, already upon us. In one of my fantasy leagues we have 16 teams make our H2H playoffs, and with two weeks set aside for the final, this week is week one. It feels early, and it certainly is, but ready or not the end of the season is coming up soon. In that same league, my only goalie is Carey Price, who just went down on Monday night with an injury. I managed to get my minimum one start in last night, and I can likely coast to a win on skaters alone, but in the next round I may have to rely on Jonas Johansson getting a start – not an ideal situation.
Hopefully the timeline is short for Price and the Habs, as they are also missing right wingers Joel Armia and Brendan Gallagher for the time being. Jesperi Kotkaniemi is worth looking into, as he was seeing some time alongside Tomas Tatar and Phillip Danault.
In a compressed season like this, the injuries could come at a fast and furious pace to close out the season, so make sure if you have championship aspirations you have the depth to make it all work regardless of who might go down.
Another reason to look into Montreal players is that they have the highest number of games remaining at this point in the season, with 21. The Bruins are the only other team with more than 19. On the flip side, the Blue Jackets, Canucks, Jets, and Red Wings all only have 15 games left to play. Something to think about as we move into trade deadline season. Keep up to date with it over at Frozentools with their handy Schedule Planner.
Jake Virtanen was added to the Covid list, meaning that we still haven't seen the end of the positive tests in the Vancouver organization. From a fantasy standpoint, a