Ramblings: Paul Stastny Plays Game 1000; Bruins Thoughts; Playoff Pool Picks & Projections (May 12)

Alexander MacLean

2021-05-12

Heads up for those of you with fantasy leagues still going, today's game between the Canucks and the Jets starts at 5pm EST. Wouldn't want to miss one of the last chances you have to set your lineups for the season.

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Along the same lines, the league is bumping up the start times for the CGY/VAN games so they don't interfere with playoff games going on at the same time. The games don't mean much, but I'll take afternoon hockey anytime I can get it.

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I wanted to make sure Alex Newhook got featured early so that you all know he's a worthwhile gamble in your playoff pools. He's playing top-six minutes for Colorado, has three points through his first four games, and saw powerplay time in his first three games. He's a top-tier offensive catalyst, and might even be an early favourite for rookie of the year next season.

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With the playoffs almost upon us, I wanted to give some quick thoughts on how I see each of the four divisions playing out. Obviously, you want to try and load up on Nathan MacKinnon, Brayden Point, and Connor McDavid, but once those guys are off the board, stacking a few players from a team in the middle of the pack that has a good shot to play a few rounds can often reap huge benefits. I'll talk you through my thought process and the best value bets here.