Ramblings: Crosby’s Faceoff Woes; League Leaders Across the Major Stat Categories (Nov 17)

Alexander MacLean

2021-11-17

Ottawa and New Jersey were supposed to be playing tonight. Take a look on the waiver wire and see if any mid-tier players from either team were dropped as a result of the lighter week (and keep an eye out for Predators or Rangers players for the same reason). If you're able to hold on for a lighter week now, you'll get a player that otherwise might not have been available, and the game will be made up at some point in the future.

Don't bank too much on extra games if we see more postponements though, as we did see games come after the end of fantasy seasons last year.

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Cayden Primeau got his first start for the Canadiens. He played well despite not getting much help, allowing three goals on 34 shots. He could have some short-term volume value while Jake Allen remains out, but don't rely on him if you're trying to keep your ratios low.

If you're looking for a very short-term play on a young goalie that should help your ratios, you would want to look at Jake Oettinger. One of the many goalies that the Dallas Stars have going right now, Oettinger could only see another game or two if Braden Holtby and Anton Khudobin are ready to go soon. He has some exceptional upside, and is the future of the crease in Texas.

One of the two goals against Oettinger last night was a bullet from Dylan Larkin. Larkin later exited the game due to Covid protocols. I have no idea how that works, what it means, or how the NHL could manage to be this incompetent a year and a half into a pandemic, but they need to get their rules straight, and not have strange exceptions. I know, I shouldn’t be surprised.

This could mean that Larkin may need to miss a minimum of 10 days, or he could be back for the Wings’ next game. Tough to guess at this point.

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The Rangers' third line winger Sammy Blais is done for the season with a torn ACL. The timeline expected for him is six-to-eight months, so he should be able to get in a fairly normal offseason, and be ready for next year.

Up on the top line, Kaapo Kakko is heating up, with two points and three goals in his last two games now, the 20-year-old is finally showing some glimpses of the high upside and high-caliber linemates that he is playing with.

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Jakob Chychrun watch:

Minus-two last night to put him at minus-24 on the season through 16 games. Still well on pace for the record and the legendary minus-100 plateau.

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Sidney Crosby has been uncharacteristically terrible in the faceoff circ