Ramblings: New Jersey; Iron-Man Streaks; Hintz; Stamkos & Managing Injuries (Nov 24)

Alexander MacLean

2021-11-24

The Devils have been alternating winning streaks and losing streaks of late. After barely playing Alexander Holtz in their win against Tampa Bay on the 20th, he was sent down to the Utica Comets of the AHL. With him being at six games on the season thus far, it seems unlikely that we see much more of him this year. He may get a few games at the tail end of the season to complete his nine-game trial, but as of right now it's best for him to be playing big minutes in the minors rather than sitting on the bench and in the press-box at the NHL level.

Holtz got better every game he played, and as a potent trigger-man he is exactly what this Devils' lineup needs more of. He will be one to target even in single-season leagues for next year.

On the flip side, you may want to cancel your pre-order of the Devils' new black jersey. It's not to my taste anyways, and that seemed to be the consensus online as well.  

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Keith Yandle and Nick Seeler were completely hemmed in last night by a short-handed Lightning group. That doesn't bode well for either staying in the lineup full-time over the course of the season. Seeler is the easy one to take out when Ryan Ellis eventually makes his return, while Yandle may end up being next on the chopping block. He is being extremely sheltered right now, but unlike Seeler he is making good with his minutes overall, with his underlying numbers giving him a positive review.

Yandle's offence hasn't exactly been world-beating, with five assists through 17 games, and only two points with the man-advantage. At this point that may be the floor of what we can expect. There is still a bit of room to grow on the power play, especially if he sees more time with the first unit, while there is a ton of luck to be made up for at even strength. He may want to keep up his game soon if he really wants to keep his iron-man streak alive though. He is second all-time now after hitting game 939 last night, 26 games short of the longest run ever.

Right behind him on that list is Phil Kessel at 919 straight games. At age 34, Kessel has seen his numbers drop off drastically since joining the Coyotes, and this year he is on pace for his lowest scoring total since his rookie season. With the Coyotes, there isn't much hope for his production to rebound, but fantasy owners can cross their fingers for a