Ramblings: COVID Causing Havoc; Pastrnak, Niederreiter, Nichushkin, Boeser (Dec 17)

Ian Gooding

2021-12-17

It's been a fun week for your fantasy team, hasn't it? At least no games were postponed today (not including ones that were previously), although it's debatable as to whether certain games should have been played with undermanned rosters. Normally we try to help you dominate your week, but these uncertain times mean that it might be more about keeping your head above water this week.

With that in mind, I'll focus on teams that have been affected the most by COVID and what they looked like on Thursday. That means there's a bit of a different format to today's Ramblings.  

Boston

With numerous players in COVID protocol, most notably Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, the Bruins were down to 11 forwards against the Islanders. Not having their two leading point producers hurt the B's, as they were handed a 3-1 loss by the Islanders.

The player most hurt from the COVID absences might be David Pastrnak, and it's not coming at the right time. Pastrnak is now without a goal in his last seven games. The absences of Marchand and Bergeron meant that Pasta was on a line with Taylor Hall and Charlie Coyle, who aren't exactly lighting it up either. Hall has no goals in his last 10 games, while Coyle has no points in his last four games. At least Pastrnak fired seven shots, so there was no lack of trying on his part.

With many much-lower-than-expected advanced stats, most notably a 7.0 SH% and 15.4 Sec Asst%, Pastrnak might be worth a buy-low offer. Just keep in mind that the slump may not end until Marchand and Bergeron are back.

Carolina

A taxi squad would have certainly helped the Hurricanes, who had the misfortune of being short two forwards on Thursday. Andrew Poturalski was the odd forward out, playing less than 10 minutes