Ramblings: NHL on Pause; Tuch; Binnington; World Juniors Notes (Dec 22)

Alexander MacLean

2021-12-22

No games scheduled until Dec 26th now, so don't worry about missing any action while you're tucking into a holiday meal with the family. That means the current fantasy week is already over. For those of you in Roto and points leagues, this is turning into a "wait it out" kind of time, but for those of us dealing with short head to head weeks, man games and the schedule mean everything. Try not to overreact though, as this is only a week or two on the season, and it shouldn't make or break your year.

For commissioners looking to fix the matchup imbalance, look into whether you can add this matchup week to next, and split out the weeks around what was supposed to be the Olympic break. It sounds as though there should be a lot of games rescheduled into that gap.

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Philadelphia and Washington had their game postponed due to positive cases on the Washington end. That brings the list of teams without confirmed positive cases among the players to seven by my count. Anaheim, Dallas, Minnesota, New York (Rangers), Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, and Winnipeg. If you're looking for a few adds coming out of the holidays, these might be your best bets.

As a result, Minnesota vs Winnipeg on Dec 27th and the New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay on Dec 31st, are the only games I have confidence in being played next week. However, with players all seeing family and friends over the holidays, there shouldn't be a lot of optimism at this point that a five-day shutdown will fix all of the cases. That's also on top of a few positive cases from Vegas yesterday who played Tampa Bay last night (with Jon Cooper also testing positive), so even they aren't a sure thing anymore.

All this to say, if your team or your league is looking at quick fixes to deal with the missing week right now, then consider that it may not just be a one-off week that we are dealing with here.

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Alex Tuch is finally healthy again. The 25-year-old is going to be playing for his hometown team, and should be given all the minutes he can handle. He has some high upside, and may be one of the cheapest 75-point-upside players you can acquire at this point in time. There's some additional multi-cat ability there too with the shot and hit volume.

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The date of the Midseason Guide is now set – and it will be January 15. T