Ramblings: Hot Streaks for Strome, Schmaltz & Hart; Positive Returns from Eichel, Vrana & White (Mar 9)

Alexander MacLean

2022-03-09

It feels to me like Jack Eichel made his Golden Knights debut just three days ago, but maybe that's because I unfortunately don't own him in any of my leagues. The 25-year-old is up to seven points in 10 games thus far, and that's just while he gets his legs back under him. If you're looking for a sing though that he is feeling more comfortable, then you need only look at his bread and butter which is his shooting volume. Eichel only put two pucks on net total across his first two games, but in the eight since then he has been below four only once (a three-shot game in his fourth game of the campaign). He was up to a season-high six last night, and if it wasn't for a fantastic night by Carter Hart, Eichel could have been up to a point-per-game by now.

Hart has been rounding into form of late has been, in spite of the team in front of him still looking helpless, and possibly losing even more pieces due to a trade deadline sell-off. Hart has quality starts in three of his last four games, and seven of his last 11, with only one really bad start thrown in the mix. The volume is there too with over 30 shots against per game, which should only go up from now to the end of the year.

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In the goaltending duel between Connor Hellebuyck and Andrei Vasilevskiy, they pair allowed six goals combined in the first period, but settled down to not allow a single goal in the second period… before the floodgates opened again in the third. So much for the long-change creating offence.

If you're in a keeper league and not gunning for a championship this year, why not then now might be the time to look into buying Hellebuyck. It's one of the worst kept secrets in terms of statistical patterns/anomalies, but Hellebuyck seems to alternate good years and bad. It has been going on all the way back to when he entered the league in 2015, so we had better start using that knowledge to our advantage.

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Jakub Vrana did what he does best and scored a goal in under 16 minutes of ice time. Hopefully in Detroit that number continues to rise as he gets back up to speed.  

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