SFL Morning Skate for Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Part II

Published On March 3, 2015 | By Nicholas Steblenko | Fantasy Hockey News, Fantasy Hockey Strategy, Hockey

I hope you’re happy.

Yesterday was like a second Christmas for some while it was hell for others. Hopefully your team found a way to improve in one way or another. Some were buyers, others were sellers, and some franchises just found a way to continue their plight toward mediocrity.

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I think the most entertaining part of yesterday was the reverse arms race between the Sabres and the Leafs that saw a total of six players moved yesterday. If you think I am crazy for thinking the Leafs are diving for the number one pick, yesterday should have been a good enough indicator that something is afoot. The Leafs got rid of Olli Jokinen and Korbinian Holzer for measly late round picks. Trust me, it is all for one reason.

Not to be outdone, however, the Sabres unloaded their starting goaltender, a top six forward (on their team anyway), and two role players who will most likely factor in on the penalty kill for Montreal.  The Sabres, on the other hand, got a great return for their trades. They were compensated with four draft picks over the next three seasons that will most certainly help their long term rebuilding efforts.

While I could spend all day discussing the trade deadline, we have to take a look at this through a different lens. There are daily fantasy implications to sift through here. First of all, Chris Stewart finally has some value after being traded to a playoff bound team in Minnesota. It will be interesting to see where he fits in, but regardless, he should factor in nicely with their scheme.

Anaheim was active at the deadline as well as they tried to shore up their defense across the board. The Ducks acquired James Wisniewski and a third round pick for Rene Bourque, William Karlsson and a second round pick. It is a hefty price to pay, but this is a team that will benefit greatly in the Western Conference from having stout defense. The Wiz can also factor in offensively both at even strength and on the power play and there is no doubt that the Ducks’ power play can be elite.

The last team I’d like to address is the New York Islanders who finally saw their team become buyers at the deadline rather than sellers. They get rid of Chad Johnson and replace him with a much more capable goalie in Michal Neuvirth and they acquired Tyler Kennedy to help with their depth offensively. Both moves are very wise for a team looking to make a deep playoff run. While they aren’t flashy, both players address key needs for the Islanders and give them confidence as the season winds down. Neuvirth gains value when he starts as the Islanders will win more often than the Sabres. We will have to wait to see where Kennedy fits in.

Okay, enough trade deadline coverage for right now. Let’s dig in to tonight’s slate of 10 games. I’m sure there will be a few more tidbits to pop up!

Ottawa @ Minnesota

Okay, my hands are up Hammond. You’ve won. Five straight, in fact. In stellar fashion, no less.

While all of that is true, the hot hand will cool off eventually. I’m not saying you should avoid Hammond at his price because it is still good for the way he has been playing lately. There is just no ignoring the fact that no goalie is too hot to get cold. The Senators have been giving Hammond some solid support on the scoreboard as well as they have scored 16 goals over that five game span. Not too shabby. They might have a bit of a tough time against the Wild, but it is worth noting that they have been able to score.

We will have to wait until the morning skate rosters are released to see if Chris Stewart will factor into tonight’s lineup. With that being said, I expect him to be in the top six. Although you can’t start him, he should be a physical factor, and on a line with someone like Thomas Vanek, that will mean the world. It opens up space for a scorer to shoot the puck and that is all you really need if you are an elite fantasy forward.

Possible Plays


G Andrew Hammond / OTT-G / $16,406

D Erik Karlsson / OTT-D / $12,000

LW Mike Hoffman / OTT-LW / $10,900

LW Milan Michalek / OTT-LW / $7,875


G Devan Dubnyk / MIN-G / $19,238

LW Zach Parise / MIN-LW / $13,867

C Mikko Koivu / MIN-C / $9,776

LW Thomas Vanek / MIN-LW / $9,213

New York Islanders @ Dallas

It looks as though the Stars are throwing in the towel on the 2014-15 season. Without Tyler Seguin in the lineup, this team just hasn’t been the same. That’s not to say that Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza didn’t do their damnedest to keep the train rolling. Regardless, Dallas has lost seven of their last eight games and they realize they aren’t going to be making any splashes in the playoffs even if they were able to get in. So, they traded Erik Cole to the Detroit Red Wings and got a decent return for their future in the form of a second round pick in the 2015 draft as well as two prospects.

The Islanders, as I said before, were able to acquire Tyler Kennedy. We will have to wait to see where he factors into the lineup because it might shake things up a bit. For the most part, the top six should be unaffected and they can be in your lineups tonight. The Stars don’t keep the puck out of the net very well, so count on the Isles to get it done tonight in Dallas.

Possible Plays

C John Tavares / NYI-C / $15,725

C Anders Lee / NYI-C / $10,312

C Frans Nielsen / NYI-C / $9,897

D Nick Leddy / NYI-D / $6,593


LW Jamie Benn / DAL-LW / $14,595

C Jason Spezza / DAL-C / $11,223

D John Klingberg / DAL-D / $9,061

D Trevor Daley / DAL-D / $8,998

Anaheim @ Arizona

The Ducks are going to look mighty different on the back end, so I will be avoiding defensemen from Anaheim until we know exactly how the situation is going to shake out. I think there will be plenty of value in Wisniewski once we know he is on the power play, but until then, we can’t go all in. With that being said, for whatever reason, the Ducks haven’t had a ton of success against the Coyotes this season. All three games have been close and the Coyotes have been able to pull off wins in two out of three. The big question is whether or not the new Coyotes will be able to do the same thing. My guess is no.

Arizona parted ways with a few big names. Antoine Vermette was really the best Arizona had offensively and Keith Yandle was a staple on their defensive unit. With both of them and Zybanek Michalek gone, this is a totally different team. I guess I wouldn’t be surprised to see a different result than the ones we have seen in the past three games.

Possible Plays


G John Gibson / ANH-G / $18,059

C Ryan Getzlaf / ANH-C / $14,821

RW Corey Perry / ANH-RW / $14,730

C Ryan Kesler / ANH-C / $10,938

RW Kyle Palmieri / ANH-RW / $9,613



Los Angeles @ Edmonton

Listen, the Kings don’t want you to be aware of how good they are. That’s why they started to back off and lose a few. That isn’t going to deter me from utilizing this fantastic bounce back matchup. Edmonton is bad. Los Angeles can be good. Let’s start there. Jonathan Quick might make a nice play tonight even though Edmonton does have the ability to score from time to time. When Quick is on, he’s on.

As for Edmonton, I don’t really know why you would roster anyone from this team. They are as unpredictable as the weather. You can try, but you know you’re going to fail nine times out of ten. Best to leave them alone and just let them be for now.

Possible Plays

Los Angeles

G Jonathan Quick / LA-G / $16,025

C Jeff Carter / LA-C / $11,775

RW Tyler Toffoli / LA-RW / $11,021

C Anze Kopitar / LA-C / $9,757

LW Dwight King / LA-LW / $6,000



San Jose @ Vancouver

While the Sharks still believe they are in it, I do not. They can score, there is no doubt about that, but this is a team whose prime has long since passed. I believe they passed up on a prime opportunity to dump off some veterans who will never contribute to a playoff run while getting a ton in return. With that being said, this is the team we have to pick from moving forward. So far this season, the road team has been the victor. In three games, the Sharks were only able to win one and it was in Vancouver by a score of 5-1. Funny thing, too, is that it was also the second game of a back to back set for the Sharks. Perhaps they will be good to go again.

The Canucks are dealing with a handful of impactful injuries right now. Ryan Miller is still out with a sprained knee, Kevin Bieksa is still on I.R. with a hand injury, and Chris Tanev, Alexandre Burrows and Alexander Edler are all day to day with various injuries. That’s a lot of uncertainty. Still, with the Sharks on a back to back, I think there is some value to be had. With so many defensemen out, someone has to pick up the slack and right now that someone is Yannick Weber. Zack Kassian is still slated on the top line with the Sedins and the second line of Nick Bonino, Radim Vrbata and Chris Higgins has a solid chemistry going right now.

Possible Plays

San Jose

C Joe Pavelski / SJ-C / $15,372

C Logan Couture / SJ-C / $13,475

C Joe Thornton / SJ-C / $10,616


RW Radim Vrbata / VAN-RW / $12,136

LW Daniel Sedin / VAN-LW / $11,957

C Henrik Sedin / VAN-C / $10,794

C Nick Bonino / VAN-C / $8,443

RW Zack Kassian / VAN-RW / $6,426

D Yannick Weber / VAN-D / $5,025

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What a long, strange first look it has been. That one took a lot out of me, my friends. Don’t let that stop you from winning big tonight! Play your best lineup at where you can win big cash and prizes! Follow me on Twitter @SFLNick or @SFLeagues. Good luck and have fun!

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