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Daily Dose: Rolling Stone

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


In the United States, Tuesday was a day to decide the future. The country decided on elected officials for the house of representatives, the senate and several gubernatorial races and local races as well. Red states, blue states, etc. How many people are done with receiving e-mails, phone calls and text messages from candidates? It was the first time I have ever voted on Election Day, as well as taken to the ice. And you're likely on pins and needles wondering, but my C League team Royally Pucked won for the second time in three games, moving out of the basement in the process. Joey, Thomas and Zach were like the line of Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, taking no prisoners. Let's get started!

 

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Tuesday's Fantasy Five

 

Who else but a Senator could lead the way on Election Day? Of course, Canada wasn't having their elections. But you get the idea. We're going with a voting theme here, so just roll with it. Fantasy owners approved the message of Mark Stone, who had two goals, three assists, a plus-4 rating and seven shots on net in 22:18 of ice time in a 7-3 victory against the visiting New Jersey Devils. His five-point night helped chase incumbent goaltender Cory Schneider from the crease, as he yielded four goals on 22 shots in just over 27 minutes of ice time. Stone, who was not one of Ottawa's 'Uber Seven', delivered big returns and has really been exceeding expectations this season. Since flipping the calendar from October to November he has two goals with 10 points during a four-game point streak, and he has six goals with 18 points in 15 games overall. Fantasy owners have definitely approved of that message.

 

In the Carolina-St. Louis game, Ryan O'Reilly was voted the first star in a landslide, recording his first-career hat trick while finished with a plus-2 rating on his five shots on goal. He was also doing good work in the faceoff circle, winning 17 of his 24 chances (70.8 percent). The 27-year-old has been killing it during his current eight-game point streak, posting seven goals with 15 points and a plus-6 rating, and he has registered two power-play markers with four assists on the man advantage during the impressive span. After failing to log a goal over his first six games of the regular season, he is certainly making up for lost time.

 

We were listening to the Ducks-Kings game on NHL.tv while getting prepared in the locker room for our game, and we were discussing Ilya Kovalchuk. It seems like he has been around forever. I have a Kynetyk carbon fiber stick with a Kovalchuk curve, we also mentioned how he played for the Atlanta Thrashers, in the KHL and his exploits in the Olympics. We also talked about it seems like he is older than he is, when in reality he is still just 35 years old with plenty left in the tank. He racked up a goal with two assists, a plus-1 rating, two blocked shots and a hit over his 15:45 of ice time in a victory over the Anaheim Ducks, and he has three goals and six assists across his current four-game point streak.

 

While the other players on this list have quite a fantasy following, the No. 4 player on the Fantasy Five isn't owned in many pools - yet. Marcus Sorensen picked up a goal with two assists and a plus-4 rating while dishing out a hit in 13:13 of ice time. If that type of production continues he is sure to garner a few more shifts and TOI. His partner in crime, Barclay Goodrow, posted a goal, an assist and a plus-4 rating, too, while Joe Thornton had a goal and a plus-3 rating. The 26-year-old Swede enter the day with just one goal and three points over his first 14 contests, so fantasy players need to see more consistent production before risking a fantasy spot on him even in the deepest of pools.

 

It was a losing effort, but Tomas Tatar had a tremendous performance in a 5-3 road loss against the New York Rangers. He opened the scoring just :23 into the first period, and he posted a second goal to open the scoring in the second period to serve as a one-man wrecking crew. Unfortunately, none of his other teammates were able to follow suit. He came from the Vegas Golden Knights in the Max Pacioretty deal, and he has posted five goals with 13 points and a plus-5 rating through 15 games. Fantasy owners are smiling about the performance, and the Habs certainly have enjoyed the early returns from their deal with Vegas.

 

Fantasy Game of the Night

 

It was not a tremendous week for the Senators, and that's probably an understatement. The 'Uber Seven' were caught on tape making disparaging comments about a member of the coaching staff. It was embarrassing to the organization, and the players apologized. Looking to move past the incident, the best thing to do is play - and play well. That's what happened in a 7-3 win against the New Jersey. One of the riders, Colin White, posted a pair of goals on three shots with a blocked shot, a minor penalty and a hit. Chris Tierney chipped in with two assists, a plus-1 rating and three shots, while Matt Duchene was good for three helpers and a plus-4 rating while adding a blocked shot, a minor penalty and a hit. Thomas Chabot went for a goal, three points, a plus-3 rating and a game-high nine shots on goal while delivering a blocked shot and three hits in his 24:23 of ice time. Those guys were key figures in the 'scandal', and they delivered big numbers to start the healing process in Canada's capital city. Magnus Paajarvi also lit the lamp, while Ryan Dzingel went for a goal and an assist with a plus-3 rating, giving Craig Anderson more than enough support. He allowed three goals on 33 shots, but was forced out of the game with an undisclosed injury with about five minutes left.

 

Keith Kinkaid was thrust into action midway through the second period, allowing two goals on 19 shots after taking over for the ineffective Schneider. Nico Hischier had a pretty solid showing, picking up two assists with a plus-2 rating, four shots on net, a blocked shot and a hit over 19:01 with a solid 11-for-18 night (61.1 percent) inside the faceoff circle. Kyle Palmieri continues to roll up solid numbers, lighting the lamp again, helping him reach double digits in the category. He racked up nine goals with 14 points in nine October games, but he entered the night with no goals and an assist with a minus-4 rating over his first three games in November before Tuesday's solid showing. Hopefully it will snap him back on track. Taylor Hall notched just his third goal of the season, but he has managed at least one point in 11 of his past 12 outings, totaling three goals and 15 points during the stretch.

 

Quick Hits: Frederik Andersen was able to splash cold water on the Vegas Golden Knights, turning aside 36 of the 37 shots he faced to secure the victory. … Connor Brown logged a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating with three SOG and a hit in the 3-1 win over Vegas. … Mitchell Marner was busy with a goal, a plus-1 rating and two blocked shots while taking a trick to the penalty box, too. … Brendan Gallagher had a solid performance for the Habs, posting two helpers with a plus-2 rating and six shots. … Kevin Hayes chipped in with three assists for his first multi-point game since March 24, 2018 against the Buffalo Sabres. … Neal Pionk picked up a goal with a plus-2 rating and four blocked shots against the Habs. He has goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. … Sergei Bobrovsky had a slow start to the season by his standards, but he might be snapping back into form. He allowed just one goal across 28 shots with a win against the Dallas Stars. Jamie Benn beat him on a power-play goal, but it wasn't enough to keep Bobrovsky from his fourth win of the season. He is still just 4-6-0 with a 3.09 goals-against average through 10 starts, but he has allowed three or fewer goals in five of the past seven appearances. … Another goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy, was on fire in his start. The Lightning backstop allowed just two goals on 35 shots to pick up a victory. At this point he has to be considered a Vezina favorite, but it's also just November with a long way to go. … Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos each turned in three-point nights, as the beat goes on for those fantasy must-starts. … Leon Draisaitl managed another goal in the loss. The German pivot has goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season. … Alec Martinez has a fruitful night for his fantasy owners, posting two assists, a plus-3 rating, a blocked shot and four hits. It was his first multi-point game since he lit the lamp twice in last year's regular-season finale against the Dallas Stars on April 7.




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