2021 Week 2 in Review - Schmidt Busts his Schlump

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Sven back after that marathon of a Week 1. We saw lots of young studs get off to good starts, some teams stumble out of the gate, Dallas score FIVE PPGs in their opener, and a blockbuster trade! A new week means new picks, let's get after it!

Florida plays Columbus twice, Detroit twice

This is a perfect storm for the Cats. After two solid wins against the lowly Blackhawks, their series with Carolina was postponed due to a Covid outbreak for the Canes. This means the boys will be well rested and hungry when they start this road trip Tuesday night in Columbus.

If you’ve been living under a rock, this is a Columbus team that has stumbled out of the gate 1-2-2 and will be without their former 1C Pierre-Luc Dubois. They are a stingy defensive team, but they will be missing their counter attack. Combine that with two games against the rebuilding Wings and that sounds like a massive week for Panthers faithful.

START – Anthony Duclair

No goals yet for the new Panther, but 16 minutes TOI in both games so far and six SOG last game (and two assists thanks for coming) are very good signs from the sniper. Playing 5on5 with Aleksander Barkov while also manning the point on their top PP unit should make for a good week for Duclair!

STREAM – MacKenzie Weegar (1%Owned Yahoo, 1.2%Owned ESPN)

Weegar took a big step last season as he began logging top-pair minutes at 5on5 before he battled injuries. This season he has looked to be picking up right where he left off, logging big minutes and chipping in points. Weegar will net you about two shots per game, with blocks and a ton of minutes where he could chip in points. I wouldn’t be shocked if he gets more and more PP reps as the season goes on.

Philadelphia plays New Jersey twice, New York Islanders twice

This division will be tight all year round, that’s no secret. The team that is able to get hot at the right times and go on mini streaks will be the team coming out on top of this division. I present to you, the Philadelphia Flyers.

After speed-bagging their state rivals to start off 2-0, the Flyers probably thought things were going to be easy with how much depth and talent they have. Their wake-up was the winless Sabres giving them a 6-1 spanking on home ice, but things are still looking great. The Devils have come out flying and will be no pushover, but I can’t see sophomore MacKenzie Blackwood playing lights out for 56 consecutive games this season. After two games in Jersey the Flyers welcome the stingy Islanders for two, and I am certain the Flyers will be hungry for some revenge from the Bubble.

START – Kevin Hayes (The Best One)

When the Flyers inked FA Kevin Hayes to a seven X seven deal, there was a lot of speculation that he wasn’t a $7 million player. Hayes has come flying out of the gate with seven points in five games, and logging North of 20 minutes in two games so far. I don’t think it matters who Vigneault throws on his line this week, they are going to buzzzzzzzzzz.

STREAM – Oskar Lindblom (15%Owned Yahoo, 18%Owned ESPN)

Lindblom is coming off a season high 17:38 TOI Thursday against the Bruins (he’s like hey what’s up hello). In this game he also had four SOG, bringing him up to ten in five GP. Watching bits and pieces of the Flyers’ games so far, Lindblom loves going to the dirty areas and freeing up pucks for his linemates. With two goals and a helper to show for himself so far, the feel-good story of last season is trending even further up this week!

Vancouver plays Ottawa three times, Winnipeg once.

What better way to get out of a funk than play the worst team (so far) in the division three games in four nights? THEN play the winner of the PLD sweepstakes who will be without PLD and all of the players they package in to get him Saturday? Let’s go Canucks!

Vancouver looked very good out of the gate starting the season with a 5-3 win over McDavid and co. Since then, the Canucks have been outscored 25-13 and have mustered up just one shootout win in five games. I am writing this before game 3/3 against Montreal Saturday, but the defence has to tighten up. Jordie Benn being made available to play will give their bigger horses some much-needed rest this week, but he’s not who we’re looking to for fantasy upside.

START – Elias Pettersson

Six games in for the former Calder winner and just one assist. Things appeared to have gotten ugly Thursday against the Habs as Petey only logged 14:29 in their 7-3 shellacking. What makes me think this will be a massive bounce-back week for Pettersson is how much pride he has. He isn’t afraid to throw his body around as we saw in the Bubble, and I have a feeling he’s going to shift his own momentum this week. He’s chipping in SOG every game, it’s only a matter of time before Vancouver’s whole top line gets going. Jump aboard before it’s too late!

UPDATE – the monkey is off his back! Petey notched his first goal of the season and had about 72 chances during the game. And to make me look stupid, Jordie Benn had the assist.

STREAM – Nate Schmidt (53%Owned both sites)

With injuries to Alex Edler and Travis Hamonic, Schmidt was playing over 28 minutes per game. He was able to chip in his first apple of the season last night, and these injuries will mean PP2 reps as well. I would jump on Schmidt this week.

Gambling picks for this week (2-1 on posted picks last week). Gamble responsibly!

MONDAY – Vancouver -1.5 VS Ottawa

TUESDAY – Colorado @ San Jose OVER (line should be available at 5.5 or 6.5)

TUESDAY – New York Islanders ML @ Washington

That wraps up this weekly article! Don't hesitate to leave a comment here or on our forum if you have any questions.

Take care,

- FP Sven

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