Sven back with another article looking ahead to week 10. Last week we saw the Avalanche absolutely speed-bag the Wild, the Leafs finally had a strong showing backed by Jack Campbell to defend top spot in the North, and nothing has changed in Buffalo. That being said, we’ve got another exciting week with lots of hockey and a couple of teams in really nice spots.
Florida plays Chicago twice, and Dallas twice.
The cats have been my surprise of the season so far. Most of our FP team (except one guy) had zero confidence in Sergei Bobrovsky going into this season, but all of a sudden he’s won six of his last seven starts. Carter Verhaeghe has shown us just how deep Tampa’s prospect pool is, and Radko Gudas is hitting everything that moves. They come into this week looking to keep pace with Tampa after Carolina slipped up losing their last three games.
START – The big boys, Aaron Ekblad
When any Canadian player gets exceptional status, the bar is set for the rest of their career for them to be exceptional. Tavares? Check. Connor McDaddy? Check. Sean Day? Let’s not talk about that one. Ekblad has taken a massive step this year in proving he’s an elite #1D in this league. PP1 time has also helped his offensive numbers, but his TEN goals so far and his very yummy shooting rate make him a lock this week. Not to mention he plays half the friggen game. MacKenzie Weegar is also breaking out as of late with apples in his last six games. He’s somewhere in limbo between start and stream, but was worth mentioning.
STREAM – Anthony Duclair (34%Owned ESPN, 11%Owned Yahoo)
Duclair has been inconsistent this season, and I wasn’t sure if Coach Q would be good for his game, but he had a very strong showing their most recent game and played close to 17 minutes. If he is still PP1 going into this week, that makes him an elite streamer with two of the best passers in the game in Barkov and Huberdeau feeding him.
Arizona plays Colorado twice, and San Jose twice
Hear me out here. This week will decide the fate of the Arizona Coyotes season. With the picks and prospects pool depleted, everyone from Oliver Ekman-Larsson to Conor Garland have been in the media as potential trades. Rick Tocchet and the boys are going to stay alive in the playoff hunt, or go down swinging this week. They kick things off with an absolutely rolling Avalanche squad, but Philipp Grubauer needs some rest if they don’t want a repeat of last year’s playoff run. Adam Werner or newly acquired Jonas Johansson (after his quarantine) won’t do much. I think Werner starts at least one of these games and it’ll be POINT night for the Yotes. They get two days rest before welcoming the Sharks for a back-to-back, and the scores in those games could easily be 12-10 for Arizona.
START – Jakob Chychrun, Antti Raanta
It appears as though the torch has been passed on the Desert Dogs’ back-end. OEL is down to 19 minutes per night, and the former OHL first overall pick Chychrun is the horse. PP1, solid SOG, chips in assists, 24 minutes per night? Start in all situations. The +/- will be lights out this week I promise.
With no clear return for 1A Darcy Kuemper, 1B Raanta picked up a win in his last start after being banged up. Adin Hill hasn’t given us any indication that he can steal games this year, so expect Raanta to pick up 3/4 starts this week.
STREAM – Nick Schmaltz (11%Owned ESPN, 13%Owned Yahoo)
I’ve always been big on Schmaltz since his days at North Dakota (there are some amazing highlight tapes of him Boeser and Stecher if you’re ever bored), and expectations were high when Arizona traded their former third-overall pick for him and gave him a nice contract. He’s seemingly starting to pick it up, with a TOI bump, assists in his last two games and shooting the puck a little more. If they’re going to go on a run this week, he needs to show up.
Screw it, let’s bring back Sven’s gambling corner! Tune in to the Discord for some picks this week. Otherwise, that does it for this article. Let’s have a good Week 10.