Week 2 Wrap up

Week 2 is in the books for the 2015 NHL season. This week we saw plenty of action from all over the league. The first hat trick of season was recorded by Jason Spezza of Dallas. That of course spoiled Connor McDavid’s first NHL career goal. Montreal remains the only unbeaten team in the league with 12 points. They’re definitely having a better start then Anaheim, Columbus, and New Jersey, who have yet to win a game. However most importantly, Sydney Crosby still hasn’t recorded his first point of the 2015 season. So let’s get to it. Here are the top undervalued skaters going into this week, as well as the top stacks for Sunday’s slate.

Undervalued
Let’s get started with the Most Undervalued players from week 2. Undervalued skaters are going to be harder and harder to find as the price tags for those players could increase week by week. However, heading into this week I did focus on a few skaters to keep an eye on.

Artemi Panarin (CHI-F) _ $3.1k 2 G 5 A 4 +/- 16 SOG_
Panarin is my top undervalued skater and would have been on my week 1 list but I just didn’t pull the trigger. Artemi has the most “bang for his buck” simply because he skates on the second line with Kane, and the PP with Toews and Kane. This makes him a very valuable player to set up two of league’s top scorers. Most surprising is that he leads his team in points too. Look for him to continue his stellar play throughout this week.

Tomas Hertl (SJ-F) $4.0k 2 G 1 A 2 +/- 13 SOG
Hertl started out the week with a goal and he’ll likely add to that this week. Hertl got promoted to the second line of both even strength and PP after Couture went down. I look for him to step up in Logan’s absence. Especially with a team who leads the league in shots per game. Hertl, alongside Marleau and Ward, have combined for 5 goals and 5 assists throughout the season. It seem this line is clicking on all cylinders.

Anthony Duclair $4.3k 4G 2A 6 +/- 8 SOG
A tad expensive for Duclair but he certainly is play well above this price. Anthony Duclair is tied for most goals in the league at 4. Only downside to Duclair is his lack of ice time. However, playing on the second line and PP1, he has tremendous upside with this exciting Coyotes team who flew out of the gates. I expect Duclair and Max Domi to lead the charge for Arizona
throughout this week.

Top Stacks for Sunday

Nash – Brassard – Yandle (NYR)
After coming off a tough game in Montreal on Thursday, the Rangers look to put the wrath on the New Jersey Devils. The Devils have mediocre goal tending to go along with their less than ideal defense. New York has only had 14 PP opportunities and 1 PPG which places them in the bottom half of the league. Conversely, New Jersey has one of the worse PP kills. I think this game is a perfect opportunity ignite this offense and tally another one or two goals. New Jersey did take the Sharks to overtime on Friday which was surprising. However, with his stack combining for 27 SOG and 7 points, I don’t see why they won’t put up solid numbers for Sunday.

D. Sedin – Vrbata – Sutter (VAN)
This line will look to take advantage of an Edmonton team who is coming off back to back away games. Vancouver will be rested and will look to add a couple more goals to their 14 total already. Sedin and Vrbata lead the team with 20 SOG apiece. Sutter himself has 15 SOG and tallied a goal and 2 assists in his last game. Sutter’s price is also very low considering the line he plays on. Jump on him for Sunday’s game. Vancouver is also facing an Edmonton team who allow 34 shots per game.

Brown – Kopitar – Doughty (LA)
The Kings finally looked in sync Friday night against the Wild. They pelted Kuemper with 37 SOG, while scoring 2. Dustin Brown, Anze Koptiar, and Drew Doughty, combined for 14 shots in that contest. Certainly contributed for almost half the King’s shots while Kopitar added the winning goal in OT. Colorado’s goaltending has been awful to say the least. They have allowed 13 goals through 3 games. However being that was mainly Varlamovs doing and not Berras. With the Kings finding their groove, I figure this stack might be in line for a good day.

The “Holy” Goalie
This week’s Holy Goalie award goes to Martin Jones for his outstanding play in week 2. Remind you, these stats are for week 2.

Martin Jones (SJ-G): _ 3 W 1 SO 1 GA 62 SV 0.989 SV% 0.33 GAA_

San Jose fans should be very excited for this season from the start Jones has had. Having not lost a game in his 4 starts, he is looking like an early Vezina Trophy candidate. Martin Jones also shutout the Capitals on Tuesday to produce a league leading 2 shutouts. He has also only allowed one goal this week while turning aside 62 shots. His stellar numbers aren’t going to hold up as good as they are now, but they won’t teeter too much either.

Take Away:
During the Wild vs Kings game on Friday, I experienced my first 3 on 3 OT game. This rule change is the best thing to happen to the NHL since Wayne Gretzky entered the league. Not only does it minimize the amount of shootouts, it also adds a frantic pace to the end of the game. Just from the Kings crowd alone, I felt a jolt of energy while watching the game. This rule has the coaches strategizing different line combos and blue line encounters, since 3 on 3 has never been see before. One note to add is that if a team decides to pull their goalie during OT and the opponent scores on an empty net, that team that pulled their goalie does not get a point for forcing OT. A fast fact for your weekend. Overall, this rule is great in terms in increasing the pace of OT and minimizing shootouts. I mean who doesn’t want complete mayhem and multiple breakaways to end a game?

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  • Ryanoss

    • 2015 DraftKings FHWC Finalist

    Thanks for the insights!! Just asking how you determined the devils have mediocre goaltending. Is this a gut feeling call? Or statistically based?
    Keep it up!!

  • KnickNack

    Mediocre as in they haven’t won a game yet and have given up 9 goals. Not worse not the best.

  • Ryanoss

    • 2015 DraftKings FHWC Finalist

    Ah I see. What % of those goals were let in by Schneider vs. Kinkaid?
    Good call on them being unlikely to win though!

  • KnickNack

    You don’t need to post on the blog if you disagree or have to be sarcastic about a piece of information. Keep it to yourself

  • Ryanoss

    • 2015 DraftKings FHWC Finalist

    Sarcasm not the intent. As a consumer just wondering about the process for arriving at your conclusions.
    Way more info for NHL out there this season and just trying to see what processes people are using.

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