NHL teams do not care about your fantasy list

Attention to fantasy owners: Beware of load management down the stretch.

In short, NHL teams do not care about your fantasy list. And considering the season, it can prove to be a significant disadvantage for those of you with serious championship hopes.

In the past week alone, David Pastrnak, Leon Draisaitl and Sidney Crosby, among others, have all unexpectedly missed fighting due to an injury. As is the case most seasons, from minor injuries to rest to who knows what, navigating through the last few weeks of the fantasy season always seems like an adventure. It certainly does not help to be limited from relevant information, it certainly is. We need more transparency!

At this point, that’s what it’s. That said, just be aware if you own marquee players on teams tied for the playoffs. With less than a month left until the start of the Stanley Cup play-offs, many teams have begun to turn their focus towards preparation for what lies ahead. In the big picture, it makes good sense, it’s just unfortunate when you’re trying to win a fantasy championship.

It goes without saying, but pay close attention to this the next time you compile a list for the Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Pool. You have been warned.

Now to your questions:

Ouch. You hate to see something like that derail someone’s season. Let’s hope none of the players are out for too long; with crossed fingers.

Unequivocally. Here is the hope that many people jumped at the future value of the Flames earlier in the season. As we enter the year, Calgary was generally cast as an afterthought. Full credit to them, they have made us all look like fools. I want to tell you what, I would not play against that team in the playoffs. Their opponent in the first round should rather be ready, otherwise it can quickly become curtains for them.

Of the four players mentioned, I would be inclined to keep Jakub Vrana, simply because of Detroit’s four-game board. For what it’s worth, Chicago, Dallas and Washington are all scheduled to play three times.

Moreover, like yourself, I also like Montreal and Winnipeg next week, at least from a schedule manipulation point of view. From the Canadiens, Cole Caufield, Brendan Gallagher, Mike Hoffman, Rem Pitlick and Chris Wideman should all be on your radar. In addition, it seems that Carey Price may be very close to performing in a game, so it may also be time to throw yourself into it.

To be fair, there is not much value to be found in Winnipeg these days. At this stage, most of their productive fantasy works are very well-heeled. You could take a leaflet about Paul Stastny and Neal Pionk, but I want to dampen your expectations.

Unfortunately, I have no idea. I wish I had more information for you.

About a month ago, the Jackets categorized it as week-to-week, but the lack of updates page is very telling – at least for me. The clock is ticking on this regular season, and at this point, if you’re Columbus, why not just shut him down the rest of the way? Boone Jenner has been a pleasant surprise on the fantasy scene this season, all of this has been so unfortunate.

Because conventional wisdom suggests the Leafs will be smart with Jack Campbell’s utilization down the stretch, I think the easy decision here is to go with Ville Husso. On top of that, he has surpassed Campbell with a landslide anyway.

Since January 1, Husso is 18-4-4 with 2.34 goals against the average, a save percentage of 0.945 and a shutout. When he is healthy, Campbell has not been near it, though he has been much more effective since recovering from his rib injury. The Blues also still have a lot to play for in terms of playoff positioning. Here you go.

All things considered, yes, I do. True, the only thing I do not like is the fact that Vegas has 10 games left in the league. Down the road, it can pose a major problem for your ambitions to win a fantasy title. Other than that, Shea Theodore has been producing much better lately, so I’m definitely behind in getting him.

No doubt I would do this with a heartbeat.

Honestly, it’s confusing – Ottawa’s Josh Norris continues to be one of the best kept secrets in hockey. The 22-year-old has 31 goals and 46 points in 54 games – unreal, right? Meanwhile, Patrik Laine has been excellent in the second half, but injuries have certainly caught up with the declining Blue Jackets in recent games. They have lost eight out of 10 and are limping towards the finish line in this rebuilding campaign.

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