Canadiens announce preventative pause to all activities until Jan. 6
An already light schedule for Week 12 is even more depleted after the most recent NHL postponements due to Canadian attendance restrictions.
Originally slated for 47 games across the board, we are now down to just 37 games scheduled, with a real possibility that number decreases as the week goes on.
For fantasy purposes, that means no teams are playing four times this week. Most of the league - 19 teams to be exact - will play three times.
Eight teams are down to two games, while the Buffalo Sabres, Seattle Kraken and Vancouver Canucks will play just once.
The New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens have no games scheduled for this week.
New York Islanders
The Islanders’ schedule takes the biggest hit after Friday's postponements.
New York was scheduled for a four-game western road trip with three of those games coming in Canada and the other in Seattle, so the NHL postponed all four games.
The Islanders have played a league-low 28 games this season and won't play their next game until next Thursday. Yikes.
The biggest issue here is that if you rely on the Islanders goalies to give you starts, you'll have to stream backups. So, save your waiver adds to load up in the crease.
Up front we can move on from anyone but the red-hot Mathew Barzal, but if you're desperate for wins right now, it might be time dangle Barzal on the trade block and grab someone who'll actually play games over the next 10 days.
As mentioned, the Canadiens also play zero games in Week 12.
They were originally scheduled to start a five-game home stand on Tuesday, but their games against the Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs, Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets were all been postponed due to restrictions.
Their next game will come against the Bruins in Boston next Wednesday, a game that was originally supposed to be played in Montreal as the final game of their five-game home stand.
Times are tough in Montreal. I’d move on from every player on the roster, including Nick Suzuki, who has just one point in his past seven games.
Top streamers and waiver adds:
C Ryan Johansen, Nashville Predators (31 per cent rostered, up 2 per cent)
Ryan Johansen is surprisingly available in close to 70 per cent of leagues, although that number is shortening by the day. The 11-year veteran was on a heater before the pause, putting up 15 points over 11 games. Since his return from COVID protocol he’s added another three points in three games. His best days are behind him, and his shooting percentage this season is almost double his career average, so we can expect some regression, but for now he’s playing at an elite level. The Predators have the Kings and Coyotes on the schedule this week. If he’s available, scoop him up.
W, Tanner Jeannot, Nashville Predators (11 per cent rostered, up 4 per cent)
Sticking with Nashville, rookie Tanner Jeannot has been red-hot over the past month with 11 points in 12 games. He’s now tied with Lucas Raymond for the rookie lead with 10 goals in 33 games, a 25-goal pace. He’s also tallied 102 hits this season, tied with Brady Tkachuk for sixth amongst forwards. Even more impressive, he’s doing all this on the third line, although his time on ice is steadily increasing as the season goes on. Jeannot was on fire last season in the AHL as well with 10 goals in just 13 games. He’s vaulted himself into the Calder Trophy consideration and should add some scoring depth for teams in need.
C, W, Ross Colton, Tampa Bay Lightning (3 per cent rostered, up 1 per cent)
Ross Colton has been playing well over the past month, while getting shuffled around the Bolts lineup. The second-year forward has 10 points over his past 14 games, but he fills the stat sheet in other areas as well. Colton is up to 74 hits, 17 blocks, and 170 faceoff wins on the year. Jon Cooper clearly trusts him. Colton has played two of the last three games alongside Steven Stamkos, while playing with Brayden Point on New Year’s Eve. The Bolts play three games in Week 12 and Colton has a great opportunity to continue his hot streak if he remains in the top six. He’s worth taking a flier on.
C, W, Yegor Sharangovich, New Jersey Devils (5 per cent rostered)
Yegor Sharangovich was recently moved to New Jersey’s top line alongside Jack Hughes and Jesper Bratt. He’s put up four points in three games since and has found the back of the net in all three games. The Devils top line is among the hottest in the league right now, and while all three players are probably rostered in fewer leagues than they should be, Sharangovich is the only one that’s available in even the deepest of leagues. The Devils get the Blue Jackets twice in Week 12, so the scoring should continue. Columbus is giving up the sixth-most goals per game in the NHL this season.
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