The days are counting down fast but the Atlantic may have something to say in your fantasy hockey leagues. Think of how fast these final dozen days will go and then it is NHL playoff pools for some and maybe daily fantasy hockey playoffs for others. It is really that hard to say goodbye for the summer.
So you are in your league and somehow you have managed to slug through it for almost six months and now find yourself in contention for a title. Congratulations! It has been one nasty season! We have seen everything from mumps to the flu to injuries to legs bending in ways they should not. There have been some incredible hot and cold streaks then everything in between.
The following may be some players to watch for in the coming week from the Atlantic. After all, what else would you expect?
Fantasy Atlantic Watch
Erik Karlsson — D — Ottawa Senators
This one is obvious. However, for our daily fantasy players, he is an option you will have to spend a lot for but it is worth it. Karlsson tends to finish seasons strong. With Ottawa just a few points out of a playoff berth and every point meaning something, it is a great time to own the Swedish defenseman.
1/2 Erik Karlsson's 20th goal of the season matches the career high he established in 2013-14. It also matches (his own) franchise record…
— Eric Raymond (@BBSC_SportsNut) March 29, 2015
There are definitely chances he could add to that this week with games against Detroit, Tampa Bay, and Washington. Those are three teams that could give up some goals. So, could Karlsson cement his Fantasy Norris trophy? You better bet on it!
Zack Smith — F — Ottawa Senators
This feels like an Ottawa theme, doesn’t it? It is hard to believe but Smith will actually be in the top six for the Tuesday game against Detroit. This just seems unfathomable but Dave Cameron has been making some very odd decisions of late.
━━━━━┒ ┓┏┓┏┓ | ┛┗┛┗┛┃＼○／ Zack ┓┏┓┏┓┃ / Smith ┛┗┛┗┛┃ノ) On L1 ┓┏┓┏┓┃ ┛┗┛┗┛┃ ┓┏┓┏┓┃ ┛┗┛┗┛┃ ┓┏┓┏┓┃ ┃┃┃┃┃┃ ┻┻┻┻┻┻
— James Creighton (@ThatFishCreigh) March 30, 2015
Here is one more:
It appears Zack Smith is not only returning to the lineup, but playing LW with Zibanejad and Ryan. #sens
— Don Brennan (@SunDoniB) March 30, 2015
The sound of Ottawa fans on Monday was sheer terror. If anyone remembers the anxiety scene from “Airplane,” you will then completely understand. Smith was a healthy scratch the other day by the way. That is all you need to know but if you are desperate enough, a pickup may be worth it if this can get you a cheap point or two while it lasts. That is the best part of fantasy hockey, you never quite know when the coach thinks he knows everything. Hey sometimes it works but sometimes it does not. This is one that will be heavily scrutinized.
Dan Ellis — G — Florida Panthers
This may or may not be a big deal. However, with Roberto Luongo and the shoulder issue, this is a very fluid situation. Ellis managed to help Florida beat Ottawa which pulled the Panthers within four points of Boston and one from Ottawa. How many more starts he gets depends on the condition of Luongo. Though the Luongo shoulder apparently is a bit wonky but not serious, it will be a guess to see how many starts Ellis actually gets.I
#FlaPanthers get a much-needed win v #Sens thanks to Jagr, Huberdeau and Ellis among others. Still 4 back of #Bruins http://t.co/dkPSwel1nz
— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) March 30, 2015
It is all about access to information. As we get it, you will too. Just be at the ready to pick Ellis up or insert him into your lineup as conditions warrant.
Tyler Bozak — C — Toronto Maple Leafs
Don’t laugh. Desperation often breeds some strange transactions and this could be one. Bozak is a known quantity for producing pretty good numbers normally. One may not like the means or that he rides shotgun with Phil Kessel but hey that is how it is. That “top line” was on some run of futility which included being a minus-34 since the calendar year bad. The Atlantic world turned on its heels when the following actually happened on Saturday.
Connor McDavid likes Tyler Bozak. Screw this. I'm switching to another sport. pic.twitter.com/O8gH5pgIij
— Chris (@AGoddamnMoose) March 30, 2015
Alright, that was dastardly of us to do. Now, here is the real tidbit.
ICYMI: Hockey News: Tyler Bozak Has a Big Night; Three Teams Clinch Playoff Berths http://t.co/9YNEA9AmoC #thw #nhl
— Jeff Ponder (@jponder94) March 29, 2015
Ah yes, Bozak had a hat trick and an assist as Toronto came back to defeat Ottawa. It was as shocking as it sounds considering the drought the center had been. Considering he had two points coming into the game, I bet most people had him on the bench. That is how the crazy Atlantic rolls sometimes.
This week will definitely be a bit nutty as hopefully some races and seedings start to sort themselves out. For fantasy purposes, paying attention to what is going on with teams and lines will pay off handsomely. Be vigilant and good luck!