NHL Player News
Johnson will start in goal Saturday night against the Sharks in San Jose, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Considering Johnson fashioned a 33-save shutout over the Sharks on Nov. 9, Blues coach Mike Yeo is confident that his backup goalie can double up on his success against Team Teal, even though this one will be held at the Shark Tank. Johnson's made four starts and has appeared in six games, but this counts as his first assignment away from St. Louis this season.
Konecny has three goals and eight points with a plus-4 rating in 19 games this season.
It's been a subpar start to 2018-19 for the 21-year-old. He had five points in his first eight games, giving him respectable numbers, but then he went on a five-game pointless streak and hasn't really recovered. Konecny has just one goal and three points in the last 11 contests. The good news is during that stretch, he's posted a plus-6 rating to move his plus/minus firmly into the positive. Other than that, Konecny has been a fantasy disappointment.
Hagg has just one assist in his last five games, but he's also posted a plus-6 rating, 17 hits and 16 blocks during that stretch.
The 23-year-old hasn't supplied much scoring this season and that will likely continue, but he's fantasy relevant in standard leagues thanks to the plus/minus and PIM categories. He owns a plus-10 rating and 14 PIM in 19 games this season. Hagg recorded a plus-5 rating and 32 PIM in 70 contests in 2017-18, so he appears to be breaking out in both categories this season. Of course, he's also very valuable for blocks and hits. Hagg has 36 blocks and 63 hits in 19 games.
Schwartz posted his second multi-point game of the season with two assists in a 4-1 victory against the Golden Knights on Friday.
The 26-year-old has recorded both of his multiple-point games since Nov. 9. Since going through a little scoring drought at the beginning of November, Schwartz has a goal and five points with a plus-5 rating in the last four games. That makes up a majority of his scoring this season, as he has two goals and nine points in 15 games.
Tarasenko continued his scoring drought Friday, but he did record two assists in a 4-1 victory against the Golden Knights.
The 26-year-old hasn't scored a goal since Nov. 1, but during that stretch, he has six assists with a plus-5 rating in six games. He's still getting shots on goal too, so it's probably only a matter of time until Tarasenko breaks through with a goal. He has six scores and 16 points in 17 games this season.
Wilson posted two assists in a 3-2 overtime victory against the Avalanche on Friday.
The 24-year-old has returned from his reduced suspension and already made an impact in three games, scoring a goal and three points. But obviously, Wilson is also valuable in the hits and PIM categories. He's gotten off to a slow start in the hits category with four in three contests, but Wilson does have seven PIM. If he can stay away from suspensions, which is a huge if, then Wilson is a quality fantasy option because he can contribute across the board.
Rakell posted seven shots on goal in a 2-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Friday.
This performance raised his shots on goal average to a solid 3.0 per game. Unfortunately, the shooting percentage is a putrid 4.8 percent, but owners shouldn't count on it staying that low. His career shooting percentage sits at 12.9 percent, so if he keeps racking up the shots, Rakell could be due to end his scoring dry spell very soon. With three goals and 13 points in 21 games, Rakell is a great buy-low candidate.
Gibson allowed two goals on 35 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Friday.
The 25-year-old hasn't been quite as sharp lately, but this was a typical Gibson start this season. Through the first six weeks of the season, he's taken a loss where he yielded two goals or less five times. Gibson owns a .928 save percentage this season and yet, he possesses a record of 6-7-4, leading the league in overtime losses. While Gibson should continue to be in fantasy lineups, he'll need his team to play better in order to become an elite option.
Sparks allowed one goal on 39 shots in a 2-1 victory against the Ducks on Friday.
This was his best start of the season and maybe the best performance of the 25-year-old's two-year career, as his 38 saves were a career high. Regardless, Sparks isn't fantasy relevant. He will likely rack up some wins, but he won't be good enough in the other categories to be worth starting most nights. He owns a .896 save percentage and 3.05 GAA in 21 career NHL starts.
O'Reilly scored two goals in a 4-1 victory against the Golden Knights on Friday.
The 27-year-old is simply piling up the points during his first season with the Blues. That's now 10 goals in the last 11 games, and he's posted 19 points in the last 12 contests. He won't continue his 20.4 shooting percentage, but O'Reilly is also getting more pucks to the net than he did last season, giving him a real shot at career highs in the scoring categories. He has 10 goals and 23 points with a plus-7 rating in 17 games to start 2018-19.