What’s up everyone?! You’re normal Sunday Stream extraordinaire, James Maloney (@FNTSYHCKYTRADES), is on sabbatical for the time being so I’m here to provide some targets for your Sunday lineup. We have four games on the schedule so let’s check ’em out.
Philadelphia @ Winnipeg 5:00pm
Kevin Hayes, C PHI 13% – Hayes has been up and down all season but lately, he’s been on the upswing: 4G, 4A in his last 11 games. He’s centering two younger players in Scott Laughton and Joel Farabee and their chemistry is showing up on the score sheet.
Jack Roslovic, C, RW WPG 2% – Almost anyone worth owning on Winnipeg is going to be owned in your league; enter Roslovic. One look at his recent game log and you’ll think, “No thanks!” but hear me out. He’s been spending a lot of time with Blake Wheeler on the second line which doesn’t hurt his chances of potting one in the near future. Mathieu Perreault has been taking some of his time on Wheeler’s wing, but he hasn’t been able to stick there either, so I’m betting on Jack.
Matt Niskanen, D PHI 27% – If you’re looking for a true “Broad Street Bully” to help you push you over the top in a couple of these cats, look elsewhere – like on a different team. The team leader in PIMs is Claude Giroux with 18. However, Niskanen leads the team in hits and is 3rd in blocks as of this writing so he will definitely contribute. He also logs a lot of minutes and gets relatively high PP time so he could fall into a few points as well.
Adam Lowry, C WPG 3% – Now, Lowry is a guy who will throw the body around. Back on Nov. 30th he had a 7-hit game so he capable of pulling you out of a hole if that’s where you find yourself. He’s also not afraid to drop the gloves having most recently got into a tussle with Corey Perry of the Dallas Stars.
Minnesota @ Chicago 7:00pm
Jason Zucker, LW,RW MIN 29% – After his shooting% dipped well below his career average to 9.8% last season, it has now spiked way up to 20% which is
1. unsustainable unless you’re Leon Draisaitl and
2. totally awesome for now so you should pick him up ASAP. Six points in his last 6 games, Zucker is top line and top PP, what’s not to like?
Dylan Strome, C CHI 32% – On one wing, you have former MVP and 110 point-man Patrick Kane. On the other wing, it’s former 41-goal scorer Alex DeBrincat. I don’t have to connect these dots for y’all. Oh, and Strome also plays just over 50% of the Blackhawks PP’s.
Joel Eriksson Ek, C MIN 1% – Eriksson Ek is second on the Wild in hits with 55 and has gotten into penalty trouble recently which is actually good news for you. Although only potting 11 points on the season, he’s not a bad play for Sunday if you’re looking for some banger categories.
Dennis Gilbert, D CHI 0% – I know what you’re thinking, “Who’s this fella with two first names and why should I care?” Well, I’ll tell you! Gilbert was recalled from the AHL on December 4th. In seven games played he’s fought twice, racked up 24 PIMs, 36 hits, and 9 blocks. Not bad! He also scored his first point on 12/12. Congrats!
Los Angeles @ Detroit 7:00pm
Dustin Brown, RW LA 36% – Brown isn’t having the offensive year some of us may have hoped for but he’s still shooting and hitting in normal Dustin Brown fashion. I like his chances on Sunday playing alongside Anze Kopitar at even strength and on the PP.
Robby Fabbri, LW, RW DET 9% – If you were one of the people who picked up Fabbri as a speculative add as soon as he got traded from the Blues, take a second and pat yourself on the back. Since then, he’s essentially been their only good player – 15 points in 16 games playing wing with Dylan Larkin. If you liked Larkin and Anthony Mantha coming into the season, go get you some Fabbri.
Matt Roy, D LA 1% – Roy is on a bit of a heater from the blue line with four points in his last three games. He throws the body around a good bit with 45 hits and has spiked a few 5-block games. His ice-time has been steadily increasing lately but we’ll see how long that lasts as his underlying stats are less than sparkling.
Luke Glendening, C, RW DET 2% – The talent pool on Detroit gets pretty thin pretty quick but Glendening is averaging 2+ hits and 1+ block per game. Historically, he’s also a good faceoff guy if your league plays with that category.
Vancouver @ Vegas 8:00pm
Josh Leivo, LW, RW VAN 2% – Playing on the second line with Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson has been a great fit for Leivo. Can’t complain about 6 points in his last 6 games, though his powerplay time has been inconsistent. Ride this hot streak while you can.
Alex Tuch, LW, RW VGK 30% – Tuch has also been on fire lately and it coincides with him shooting the puck like a madman. He has 21 shots in the last 6 games netting him 8 points, all while averaging under 18:00 TOI. I doubt he’ll be available on your waiver wire long but then again, with such limited ice time, I wouldn’t be too bummed to miss out on him.
Tanner Pearson, LW VAN 23% – The aforementioned Pearson is on just as nice of a run as his linemate Josh Leivo. The reason I saved him for this section is that he hasn’t only been scoring (8 points in his last 6 games as of this writing) but he also hits, shoots, and will chip in a block every now and then (15 on the season). Pearson is a great multi-category contributor and I would rather have him than Alex Tuch not only for Sunday, but also long-term.
Ryan Reaves, RW VGK 13% – Unfortunately, Reaves hasn’t been hitting too much lately and has generally stayed out of the box. However, in this divisional matchup, I have to take the banger upside because I know what he’s capable of. If you’re not feeling it, don’t worry, Vegas is a “Choose Your Own Adventure” of these types of guys. William Carrier and Brayden McNabb are also decent plays for Sunday.
That’s all I have for you folks! Hope some of these guys are still available in your leagues and they help you win your week and let me know how it all works out for you in the comments. Best of luck, gang!
You can discuss this article, along with many more at the Overtime Heroics Forums!
Don’t forget to check out the OTH Merch Store!