Sunday Streamers for Week 21

Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild

Many of the fantasy hockey playoff races are going to be set after this week. The Sunday Streamers for week 21 are vital to helping you secure that playoff spot. We need to make sure you all get the strongest finish, so you can roll into the playoffs confidently. There are seven games this Sunday, and a few very tasty matchups. There might be a few names that are readdressed in this article that @TZLSports covered in his week 21 preview. You can read his opinions on those players here.

Six, of the 14, teams playing this Sunday are playing back-to-back games this weekend. Carolina, Columbus, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, San Jose and Tampa Bay have a busy weekend ahead of them. Minnesota might have the juiciest matchups, playing Los Angeles and Anaheim. But we’ll get into that a little later in this article. As always, with back-to-back weekend games, keep an eye on the goalie rotation for these teams.

Without further ado…

Sunday Streamers for Week 21

Carolina Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Penguins, 1:30pm EST

  • Martin Necas, CAR 4% – 1G, 2A, -3, 1 PPP, 6 SOG, 9 hits in 15:28 ATOI in his last 6 games.
  • Nick Bjugstad, PIT 1% – 0G, 1A, +1, 2 SOG in 11:02 TOI in his first game back from injury.

Playing with Andrei Svechnikov and, newly acquired, Vincent Trocheck, Necas is on one of the best third lines in hockey. Add his deployment with the second power-play unit and Necas is in a prime spot for production. It’s looking to be a tough matchup, as Pittsburgh is getting back a couple key defensemen, but this line can be the difference maker. Bjugstad is curious choice. Predicting what his full time role will be is tough, but he should continue lining up on the third line with Jared McCann and Patric Hornqvist. This line might not be as dynamic as Carolina’s, but they have the making to be a far more physical line. Power-play time isn’t likely for Bjugstad, but his linemates have shown to be productive in the recent past. He could benefit from that this weekend.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings, 5:00pm EST

  • Ondrej Palat, TB 47% – 2G, 0A, -21 2 PIM, 1 PPP, 9 SOG, 14 hits, 2 blocks in 14:48 ATOI in his last 6 games.
  • Robby Fabbri, DET 3% – 0G, 1A, -4, 2 PIM, 12 SOG, 12 hits in 17:31 ATOI in his last 5 games.

Palat seems like a no brainer here, he has stepped into the top line role in the absence of Steven Stamkos. While he certainly doesn’t have the same elite offensive upside as Stamkos, Palat does bring some physicality to that top line. He is no stranger to shooting the puck, he does have 120 shots on goal this season. He is more than capable of scoring, the former 20 goal scorer has 16 on the season so far. Palat has fallen into the best possible spot for fantasy production. Fabbri is a talented winger that has shown flashes of offensive upside this season, unfortunately Detroit has been a dumpster fire. It has been tough finding solid recommendations from the Motor City, but Fabbri could find success this weekend. In his last 5 games, Fabbri is averaging over 2 shots on goal per game, 2 hits per game and over 17 minutes of time on ice. A solid streaming option from the wasteland that is Detroit.

Vegas Golden Knights vs Calgary Flames, 7:00 pm EST

  • Ryan Reaves, VGK 15% – 1G, 2A, 8 SOG, 38 hits, 2 blocks in 12:10 ATOI in his last 6 games.
  • Andrew Mangiapane, CGY 13% – 4G, 1A, +5, 2 PIM, 17 SOG, 10 hits, 3 blocks in 17:12 ATOI in his last 7 games.

Before you say it, yes, Reaves goes against one of the top factors when considering a streaming option. His time on ice is not ideal, but that fourth line in Vegas has been playing well lately. William Carrier and Tomas Nosek have both been productive offensively, while continuing to bring the peripheral stats. Mangiapane has seen his time on ice fluctuate all season long, but recently he has found himself holding steady around 17 minutes per game. His success could be connected to the way Mikael Backlund (48%) has been playing, but that’s what you want to see when looking for streaming options. Calgary’s second line has been playing great together and there are no signs of slowing down.

St. Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks, 7:30pm EST

  • Robert Thomas, STL 6% – 1G, 5A, +3, 2 PPP, 10 SOG, 2 blocks in 15:25 ATOI over his last 6 games.
  • Duncan Keith, CHI 23% – 1G, 8A, +8, 6 PIM, 5 PPP, 16 SOG, 1 hit, 13 blocks in 27:24 ATOI in his last 7 games.

Now that the Zach Sanford hype is starting to quiet down, take a look at Thomas. He is centering St. Louis’ second line with Sanford and David Perron. Thomas is purely a points play. He won’t give you much in the hits or blocks department, but playing with Perron does increase the point production probability. Keith, back in the fantasy conversation, and not just for blocks! Chicago has been seeing a lot of recent success on the power-play, and Keith is reaping the benefits. Ride the hot streak while you can.

Minnesota Wild vs Anaheim Ducks, 9:00pm EST

  • Zach Parise, MIN 29% – 4G, 5A, +7, 2 PPP, 21 SOG, 3 hits, 4 blocks in 17:20 ATOI in his last 8 games.
  • Ryan Getzlaf, ANA 38% – 1G, 2A, -1, 10 PIM, 2 PPP, 13 SOG, 15 hits, 14 blocks in 18:24 ATOI in his last 7 games.

Here we have a couple seasoned veterans making their way onto the Sunday Streamers for week 21. Parise has been hit or miss most of the season, but lately he has been hitting! Eight points in his last five games makes for a perfect hot streak, so ride it out while you can. Parise has a secure spot in Minnesota’s top six, along with the top power-play role. The opportunities are there for him to make an impact this weekend. Getzlaf hasn’t been producing that much lately, but the pedigree is there. The top line in Anaheim, on paper, isn’t great, but the top six has been looking good lately and a shake up in the power-play units could be on the horizon. Even if he isn’t scoring, Getzlaf is a great option for the peripheral stat categories as well.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Vancouver Canucks, 10:00pm EST

  • Nick Foligno, CBJ 31% – 3G, 2A, 2 PIM, 9 SOG, 17 hits, 5 blocks in 21:35 ATOI in his last 6 games.
  • Jake Virtanen, VAN 14% – 2G, 2A, +1, 1 PPP, 15 SOG, 8 hits, 2 blocks in 13:42 ATOI in his last 6 games.

Foligno has been on fire lately. His numbers speak for themselves and with Colombus fighting for a playoff spot, Foligno will continue to be heavily involved in the every aspect of the game. Shotgun Jake is riding alongside Tanner Pearson and Bo Horvat on Vancouver’s second line. Technically its their top line, but who is going to call them that when Elias Pettersson, J.T. Miller and Tyler Toffoli are playing together? Virtanen has been getting regular time on the second power-play unit, so that continues to play in his favor. Even though his time on ice isn’t great, Virtanen has been making the most of it recently.

Colorado Avalanche vs San Jose Sharks, 10:00pm EST

  • Tyson Jost, COL 6% – 2G, 4A, +1, 2 PIM, 2 PPP, 19 SOG, 5 hits, 5 blocks in 17:18 ATOI in his last 7 games.
  • Mario Ferraro, SJS 1% – 1G, 3A, 8 PIM, 14 SOG, 19 hits, 13 blocks in 20:09 ATOI in his last 7 games.

Closing out the Sunday Streamers for week 21 is Colorado and San Jose. For Colorado, Jost has been a popular name on many waiver wire add lists around the industry. Rightfully so. His ATOI has jumped from 11:52 per game through the first 57 games of the season, to 17:18 in his last 7 games. The biggest change is seeing him jump up to the top power-play unit. Getting serious playing time with the elite talents of Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon will make anyone fantasy relevant. Ferraro might not be a name everyone is familiar with, but if you’re in a banger league, you should get to know him! The points can’t be counted on from him, but the peripheral stats are there. Currently on the second pairing, alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Ferraro has been solid in the hits and blocks department most of the season. He is also averaging just under three shots a game over his last four games. A trend that will hopefully continue.

Best of the Rest

Those are a couple names from each game for your fantasy hockey needs. Next, we have just a few other notable names that could be out there in free agency. Definitely check in on these players too. Some more widely available than others.

There are a few teams playing back-to-back this weekend. Keep an eye on how the Tampa Bay, San Jose and Minnesota goalie rotation goes. The back ups you should have on your watch list for this weekend are:

The starting/backup roles in Minnesota are unclear at the moment, keep a close eye on them.

Those are your Sunday Streamers for week 21! Hopefully you are able to find some help to secure your spot in the playoffs. Good luck this weekend!

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