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I took this weekly schedule and combined it with a team defense score that I created using key defensive metrics to find which teams/skaters have the easiest schedule this week.
Overall, the Sabers’ schedule isn’t the friendliest (16th), but they have three games on lighter days (Monday, Wednesday and Sunday), and they will face the Lightning (16th easiest), the Red Wings (23rd) and Sharks (14th) in these matchups, so it’s not exactly a glove.
Victor Olofsson (AD – 17% registered)
Olofsson has a shoot-first mentality, which makes him a great streaming target. He had a six-game drought at the start of November but is starting to warm up, scoring two goals with one assist and 10 shots on goal in his last four games. On the year, he has 11 goals, which is tied for 17th in the NHL. He is streaky and often scores goals in clusters; I hope this week is one of those groups.
Dylan Cozens (C – 12% registered)
Cozens is the Sabres’ best streaming option. He plays a good number of minutes (17:07 ATOI) and was recently promoted to top power play unit. Cozens has been pretty consistent this season, picking up points in 13 of 21 games (61.9%) and tallying 15 points (5G/10A).
Casey Mittelstadt (C – 6% registered)
Mittelstadt’s use is slightly more sporadic than Cozen’s, but he usually plays around 4:00 PM TOI and will see PP2 use. Mittelstadt has four goals with two assists (six points) in his last 10 games and has 13 points (5G/8A) in 21 games this season. He doesn’t have the same edge as the names above him, but he’s more likely to be available in deeper leagues.
Jack Quinn (LW/RW – 5% List)
Quinn was one of my favorite last-round targets in the preseason, but it took him a while to break into the Sabers roster. However, he has been in the lineup consistently over the past four games, registering two goals and two assists in that span. Since opening the season without a score in four games, Quinn has had nine points (3G/6A) in his last 12 games while averaging 2.2 shots per game.
Columbus Blue Jackets
This week, all Blue Jackets games are played on a clear day (Monday, Friday and Sunday), but have the fourth toughest schedule overall. Their matchups with the Golden Knights (5th toughest), Jets (15th) and Red Wings (10th) could make things tough for their streaming targets.
Kent Johnson (LW/RW – 6% listed)
Johnson was a highly touted prospect coming out of the University of Michigan, and Columbus selected him 5th overall in 2021. After collecting just four assists in his first 12 career NHL games, Johnson has 10 points (5G/5A) in their last 14 games. Injuries to Jakub Voracek and Patrik Laine forced Johnson into the top 6 and PP1, and he has performed very well, with five points (2G/3A) in his last six games. He probably won’t score you many goals, but he could be a solid source of assists and power-play points this week.
Gustav Nyquist (LW/RW – 3% List)
Other players have had better production recently, but Nyquist is in the best position to succeed, skating on the front row with Johnny Gaudreau and Boone Jenner. He’s also on the second power-play unit, but has yet to get a PPD this season. He has only eight points (3G/5A) in 20 games.
Yegor Chinakhov (LW/RW – 1% List)
The previously mentioned injuries have also increased Chinakhov’s playing time, and he has made the most of it, scoring two goals and three assists (five points) in his last six games. His stroke volume has also been solid over this span, shooting 2.2 SOG/g while skating in the top 6 and on PP2.
Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings have the ninth-easiest schedule this week, featuring three clear-weather games (Monday, Wednesday and Sunday). In these competitions, they will face the Maple Leafs (9th toughest), the Sabers (20th) and the Blue Jackets (28th). So while they might be the most intriguing team to target, they have minimal streaming options available.
Andrew Copp (C/RW – 17% registered)
Copp is the only one who stands out as a big target. He had a slow start to his tenure with the Red Wings after missing the entire preseason due to offseason core muscle surgery. He had just two assists in his first eight games, but had nine points (2G/7A) in his last 12 games. Plus, he plays big minutes with talented linemates (Lucas Raymond and Tyler Bertuzzi), making Copp one of the top streaming options in Week 8.
Jonatan Berggren (LW/RW – 1% listed)
Berggren was limited to a bottom-6 role, averaging just 12:24 TOI/g. However, he was very productive, scoring one goal with four assists (five points) in his first seven games. Nonetheless, he’s only a target in the deepest leagues with shallow free agent pools.
New York Rangers
The Rangers rank just behind the Red Wings with the 10th-easiest schedule of the week, and it includes three clear-weather games. Their week starts with a tough game against the Devils (the toughest), but gets easier in Ottawa (22nd) on Wednesday and hosting the Senators on Friday.
Filip Chytil (C/RW – 9% registered)
There are rumors that Chitin could be moved up the line to center the Artemi Panarin line on Monday. Chytil was able to put up 10 points (4G/6A) in 16 games despite only playing 13:52 ATOI. A passage in the top 6, especially next to Panarin, should lead to good results for the 23-year-old center.
Kaapo Kakko (RW – 5% registered)
Kakko should go up with Chytil to be the third member of the second line. Kakko’s production hasn’t been great, picking up just eight points (4G/4A) in 22 games, but his shooting production has been solid lately, shooting 2.4 shots per game in his last seven games. . He played a lot with Chytil, and the potential addition of Panarin to this line could trigger Kakko.
Jimmy Vesey (LW/RW – 1% listed)
The line change means Vesey will return to the front row with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. He’s played well there before, picking up five points (1G/4A) in his last eight games. He’s a solid deep league target if your options are scarce.