After a stretch from October 22 to November 8, during which the Tampa Bay Lightning had a 5-of-32 lead (15.6%) on the majority, Victor Hedman moved into second unit in favor of Mikhail Sergachev, who plays with a large lead. guns: Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Braden Point (Brandon Hagel is the fifth participant).

After the changes were made, Bolts’ advantage was reduced by six out of 19 (31.6%).

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On the face of it, and certainly statistically, Sergachev outperforms Hedman when it comes to fantasy value. But don’t rush now.

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Sergachev deserves to raise this rating. His offside offense largely leveled out, scoring 10 points on equal strength. His shot blocking is now considered elite, with 45 points ranking sixth in the NHL. A role in the power game, even if it only happens occasionally (we’ll get to that later), will boost his bottom line.

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But just because Sergachev is on a new level doesn’t mean it’s time to drop Hedman from his fantasy rankings.

Although Hedman’s shots on goal have dropped a little, but not by much. He’s hitting 180 after 219 last season. His shooting percentage so far is a surprisingly unlucky 2.8% and his career record is 7.0%. Hedman’s blocking and hitting numbers are actually much higher than last season, so some extra peripheral stats could help him going forward.

But what about power play?

The abrupt break, when Hedman and Sergachev switched places, is not a positive thing for Hedman. But the statistics of superficial power games don’t always tell the whole truth.

When you look at powerplay performance down to ice level, you don’t see that one unit is astronomically better than another. Hedman, Kucherov, Stamkos and Point played together 41:28 and scored five goals (NaturalStatTrick.com), while Sergachev, Kucherov, Stamkos and Point played 35:19 and scored five goals. So Sergachev’s bloc was better, but it’s not exactly a drastic change in efficiency.

As soon as there is another lull in majority production, guess what the move will be? Bring back Hedman.

So Sergachev moves up the rankings (18 spots to 33rd) and Hedman slips a bit (seven to 27th), but I don’t think I’m ready to say that Sergachev has already beaten Hedman for the remainder. season rank.

Forward Notes

Elias Lindholm, center, Calgary Flames (moved up 17 places to 38th): I’m not ruling out that the center who helped create the league’s best line last season eventually found a way to work with Jonathan Huberdeau later in the season, but in the meantime, Lindholm seems to be great connection with Adam Ruzicka, and the top line is back in full swing.

Andrey Svechnikov, W, Carolina Hurricanes (dropped 21 spots to #43): Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. After another bright start to the season, Svechnikov cooled down enough to return to his usual top 50 rather than the top 25. Over the past four weeks, he has been ranked 88th among all skaters in fantastic points.

Patrick Kane, W, Chicago Blackhawks (dropped 25 places to No. 117): His 2.6 fantasy points on Sunday was just the fourth game in November in which Kane scored over 1.0 fantasy points. Can we just make an exchange with the challenger now? Please?

Owen Tippett, W, Philadelphia Flyers (up 106 spots to 120th): Over the past four weeks, Tippett is ranked 54th among skaters with 29.8 fantasy points. He’s done enough with the opportunity in the top line that it’s hard to imagine Cam Atkinson replacing him on his return.

Gabriel Vilardi, center, Los Angeles Kings (down 27 spots to #151): It was unavoidable, but Vilardi has shown us enough skill that I’m sure he can correct course and start finding the net again after his current goose egg streak, dated Nov. 10, finally interrupted. .

Matt Baldy, C/W, Minnesota Wild (down 63 spaces to #164): The Wild winger will again find a scoring shot, but due to a combination of injuries and some offensive streak, the Wild have yet to find several line combinations that are both menacing and consistent. The big plus is that Baldy is a mainstay on the power play where he has five of his 11 points, but we need to build up five-on-five if he’s going to be an asset in fantasy.

Patrick Laine, W, Columbus Blue Jackets (down 120 points to 179): Another injury within a few weeks quickly sapped my enthusiasm for Lane’s season with the Blue Jackets’ new offense. Now we again have to wait for the expected return until mid-December.

Nathan Bastian, W, New Jersey Devils (ranks in the top 250 at number 197): Earning first place in the game against the devils helped Bastian add to his profile. The division has scored five goals since he was placed in the first group over Dawson Mercer.

Nick Schmaltz, W/C, Arizona Coyotes (in the top 250 at number 200): Expected on Monday night, don’t forget that Schmalz was a big player in the final months of last season. We didn’t have a chance to see if it would continue when he got injured in the first game of this game. It’s unclear what his role will be on the roster, but you can bet he’ll be heavily used by a Coyotes team that needs powerplay points.

Ryan Hartman, C/W, Minnesota Wild (in the top 250 at number 223): Fortunately for Hartman, despite the wide opportunities given to almost every second striker in the squad, no one else can be the link between Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello as effectively as Hartman proved that may be the last. season. We still don’t know exactly what happened to Hartman when he got injured in an ill-chosen fight with the much bigger Jarred Tinordi on October 30th (but it looked like a severed shoulder). Regardless of when he returns in the next few weeks, a role on the top line should be reserved for him.

Defense Notes

Roman Josie, defenseman, Nashville Predators (moved up 11 spots to 12th): It was only a matter of time before Josie became Josie. After a rather quiet October this month, Josie has returned to the fantasy mix very quickly. After ranking 29th among defensemen in fantasy points on October 30, Yosi is now ranked fifth among them.

Seth Jones, defenseman, Chicago Blackhawks (up 17 spots to 66th): Jones skated pre-workout Friday while recovering from a broken thumb. We are approaching the original schedule listed for the injury.

Alec Martinez, guard, Vegas Golden Knights (moved up 26 places to 80th): Chris Russell set the NHL record for blocked shots in a season with 283 in 2014–15 with the Calgary Flames. If Martinez continues with the same number of blocks per game, then in early March he will break the record and score almost 100 more blocks than Russell that season. Victor Hedman is 39th in the league with 33 blocks; if you combine Hedman and David Savard, who is second behind Martinez in blocks this season, they don’t have as many shots as Martinez. I don’t think that speed can be sustained – certainly not without the increased risk of injury jumping in front of so many pucks. But it’s a good reminder that there’s a reason why Martinez was the top-scoring fantasy guard in 2020/21.

Jacob Chychran, D., Arizona Coyotes (up 28 places to No. 134): Second behind Martinez in the shortened fantasy goals campaign among defenders due to COVID was Chichrun. It is expected to make its season debut on Monday night and is still available in about one-third of the leagues.

David Savard, defenseman, Montreal Canadiens (dropped 24 spots to #169): Savar’s shot blocking has slowed down lately simply due to healthier bodies taking charge of the stats. A healthy Joel Edmundson has taken some of the pressure off Savard, and now a healthy Mike Matheson further expands the veteran’s defensive task.

Goalie Notes

Connor Hellebike, goaltender, Winnipeg Jets (up nine places to 10th): He deserves to be the best fantasy goalkeeper for the rest of the season. I wouldn’t be shocked if Igor Shesterkin or Andrei Vasilevsky woke up and took back the crown, but I wouldn’t be shocked if they didn’t either. Linus Ullmark of the Boston Bruins predicts a slightly higher level of fantasy at this stage, but given Hellebike’s history, it’s easy to lock him up at this stage.

Linus Ullmark, G, Boston Bruins (up 35 spots to 25th): But Ullmark has earned enough credibility to rise to elite status at this stage. His .944 shooting percentage is fifth among goaltenders with at least 200 minutes. His .917 shooting percentage is second among all goalkeepers with at least 50 penalty minutes. His hitting goals exceeded expectations, second only to Carter Hart (according to MoneyPuck.com).

Sergei Bobrovsky, goaltender, Florida Panthers (down 23 spots to #170): If you have Bobrovsky on your fantasy team but he’s not immune to Spencer Knight, you need to fix the problem immediately. As a result of their performances, the gap between them continues to grow. This is mostly highlighted by Knight’s 29.0 fantasy points and Bobrovsky’s 8.0 fantasy points, despite Bobrovsky leading Knight by nearly 100 minutes of playing time.

Jack Campbell, goaltender, Edmonton Oilers (down 45 places to 186): Same story here as with the Panthers fold. Stuart Skinner should be on your list if you have Campbell. Skinner has a 30.6 fantasy score and Campbell has a -0.4.

Sportzshala’s Top 250 Fantasy Movies

1. Connor McDavid, C, Edm (F1)
2. Leon Draisaitl, LW, Edm (F2)
3. David Pasternak, right winger, boss (F3)
4. Auston Matthews, C, Tor (F4)
5. Nikita Kucherov, SR, TO (F5)
6. Nathan McKinnon, center, colonel (F6)
7. Kirill Kaprizov, LW, Min (F7)
8. Cale Makar, Z, colonel (D1)
9. Brad Marchand, LW, Bos (F8)
10. Connor Hellebike, G, Wpg (G1)
11. Mikko Rantanen, right winger, colonel (F9)
12. Roman Josie, D, Nsh (D2)
13. Rasmus Dalin, D, Buff (D3)
14. Igor Shesterkin, G, NYR (G2)
15. Andrey Vasilevsky, G, TB (G3)
16. Jake Oettinger, G, Dal (G4)
17. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, Florida (F10)
18. Brady Tkachuk, LW, Ott (F11)
19. Steven Stamkos, C, TO (F12)
20. Mika Zibanejad, C, New York (F13)
21. Ilya Sorokin, G, NYI (G5)
22. John Carlson, D, Vsh (D4)
23. Elias…