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I took the weekly schedule and combined it with a Team Defense Score I created using key defensive metrics to find which teams/skaters have the easiest schedule this week.
Week 5 – Streaming goals
This is a very strange week for streaming because only two teams play more games on the quieter nights (MON, WED, FRI & SUN) in the NHL. However, the busier nights (TUES, THURS & SAT) are not quite as packed as they were last week, so you may have empty spots on the roster for those nights.
Each week I would advise you to set up your lineup for the week and check what slots you have open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday before making any pickups that play on those days.
The Capitals have the perfect streaming schedule, playing Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, so you can get these players into your lineup every night this week. They have also been given the fifth easiest timetable of the week.
Dylan Strome (C/RW – 26% rated)
Strome’s season is off to a nice start, collecting two goals and seven assists (nine points) in 13 games while playing 18:06 ATOI. He has spent some time in the top lane, but has been played more often on L2 and PP1. He has been an excellent source of PPP with five, tying him with players like Nathan MacKinnon, Mitch Marner, Sebastian Aho and Jack Eichel for 34th in the NHL. He is the clear #1 streaming option for Week 5.
Anthony Mantha (LW/RW – 13% rated)
Mantha’s role in Washington seems to change from game to game. He has played on the top line, second line and third line so far this season. He has played as much as 17:20 TOI and as little as 12:03 TOI. There is no consistency with his usage, but he has still been relatively productive. He has scored four goals with two assists (six points) in 13 games, but his 20 SOG is concerning. He is a fleeting pick-up with solid upside should he find himself back in the top-6.
Conor Sheary (LW/RW – 9% listed)
Sheary’s role has been much more consistent, playing in the top-6 for most of the first month of the season. He has managed to score four goals with three assists (seven points) in 13 games and averages 3.1 shot attempts per game – unfortunately, he gets just 57.5 percent of them on net. Still, as of Saturday, he was on the top line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin, making him the second-highest upside streamer behind Strome.
Marcus Johansson (LW/RW – 4% rated)
Johansson has regularly found himself in the middle-6 and on the top power-play unit because of all the injuries to the Capitals’ forward. He has performed similarly to the other names on this list, scoring three goals and three assists (six points) in 13 games. His shot volume isn’t great, but he’s shooting more than he ever has in his career, so you have a better chance of him scoring than you did in previous years. Four of his six points have come on the PP, so he’s a nice source of PPP this week.
Lars Eller (C – 1% roster)
Or is a desperate option if all the other names are gone. He has five points (2G / 3A) in 13 games, but barely averages over one shot per game and sees no power-play time.
Sonny Milano (LW/RW – 0% rated)
I would wait to see how Monday’s lineup looks before picking up Milan in even the deepest leagues. There is a chance he could be scrapped with Nicolas Aube-Kubel set to make his debut after being claimed on waivers. Milano made his Capitals debut at the weekend and had three shots on goal at 13:20 TOI. Still, his spot in the lineup is far from locked in, but he could see top-6 and PP2 use.
The only other team with more games on quiet nights is the Bruins. They play Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, so you might be able to get four games out of them depending on the size of your lineup.
David Krejci (C – 27% rated)
Krejci is the obvious top streaming option in Boston, as he is back on the second line with Taylor Hall and David Pastrnak. Krejci won’t score many goals, but he has eight points (2G / 6A) in nine games this season. The return of Brad Marchand has pushed him back to PP2, which will hurt his upside, but with so few options this week, he’s a top-6 player with excellent linemates.
Charlie Coyle (C – 5% rated)
With the Bruins’ top-6 so highly owned, you’ll likely have to look to their third line for streaming goals this week. Coyle has been good, scoring five goals with two assists (seven points) in 12 games. He’s shooting 20.8 percent, so his 34-goal pace probably isn’t sustainable, but it’s nice to get a player who plays over 17 minutes per game and has some scoring upside.
Pavel Zacha (C/LW – 3% rated)
Zacha has been up and down in the Bruins’ lineup so far this season, but lands on the third line with the top-6 returning to full health. His usage won’t be huge, but he’s averaging 2.0 shots per game and seeing time on the second power-play unit, so he’s a decent deep-league option.
New York Rangers
If you’re in a league with big rosters and want roster spots available on 10- or 11-game nights, the Rangers have four games this week and the easiest schedule in the NHL. The Rangers shuffled their lines around in the third period of Sunday’s loss, so their line combinations aren’t exactly set in stone heading into the week.
Alexis Lafrenière (LW/RW – 39% rated)
Fantasy owners have grown frustrated with Lafrenière’s lack of production, and that has kept his percentage down and makes him a streaming option in some leagues. Hopefully he stays aligned with Vincent Trocheck and Artemi Panarin. They’ve averaged 3.4 xGF/60 and 38.1 SCF/60, but Lafrenière is shooting just 5.9 percent with a 7.7 SH% on the ice, so there should be better days ahead.
Kaapo Kakko (C/RW – 10% Roster)
Kakko was very active on Sunday, scoring one goal on five shots at 16:02 TOI. After a weak start, he has taken four points (1G / 3A) and 13 shots in the last five games. As long as he’s still aligned with Mika Zibanejad, he’s a great streaming option if you have empty wing spots on Tuesday and Thursday.