Gaudreau, Monahan power Flames past Flyers
Forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan had huge games for the Calgary Flames against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, contributing four goals in a 5-4 overtime victory.
Gaudreau had a goal and two assists, and he’s quietly been one of the best players in the NHL this season. He is third in the NHL with 29 points (nine goals, 20 assists) through 19 games.
Monahan three power-play goals in the second period for his first NHL hat trick, and he assisted on Gaudreau’s first-period goal. He leads the Flames with 11 goals and is the first Calgary player ever to score three power-play goals in one period. Monahan is second on the Flames with 20 points (11 goals, nine assists).
Defenseman TJ Brodie and forward Kris Versteeg also had multipoint games. Brodie (58 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) had two assists to push his point streak to three games. Versteeg (1 percent owned), dual-eligible LW/RW on Yahoo, also had two assists and has points in three of his past six games. Each is skating with Gaudreau and Monahan on Calgary’s first power-play unit. The Flames are averaging 4.00 goals in their first eight games this month.
DraftKings value picks for Saturday
Center: Ryan Johansen, NSH ($4,600 vs COL) — Johansen is a great option at center for DraftKings DFS hockey lineups. He is coming off a huge game against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, when he scored his first goal of the season and had two assists to cap off a 7.5 fantasy point game on DraftKings. It has been a slow start to the season for Johansen but, with the acquisition of Kyle Turris, he has been reunited with Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg on the first line. He has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past five games.
Spend up for: Steven Stamkos, TBL ($7,900 vs NYI)
Wing: Alex DeBrincat, CHI ($4,000 @ PIT) — DeBrincat enters Chicago’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a three-game point streak and has points in six of his past eight games. The rookie forward has scored four times during a three-game goal streak; he also has one assist and nine shots on goal during that span. DeBrincat has six goals, two assists and 20 shots on goal in his past eight games. He’s averaging 2.6 fantasy points per game on DraftKings this season, but 3.5 points per game during the past 10 games.
Spend up for: Vladimir Tarasenko, STL ($7,400 @ VAN)
Defense: Mattias Ekholm, NSH ($3,900 vs COL) — Ekholm has points in back-to-back games and eight points in his past eight games overall. He had a goal and an assist in back-to-back games against the Washington Capitals and Minnesota Wild this week, along with seven shots on goal and two special-teams points. He’s now up to 11 points, 28 blocked shots and 28 shots on goal in 18 games this season. Ekholm is skating on the first defense pair and is running the point on the second power-play unit. He’s averaging 3.0 fantasy points per game on DraftKings.
Spend up for: John Carlson, WSH ($5,800 vs MIN)
Goaltender: Scott Darling, CAR ($7,200 @ BUF) — Darling had a forgettable game against the New York Islanders on Thursday, allowing five goals against on 35 shots in a 6-4 loss. Other than that, however, he’s been solid as of late, allowing one goal against in three of his past five starts, and he has an excellent road matchup against the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo is averaging 2.37 goals per game, lowest in the NHL, including 2.29 per game this month. Though Darling has a 2-3-1 record in six road starts this season, he is a great DFS option, especially at a price almost $1,000 lower than the top goaltending options available.
Spend up for: Frederik Andersen, TOR ($7,600 vs MON)
Bobrovsky extends winning streak with shutout
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky extended his winning streak to three games by making 36 saves in a 2-0 victory against the New York Rangers on Friday at Nationwide Arena. It was Bobrovsky’s 11th win and second shutout of the season.
Bobrovsky (100 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) has bounced back after a three-game losing streak in which he allowed a total of 10 goals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes. He’s allowed two goals during his three-game winning streak.
Bobrovsky, who won the Vezina Trophy in 2012-13 and again last season, is tied for second in the League in wins with Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he’s first among goaltenders who’ve played seven or more games in goals-against average (2.02) and save percentage (.933).
Subban activated from injured reserve by Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights activated goaltender Malcolm Subban from injured reserve on Friday.
Subban (17 percent owned in Yahoo) will be a welcome sight for the Golden Knights, who have had to use five goaltenders this season because of injuries. Subban started three games after Marc-Andre Fleury was sidelined with a concussion on Oct. 13, but he was very good before going down with a lower-body injury on Oct. 21. Subban defeated the Boston Bruins (3-1) and Buffalo Sabres (5-4) to earn his first two NHL victories before being injured against the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 21. He has a 2.06 goals-against average and .936 save percentage.
Subban represents the best goaltending option for Vegas in the short-term. Fantasy owners, especially those looking for goaltending help, in all season-long formats on Yahoo will want to grab him off the waiver wire and capitalize on his opportunity to be the starter for the near future.
Value fantasy players with back-to-back games this weekend
There are 18 games on the NHL schedule this weekend, with six teams playing back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday. Here are some value players for fantasy owners to target this weekend:
Carolina Hurricanes — The first line of Jordan Staal, Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho has been hot during the past week, and Staal and Teravainen are available in the majority of fantasy leagues. Staal and Teravainen each has eight points in Carolina’s past four games, and each has back-to-back multipoint games. Staal (24 percent owned) has two goals and six assists; Teravainen (25 percent owned), who is a tri-eligible C/LW/RW, has three goals and five assists. The Hurricanes are on the road Saturday at the Buffalo Sabres and home to the New York Islanders on Sunday.
New York Islanders — Rookie center Mathew Barzal has given the Islanders’ offense a boost as the second-line center. Barzal (31 percent owned) is coming off a three-point game (one goal, two assists) Thursday against the Hurricanes and is second among NHL rookies in scoring with 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 18 games. The Islanders play at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday and at Carolina on Sunday.
Colorado Avalanche — Two rookies, defenseman Samuel Girard and forward Alexander Kerfoot, have looked great for the Avalanche since the Nov. 5 trade that sent center Matt Duchene to the Ottawa Senators and brought Girard to Colorado from the Nashville Predators. Kerfoot (20 percent owned) is a dual-eligible C/RW and has four points (two goals, two assists) and four shots on goal in three games since the trade. Girard (3 percent owned) has taken the place of injured Tyson Barrie on the first defense pair and first power-play unit. Girard has two assists and two shots on goal in three games for Colorado. The Avalanche have road games against the Nashville Predators on Saturday and the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
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