Monday’s fantasy hockey tips: NHL picks, matchups, more
All Eastern eras.
Favorable goal matches
7 p.m., KeyBank Center, Watch live on ESPN+
Both teams are coming off wins preceded by multiple losses. The Red Wings have a balanced record on the road, while the Sabers have a balanced record at home. I mean, this one looks pretty even on paper. The wings, of course, are without Tyler Bertuzzi and Jakub Vrana still, which has caused some changes across the depth chart. In the last outing, it was Lucas Raymond i Adam Erne in orbit Dylan Larkin. We also saw a different look from the Sabers in their final period of play on Saturday as Kyle Okposo was elevated to the front line with Tage Thompson i Jeff Skinner, and the result was two goals from the trio to tie the game. The best guess as of Monday morning for the fold would be Alex Nedeljkovic i Eric Comriebut only because we saw the other goalkeeper from each team on Saturday.
7 p.m., PNC Arena
With the Capitals hosting the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, there are no minor matchups in that back-to-back set, so it’s unclear when, or if, we’ll see Charlie Lindgren to start. The Capitals are still short on offense and continue to try to find the combination that can spark Alex Ovechkin to single-handedly win them some matches. Stay tuned for Hurricanes deployment as the team switched locations Jesperi Kotkaniemi i Sebastian Ahoputting Aho with Andrei Svechnikov i Martin Necas for the last half of overtime on Saturday won, while Kotkaniemi finished with Teuvo Teravainen i Seth Jarvis.
Mid-level fantasy forwards
Pavel Buchnevichw St. Louis Blues (83.2%): Listed in too many leagues to be featured here normally, Buchnevich is worthy of a quick spotlight because he returned from his five-game absence on Saturday. Bring him back to everyday lineups, as his regular place Robert Thomas i Vladimir Tarasenko it was kept warm for him. The connection between Thomas and Tarasenko has been on the ice for five of the Blues’ 10 even goals this season.
Gabriel VilardiC, Los Angeles Kings (45.1%)
Martin Necas, C, Carolina Hurricanes (46.7%)
Lucas Raymond, W, Detroit Red Wings (54.6%)
Deep League/Daily Fantasy Value Forwards
Kyle Okposo, W, Buffalo Sabers (0.9%): As mentioned, when the Sabers were trailing the Blackhawks on Saturday, Okposo substituted Alex fabric on the top line for the third period. He proceeded to assist on two goals that sent the game into overtime for the Sabres’ victory. Okposo might not be enough to keep the streak going, but if the Sabers take a look at the analytics, they could keep him there: The trio had 12 shot attempts for and one against in just over four minutes together.
Adam Erne, W, Detroit Red Wings (0.2%): Speaking of towering third-line ends who play with a physical edge, Erne played Saturday’s game with Larkin and Raymond, adding an attacking opportunity to his already borderline-relevant hit-fueled fantasy profile. With more ice time and talented linemates, he’s worth using for matchups like this.
Mid-level fantasy defense
Dmitry OrlovD, Washington Capitals (18.9%): John Carlson he’s beat, and if he doesn’t suit up, Orlov will get a ton of power play minutes. Orlov already collects enough hits and blocked shots to be on the fantasy bubble, so this added role makes him a strong play.
Deep League/Daily Fantasy Value Defenders
Olli MäättäD, Detroit Red Wings (8.8%): Dipping in front of enough pucks to help propel an average of 2.0 fantasy points per game, Maatta has been a pleasant fantasy surprise.
Eric Comrie, G, Buffalo Sabers (13.0%): Thanks to some key goaltending this season, the Sabers remain a top 10 team in goals allowed. This matchup is hard to gauge, but whether it’s Comrie or Craig Anderson that gets the nod, they are definitely an option for a fantasy starter here from the free agent wire. But it seems like a decision that should be restricted to fantasy managers who gambled on the goaltender in the draft and are passing on roster spots. I wouldn’t go too far to put a goalie in action on this board.
Alex Nedeljkovic, G, Detroit Red Wings (0.1%): Again, if you’re desperate for these goalies to start on this slate and predict this one will go the Red Wings’ way, Nedeljkovic is likely to start after two straight. Ville Husso departures
Put them in the bank
Charlie Lindgren, G, Washington Capitals (0.9%): You might be tempted by the free-agent goalie option if Lindgren gets the nod here, but the Hurricanes are still one of the scariest possession teams and are liable to go off for 40 shots in any given game. It feels very risky even though Lindgren has been matching Darcy Kuemper by fantasy points per game so far.
Jonathan QuickG, Los Angeles Kings (20.1%): Another potentially risky option, Quick has a turn in the lineup on Monday or Tuesday at the Kings. But he’s allowing too many goals so far this season to come with a positive fantasy result.
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