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Monday’s fantasy hockey tips: NHL picks, matchups, more

Monday’s fantasy hockey tips: NHL picks, matchups, more

With four of the six teams in action Monday also playing Tuesday, we’re bound to get some backups on this Monday slate. But until we get some confirmation from keepers later in the day, your guess is as good as mine as to how Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues i New York Islanders distribute the beginnings. It’s worth watching, though, as the replacement for three of the four teams being discussed — the Oilers, Flames and Blues — has performed as well or better for fantasy points than the starter.

Favorable goal matches

8 p.m., Capital One Arena, Watch live on ESPN+

This matchup has the most exciting scorers on both sides of the puck, with Connor McDavid i Leon Draisaitl assuming Alex Ovechkin — a group that includes three of the top four scorers since the 2018-19 season. Both teams are coming off multiple losses, with the Oilers dropping two in a row and the Caps dropping four. John Carlson was on the ice before Sunday’s practice and is eligible to return, but is more likely to miss his fifth game with a lower-body injury.

Calgary Flames at New York Islanders

7 p.m., UBS Arena, Watch live on ESPN+

The Flames arrive in New York as losers of four straight. Early last week, the team changed their scoring lines to try to spark the offense, but kept losing and went back to the original lines that haven’t worked all season. Doubtful doing the same thing and expecting a different result wins them one here. The Isles had won five in a row before losing to Detroit on Saturday. This game should help them get back in the chair.

7 p.m., TD Garden

Linked with the Columbus blue jackets in last place in the NHL standings and riding a six-game losing streak, the Blues face a Bruins team that would be tied for first overall with a win. The Bruins may even counter the Blues’ only bright spot so far: St. Louis is ninth in power play conversion percentage, but Boston is No. 1 in penalty kill.

Mid-level fantasy forwards

Jesse PuljujarviW, Edmonton Oilers (2.6%): Practicing online with Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, this would be Puljujarvi’s first promotion to start a match on a goal line this season. On the one hand, being offered such a prime opportunity to skate with McDavid should be reason to be excited as fantasy managers. On the other hand, we have seen this same rodeo before from Puljujarvi.

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Deep League/Daily Fantasy Value Forwards

Jake NeighborsW, St. Louis Blues (0.4%): It seems like Brandon Saad he’ll return from injury in this one, finally giving the Blues the depth they need to ice three solid goal lines. And based on practice, Neighbors finds himself as the lucky linemate Jordan Kyrou i Brayden Schenn.

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Mid-level fantasy defense

Hampus LindholmD, Boston Bruins (64.5%): The clock is ticking. It really looks like the Bruins are setting us up for Charlie McAvoy appearance at the end of this week. Meanwhile, Lindholm has been doing a great job filling the role of the team’s top offensive defenseman. If something were to happen to McAvoy again, it’s safe to say Lindholm becomes a must-start.

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Deep League/Daily Fantasy Value Defenders

Nikita ZadorovD, Calgary Flames (0.7%): Yes Chris Tanev misses another contest, Zadorov has a high fantasy upside thanks to the minutes he will be asked to eat. Zadorov played 28:24 in Saturday’s overtime loss. Those kind of minutes for a physical defender are a lock for more than 2 fantasy points.

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Goalkeepers

Stuart SkinnerG, Edmonton Oilers (16.2%): We’re at the tipping point where you’d consider starting the backup if he gets the nod, but not the supposed incumbent. If Skinner gets the nod, I’d go with him in fantasy. Yes Jack Campbell get the call i’m running away The Oilers are doing a careful job of showing us enough of Skinner, but also being wary of creating too much controversy around their starter. But Campbell has to pull himself together. The fact that you have reached this fantastic tipping point of preferring the backup is a worrying sign.

Semyon VarlamovG, New York Islanders (3.2%): With another game on Tuesday, that game could go to Varlamov. The Flames struggle to score at even strength and the Islanders have the third-best penalty kill to counter any advantage.

Put them in the bank

St. Louis Blues: Logic suggests the team with just 12 goals in five-on-five over nine games should be on the bench. That said, I have a soft spot for a team on a six-game losing streak that gets its offense back at full strength for the first time since the start of the season. If they somehow right the ship here against Boston, we’ll have to remember that Brandon Saad is, for whatever reason, the key to this offense.



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