Friday’s fantasy hockey tips: NHL picks, matchups, more
Friday’s sparse schedule is highlighted by the rather bright Hall of Fame game to kick off the weekend’s festivities in Toronto. The visit Pittsburgh Penguins they hope to make it two in a row after winning their first contest since Oct. 22 Wednesday in Washington. Meanwhile, the host Maple Leafs are a much better 3-0-1 after a disastrous run through October. This one should be fun.
Sidney Crosby He loves scoring against the Leafs, both in Pittsburgh and on the road in Toronto. By the numbers, more than he likes to score against most other teams in the NHL. Before the pandemic, the Penguins captain had failed to record a single point in Toronto on just three occasions since joining the league in 2005. A new experience for Toronto’s bid Erik Kallgren, to be sure. In his still-young career, the second-year goaltender has yet to face Crosby and his crew. In the meantime, Austin Matthews and Co. they are bound to pepper whoever starts in pittsburgh, be it the winner of this week’s game Casey DeSmith or Tristan Jarry.
All Eastern eras.
Favorable goal matches
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With a 0-2-2 record and .881 SV% and 3.68 GAA, James Reimer He has not won a game since October 23rd. The traveling Sharks are coming off a 5-3 loss at St. Louis the night before. Inactive since Tuesday, the well-rested Stars have one of the league’s most dangerous offenses, led by a top line of Jason Robertson, Roope Hintzand an apparently ageless one Joe Pavelski. Thrown all together, it adds up to a predicted Dallas win in which we got to see some goals.
Additional note: At last check, coach Pete DeBoer suggested it was possible Jake Oettinger he could start after missing two weeks with a lower-body injury. Otherwise, search Scott Wedgewood – who has been mostly solid in relief – to make his fifth straight start for the Stars.
Mid-level fantasy forwards
Jamie BennDallas Stars (59.6%): Before Tuesday’s setback in Winnipeg, Benn had been on pace for four goals, including a hat trick in Edmonton, and four assists in three games. I’m rooting for the veteran forward to get back on the court with a few shots and otherwise dent the scoreboard against a much weaker Sharks defense.
Deep League/Daily Fantasy Value Forwards
Nicholas Paul, Tampa Bay Lightning (9.0%): The second-line center is on a roll, with four goals and four assists in his last eight games. I also like the sense of familiarity with this match. Paul faced Washington’s projected starter Darcy Kuemper, then with Colorado, six straight in losing the Stanley Cup Finals last June. Penetrating the Avalanche’s superior defense, he managed to score in Game 1 and 3. The Capitals’ battered defense isn’t quite the same caliber.
Deep League/Daily Fantasy Value Defenders
Timothy Liljegren, Toronto Maple Leafs (7.0%): At the risk of getting too excited about a rather anomalous pair of goals against Las Vegas on Tuesday, I really think the young defenseman has a lot more to contribute on the offensive end. He looked like a possessed skater in that particular game, just his third of the season. He was 17th overall five years ago, the 23-year-old must finally put it in another gear. I’d also like to see him earn a chance in the Leafs’ secondary power play, but Sheldon Keefe doesn’t seem ready to turn that combo around just yet.
Martin JonesSeattle Kraken (25.0%): Seattle’s No. 1 has won four straight, including last week’s 22-save shutout in Minnesota. He surrendered a grand total of four goals in the other three wins. This Kraken team, which is threatening to take over the second place Kings in the Pacific, is having a lot of fun, including Jones.
Put them in the bank
Marc-Andre Fleury, Minnesota Wild (69.2%): The Kraken are hot. And they put up four on just 23 shots past Fleury last week. While the revenge element is certainly at play, I’m not rolling the fantasy dice in line with this narrative unless absolutely necessary.
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