Yahoo Plays and Strategy for Thursday, November 17
This article is part of ours Yahoo DFS Hockey series
It’s another busy night in the NHL with 13 games available. The Blues are the only tired team playing on Thursday as they host the Capitals after a 5-2 win over Chicago on Wednesday. Below are suggested options for creating an effective byline.
Linus UllmarkBOS vs. PHI ($42): Ullmark has been absolutely sensational this season, going 11-1-0 with a 1.96 GAA and a .936 save percentage. He has taken over the No. 1 job in net in Boston and is the early favorite for the Vezina Trophy. Ullmark has scored more than two goals just three times this season, and more than three just once. He gave up two goals on 31 shots, going 5-2 last season in his only start against the Flyers.
GOALKEEPER TO AVOID
Joonas KorpisaloCLS vs. MON ($22): It looks like Korpisalo will start in goal for Colom after he replaced the injured Elvis Merzlikins (lower body) on Tuesday. Korpisalo is 2-1-1 this season with a 3.70 GAA and a .910 save percentage. His save percentage is over .894 for the first time in three years, but over the past two seasons he has posted GAAs of 3.30 and 4.15. While Korpisalo will get a chance to take over the top net in Columbus, the stats above indicate that might not be a good thing for the Blue Jackets.
Sebastian OhCAR vs. COLD ($24): Aho has slumped a bit of late, going pointless in four of his last five games, but the Carolina center still has seven goals and 17 points in 16 contests. The Avalanche knocked him senseless two days ago, but he had a goal in every game against them last season.
CENTER TO AVOID
Sidney Crosby, BUST to MIN ($32): Crosby got off to a great start this season with four goals and 11 points in his first six games, but has just three goals and six points in his last 10 games. Overall, his stats look great with seven goals and 17 points in 16 games, but a closer look shows his salary will likely be too high come Thursday. Crosby had an assist in his only game against the Wild last season.
Brad MarchandBOS vs. PHI ($30): Marchand has been on fire since returning to action following offseason hip surgery, an injury that cost him the first seven games of the season. He has five goals and 17 points in just eight games, as he is in one Connor McDavid– like the rhythm of goal. His five goals have come with the man advantage, as well as three assists.
Troy Terry, ANA to WPG ($21): Terry is becoming the go-to player for the Ducks as he has six goals and 19 points in 16 games, proving that last season’s 67 points was no fluke. He has increased his average playing time by almost two minutes to 20:03. Terry plays alongside Trevor Zegras i Adam Henry on the Ducks’ first power play unit as well as their top line.
WINGS TO AVOID
Alex OvechkinERA to STL ($28): Ovechkin has eight goals and 14 points in 18 games this season, but has just one assist in his last four games. The Blues have turned their season around after a poor start and are a tough opponent at the moment. Ovechkin didn’t have a point in two games against the Blues last season.
Kyle Connor, WPG vs ANA ($24): After scoring 47 goals and 93 points last season, Connor has been a playmaker at best this season. He has only found the back of the net twice in 14 games, but has 10 assists. By comparison, Connor scored 11 goals and 19 points in the first 14 games last season. He’s shown he’s more than capable of breaking out at any moment, and while tonight may be the night, I’d be wary of selecting him.
Erik Karlsson, SJ vs. IT ($25): There is no defenseman in the NHL hotter than Karlsson, who has found the back of the net in eight of his last nine games with seven goals and 18 points. He has been excellent all season as he has 10 goals and 24 points in 18 total games, good enough to tie for seventh in goals, as well as being tied for sixth in the NHL scoring race. This is for the entire league, not just among the defensemen.
Rasmus AnderssonCGY vs. TB ($18): Andersson is having a nice season with one goal and 12 assists in 15 games, with six helpers on the power play. He is on pace for career highs in minutes played per game (24:50) as well as on the power play (3:17). He had a career-high 50 points last season, and Andersson is well on his way to surpassing that mark.
DEFENSE TO AVOID
Morgan RiellyTOR vs. NJ ($20): Rielly is yet to score this season, but has 14 assists in 17 games. He had two assists in three games against the Devils last season, but New Jersey has been a much better team in 2022-23. It will be a tough game for Rielly on Thursday.
Jared Spurgeon, MIN vs. BREAST ($17): Spurgeon has just one goal and five points in 16 games this season and has gone the last six games without a point. The 32-year-old defenseman has dropped to the second power play unit Addison is needed replacing it in the upper unit. Spurgeon also has his lowest TOI since his 2010-11 rookie season, averaging just 21:07.
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