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FanDuel Fades: December 21

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

There will be two days of NHL action, including Monday night, before the NHL takes a holiday break for a few days. There are eight matches scheduled for tonight. Washington and Colorado will be seeking six straight wins when they face Carolina and Toronto, respectively.  The Capitals will be playing their second game in as many nights, while Anaheim, St. Louis, Montreal, Dallas, Minnesota, Toronto and Winnipeg will play again on Tuesday.

 

Remember to check back later for confirmation on starting goaltenders and look at Rotoworld's injured player list as well.

 

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Max Pacioretty LW (Montreal) - $9,400

 

Pacioretty has been struggling with one goal and a minus-9 rating in his last eight outings. It isn't surprising that Montreal has won just one game over that span. Nashville is a strong home team (10-4-3) and Pekka Rinne has been tough to beat in his own barn. Save your cap space and go with someone else.

 

Jeff Skinner LW (Carolina) - $5,600

 

Skinner appears to coming down from his scoring tear. He hasn't earned a point in his past two games and he didn't have a shot on goal against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Carolina may not have to face Braden Holtby after he started Sunday in a 7-3 win over the Rangers, but it still won't be an easy game.

 

Eric Staal C (Carolina) - $7,900

 

Staal doesn't have a point in his last four matches and he has scored one goal in his past 21. As I previously mentioned with Skinner, I don't think the Hurricanes will get much done offensively even if they don't have to go against Holtby. He's also among the most expensive centers and there are much cheaper options who can easily surpass his production.

 

Ryan Getzlaf C (Anaheim) - $8,200

 

Getzlaf is still stuck on one goal, which was scored into an empty net, and he has one assist in his last five games. He is an easy fade at this point because his lack of goal scoring makes it unlikely that his fantasy points will meet his cap value.

 

Frans Nielsen C (New York Islanders) - $6,600

 

Nielsen has gone four games in a row without a point and he has generated three goals in his last nine outings. The 31-year-old is having a pretty good season, but his current slump makes him avoidable right now. Nielsen is more expensive than Jason Spezza, Mikko Koivu and Nicklas Backstrom.

 

Alex Galchenyuk C (Montreal) - $4,800

 

Galchenyuk has a discounted price, but his offensive troubles are the reason for that. He hasn't scored a goal in his last nine games and he has only three helpers over that span. Galchenyuk isn't worth gambling on at this time.

 

Colton Parayko D (St. Louis) - $5,200

 

The rookie defender scored his sixth goal of the season Saturday, but he logged just 14:15 of ice time and his production has fallen off following a red hot start. Parayko has three points in his last 14 matches. Tyson Barrie has the same price and his potential for points is better than Parayko.

 

Chris Kunitz RW (Pittsburgh) - $6,500

 

Sidney Crosby won't play Monday because of a lower-body injury and Kunitz hasn't registered a point in four consecutive games. Kunitz also hasn't scored a goal in seven matches and his chances of snapping that slump aren't very good with Crosby sidelined.

 

Goaltenders

 

Anaheim (Frederik Andersen) @ New York Islanders (Jaroslav Halak) confirmed

St. Louis (Jake Allen) confirmed @ Philadelphia (Steve Mason) confirmed

Columbus (Joonas Korpisalo) confirmed @ Pittsburgh (Matt Murray) confirmed

Washington (Braden Holtby) @ Carolina (Cam Ward)

Montreal (Dustin Tokarski) confirmed @ Nashville (Pekka Rinne) confirmed

Dallas (Kari Lehtonen) confirmed @ Minnesota (Devan Dubnyk) confirmed

Toronto (Jonathan Bernier) confirmed @ Colorado (Semyon Varlamov) confirmed

Winnipeg (Connor Hellebuyck) @ Edmonton (Cam Talbotconfirmed

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.