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FanDuel Fades: December 7

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

There's only six teams playing tonight, so naturally the pickings are slim.  The games should be interesting though as Nashville vs. Boston and Buffalo against Vancouver are fairly even matches.  On top of that, the other game of the night - Colorado vs. Minnesota - is a rivalry game and the second half of a home-and-away series.

 

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Remember to come back later in the day to check for confirmation on the starting goaltenders and keep an eye on the injured players list.

 

Alex Tanguay LW (Colorado) - $5,100

 

Tanguay's price is pretty reasonable given his potential, but I want to see some signs of life out of him before taking a chance.  He has just six points in 16 games and Tanguay has no points in his last six contests.

 

Craig Smith RW (Nashville) - $5,400

 

Smith went from recording 52 points in 2013-14 to just 44 last season and he might decline further this time around.  He has a lackluster five goals and nine points in 26 contests this season.  Perhaps he'll bounce back as the season goes on, but it's not likely to happen in the immediate future as Nashville will face Boston and then Chicago twice in its next three games.

 

Matt Beleskey LW (Boston) - $6,100

 

Beleskey has held his own in his first season with the Boston Bruins, but the one thing he hasn't done is fine the back of the net with any regularity.  He's gone from 22 goals in 65 games last season to just three in 23 contests in 2015-16.  That decline isn't terribly surprising given that last season he had a shooting percentage of 15.2, which was substantially higher than his career average.  Plus he had never scored more than 11 goals in a single season prior to 2014-15.  Nevertheless, that regress has hurt his appeal and it's part of the reason why I don't see him as worth grabbing at his current price.

 

Pekka Rinne G (Nashville) - $8,200

 

Carter Hutton is expected to get the start tonight against Boston.  So naturally if you pick Rinne without realizing that, it could ruin your team tonight.

 

Darcy Kuemper (Minnesota) - $7,200

 

Kuemper is expected to get the nod as Devan Dubnyk has a groin injury.  It's a big opportunity for Kuemper, who has been used sparingly ever since Minnesota acquired Dubnyk, but that doesn't mean Kuemper will capitalize on it.  He has a shaky 3.41 GAA and .907 save percentage in four contests this season.  Minnesota was able to shut out Colorado on Sunday and Kuemper played a part in that, logging 29 minutes, but that also puts Kuemper in an awkward position as he's being asked to go from barely playing to guarding the net twice in three days.  It also makes Colorado a motivated team to bounce back against a rival squad.

 

Mike Ribeiro C (Nashville) - $5,800

 

Ribeiro enjoyed something of a revival in his first season with Nashville as he scored 15 goals and 62 points in 82 contests, but his follow up campaign hasn't been quite as productive.  He has 14 points in 26 games and just three of those points have been goals.  He does have 40 penalty minutes this season, but that's a misleading statistic as its primarily due to three misconducts he took and you can't count on Ribeiro ending up with any more of those.

 

Goaltenders

Nashville (Carter Hutton) confirmed @ Boston (Jonas Gustavsson) confirmed

Minnesota (Darcy Kuemper) confirmed @ Colorado (Semyon Varlamov) confirmed

Buffalo (Linus Ullmark) @ Vancouver (Ryan Miller) confirmed

Ryan Dadoun
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