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FanDuel Fades: November 17

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

There are eight games set for tonight and it's a relatively condensed schedule as none of them start after 9:00 p.m. ET.  Dallas will attempt to pad its Western Conference lead when it takes on the Buffalo Sabres tonight.  We'll also see if Colorado can earn its fourth straight win as it attempts to climb out of an early season hole.

 

Johnny Gaudreau LW (Calgary) - $7,300

 

Gaudreau hasn't recorded a point in four games, which is an unusually long cold streak for him.  Normally I wouldn't be too hard on him for that, but he'll also be up against Devils goalie Cory Schneider tonight, who is having a great season and has been particularly strong lately.  It seems the deck is stacked against Gaudreau tonight.

 

Dennis Wideman D (Calgary) - $5,600

 

Similarly, part of the reason why I recommend avoiding Wideman is because of Schneider.  Wideman has eight assists in 19 games this season, which is a significant step down from what he did in 2014-15, but is still solid by defensemen standards.  However, he also has a minus-11 rating, which eats into his fantasy value.

 

Patrick Maroon LW (Anaheim) - $5,400

 

Maroon has just a goal and three points in 17 contests this season.  That alone is troubling, but he's also been averaging just 12:03 minutes per game, down from 14:16 in 2014-15.  With him playing that little, it's hard to feel good about his chances of rebounding in any significant way.

 

Marian Gaborik RW (Los Angeles) - $6,800

 

Gaborik is a similar case to Maroon in the sense that it's a lack of playing time that's part of the problem.  Obviously that's where the similarities end though.  Gaborik has a vastly more impressive history than Maroon and Gaborik did record a goal and an assist on Saturday against Edmonton.  That strong performance against the Oilers might lead some to feel that Gaborik has turned a corner after recording just two points in his first 16 contests, but it's also worth remembering that Gaborik only logged 13:31 minutes of ice time in that game.  Unless he starts playing a bigger role with the Kings, I don't see him as a good bet at that price point for any given game.

 

Chris Kunitz LW (Pittsburgh) - $6,100

 

The Penguins should be going into tonight's game with a chip of their shoulders and that might bode well for them.  However, Kunitz specifically isn't a good bet.  He declined in 2014-15 and this season he hasn't been able to do much offensively with two goals and no assists in 17 contests.

 

Jason Pominville RW (Minnesota) - $6,500

 

Pominville has 16 games under his belt now and he still hasn't found the back of the net.  It's just a matter of time, but he'll be up against Pittsburgh which, as mentioned above, should be playing with a chip on its shoulder.  With that in mind, this doesn't seem like an ideal game for him to end that cold streak.

 

Nick Foligno C (Columbus) - $6,500

 

It's looking more and more like Foligno isn't going to live up to the standard that he set in 2014-15 with his 73-point season.  He has seven points and a minus-13 rating in 18 contests, which puts him on a pace to get about 32 points.  Although that's a big drop from his 2014-15 showing, his current pace is actually more in line with what he's done in his career overall.  At least fantasy players have the luxury of not using him, Columbus was so high on his performance last season that they inked him to a six-year, $33 million contract that started in 2015-16.

 

Jonathan Bernier G (Toronto) - $7,100

 

Bernier allowed four goals on 30 shots on Sunday, so it should come as no surprise that he will go back to warming the bench tonight.  It seems that James Reimer has taken the starting job in Toronto from Bernier.

 

Goaltenders

San Jose (Martin Jones) confirmed @ Boston (Tuukka Rask)

Dallas (Antti Niemi) confirmed @ Buffalo (Linus Ullmark) confirmed

Los Angeles (Jonathan Quick) confirmed @ Philadelphia (Steve Mason) confirmed

St. Louis (Brian Elliott) confirmed @ Columbus (Sergei Bobrovsky) confirmed

Minnesota (Devan Dubnyk) @ Pittsburgh (Marc-Andre Fleury) confirmed

Colorado (Reto Berra) confirmed @ Toronto (James Reimer) confirmed

Anaheim (Frederik Andersen) confirmed @ Nashville (Pekka Rinne)

New Jersey (Cory Schneider) confirmed @ Calgary (Karri Ramo) confirmed

Ryan Dadoun
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