I’m going to give you some fades as these players either should not be in your lineup or tread carefully if you want them on your FanDuel squad. We will also be updating the goaltending matchups at the bottom of the column all season (up to the 7 pm start times for most lineups) so check the column and Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for the latest updates.
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Jaroslav Halak G (New York Islanders) - $8,000
Halak got the night off Tuesday as the Islanders played in Anaheim but the game went 14 rounds deep into a shootout and the Isles should be a tired bunch when they face the Kings. Halak has been mediocre this season with a 3-5-4 record to go with a 3.08 GAA and a.905 save percentage.
Carter Hutton G (St. Louis) - $7,700
The Blues also play the second game of back-to-back outings so it looks like Carter Hutton will get a rare start. The Capitals can score and it could be a long night for the netminder. He is 2-3 this season with a 2.77 GAA and a .900 save percentage and has had only two good games out of five starts this season. He has given up seven goals in his last 48 shots.
Mark Giordano D (Calgary) - $6,200
It has been a tough season for Giordano who has a goal and seven points in 21 games and only two assists in his last 14 contests. The Flames are in Columbus to play a surprisingly good Blue Jackets team and that could make things even tougher for the veteran defenseman.
John Carlson D (Washington) - $6,200
It has been a tough season for John Carlson owners who thought they were getting a top-five offensive defenseman, if he could only stay healthy. Well, Carlson has been the picture of health this season but has not been so good fantasy-wise with only seven assists (and no goals) in 18 games. He has only two helpers in his last seven contests.
Shayne Gostisbehere D (Philadelphia) - $5,800
The NHL may be catching up to the play of Gostisbehere who has not had a point in his last four games plus was a healthy scratch in another one. His stats this season are okay at three goals and 10 points but his last good fantasy effort was almost three weeks ago against the Canadiens when he had a goal and an assist.
Artemi Panarin W (Chicago) - $7,100
Panarin has had a good season with seven goals and 18 points thus far but he has only a goal and an assist in his last five games and the Blackhawks are on an extended road trip with tonight’s game the first of three in California as they face San Jose. There are better options on Wednesday than the Russian.
Blake Wheeler W (Winnipeg) - $7,100
Wheeler is playing on the Jets top line and while he does have six goals and 14 points this season, only one goal has been scored in the last five contests and he has not drawn an assist. Wheeler is a heck of a scoring threat but the Jets are on the road against Minnesota and facing a very tough Devan Dubnyk Wednesday.
Evander Kane W (Buffalo) - $6,200
The good news is that Evander Kane has two assists in his last three games. The bad news is that he has played six other games and has not hit the scoresheet. The Sabres traded for him early in 2015 with the assumption that he would be a tough winger who can score. He has been tough but is having trouble around the net. His value is too high to be worth taking.
John Tavares C (New York Islanders) - $7,600
The Islanders could be a tired bunch as I wrote in the Halak blurb. Tavares has 14 points in 18 games including three assists in his last five contests. The Kings are usually a tight-checking team that can lean on players so this may not be the best spot for the talented center.
Jonathan Toews C (Chicago) - $6,900
Toews is a solid center and maybe the best captain in sports but his fantasy value is not as high. He has four goals and 12 points in 20 games thus far, including none in his last four and just two assists (both against Montreal) in seven contests. The Blackhawks continue on the road Wednesday in San Jose and Toews could be in for another tough night.