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FanDuel NHL Fades: December 2

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

There are just four games on the schedule, but this could still be an interesting night.  We have a rivalry match ahead of us between the New York Rangers and Islanders.  Elsewhere we'll get to see what Toronto goaltender Garret Sparks does for an encore after he earned a 24-save shutout in his NHL debut.

 

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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.

 

Rickard Rakell LW (Anaheim) - $5,800

 

Rakell has six goals and 11 points in 22 games this season, which is actually a bit of an improvement over 2014-15 when he recorded 31 points.  The fact that he's doing better isn't terribly surprising given that he's a 22-year-old  with a fair amount of potential, but the to avoid getting too excited about him prematurely.  For one thing he's still averaging a modest 15:04 minutes per contest and he's actually finished below that in four of his last five games.  He's not a bad player, but he's not worth the risk at that cost.

 

Jakob Silfverberg RW (Anaheim) - $5,500

 

You're also better off avoiding his teammate Silfverberg for now.  Like Rakell, Silfverberg has untapped potential, but the difference between them is that Silfverberg has actually regressed.  Silfverberg has just two goals and five points in 25 games and is dealing with a minus-seven rating on top of that.  Perhaps he'll start to turn things around sooner rather than later, but it's best to just keep him in the back of your mind for now rather than play him in the short-term.

 

Valtteri Filppula C (Tampa Bay) - $5,700

 

Filppula has just two goals, eight assists, and a minus-seven rating in 25 games this season.  Combine that with the fact that he doesn't typically get a lot of shots (just 26 so far in 2015-16) and he's a player that's best avoided in FanDuel given its scoring rules.  Filppula is typically very bad value at that point.

 

Anders Lee LW (NY Islanders) - $6,300

 

Lee has been a subpar player given his price point as he has just four goals and 12 points in 25 contests this season.  That's made him typically a bad bet, but tonight is an especially dangerous time to play him given that the Islanders are up against the Rangers.

 

Nazem Kadri C (Toronto) - $6,300

 

Kadri has three goals and nine points in 24 games this season, so he's not off to a great start in terms of offensive production.  At least he broke out of his goal scoring slump on Nov. 20, but he's still not recording points frequently enough (two in five games) to call what he's gone through recently as a hot streak.  In other words, if he's turning his season around, it's been a slow process.

 

Jaroslav Halak G (NY Islanders) - $8,500

 

Halak has been having a great campaign thus far with a 2.02 GAA and .921 save percentage in 13 games, so typically his price point is justified.  However, the Rangers are among the most dangerous opponents Halak and the Islanders could face.  I'm not saying that Halak is destined to lose or have a bad game, but against the Rangers he's a high risk play.  With that in mind, why spend all that money on him tonight, especially when you only have to choose one goaltender?

 

Goaltenders

Toronto (Garret Sparks) confirmed @ Winnipeg (Connor Hellebuyck) confirmed

NY Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist) confirmed @ NY Islanders (Jaroslav Halak) confirmed

Boston (Tuukka Rask) confirmed @ Edmonton (Anders Nilsson) confirmed

Tampa Bay (Ben Bishop) @ Anaheim (John Gibson) confirmed

Ryan Dadoun
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