We’ve passed the quarter pole of the NHL season and as we head into the holiday season, we’re starting to get a pretty good feel for which teams will be making some noise as springtime approaches. It’s another typically busy Saturday on the ice today, but with the majority of the action taking place this evening, these picks will focus only on the eight-game night slate on FanDuel.
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Jake Allen – St. Louis Blues - $9,600 - With Brian Elliott getting the nod last night in New York, we’re all but guaranteed to see Jake Allen between the pipes for the Blues tonight when they host the Maple Leafs. Allen owns a rock solid 11-5-2 record to go along with a tremendous 2.13 GAA in 18 starts. He’s posted a 2.03 GAA during his ten starts at the Scottrade Center this season and is faced with a terrific matchup tonight against a Toronto team that was shutout in Minnesota on Thursday and who is now averaging just 2.12 goals per game on the season.
Claude Giroux – Philadelphia Flyers - $7,800 – The Flyers’ ugly start the season has kept Mr. Giroux’s salary in check, but the sniper looks to finally be heating up. He picked up a goal and an assist against the Devils last night and has now collected three goals and six assists in the last six games. Giroux has proven to be a point-per-game type player throughout his career and I’m expecting him to keep things rolling tonight against a Columbus team that has allowed 2.93 GA/G this season.
Mikael Granlund – Minnesota Wild - $5,300 – Mikael Granlund is happy to see Zach Parise back in the Minnesota lineup as he’s thriving alongside him and Jason Pominville on the top scoring line. The former first-round pick has scored two goals and dished out eight assists over the last 11 games and is logging nearly 20 minutes of ice-time per game lately. He’s proving to be a weapon on the point of Minnesota’s very dangerous #1 power-play unit and has a both the asking price and the matchup (vs Colorado) we are looking for.
Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis Blues - $8,100 – Tarasenko battled through a flu-bug last night and picked up an assist against the Islanders. His 14 goals on the season ranks him third in the NHL and he’s been a matchup nightmare from opposing coaches on home ice as he’s posted 28 goals, 24 assists and a +18 in 49 games at the Scottrade Center since the beginning of the 2014-15 season.
Dylan Larkin – Detroit Red Wings - $5, 300 – All the talk entering the season centered around both Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, but it’s been Dylan Larkin making a strong case for the Calder Trophy thus far. The 15th overall selection in last year’s draft has already scored ten goals, added nine assists and owns an NHL-best +17. He’s still very reasonably priced and logged over 20 minutes of ice-time in Thursday night’s victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
Dale Weise – Montreal Canadiens - $3,500 - If you’re looking for some value on the wing, then consider Dale Weise. With Brendan Gallagher still sidelined, Weise is slated to get a crack on the top line alongside Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec. He’s quietly already scored nine goals on the young season and looks poised to shatter his career high 29-point season in 2014-15. He’s getting plenty of run on Montreal’s #2 power play and it won’t take much for him to reach value at this bargain price-tag.
P.K. Subban – Montreal Canadiens - $6,500 – With the Carolina Hurricanes owning an atrocious 74.6% penalty kill, I’ll be looking for some exposure to the ‘Habs #1 power-play unit. P.K. Subban has already racked up 10 points as the quarterback of that top group and is my favorite play on the blue-line this evening. Subban may have just one goal on the young season but, armed with a booming slapshot, it’s only a matter of time until his shooting percentage rises from its current 1.4% to where it was last season (8.8%). Despite the trouble putting the puck in net, he’s still very much a fantasy asset with 20 assists in 27 games.
Ryan Suter – Minnesota Wild - $4,200 – I’m not sure what Ryan Suter needs to do to see his price skyrocket, but apparently racking up a team-high 21 points in 24 games hasn’t been enough for an adjustment. Suter is logging over 28 minutes per game this season, quarterbacks the Wilds’ very dangerous #1 power-play unit and has posted three goals and nine assists (and a +5) in 13 home games. He has an excellent matchup on tap against a very poor puck possession team in the Colorado Avalanche and will be locked into all of my cash game rosters at this price-point.