Reaching the midseason point is the perfect occasion for another edition of Fantasy 32. As such, here’s a roundup of one actionable fantasy story from every team in the NHL.
The Ducks begin a six-game road trip on Monday, starting in Pittsburgh. Goalkeeper John Gibson has yet to win an away game. no thing. On the road, No. 1 Anaheim is 0-9-3, with a 4.36 GAA and 0.889 SV%. Those of you still clinging to Gibson in a fantasy competition might want to take on him for the foreseeable future. at least.
Forward Barrett Hayton is currently the best choice for DFS/DFS in the desert. Now at the center line with Clayton Keeler, Hayton has four goals – including one in each of his past three contests – and five assists in eight games. The 2018 fifth overall pick is available in nearly 99% of the ESPN.com fantasy leagues.
They’re using the Boston “T” again. Tandem/timeshare mates Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman are splitting chances up to Stevens again these days. While Ullmark speaks overwhelmingly across the ESPN.com fantasy spectrum, Swayman is not. And the 24-year-old is doing well.
Three have yet to muster in Buffalo. As of Friday afternoon, AHL part-timer Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen remains a member of the Sabers. Which is to say, neither Lokonen, Craig Anderson, nor Eric Comrie should be relied upon as constant fictional presences in the Sabres’ wrinkle.
Only four matches, and Max Pacioretty has already returned to the infirmary. After suffering a lower-body injury, the Sharpshooter left Thursday’s game in Columbus after just three minutes. Stay tuned for more details, but we’re told it’s not related to Achilles’ previous case. Which is good. Teuvo Teravainen is back in the top line with Sebastian Aho at the moment.
Skating a line with Nazim Kadri and Jonathan Huberdeau, winger Milan Lucic (0.5%) has become a somewhat valuable fantasy commodity of late. With two goals and an assist in his past four contests, the physical winger has averaged 1.9 fantasy/contest points. That includes failed Thursdays in St. Louis. Luc has value in deep leagues, especially competition that rewards hitting as well as scoring.
Regardless of IR designation, Patrick Kane is expected to return to the Blackhawks’ lineup Saturday against Seattle. This is according to trainer Luke Richardson. Then, Lukas Reichel was sent back to the AHL, where he should remain a promising prospect until someone gets injured again or gets traded.
Kirill Marchenko scores for the Blue Jackets. I do not know. There’s not a lot to like about what’s happening in Columbus right now, fantasy and whatnot. The 22-year-old rookie is one bright spot.
Forward Ivan Rodriguez (8.6%) made the most of his position at the top of the scoring line with Nathan McKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. Averaging about 22 minutes per game, Rodriguez has scored three goals and six assists in his past seven games. And it doesn’t look like Gabriel Landeskoog or Valerie Nichochkin will be back in good health anytime soon.
While Roope Hintz recovers out of position, Tyler Seguin (66.2%) takes charge of the top line focus with Jason Robertson and Joe Pavelski. Not coincidentally, he scored a goal and assisted in two matches as a substitute. There is sometimes an argument for hiring Seguin when tough lineup decisions need to be made. Not now, though.
After a knee injury, Robbie Fabry (3.0%) is back strong. He skates on the top six line with Andrew Cobb, scoring three straight goals. If only this guy could stay healthy for any significant length of time. Fingers crossed.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Evander Kane could return to the Oilers’ lineup as early as January 19th. This next week. A top-tier fantasy asset, Kane collected five goals and eight assists on 50 (!) shots in 14 games before suffering a torn wrist. Check its availability in your league as soon as possible. Dylan Holloway, meanwhile, is serving as a stylish Daily Fantasy asset as Connor McDavid’s liaison.
Keep Anthony Doclair (3.2%) on your radar. Once he’s recovered from his Achilles tendon injury – there’s talk of a post-ASG comeback – the feisty striker could provide instant fantasy sparks as a top six goalscorer. Duclair scored 31 goals and 27 assists over 74 games with the Panthers this past season.
Don’t Sleep on Quinton Byfield (1.3%) as a fictional streaming asset/member of a record line with Anze Kopitar and Adrian Kempe. The 2020 second draft pick a goal and an assist — while earning top honors — in Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the Sharks. Keep your massively built future star within your reach in Daily Fantasy for now, too.
Philip Gustafsson splits time equally with Marc-Andre Fleury at present. And the other internet watchman is the win. Like Thursday night against the Islanders, when he allowed just one goal on 20 shots. Gustavsson is listed on 16.6% of ESPN.com syndicates, while Fleury is spoken for in 63%.
Defender David Savard (28.6%) blocks a high number of shots. He also contributes to the results sheet sometimes. Of the few fantasy-related figures in Montreal these days, Savard deserves more love in leagues that reward his shot-blocking and goal-scoring stats.
It was only three healthy matches – give Ondrej Bales a minute. His role on the scoring streak with Nico Hischer is too rich to pay dividends any time soon. The former Lightning skater is also useful for hitting his body and blocking shots (relative to other attackers).
Centering the midfield with Philipp Forsberg, rookie Juuso Parssinen is riding a five-point streak with a goal and six assists. Parssinen is overwhelmingly available in the ESPN.com NHL fantasy world.
The Islanders’ third-line center scores more goals, throws and blocks more shots than any other forward these days. In fact, Jean-Gabriel Pajo currently averages more fantasy points/game in the traditional leagues (2.7) than any other skater on his team. All-around assets are spoken of in only 40% of ESPN.com contests.
Need d imagination? Give K’Andre Miller (23.1%) some huge considerations. Clearly transforming into the player we expected him to eventually become, Miller rides a five-point streak with three goals and four assists. The third year defender also shoots and blocks shots. Scoop it up before it’s too late.
Anton Forsberg has more wins than that, and he’s playing better than Cam Talbot so far in 2023. If this trend continues, the Senators’ No. 2 player will be playing a lot, too. Ottawa still fancies itself as a playoff contender. Coach DJ Smith will fill his crease with whoever he thinks gives the Senators the best chance for wins.
Travis Konicney has 12 goals and eight assists in his past 10 games, but remains available in 12% of ESPN.com’s leagues. But maybe not in yours. So shoot Joel Farabee (3.8%), who also contributes as a Konecny Fellow, for a look instead.
Keep seeing how Dustin Tokarski managed Friday night against the Jets. If the third player is playing well, he should replace the struggling Casey Desmith as Mike Sullivan until Tristan Garry (lower body injury) has fully recovered. Which could make the AHL standout a solid broadcast option/Daily Fantasy assets for the game or a few.
What about them Kraken! It seems like every skater deserves some credit for the current Seattle rip, including rookie Eeli Tolvanen. Since being released from Nashville on waivers, and having tasted defeat with his new club, the former Predator has scored four goals and two assists in seven games. Tolvanen stars in the deeper fantasy league.
Starting on Friday evening and concluding next Sunday, the Sharks face off against the Oilers, Devils, Stars, Blue Jackets, and Bruins. With the exception of next Saturday’s fight with Columbus, any San Jose player should be firmly benched.
Before falling short against the Flames, the Brandon Saad/Bryden Sheen/Ivan Barbashev streak was in great shape, with nine goals and seven assists in four games. The Blues will need more of the same from their second scoring unit if they are to have any hope of fighting for a playoff spot. Particularly with Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O’Reilly both sidelined. Shane (50.8%) is my favorite fantasy of the three, because he also skates the best game on the club.
For those who could still benefit from receiving this very memo, Brandon Hagel is a new fantasy gem this season. Skating on the top line with Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov, the former Blackhawks is fourth in scoring since Oct. 22, with 16 goals and 18 assists on 111 shots in 35 games. However, it remains available in 48% of ESPN.com syndicates. Real man, people. Take the plunge into fantasy.
Auston Matthews center both are sick And banged up, according to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan. Don’t be surprised if the Maple Leafs rest their superstars here and there between now and the postseason. Especially if Toronto becomes more comfortable securing a playoff spot. As a fictional asset, Matthews’ condition must be monitored regularly.
Trade talk is reportedly heating up around Brock Boeser (48.9%). Getting away from the chaos of Vancouver will undoubtedly be beneficial for the underperforming striker. If you’ve been sticking with Boeser for so long, you might now see how it all plays out. It would be nice to get a best six gig with a competitor.
Forward Mark Stone is injured. We don’t know any details yet, or how severe the injury is, except that he left Thursday’s game against Florida with an upper-body problem. If you’re invested in the top line forward, check for updates before Saturday tilts with the visiting Oilers before you put up your own fantasy lineup.
Have you seen the next aircraft schedule? Starting Sunday, Winnipeg faces a slew of games against the Coyotes, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, and Senators before wrapping up in Philadelphia the following weekend. Of this laughter, only Toronto has a winning record and goals allowed average in the top half of the league. If you’re about to take top six skaters like Nikolaj Eilers, Blake Wheeler, or even Cole Perfetti into deeper tournaments, now’s the time to make your move.
Two games in and Tom Wilson (27.7%) already has 10 hits to his credit. It won’t be long before the physical forward adds a slew of shooting and scoring to his fantasy resume as well. Hijack it when you still can.