Daily Fantasy Hockey Preview: Week of November 25th

Los Angeles Kings goalie Ben Scrivens

Tampa Bay Lightning

Schedule This Week

Monday: vs. New York Rangers
Wednesday: vs. Philadelphia
Friday: vs. Pittsburgh

None of these match-ups are particularly great: The Rangers are hot, as are the Flyers, and Pittsburgh is just Pittsburgh.

Since Steven Stamkos was injured on Remembrance Day, the Lightning have averaged just two goals for/game. This is a team still scrambling to replace what they lost, and that makes me nervous. A desperate team is unpredictable, and that’s bad for fantasy.

I’m avoiding this team altogether this week, but if you’re not, look for value plays on Wednesday.


Toronto Maple Leafs

Schedule This Week

Monday: vs. Columbus
Wednesday: at Pittsburgh
Friday: at Buffalo
Saturday: at Montréal

In seven of nine games this month, the Leafs have scored two goals or fewer, and they haven’t cracked 30 shots for in four straight games.

If you want Leafs, take them early in the week. You don’t want to rely on them skating through Pittsburgh and Montréal hoping for a good plus/minus.

Keep an eye on the defensemen; Paul Ranger was a recent scratch, which could mean an expanded role for the kids Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly.


Vancouver Canucks

Schedule This Week

Monday: vs. Los Angeles
Thursday: at Ottawa
Saturday: at New York Rangers
Sunday: at Carolina

There’s an East Cost road trip ahead and who knows what that really means.

The Canucks have scored one goal or no goals in five of their last seven games. This stall in the offense makes me a bit leery of spending my money on their skaters in the hopes for production.

The lineup jumble is a problem because a value pick like Mike Santorelli could get top six forward minutes on any given night, and he could also get 11 minutes of ice time. Until I see the Canucks scoring rebound, I’m not putting my daily hockey fate in the hands of the high-priced players.


Washington Capitals

Schedule This Week

Wednesday: vs. Ottawa
Friday: vs. Montréal
Saturday: at New York Islanders

Alex Ovechkin.

Ottawa doesn’t have a very good penalty kill and the Islanders are the worst in the league in efficiency. That means great opportunities for the Great 8.

Aside from that, I worry about Holtby this week. I like him as a goalie but all three are not easy starts: All of these three teams are in the top 20 of goals for/game and Montréal and Ottawa are both in the top half of the league on power play efficiency.

It may be expensive, but Ovechkin might be worth the price against the Isles.


Winnipeg Jets

Schedule This Week

Monday: at New Jersey
Wednesday: at New York Islanders
Friday: at Philadelphia

Three road games, all in the East. None of the games are incredibly difficult in and of themselves, but I don’t feel particularly good about any of them.

Surprisingly, the Jets goaltending hasn’t been that bad recently, but the team has given up 30+ shots in eight straight games. If you need a cheap option on Monday, Winnipeg isn’t a bad direction to look in. Other than Dustin Byfuglien, Toby Enstrom and their first line, though, there’s not a lot to get excited about in daily fantasy. If you put their depth players on your roster, you’re gambling at best.

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Michael Clifford
Michael Clifford was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada and is a graduate of the Unviersity of New Brunswick. He writes about fantasy hockey and baseball for XNSports and FantasyTrade411.com. He can be reached on Twitter @SlimCliffy for any fantasy hockey questions. !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs');