Daily Fantasy NHL 1/14/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Hockey Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
January 14, 2014
We’ve got a very busy evening coming our way in the NHL (11 games), so there are bound to be plenty of fantasy implications on the way. That said, let’s take a look at some of the notable names out there who are trending in the right direction and need to be on your radar. If you’re looking for a sleeper or a lower-end plug-in (with investment potential) tonight, these are some of the guys who should be on your list.
Chris Kreider, C/LW, New York Rangers: Kreider is one of the hottest young players in the league right now, and he’s been burning up the waiver wire as well. Over the past five games, he has five points (two goals; three assists) and has 12 scores and 15 helpers on the year already. That plus-11 rating also looks pretty good.
With wins in four of their last five, the Rangers are rolling right now. Look for them to continue the offensive assault tonight against the Lightning, making Kreider a viable play.
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Kevin Poulin, G, New York Islanders: With Evgeni Nabokov down due to a lower-body injury, Poulin has stepped in and played well. He’s rocking a perfect 4-0 record in the new year and is coming off a pair of 31-save efforts in his last two outings.
It’s tough telling when Nabokov could be back (he’s been skating over the past few days, albeit briefly), but in the meantime Poulin works as a nice fill-in option. The Isles’ road trip continues against the Panthers tonight.
Loui Eriksson, LW/RW, Boston Bruins: We’ll say this right off the bat here: Eriksson is a significant injury risk. He’s dealt with two concussions already this season, and if he sustains a third you can pretty much kiss his value goodbye. Still, the ceiling is super-high here; He posted an assist in his first game back from his most recent injury on Saturday.
There’s no doubting Eriksson’s ability--we’re talking point-per-game levels here. If you feel like living dangerously and skirting the injury talk, he’s definitely your guy right now. The Bruins are at home against Toronto tonight.
Ryane Clowe, LW/RW, New Jersey Devils: Clowe has missed some significant time with a concussion this season (he’s played in just 15 games) but it seems he may finally be getting his skates underneath him. He’s got a four-game points streak going, during which he’s provided four assists, a goal and a plus-2 rating.
Clowe’s ice time has increased over the past couple of games, which is a good sign. We’d imagine he’ll trend upward in the near future, so his buy-low status won’t last too much longer. He’s in Montreal tonight.
Marek Zidlicky, D, New Jersey Devils: Let’s stick in Jersey for a moment and check out Zidlicky. If you see him available, now’s the time to grab him, because he won’t stay that way for long. Over his past nine games, he’s pumped in three goals and five assists, giving him eight scores and 17 helpers on the season. He’s also running a plus-6 rating in that span.
Zidlicky is rolling, and should continue to stay strong through the rest of the Devils’ road trip. Snatch him up.
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