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Daily Fantasy NHL 3/25/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

Fantasy Hockey Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups

March 25, 2014

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20 different teams will be out on the NHL ice tonight, so we fantasy owners will have to make sure our rosters are set and ready to go before those pucks drop. With that in mind, let’s visit the wavier wire to examine a few of the up-and-coming players who could provide some real fantasy value as sleepers or matchup plays during their games tonight. Here’s a closer look.

Gustav Nyquist, C/RW, Detroit Red Wings: If you haven’t jumped on the Nyquist fantasy train just yet, it’s high time you bought yourself a ticket. He’s been tearing it up recently, logging a whopping seven goals in his last five games. He’s also plus-5 in his last four appearances for Detroit.
Nyquist is the hottest ticket around right now, so you’ll want to pick him up ASAP if he’s still available in your league. On the season, he’s got 23 goals and 17 assists and rising fast. The Wings are in Columbus tonight.

Daily Fantasy NHL 3/25/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

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Ryan Kesler, C/RW, Vancouver Canucks: Kesler doesn’t play until tomorrow night, so we’ll mention that right off the bat (or, that is, the stick). Still, he’s been a trending add since Sunday, when he returned to the ice following a four-game absence due to a knee injury.
The good news is that Kesler got over 22 minutes of ice time, so it seems he’s back to form. His season-long minus-14 rating is pretty ugly, but he does have 22 scores and 18 assists to his credit. He’ll be in Minnesota tomorrow.

Cam Ward, G, Carolina Hurricanes: Ward is probably the trendiest goalie out there on the waiver wire right now, so let’s examine the stats and try to figure out why. He’s coming off a very impressive win against Winnipeg, during which he came up with 34 saves on 36 shots. He’s now posted wins in three of his last four starts.
It’s been a down campaign for Ward and his owners, but his recent play has given some reason for hope. If you’ve got the space and need a backup net-minder, you could do worse. The ‘Canes play at home against the Isles tonight.

Jake Gardiner, D, Toronto Maple Leafs: Gardiner is one of the hottest lower-end defensemen in the fantasy game right now, and he’s worth a look if you’re in the market. He has three points in his last four games (two goals and an assist) and five scores in his last nine outings.
That makes 23 points on the year for Garniner (10 goals; 13 assists) and it looks like he’s heating up down the stretch. You can expect to see him jump into the fray more often as the season winds down. He’ll be at home against the Blues this evening.

Daniel Sedin, LW, Vancouver Canucks: Let’s head back over to Vancouver to close things out today by looking at the Sedin situation. He was able to return to action on Sunday against the Sabres following a nine-game absence (lower-body) and immediately jumped back onto the fantasy radar.
Sedin makes a wise investment if there’s another owner in your league who has cast him off following his injury and production issues. The Canucks will be ratcheting it up over these last few games, so he’s got a decent chance to do some great things on the ice before the season’s over.

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