Daily Fantasy NHL 3/28/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Hockey Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
March 28, 2014
With six games on the NHL schedule tonight, there should be a fair amount of fantasy activity out there. We’re here to help you with those tough lineup decisions, so let’s take a look at some of the trending players around the fantasy hockey world and see if anyone is worth an addition to your roster ahead of their impending matchups.
Karri Ramo, G, Calgary Flames: Ramo is probably the hottest goalie ticket on the wire right now, and it’s pretty easy to see why. He’s coming off a 31-save outing against Anaheim, and though he didn’t get the win he’s still got two victories in his last three starts since returning from a knee injury.
Ramo is rocking a 13-11-4 record thus far with a 2.56 GAA and a .912 save percentage. Not too bad for a flier player, but it’ll take some faith in the Flames’ defensive effort as a whole. They’re at home against the Rangers tonight.
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Jake Gardiner, D, Toronto Maple Leafs: Gardiner has been peppering in the points recently, and he’s become a hot fantasy commodity because of it. Here’s what his stats look like over the past five games: two goals, three assists and an even plus-minus rating.
Reaching a little further back, Gardiner has five scores and three helpers in his last 10, so that should give you a little more perspective on how he’s doing. He’ll be in Philly to visit the Flyers this evening and makes a pretty good pickup while he’s hot.
Mike Cammalleri, C/LW, Calgary Flames: Let’s head back to Calgary for a moment and check up on Cammalleri, who is also an interesting play in tonight’s game against the Rangers. The bad news is that he’s goose-egged in his last two games, but before that he came up with eight goals and five assists in seven outings.
Some of the luster has come off of Cammalleri since his surge last week, but he still carries some value as a spot-start or waiver pickup. New York isn’t the most encouraging matchup here, but you could do worse.
Ryan McDonagh, D, New York Rangers: While we’re checking out the Calgary-New York matchup, let’s head over to the other bench and visit McDonagh, who has been heating up the waiver wire recently. He has a five-game points streak to his credit, during which he’s posted three goals and four assists.
It’s interesting to see McDonagh refine his offensive game this season (14 goals; 29 assists), as he was previously known as a stout defender more than anything else. That said, he’s a must-have player right now so don’t hesitate to grab him.
Ryan Johansen, C/RW, Columbus Blue Jackets: Moving on, we’ll finish up today with Johansen, who is turning a lot of heads as a quickly improving player. In his last seven games, he’s scored four times and added an assist. That mark includes a two-goal outburst in his last appearance against Detroit.
Johansen should be high on your list of potential keeper names, as he should continue to improve in just about every category in the years to come. He’ll be at home against Pittsburgh tonight, so give him a look there.
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