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Daily Fantasy NHL 12/29/13: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

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

December 29, 2013

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We’re in for a big night in the NHL this evening, with a full 10 games set on the schedule. All that activity will have some potent fantasy implications, so with that in mind let’s take a look at some of the sleeper options and matchup plays out there who can provide you some big-time value at a reasonable cost during tonight’s games.

Eddie Lack, G, Vancouver Canucks: Lack is the hot goaltending add right now, thanks to the injury situation in Vancouver. Roberto Luongo has a strained groin and is expected to be out for 7-10 days, which puts Lack into the spotlight. He’s been doing pretty well in his limited work so far: a 6-2-0 record, .928 save percentage and 1.93 GAA through 11 games so far.
Lack and the Canucks will be in Calgary this evening, so if you’re in the market for a lower-end net-minder or injury stopgap, he’s your man.

Daily Fantasy NHL 12/29/13: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

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Mark Giordano, D, Calgary Flames: Let’s stick with that Canucks-Flames matchup for a moment and check out Giordano. He’s been on fire (no pun intended) recently. In just the last nine games, he’s racked up two goals, four assists and a plus-4 rating. On the year, he has five scores and 12 helpers through 20 games.
Now that Giordano appears to be healthy and has his skates back underneath him, he should continue his solid play. Look for him as a nice D add if you can get him.

Erik Johnson, D, Colorado Avalanche: Johnson has had a pretty good year so far. He’s got six goals and nine assists through 37 games, and has managed to rack up a plus-13 rating. His last outing in Chicago on Friday wasn’t so great--he posted a minus-4--but that was more the fault of a hot Blackhawks squad.
Johnson and the Avs will be back in Colorado tonight, kicking off a home-stand against the Jets. We anticipate him getting back to his old ways here.

Jaden Schwartz, C/LW, St. Louis Blues: Picking up Schwartz could be the smartest decision you’ve made so far this season. He’s expected to get a crack at the top line alongside T.J. Oshie and David Backes tonight against the Stars. If he does well, Schwartz will really pay off handsomely in fantasy.
We’re probably looking at a temporary surge in value here, as he should come back to earth when Alexander Steen gets healthy, but for now Schwartz is definitely a name to pursue in fantasy. Whether you have to pull off a trade to get him or pick him up at a discount in a daily league, make sure you at least give him a look.

Andrew Cogliano, C/LW, Anaheim Ducks: Cogliano has proven himself a key component in the Ducks’ attack so far this year, and his fantasy value has inflated greatly because of it. So far this season, he’s got 10 goals and 22 assists through 29 games, which has already eclipsed his production from a shortened 2012-13.
Over his last two games, Cogliano is on a hot streak. He’s got two goals and an assist, with a plus-minus of plus-5. He and the Ducks will be in San Jose tonight for the first part of a home-and-home against the Sharks.

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