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Daily Fantasy NHL 1/30/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

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

January 30, 2014

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We’ve got a big schedule coming our way in the NHL tonight, which of course means plenty of fantasy hockey action in leagues everywhere. Before we get those lineups locked in, let’s take a look at some of the trending players out there and see who might be worth a look--or a pickup--before tonight’s matchups get started.

Antoine Vermette, C/LW, Phoenix Coyotes: Vermette is on fire recently, and he’s shot up to the top of the waiver wire list because of it. He’s on a five-game points streak, putting up six goals and two assists with a plus-5 rating during that span. On the season, he’s got 19 scores and 13 helpers so far.
As long as Vermette is keeping up this ridiculous pace--or anything close to it--he shouldn’t go unowned anywhere. He gets a pretty nice matchup against the Sabres tonight, so snatch him up if you can.

Daily Fantasy NHL 1/30/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

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Darcy Kuemper, G, Minnesota Wild: Due to some unfortunate circumstances, Kuemper has had to step into the No. 1 role for the Wild recently, but he’s done well with the opportunity so far. In his eight straight starts, he’s put together a 6-3-1 record with a 2.26 GAA. He’s made at least 32 saves in his last five outings.
Josh Harding will likely be sidelined (illness) until after the Olympics in late February, so for now Kuemper is the guy. There are two more games on this current road trip, starting tonight in Colorado.

Scott Hartnell, LW, Philadelphia Flyers: Hartnell battled some injury issues early in the season, and was thus forgotten by many a fantasy owner. Now that he’s healthy, however, he’s putting up the numbers that most people expected of him, and that’s good news for owners who can get him on the cheap. He’s coming off a three-point game (two goals; one assist) against the Red Wings in his last outing.
Hartnell has 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in his last 21 games. That makes him a no-duh pickup and immediate starter everywhere. He’s in Anaheim tonight.

Reilly Smith, RW, Boston Bruins: The Bruins offense is cruising right now, putting up 18 goals in their last three games. A big contributor to that push has been Smith, who is on a seven-game points streak. In that span, he’s posted five assists and three goals with a plus-8 rating.
Smith has been everything the Bruins could have hoped for this season, and he (or virtually any other offensive contributor from Boston) should not be underestimated in fantasy. The four-game home-stand continues with Montreal tonight.

Ondrej Palat, LW, Tampa Bay Lightning: Palat has burst onto the waiver wire radar recently and turned a lot of heads with his four-game points streak. In that time, he has two goals and five assists with a plus-7 rating. On the season, he’s got 11 scores, 18 helpers and a plus-22 to his credit.
Palat will be subject to periods of “blah” play, but when he’s hot (like right now) should be out of your starting lineup. The Lightning are on a four-game road trip that continues tonight in Ottawa.

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