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Daily Fantasy NHL 2/4/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

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

February 4, 2014

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We’ve got a pretty active night of NHL hockey to look forward to this evening, which means fantasy owners will be busy over the next few hours. That said, let’s take a closer look at some of the trending players out there and try to figure out whether or not they’re worth pickups before this evening’s games. If you’re looking for a sleeper player or a matchup play off the wire, here’s where to start.

Mark Giordano, D, Calgary Flames: If for some reason Giordano is still available out there in your league, stop reading this paragraph and go pick him up right now. We’ll wait. Back? Okay, let’s examine your new player. He’s working on a nine-game points streak right now, capped off by his two-assist outing in his last appearance on Saturday.
Giordano is one of the hottest names in fantasy right now, and as long as he’s producing he’s a no-duh start in any league. He’ll be in Montreal tonight to try to continue the streak. Roll with him (or sell high).

Daily Fantasy NHL 2/4/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

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Antoine Vermette, C/LW, Phoenix Coyotes: Not to be completely outdone, Vermette’s got a nice little points streak of his own going right now. He’s tallied in seven straight appearances, and during that span has produced seven goals and three assists.
On the season, Vermett has 20 goals and 14 assists. His plus-minus could be better (plus-1), but we’re not complaining. The Stars will be coming to town tonight and Vermette makes a strong play just about everywhere.

Chad Johnson, G, Boston Bruins: Let’s break form here for a moment and check out an up-and-coming spot-start in the fantasy game. Johnson has earned some nice appeal lately, and not solely from his solid play--though he does have 10 wins, a 2.14 GAA and .923 save percentage.
With the Bruins expected to rest Tuukka Rask more frequently after the Olympic break, Johnson will see quite a bit of action. For that reason it’s prudent to grab him now in seasonal leagues before too many people start jumping on him. He should maintain form down the stretch and make a nice bench option.

Mikael Backlund, C, Calgary Flames: We’re heading back up to Calgary to take a look at Backlund, who is making some waiver wire noise as of late. He’s turned some heads during his four-game points streak, accounting for five goals and three assists in that span. He’s got 13 scores and 14 helpers on the season.
Backlund is plus-3 in the last three games, but minus-5 overall, so don’t get your hopes up too high there. Still, he’s having a career year and is worth a pickup before Montreal this evening.

Nazem Kadri, C, Toronto Maple Leafs: Kadri is a bit of an injury risk, so we’ll mention that right off the bat. Nonetheless, he’s been stellar when healthy, notching 15 goals and 25 assists so far this season. During his current five-game points streak, he’s managed three scores and six helpers.
There’s no reason not to start Kadri while he’s hitting numbers like these, but owners will have to monitor his health to make sure he’s good to go. The Leafs have a road game against the Panthers tonight.

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