Daily Fantasy NHL 3/21/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Hockey Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
March 21, 2014
It’s a pretty light schedule in the NHL this evening, but that doesn’t mean fantasy hockey owners can rest on their laurels. It’s prime time to tweak your team or look ahead to the coming days, so with that in mind let’s take a glance at some of the hot trends in the fantasy game and see which players are making waves on the wire.
Michael Cammalleri, C/LW, Calgary Flames: Cammalleri has been the hottest pickup in fantasy hockey over the past couple of days, and for good reason. He posted a goal in his most recent outing against the Sabres, which gives him a five-game points streak. During that span, he’s posted five scores and a pair of helpers.
There’s a lot to like here with Cammalleri, as he’s getting around 20 minutes of ice time per game. His season-long plus-minus will make you wretch (minus-23), but he’s the guy to have as far as scoring right now. Nashville is in town tonight.
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Eddie Lack, G, Vancouver Canucks: The rookie Lack is probably the hottest goalie add at the moment, thanks to an impressive showing in his last game. He put up 30 saves in a shutout against the Predators, which gives him four goose-eggs on the year (that leads all rookies).
It was nice to see Lack bounce back from a rough four-goal outing in his last appearance. Interestingly enough, he’s been getting wins in every other game since March 6. If that trend holds, he’ll be a wreck on Sunday against the Sabres--but probably not, since it’s the Sabres.
Alexandre Burrows, LW/RW, Vancouver Canucks: Before we get our passports ready and exit Vancouver, let’s visit with Burrows, who is making some fantasy waves himself. In his last six games, he’s been pretty hot, providing five goals, four assists and a plus-5 rating.
Burrows’ recent performance is kind of weird, as he’d been very quiet for a huge stretch of games before this. Still, if you’re the kind of owner who likes to bet on the hot streaks, he certainly fits into that category.
Jordan Staal, C/LW, Carolina Hurricanes: His six-game points streak came to an end against the Blue Jackets, but Staal is still a hot commodity in fantasy. During his run, he produced three goals and six assists, giving him a total of 14 scores and 22 helpers on the season so far.
Columbus was the first stop in a three-game road trip for the ‘Canes, which continues tonight in Chicago. Despite the streak ending, Staal still makes a sound fantasy add and he should continue to get plenty of ice time on his quest to start a new run.
Erik Johnson, D, Colorado Avalanche: As far as defenseman, we’re focusing on Johnson today. He’s gained some popularity in fantasy circles recently, thanks to his 10 points (one goal; nine assists) this month.
Johnson has been a nice source of helpers this season (he has a total of 26, along with his eight scores), and he’s on the ice around 25 minutes each game. If he can keep his nose clean--as in avoiding more disciplinary action from the league--he makes lots of fantasy sense tonight against Boston and beyond.
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