Yahoo DFS Hockey: Monday Picks
Yahoo DFS Hockey: Monday Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Hockey series.

You've got one more day in 2018 to achieve daily fantasy hockey glory. There are 13 NHL games Monday, and the first one is at 12:30 PM ET, so you will have to get your team in early. Hey, at least that way you can do it before heading off to a New Year's Eve party. Here are my recommendations on who you should target and avoid for your lineup.

GOALIE

Sergei Bobrovsky, CLM vs. OTT ($32): Bobrovsky has put his slow start to the season behind him, as over his last seven starts he has a 1.58 GAA and .949 save percentage. Meanwhile, after a surprisingly good start to the season offensively, the Senators are starting to struggle on that side of the puck as well. In December they've only scored 2.38 goals per game.

GOALIE TO AVOID

John Gibson, ANA vs. TAM ($29): Gibson is having a great season, but the Ducks' defense is doing their best to make things hard for him. They've allowed 34.7 shots on net per game, and now Gibson will have to tend the goal against the Lightning. Tampa Bay has scored a shopping 4.18 goals per contest, highest in the NHL, so it could be a long night for Gibson.

CENTER

Ryan O'Reilly, STL vs. NYR ($22): O'Reilly has done his best to keep the Blues offense afloat in his first season in St. Louis. The former Avalanche and Sabre has 14 goals and 20 assists through 36 games. Now he's facing a Rangers team that has been a disaster on the road. They have a 4.24 GAA and have allowed 35.4 shots on net per contest in away games.

CENTER TO AVOID

Max Domi, MON at DAL ($23): Domi is having a breakout year, but his 15.4 shooting percentage is a massive uptick for him, so some regression is possible. On that front, he doesn't have a goal in his last nine games. As for the Stars, they have a 2.64 GAA, second lowest in the NHL, and at home that number actually drops to 2.44.

WING

Cam Atkinson, CLM vs. OTT ($27): Atkinson has always been a potent goal scorer, he has at least 21 goals in each of his last six seasons, but this year he already has 23 through only 37 outings. It wouldn't be surprising to see him add to that in this matchup. The Senators have a 3.92 GAA, which is worst in the NHL by a wide margin.

Thomas Vanek, DET vs. FLA ($12): Vanek has started a whopping 67.7 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, highest on the Red Wings. He's also averaged 2:18 per game on the power play. The offensive hasn't necessarily been there this season, but the Panthers have a 3.79 GAA on the road. For a cheap flyer, Vanek is interesting.

WINGS TO AVOID

Phil Kessel, PIT at MIN ($26): Kessel has been scoring like usual this season, but the strength of his game is the power play. Nineteen of his 43 points have come with the extra man. Minnesota has a 2.81 GAA overall, top 10 in the NHL, but they are particularly good on the penalty kill, where they rank second.

Timo Meier, SAN at CGY ($24): Meier has had a breakout season, but he does have zero goals in his last seven games. Plus, he doesn't do much damage on the power play, as he only has three goals with the extra man. Meanwhile, David Rittich has a 2.26 GAA and a .924 save percentage, and the Flames have only allowed 28.3 shots on net per contest.

DEFENSE

Keith Yandle, FLA at DET ($20): Yandle is tearing it up this season, as he has 32 points through 37 games. He's also averaged a whopping 3:55 per game with the extra man, notching 22 of his points in the process. The Red Wings have the 23rd-ranked penalty kill, and they've also allowed 34.3 shots on net per contest. That all bodes well for Yandle.

Esa Lindell, DAL vs. MON ($16): Lindell is back paired up with John Klingberg, which certainly doesn't hurt his fantasy potential. He has a point in his last two games, and over his last 10 games he has six points. Carey Price is hurt, leaving Antti Niemi as the de facto starter for the Habs. That can only help Lindell, as Niemi has a 4.22 GAA and .870 save percentage.

DEFENSE TO AVOID

Kris Letang, PIT at MIN ($24): Letang is pretty much the only source of offense for the Penguins on defense, but he does the best he can. He's notched 32 points, but 14 of them have come with the extra man. As previously noted, the Wild have the second-ranked penalty kill. Additionally, while Devan Dubnyk has had a couple bad starts recently (both on the road) he has a 2.33 GAA and .920 save percentage in his last 10 games.

Shea Weber, MON at DAL ($24): Weber has looked like his old self since returning from injury, as he has 10 points in 15 games. However, that is with an 11.6 shooting percentage that seems likely to regress at least a bit. It will be hard for him to keep this up against a Stars team with a 2.44 home GAA and the ninth-ranked penalty kill.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire.
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