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Nashville Predators, NAS vs. VAN ($16,500):
The Predators are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, and 9-1-1 at home. Pekka Rinne has been in net for most of those contests, and he has a 2.29 GAA and a .928 save percentage. The Canucks, on the other hand, have only managed 2.72 goals and 29.4 shots on net per game. Vancouver is also 3-5-2 in its last 10 tilts.


Dylan Larkin, DET vs. MON ($12,200):
The Canadiens played Wednesday, so they will be on the second night of a back-to-back. Coming off an injury, it would be bold of Montreal to start Carey Price on consecutive nights, which would mean Antti Niemi (5.50 GAA, .845 save percentage) in net. That would make this matchup look great for Larkin, who has 21 points in 25 games.

Derek Stepan, ARI at CGY ($9,200): Stepan has seven points in his last seven games despite the fact he only has a 3.9 shooting percentage. Calgary has been bad defensively this month, as it has a league-worst 3.58 GAA in November. The Flames also have one of the worst penalty kills in the NHL, and Stepan has six power-play points.


Viktor Arvidsson, NAS vs. VAN ($12,800):
The 24-year-old Swede has proven that last season was no fluke. He's notched nine goals, eight assists, and 79 shots on net through 24 games. His power-play numbers are also up, as he's averaged 2:32 per game with the extra man. The Canucks have a team GAA of 3.21 and have allowed 32.1 shots on net per contest in November.

James van Riemsdyk, TOR at EDM ($12,400): Van Riemsdyk has started 58.2 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, most among Toronto forwards. He's also tallied eight power-play points, which is great in this matchup, as the Oilers have the worst penalty kill in the NHL. Edmonton also has a team GAA of 3.20, so even at even strength, JVR should be good to go.

Milan Lucic, EDM vs. TOR ($11,100): After a slow start, Lucic has 10 points in his last 12 games, including five in his last six. He's been helped by the fact he's started 60.2 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, second most among Edmonton forwards. The Maple Leafs have a team GAA of 2.96, but they've also allowed 33.3 shots on net per tilt, which ranks in the bottom five of the league.


Dougie Hamilton, CGY vs. ARI ($12,300):
The Coyotes have been a sieve once again, as they have a staggeringly poor 3.59 team GAA, not to mention a team save percentage of .886. Hamilton has 11 points through 24 games, but he's also put a team-high 78 shots on net.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI at CGY ($10,800): Ekman-Larsson has a six-game point streak, and he's notched 77 shots on net in 27 games. Calgary has a 3.17 team GAA, and it has given up 33.0 shots on goal per contest. As previously noted, they have been even worse in November (worse than Arizona, even). The Flames also have the second worst penalty kill, and Ekman-Larsson has eight power-play points.

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