John Gibson, ANH vs CAR ($8,100): in each of his last three starts, Gibson has allowed three goals facing 31, 43, and 30 shots, respectively. That said, heíll likely see a lot of shots Monday with the Hurricanes averaging 35.3 shots on goal per game, the highest mark in the league. Gibsonís record leaves something to be desired (8-10-3), but heís got a .920 save percentage and the Ducks have been getting healthier up front, putting him in a good spot at home.
Mathew Barzal, NYI vs WAS ($5,400): Barzal continues to produce at a high level with eight goals and 20 assists on this season. Heís riding a three-game point streak in which he has two goals and two assists over that span. Barzal also gets an uptick in upside seeing power-play time on the top unit, where he has three goals and six assists.
Bryan Little, WPG vs VAN ($4,800): Little may only have two assists in his last four games, but he had been riding the hot hand prior to that with points in five of six. Heís skating on the second line with Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine, which is a great spot conducive to offensive production.
Josh Bailey, NYI vs WAS ($5,400): Bailey continues to be one of the cheapest wingers relative to production ó in this case, there are 26 wingers more expensive Monday. He's averaging almost an assist per game skating on the top line with John Tavares and Anders Lee. Bailey may have just five goals, but his average ice time of over 17 minutes, great linemates and dishing ability, he makes for a great pick.
Mats Zuccarello, NYR vs DAL ($5,500): The Stars have allowed 13 goals in their last three games, all of which were losses. Zuccarello has three goals and an assist in his last three games and has had at least two shots on goal in each of his last five. While the Rangers are still looking to find some consistency, itís Zuccarello who has been one of their most consistent skaters over the last three weeks, posting double-digit fantasy points in six of his last nine games.
Kyle Connor, WPG vs VAN ($4,500): Connor got back on the scoresheet in his last game with a goal after a brief three-game pointless stretch. He has five goals in his last nine games and has been a valuable piece on the first line and top power-play unit for the Jets. While the Jets have lost three in a row, theyíre still fifth in the league with 3.37 goals for per game and have a 10-2-1 record at home.
Matt Niskanen, WAS at NYI ($4,400): Over his last four games, Niskanen has a goal and two assists along with 11 shots and eight blocks. The Islanders have allowed the second most fantasy points to defensemen in the league this year with 15 goals and 61 assists against.
Erik Johnson, COL at PIT ($4,600): The Penguins have allowed the fifth most fantasy points to defensemen this season (20 goals and 51 assists against). Johnson has four goals on the season, with two coming in his last two games. He averages 3.04 shots on goal and 2.07 blocked shots per game, offering a solid floor as the 12th highest-priced defenseman on the slate.