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FantasyDraft NHL: Saturday Values

Chris Morgan

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Even with two afternoon games not included for daily fantasy purposes, there are nine NHL games from which to choose. However, one of those games is an outdoor affair between Montreal and Ottawa, so approach that game with caution. You never know what weather will do. With that established, here are some players I like for lineups.

GOALIE

Washington Capitals, WAS vs. ANA ($16,200):
Braden Holtby is 14-4-0 in his last 18 games, and he's posted a 2.57 GAA and a .920 save percentage in that time. The Capitals are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games, and they are 13-5-0 at home. Meanwhile, the Ducks have scored 2.63 goals per game, and they've only put 28.9 shots on net per game.

CENTER

Brayden Point, TAM at COL ($12,600):
Point is arguably the hottest forward on what is perhaps the hottest offense in the NHL. He has a six-game point streak, and in his last three contests he has notched three points. The Avalanche have a 3.23 GAA, eighth highest in the NHL, and have allowed 32.1 shots on net per game.

Kyle Turris, NAS at CGY ($11,700): Since joining the Predators, Turris has started 52.9 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, second most on the team. That has helped him to 16 points in 16 games, and he has a six-game point streak. He also has six power-play points in his last nine games. Calgary has the 28th-ranked penalty kill, and Mike Smith has a 2.96 GAA and a .902 save percentage in his last 16 games.

WING

Jakub Voracek, PHI vs. DAL ($13,700):
Voracek has been a playmaking machine, as he has 31 assists in as many games. Not that he hasn't put pucks on net, as he's registered 111 shots on goal. Dallas will be on the road for the second night of a back-to-back, which also is a point in Voracek's favor. The 28-year-old Czech is also a power-play maven, and the Stars have a middling penalty kill.

Josh Anderson, CLM at CAR ($12,600): Anderson's minutes have skyrocketed this year. Last season he averaged 12:01, and this season he's up to 17:31 and playing on Columbus' top line. He's notched 12 goals in 30 games, and he's tallied 97 shots on net as well. The Hurricanes played in Buffalo on Friday night, and Scott Darling (2.72 GAA, .899 save percentage) likely will be in the net for this one.

Kevin Fiala, NAS at CGY ($10,800): Fiala may end up being the Viktor Arvidsson of this season. In his last six games, he's notched eight points and has tallied 23 shots on net as well. He's been helped by the fact that he's started 57.1 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, tops on Nashville. Fiala has also averaged 2:33 per game with the extra man (notching nine points in that time) and as previously noted the Flames have the 28th-ranked penalty kill.

DEFENSE

Jake Muzzin, LOS at NYI ($9,900):
Even though the Kings played Friday night, this is still a matchup worth taking advantage of. The Islanders are tied for having the highest team GAA in the league (3.44) and have the 30th-ranked penalty kill. Muzzin has seven points in his last 11 games and has notched 76 shots on net. He also has 71 blocked shots in 32 games, so he could add some fantasy value there as well.

Olli Maatta, PIT at ARI ($7,800): Maatta has been solid this year, as he's notched 13 points (three on the power play) and 70 shots on net through 33 tilts. However, in this matchup the Finn has the potential to be a real value play. The Coyotes are the team tied with the Islanders for the highest team GAA (3.44) and they've given up 33.0 shots on net per game as well. If Maatta can take advantage of that, he'll be a steal.

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