John Gibson, ANA at VAN ($8,000): Vancouver went 4-8-1 in December with an average of just 2.54 goals per game. Additionally, the Canucks 45.6 Corsi For percentage at five-on-five for the month highlights just how bad the ice was tilted against them most nights. On the flip side, the Ducks are finally close to full health, and Gibson has weathered the early-season strong admirably with a .922 save percentage, including a .942 mark through his past four contests.
Tyler Seguin, DAL vs. CLM ($7,000): The pivot has marked the scoresheet in four of his past five contests with five goals, six points and 14 shots. He's locked into a go-to offensive role again, and is projected to skate with Jamie Benn in all situations. The duo has long-standing chemistry and combined for an impressive 4.64 goals per 60 minutes this season. It's also worth noting that the Blue Jackets have won just two of their last eight games and allowed five goals in three consecutive outings.
Ryan Getzlaf, ANA at VAN ($6,800): Mr. Reliable is back, as Getzlaf has recorded a goal and 12 assists through 10 games since returning from his face injury. He's averaging 20:59 of ice time (2:17 on the power play) during that stretch, and as noted, this checks out as a favorable matchup. Vancouver has surrendered 3.92 goals per game in December, which is the second highest mark in the league.
Claude Giroux, PHI vs. PIT ($5,900): Considering Giroux has 18 points and 27 shots through his past 11 games, this salary seems well off the mark. It's also worth noting that his 7.4 shooting percentage (10.8 for his career) during that span likely has positive regression ahead, too. This is also a target-worthy matchup with Pittsburgh surrendering 3.57 goals per road game this season.
Tyler Johnson, TB at TOR ($5,700): Toronto has allowed 14 goals through its past three games, including consecutive losses. There's still a good chance the Maple Leafs tighten up defensively at home, but Johnson has caught fire since being promoted into a top-six role. He enters this contest with eight goals, 10 assists and 28 shots during a 12-game point streak, and Johnson has combined with center Brayden Point for 5.5 goals per 60 minutes for the season.
Daniel Sprong, PIT at PHI ($2,800): The 20-year-old winger recorded 18 goals and 28 points through 29 AHL games before being recalled ahead of Sunday's road contest against Detroit. Sprong logged 18:08 of ice time (1:29 on the power play) and registered six shots on net against the Red Wings. He's projected to start out on the third line Tuesday, but with the Penguins struggling, a plum promotion into a top-six role wouldn't be shocking.
John Klingberg, DAL vs. CLM ($5,400): This salary is far too low considering Klingberg's current form and strong year-long production. He's recorded seven points, 17 shots and seven blocked shots through the past six games and boasts an elite 2.17 points per 60 minutes for the campaign. Columbus enters in poor form, as highlighted, and the Swedish defenseman has also recorded three goals and 18 assists through 19 home games this year.
Samuel Girard, COL vs. WPG ($2,800): The rookie has marked the scoresheet in consecutive games with three assists on the man advantage. Girard is quarterbacking the No. 1 power-play unit with Tyson Barrie (hand) out of action, so the 19-year-old defenseman checks out as an upside source of cap relief.