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The NHL is back in action after taking the day off Thanksgiving. There are 28 teams in play and 14 of them will be in the first half of a back-to-back game. The Canucks, Rangers, Oilers, and Panthers are the only clubs not to play.
The final game will be the Hurricanes at the Bruins, with the puck dropping earlier than usual at 1 p.m. EST. It will be the first meeting between two major cup contenders this season.
Tristan GaryPIT at PHI ($7,900): Gary won three in a row, the last of which was a 33-save performance against the flames. Although his career 3.01 GAA and . 898 save percentage against the Flyers may intimidate some, note that Philly averages just under 2.50 league goals per game.
Jake OettingerDAL vs. WPG ($8,500): This should be a tight, low-scoring affair with two excellent goalkeepers. The upside for Oettinger is the Stars’ goal backing with the second-best GF/GP mark in the league, while the Jets are only 25th. Winnipeg have only scored four goals in regulation over their past three games.
Phil Hosso, this vs. ARI ($8,700): Hoso has allowed one goal in his last two games, and the Coyotes beat the Hurricanes 4-0, but they’ve also only won two straight goals once this season.
Ilya SorokinNYI at CBJ ($8,800): Arguably the best goaltender in the league, Sorokin went undefeated to the Blue Jackets in three starts of his career as he posted a 2-0-1 record with a 0.930 save percentage and a 1.98 GAA. Columbus has been on a scoring frenzy lately, but is still only ranked 21st in GF/GP.
Sam SteeleMIN vs. TOR ($3,500): The Wild’s Rotating Center team between Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello now inserts Steel into the middle. He’s a position in flux and there’s no guarantee he’ll stick to that streak – especially against the Leafs’ top two centers – but playing Minnesota’s two best players should at least provide more offensive opportunities than usual.
JT ComferCOL at NSH ($4,000): It is expected that Ivan Rodriguez will miss the second linebacker today, and sophomore Alex Newhawk has yet to earn the coaches’ trust. This means Compher is expected to score important minutes again 22 minutes into last season’s run. Not known for being a top scorer, he has not only scored one goal this season but also four assists in his past four matches.
Nick RobertsonTOR to MIN ($4,500): Sliding in and out of the lineup due to his inexperience and inconsistent play, Robertson is expected to skate on the second line against the Wild. His ice time is limited, but expected superstar Marc-Andre Fleury will make his first appearance since November 15 and he might be a little rusty.
Dawson MercerNJ at BUF ($4,900): Mercer took Fabian Zetterlund’s place on the first line next to Nico Hischier and Tomas Tatar, but note that he is listed as a center. He’s averaged lower minutes this year because the Devils offer more depth, but he’s still scoring at the same pace of 40 points. The climb to the triple top should give Mercer a little boost.
Senators at Ducks
Tim Stozel (C – $7,200), Brady Tkachuk (W – $9,500 USD), Drake Patterson (W – $6,600)
Patterson is in a small slump with a four-game drought, but it’s a very attractive game against the Ducks and the worst defense in the league that allows nearly 38 shots per game/unit The Sens generate plenty of chances with one of the best high-volume shooters in Tkachuk.
Penguins in Flyers
Sidney Crosby (C – 9300 USD), Richard Raquel (W – $6,600), Jake Guentzel (W – $7,600 USD)
Historically, Crosby has dominated the Flyers with 120 points in 80 games. With Philly unable to rack up much offense most nights and ranked 28th in 5v5 CF% according to naturalstattrick.com, the Pens will likely control play most of the night. After a hot start, prospective starter Carter Hart looked like a human again and scored 16 goals in his last four games.
Cal MakarCOL at NSH ($8,000): Makar’s play would be popular, especially at a discount on the more expensive option (Rasmus Dahlin). He’s riding a three-game goal streak that demolished the Breeds in the playoffs last season. Avs are riddled with injuries, but this should open up more opportunities for Makar to generate offense.
Charlie McAvoyBOS vs. CAR ($7,000): McAvoy has hit a streak of five consecutive points and has been stellar since returning from injury. He’s very good value at that salary considering he’s the quarterback at PP1, and the Bruins are at home and will get the games they want.
Mike MathisonMY at CHI ($4,600): Matheson should be considered a valuable game, and has recorded an assist on nine shots since his return. The imaginary upside is that he plays quarterback at PP1, and the Hawks’ PK is #24.
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