The Nashville Predators have been one of the NHL's surprise teams this season, and many of their players have been surprisingly valuable for fantasy owners. Nashville has 13 players with at least 10 points, and several are available in most leagues.
Forward James Neal is owned in 96 percent of Yahoo leagues, but his linemates are largely available. Neal, who missed the past five games with a lower-body injury, returned Tuesday in a 5-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks and found success with Colin Wilson (36 percent owned, C, LW) and Mike Fisher (12 percent owned, C).
Since Dec. 23 (four games), Neal has played 57 percent of the time with those two, according to dobberhockey.com. Neal has four points in his past three games; Wilson had two goals and two assists Tuesday, has eight goals in his past 11 games, and is plus-21 this season; and Fisher had two points and has seven goals and 12 points in 13 games.
Craig Smith (21 percent owned, C, RW) is another option. He has 13 goals and 11 assists this season.
-- Goalie Petr Mrazek (38 percent owned) made his first in what likely is majority of starts for the Detroit Red Wings with Jimmy Howard sidelined with a groin injury. Mrazek made 24 saves in a 3-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres. Mrazek (6-3-1, .920 save percentage, 2.16 goals-against average) has been consistent when given a chance this season, and the Red Wings have a favorable schedule with three of their next five games against the Sabres, Florida Panthers and Minnesota Wild.