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Weekly Fantasy Preview

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Bruins schedule this week:

Opponent Date
Nashville Predators Thu., Dec. 2
Tampa Bay Lightening Sat., Dec. 4
Vancouver Canucks Wed., Dec. 8

Weekly Fantasy Preview: 12/2 - 12/8

Recap of Last Week

The Bruins past week was another inconsistent one, with a mix of good and bad results en route to two wins and two losses over their last four games. They were dominant last Wednesday in a 5-1 win in Buffalo against the Sabres, a game in which five different players scored a goal. Patrice Bergeron led the team in fantasy scoring with 24 DraftKings fantasy points (1 goal, 1 assist, 5 shots on goal) and Mike Rielly, Charlie Coyle, David Pastrnak and Taylor Hall all got in on the action, as well. Friday's game at home against the New York Rangers didn't go nearly as smoothly, as the Bruins lost 5-2 with just Bergeron and Craig Smith finding the score sheet. 

On Sunday, the Bruins actually trailed 2-1 heading into the 3rd period against the Vancouver Canucks, but goals by Brad Marchand and Pastrnak were enough to seal a 3-2 win. On a more sour note, Marchand was suspended for the next three games for a play that happened during that game, and his absence led to a loss at home to the Detroit Red Wings. Pastrnak scored the lone goal in that game, and the Bruins were defeated 2-1 despite a massive 42-16 advantage in shots on goal.
 

Upcoming

  • Outlook without Marchand: Bergeron and Pastrnak have spent virtually all of their ice time alongside Marchand in the 2021-2022 season, but that has changed with the three-game suspension. Coincidentally, the Canucks game on Sunday was one of the first where the Bruins shuffled their line combinations, at least for a brief stint, as Pastrnak actually took a few shifts with Taylor Hall and Charlie Coyle, while Bergeron and Marchand were joined by Craig Smith. For Tuesday's game against Detroit, Bergeron and Pastrnak were grouped with Hall, with Nick Foligno joining Coyle and Smith on the second line. From a fantasy hockey perspective, playing three Bruins forwards together in the same lineup is now easier than usual, as all of the Bruins potential top line combinations will have substantially lower DraftKings' salaries than the always-expensive Bergeron-Pastrnak-Marchand combination.
  • The Bruins are back on the road on Thursday, heading to Nashville to face the Predators. The Predators are 11-9-1, and their recent games have mostly consisted of wins against top-tier teams and losses against bottom tier-teams. It's a pretty balanced team when it comes to forwards, as Nashville has plenty of depth but no true offensive superstars, and the clear standout player on the roster is defenseman Roman Josi. Josi has 7 goals and 13 assists through 21 games, good for the fourth most points for NHL blueliners, and he's 3rd amongst defensemen in fantasy scoring with 13.7 fantasy points per game (Dougie Hamilton 15.4, Cale Makar 15.2). The Predators have also gotten decent goaltending from Juuse Saros, who is 9-7-1 with a .250 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
  • The Bruins toughest test of the current week should come on Saturday, when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning and their 12-5-3 record. The Lightning are currently without some of their best players, however, so this could be an easier-than-usual game in what's surely an important one for the Atlantic Division standings. Nikita Kucherov has missed most of the 2021-2022 season with a lower body injury, and Brayden Point has hit IR as well with an upper-body injury. In their absence, Steven Stamkos has posted 11 goals and 13 assists (13.0 FPPG), and Victor Hedman (12.1 FPPG) has been among the league's best defensemen with 3 goals and 15 assists. Both have been exceptional for fantasy hockey and of course for real hockey purposes, but this is still a different Lightning team than the Bruins are used to seeing and it won't be as difficult of a matchup as it usually is.
  • The Bruins are off from Sunday Dec. 5 through Tuesday Dec. 7 before taking the ice again on Wednesday in Vancouver, and Marchand is expected to be back in the lineup following that three-day break. The Canucks are a team with a handful of recognizable names, but for whatever reason the results simply haven't been there for them in 2021-2022. With just 16 points through 23 games, the Canucks are in last place in the Pacific Division and are faced with an uphill battle to get back into the playoff race. Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser have struggled to find the scoresheet, while J.T. Miller is currently the team's points leader. Miller is leading the team in fantasy hockey scoring as well, averaging 10.2 fantasy points per game.

All views expressed are my own. I am an employee of DraftKings and am ineligible to play in public DFS contests.
The contents contained in this article do not constitute a representation that any particular strategy will guarantee success. All customers should use their own skill and judgment in building lineups.

Weekly Fantasy Preview: 11/22 - 11/28

Recap of last week:

The Bruins have had one of the strangest schedules in the NHL so far this season, and this past week was another one where the team played just two games. Both games took place over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday, a back-to-back which followed a full five-day break from Monday to Friday. The Bruins were impressive in a road win over the Flyers, as Derek Forbort was the surprise star with two goals in a 5-2 win. Forbort isn't usually a relevant name for fantasy hockey players, but he was 2nd on the team with 22.8 fantasy points for the game, short of only David Pastrnak's 27. Unfortunately, the Bruins failed to find the back of the net on Sunday, getting shut out at home in a 4-0 loss to the Flames. The team will be looking to get back on track with three winnable games this week after the long layoff.

Upcoming:

  • When the Bruins take the ice in Buffalo on Wednesday, they'll be facing a Sabres team that's struggled as much as any in the NHL so far this season. Tage Thompson, Jeff Skinner and Victor Olofsson have been above-average fantasy hockey players with over 9 DraftKings fantasy points per game each, and as a team the Sabres are actually middle of the pack with 2.89 goals per game. They've allowed 3.39 goals per game in their own net, however, and it's led to a 7-9-2 record, even after they began the year 5-2-0. Since starting strong in the first seven games, the Sabres have gone 2-8-1 over their last 11.
  • The Bruins are back at home following their trip to Buffalo, and Friday's game will be a matchup with the New York Rangers. The Rangers top-end forwards are producing well below their typical daily fantasy rates this season, as Artemi Panarin is just barely inside the top 100 in DraftKings scoring and Mika Zibanejad is even further down the list. Despite that, the Rangers are 11-4-3, and Adam Fox has been a big reason why with 13.3 DraftKings fantasy points per game. Fox is 4th in DraftKings scoring amongst NHL defenseman, and he's a clear candidate for the Norris Trophy once again after winning the award last season. The Rangers have also gotten excellent goaltending from Igor Shesterkin, and he's been one of the best goalies in the league to this point in the season.
  • The Bruins cap off their week on Sunday with another home game, this time against the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks have really struggled in the 2021-2022 season, and they're scoring just 2.37 goals per game, 5th lowest in the NHL. The Canucks are a young team that has plenty of talent, with seemingly top-end forwards like Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat, and more, and they have one of the best up-and-coming defensemen in the NHL in Quinn Hughes. Despite all of that, the Canucks have started the year just 6-11-2, and are faced with an uphill climb in the highly competitive Pacific Division.

All views expressed are my own. I am an employee of DraftKings and am ineligible to play in public DFS contests.
The contents contained in this article do not constitute a representation that any particular strategy will guarantee success. All customers should use their own skill and judgment in building lineups.