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Fantasy buzz: Aho, Teravainen break through for Hurricanes

Forwards have multipoint games against Stars; injury updates on Price, Subban

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

All season long, NHL.com's fantasy hockey staff will have you covered with daily lineup news, production trends and injury notes from around the League. We will identify how these developments affect fantasy owners in year-long (Yahoo) and daily (DraftKings) formats.

 

5:45 p.m.
DraftKings targets for Tuesday

All season long, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. These plays can be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.

 

CENTER

Value pick: Kyle Turris, NSH ($5,700 vs. WSH): He played 21:38 in his Nashville Predators debut and had one goal, one assist and two shots on goal for 6.0 DraftKings points. He's easily stackable with one of his running mates on the second line and power-play unit, either Craig Smith ($3,800) or Kevin Fiala ($3,400). Turris' DraftKings price is unaltered after his strong debut, and the Washington Capitals have allowed 36 goals in 10 road games this season.

Spend up for: Jamie Benn, DAL ($7,200 at FLA)

 

WING

Value pick: Kyle Connor, WPG ($5,100 vs. ARI): The spot on the top line and first power-play unit with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler makes Connor an obvious value target against the Arizona Coyotes at home. Connor scored one goal and had four shots on goal against them on Saturday, and is long overdue for his first power-play point of the season with exposure to Patrik Laine ($7,300) in those situations. The Coyotes are allowing the fourth-most DraftKings points to opposing left wings.

Spend up for: Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA ($6,200 vs. DAL)

Video: WPG@ARI: Connor, Scheifele combine for nifty goal

Worth noting: Sam Reinhart ($3,700) is another value wing in an against-the-grain spot for the Buffalo Sabres against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday given his promotion to the top line with Jack Eichel and Evander Kane.

 

DEFENSEMAN

Value pick: Zach Werenski, CBJ ($4,800 at MTL): The Columbus Blue Jackets power play has too much talent to stay down for much longer; they rank last in the NHL at 9.6 percent. Werenski has taken a step back in his second NHL season, but still has 10 points (four goals, six assists), 17 blocks and 50 shots on goal for an average of 3.2 DraftKings points per game. Montreal Canadiens goaltender Charlie Lindgren has been impressive in place of the injured Carey Price, but there is definitely contrarian appeal to drafting Werenski in this potential bounce-back spot. He had two assists and 10 shots on goal in three games against the Canadiens last season.

Other value pick: Justin Schultz, PIT ($3,600 vs. BUF)

 

GOALIE

Cam Talbot, EDM ($7,400 vs. VGK): He has begun to turn his season around with an impressive road trip; he had wins against the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders and a .942 save percentage in three games played. He and the Edmonton Oilers should be motivated as they return home for the first time since their 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 5. Connor Hellebuyck (WPG, $8,400) also has a favorable matchup against the Coyotes at home, but you can save $1,000 in DraftKings by going with Talbot against the Vegas Golden Knights instead.

Video: EDM@NYR: Talbot denies Zuccarello with nice pad save

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1 p.m.
Teravainen, Aho have bounce-back game for Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes forwards Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho each had a multipoint game in their 5-1 win against the Dallas Stars on Monday, sparking renewed fantasy interest.

Aho (LW/RW, 56 percent owned), a big disappointment based on Yahoo average draft position (93.3; current rank: 167), finally scored his first goal of the season on his 46th shot on goal, adding two assists, a plus-3 and one power-play point. Much of the conversation had been centered around his season-opening goal drought, but he has quietly scored nine points (one goal, eight assists) over his past 11 games and is averaging nearly three SOG per game on the season (46 in 16 games).

Teravainen (C/LW/RW, 15 percent owned) hasn't found much consistency either, but still has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 16 games after his fourth multipoint game of the season; he had four points (three goals, one assist) against the Stars on Monday. Fantasy owners looking at Aho and/or Teravainen for the rest of the season should not forget that duo was the Hurricanes' leading point pair last season (23 team goals with each scoring a point).

READ: Fantasy top 100 forward rankings | Projected goalies for Tue. Nov. 14

Aho and Teravainen did their damage on an even-strength line with center Jordan Staal (C, 19 percent owned), who had four assists in the game and is now 93rd in Yahoo based on standard-category performance. That trio also played together on the first power-play unit with forward Elias Lindholm and defenseman Justin Faulk. Fantasy owners should be intrigued to see the Hurricanes' scoring chances finally translating to goals; they lead the NHL in Shot Attempts (plus-185) this season.

Video: Teuvo Teravainen registers first career hat trick

 
Injury updates to fantasy-relevant goaltenders

-- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is taking longer than expected to recover from his lower-body injury, meaning backup Charlie Lindgren (38 percent owned) will continue to be fantasy-relevant for the rest of the week and potentially beyond. Lindgren, 23, is 3-1-0 with five goals allowed on 138 shots faced (.964 save percentage) and one shutout over his first four games. Montreal has three games remaining on its six-game homestand, and Lindgren is expected to start against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday ($7,700 in DraftKings). With Al Montoya (concussion) also out, the Canadiens claimed Antti Niemi off waivers from the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

-- Mike Smith of the Calgary Flames sustained an undisclosed injury against the St. Louis Blues on Monday. The Flames have yet to provide an update on his status. Backup Eddie Lack (7 percent owned) got the win by stopping 13 of 15 shots faced in relief of Smith and could see an uptick in fantasy ownership as a short-term streaming option. Since veteran right wing Jaromir Jagr (12 percent owned) returned from injury, Jagr has three points (one goal, two assists) and the Flames have combined for 16 goals over their past three games.

-- Malcolm Subban (13 percent in Yahoo) of the Vegas Golden Knights appears to be the closest of their three injured goalies to returning; Subban (lower body), Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) and Oscar Dansk (lower body) have each been sidelined by injuries. Subban will travel with the Golden Knights on their two-game road trip against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday and Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, but his timetable for a potential return remains unclear. If you're dealing with an injury to Price, Smith, Fleury or Dansk, Subban may be worth adding. Vegas' current starter, Maxime Lagace, is 2-4-1 with an .876 SV% through seven games (six starts).

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