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Fantasy buzz: Malgin of Panthers worth monitoring

Forward scored game-winning goal alongside Barkov, Huberdeau against Rangers on Tuesday

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.

 

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DraftKings value picks for Wednesday

 

CENTER

Matt Duchene, OTT ($5,500): The Ottawa Senators center is expected to play on a line with high-end fantasy wings Mark Stone ($6,300) and Mike Hoffman ($6,200) against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SN, RDS, NHL.TV). Duchene, acquired from the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 5, scored his first goal in eight games with Ottawa against the New York Islanders on Saturday. As good as Carey Price has been since returning from injury, the Canadiens have a suspect penalty kill (77.4 percent; 23rd in NHL) and will be without top defenseman Shea Weber (lower body) again. Duchene is averaging 3:38 per game with the man-advantage since the trade.

Worth noting: Tyson Jost of the Colorado Avalanche will return against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday. He is expected to play on the second line with fellow rookie forwards Alexander Kerfoot and J.T. Compher ($3,300 each in DraftKings). Jost is a viable second center option in classic DFS contests. Keep in mind there will also be a first power-play spot up for grabs alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen with Gabriel Landeskog suspended four games.

WING

Kyle Connor, WPG ($5,000): If Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov is at all rusty in his first game back from an illness, Connor and the Jets could take advantage of this favorable spot. Connor, who plays alongside Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler at even strength and on the first power-play unit, is coming off his best game of the season with three points (one goal, two assists; two power-play points) and three shots on goal (8.5 DraftKings points) against the Minnesota Wild on Monday. He's averaging 3.0 DraftKings points per game through 10 road games. He's easily stackable with power-play defenseman Dustin Byfuglien ($5,100), who has gone nine straight games without a point despite 27 shots on goal in the span.

DEFENSEMAN

Colton Parayko, STL ($4,900): Fantasy owners should ride the hot hand on this four-game DFS slate with Parayko, who's trending up in NHL.com's latest top 50 defenseman rankings. He's averaging 3.6 DraftKings points per game over his past 10 games with seven points (one goal, six assists) and 30 shots on goal in the span. He's also overdue for his first home goal with none on 30 SOG in 12 games.

GOALTENDER

Tuukka Rask, BOS ($7,300): The Boston Bruins will have top-line left wing Brad Marchand ($6,800) back in the lineup against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who will be on the second leg of a back-to-back set. Rask is this affordable because he's allowed at least three goals in each of his past six games (1-5-0) and is losing ground to backup Anton Khudobin. Rask is a high-risk, high-reward DFS play in this potential bounce-back spot with the Lightning on short rest. Rask had 37 wins and eight shutouts last season, so his single-game upside is high on any given night.

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Varlamov returns for Avalanche against Jets

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov will start against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; ALT, TSN3, NHL.TV). He has missed the past four games because of an illness.

Varlamov (47 percent owned in Yahoo) is 7-4-1 with a .903 save percentage and one shutout in 12 starts this season. He has not played since allowing five goals at the Nashville Predators on Nov. 18. He is a lower-tier starting goaltender in year-long formats, but has added value in wins-only leagues considering the Avalanche rank seventh in the NHL in goals per game (3.27; allowing 3.18).

Video: COL@NSH: Varlamov denies Irwin and Bonino

From a DFS standpoint, Varlamov is an against-the-grain value play at $7,100 in DraftKings against the Jets at home, where he's 4-0-1 with a .918 save percentage in five starts (6.1 DraftKings points per game; 3.7 on road). The Winnipeg Jets have a dangerous offense and are coming off a 7-2 win against the Minnesota Wild on Monday at home, but were outscored 11-9 on a four-game road trip Nov. 20-25.

READ: Full list of projected starting goaltenders for Wed. Nov. 29

 

Montour sidelined for Ducks against Blues

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Brandon Montour sustained an elbow injury against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday and will not play against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday (9 p.m. ET; FS-MW, PRIME, NHL.TV).

Montour has been a fixture on the Ducks' first power-play unit, which is already missing top forwards Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler and Rickard Rakell. Cam Fowler is most likely to see a fantasy value spike filling in for Montour, who leads Ducks defensemen in points (13) and power-play points (five).

Fowler (51 percent owned in Yahoo) has two assists, one on the power play, and five shots on goal in five games since returning to the lineup after missing one month because of a knee injury. Fowler, priced at $4,200 in DraftKings, is expected to play on the first power-play unit against the Blues.

 

Malgin scratching surface for Panthers alongside Barkov, Huberdeau

Florida Panthers forward Denis Malgin showcased his fantasy potential alongside Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau on their top line by scoring the game-winning goal in a 5-4 win against the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Malgin (C/RW, owned in fewer than 1 percent of Yahoo leagues) is plus-1 with two penalty minutes, one blocked shot and four shots on goal in two games since being recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Monday. He has replaced Evgenii Dadonov (RW, 28 percent owned), who is week to week with an upper-body injury.

Video: FLA@NYR: Malgin puts Panthers ahead late in the 3rd

Barkov (66th in Yahoo) and Huberdeau (40th), each a high-end fantasy asset when healthy, can help Florida's 20-year-old Swiss prospect become fantasy-relevant over time in this prime even-strength role. Malgin's ice time has been low in each of the two games (12:16 per game), and he has seen limited power-play usage (total of 1:46) on the second unit with defenseman Aaron Ekblad.

Forward Henrik Haapala (LW/RW, owned in fewer than 1 percent of leagues) has taken on a first power-play role alongside Barkov and Huberdeau in Dadonov's absence, playing 13:02 per game with a total of 4:17 on the power play in the past two games. Malgin and Haapala should be closely monitored in deep leagues to see if either can lock down a full-time spot at even strength and on the power play next to Barkov and Huberdeau.

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