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Fantasy buzz: Get piece of surprising Golden Knights

Dansk viable streaming option; Miller thriving on first power-play unit

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.

 

4:30 p.m.
DraftKings value picks for Wednesday

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

CENTER

Nick Foligno, CBJ ($5,600 vs. BUF)

Foligno has primarily played center this season with Oliver Bjorkstrand (W, $4,200), forming a potential value stack against the Buffalo Sabres, who will be on the second leg of a back-to-back set. Foligno has had multiple shots on goal in each of his past five games and has scored at least one point in six of eight games this season. He plays on the first power-play unit with forwards Artemi Panarin, Cam Atkinson, Alexander Wennberg and defenseman Zach Werenski and is priced seventh among centers on this two-game slate. 

Video: LAK@CBJ: Foligno buries a PPG from the right hashmark

WING

Alexander Steen, STL ($4,800 vs. CGY)

Steen has no points through three games this season after injuring his hand during the preseason. That said, he's a bounce-back candidate against the Calgary Flames, who will be on short rest after playing at the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. Steen's peripherals have been solid (six shots on goal, two blocked shots), and fantasy owners shouldn't sleep on his first power-play role with forwards Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. Steen has 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) and 64 SOG in 28 career games against the Flames.

Video: STL@MIN, Gm5: Steen picks the corner on Dubnyk

DEFENSEMAN

Victor Antipin, BUF ($3,500 at CBJ)

Antipin, 24, has only played in six of the Sabres' 10 games this season, but is beginning to scratch the surface after scoring his first NHL point (one assist) with three shots on goal against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. He played 4:04 of power-play time on the top unit with forwards Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, Ryan O'Reilly and defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen. Sabres coach Phil Housley is utilizing Antipin to spark Buffalo's man-advantage results; the Sabres are tied for 26th in power-play conversion percentage (13.9) after leading the NHL last season (24.5).

Video: BUF@PIT: Antipin slides shot five-hole to knot score

GOALTENDER

Eddie Lack, CGY ($7,200 at STL)

The Flames backup will be making his first start of the season on the road against the Blues. He had a rough tenure with the Carolina Hurricanes (.901 save percentage in two seasons), but helped the Vancouver Canucks reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a .921 save percentage in 35 starts in 2014-15. After Flames starter Mike Smith had a 3-2 shootout win against the Predators on Tuesday, Lack is an against-the-grain play with likely low ownership on this light DFS slate. In addition to saving $1,100 in DraftKings compared to Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and $800 compared to Blues starter Jake Allen, Lack provides contrarian value for tournament contests. Calgary is 4-1-0 on the road this season, outscoring its opponents 13-10.

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1:45 p.m.
Golden Knights readily available in fantasy

For as long as this unbelievable run lasts, fantasy owners need to get a piece of the Vegas Golden Knights.

The expansion Golden Knights are 7-1-0, second in the Western Conference behind the Los Angeles Kings entering Wednesday. Their most-notable fantasy options are forward James Neal (LW/RW, 110th in Yahoo) and goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury (109th) and Malcolm Subban (86th), but injuries have ravaged the goaltending tandem. Fortunately, Vegas' secondary scoring has stepped up, and its third-string goaltender, Oscar Dansk, has been up to the task so far.

Dansk (13 percent owned) is 2-0-0 with a .929 save percentage after stopping 29 of 31 shots faced in a 4-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Sweden native is in his rookie season, but does have a well-rounded forward group and deep defense in front of him. Fleury (concussion) and/or Subban (lower body; out four weeks) should eventually be back for Vegas, but Dansk is a viable short-term streaming option, especially when Vegas closes out its seven-game homestand Friday against the Colorado Avalanche.

In terms of skaters, forward Reilly Smith (RW, 76th in Yahoo; 14 percent owned) has emerged during Vegas' homestand, totaling seven points (two goals, five assists), a plus-1, four power-play points and 12 shots on goal in six games. Smith is a two-time 50-point producer; he scored 50 points with the Florida Panthers two seasons ago. Smith is second on the Golden Knights in scoring (seven points) behind Neal (eight).

Video: STL@VGK: Smith pots PPG off defender to knot score

Jonathan Marchessault (C/LW, 22 percent owned) scored an NHL career-high 51 points (30 goals, 21 assists) and 18 PPP as Smith's teammate with the Panthers last season. c returned from a three-game absence because of a lower-body injury to score one goal on five shots on goal against the Blackhawks on Tuesday. Smith and Marchessault played on the same line with William Karlsson and together on Vegas' first power-play unit. With center Vadim Shipachyov being reassigned to Chicago of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, Smith and Marchessault present viable replacement options depending on your greater positional need.

And although the Golden Knights' top fantasy defenseman appeared to be Nate Schmidt through their first few games, Colin Miller (1 percent owned) has been their most-productive player at the position lately. Skating on the Golden Knights' first power-play unit Tuesday with Neal, Marchessault, Smith and Brendan Leipsic, Miller had a power-play assist and three SOG against Chicago. That gives him four PPP (one goal, three assists) and five SOG during his three-game point streak.

Defenseman Shea Theodore continues to make a case for an NHL roster spot with nine points (four goals, five assists) in six AHL games, but has yet to be recalled. Continue to stash Theodore in a deep league if you can, but fantasy owners may want to pull the plug and instead invest in Miller.

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