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Parayko stepping up for Blues in Pietrangelo's absence; Pacioretty, Galchenyuk uncertain for Sunday; Buchnevich, Zuccarello streaming options in Rangers' top six

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

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SUN. DEC. 16

Arizona Coyotes: Forward Alex Galchenyuk (lower body) could return against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. Galchenyuk (C/LW, 31 percent owned) has missed the past three games and has no goals, three assists and is minus-8 in his past 12 games. He had been skating on the top line with forwards Nick Schmaltz (23 percent owned) and Clayton Keller and first power play with Schmaltz, Keller and defensemen Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jakob Chychrun. Galchenyuk has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) and 40 shots on goal in 21 games and is worth monitoring given his prime placement and chance to improve his production upon returning.

Carolina Hurricanes: Rookie wing Andrei Svechnikov had a power-play assist, two shots on goal and three hits against the Washington Capitals on Friday. Svechnikov (RW, 34 percent owned) now has three points (two goals, one assist) and nine SOG in his past two games and eight points (four goals, four assists) and 39 SOG in his past 11 games after eight points in his first 20 career games. Svechnikov, who leads all rookies in SOG (90), is skating on a line with forwards Lucas Wallmark and Justin Williams and worth owning in all fantasy formats, especially keeper leagues. Svechnikov has favorable home matchups against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday and Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

Edmonton Oilers: Forward Alex Chiasson (RW, 16 percent owned) scored his 14th goal of the season and had three shots on goal against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday. Chiasson has remained with elite forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on the top line and power play and has five points (three goals, two assists) and one power-play point in his past five games with 10 SOG. He has already set an NHL career-high in goals and scored 18 points in 27 games, putting him on pace for a career-high 50 points. As long as Chiasson retains exposure to McDavid and Draisaitl, he's worth owning in all fantasy formats and a great mid-level target for DFS contests. The Oilers visit the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

New York Rangers: Forward Pavel Buchnevich scored a power-play goal and had two hits against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. Buchnevich (RW, 8 percent owned), who missed time with a broken thumb, returned to the lineup for the first time since Nov. 10. He skated on the second line with left wing Chris Kreider and center Kevin Hayes (16 percent) and on the power play with rookie Filip Chytil, Jimmy Vesey, Brett Howden and defenseman Tony DeAngelo.

Buchnevich could be a useful streaming option in fantasy leagues if he remains in the top six and on the power play and is worth rostering as a value flier in DFS contests. Right wing Mats Zuccarello (18 percent owned), who returned after missing 13 games with a groin injury, skated on the top line with center Mika Zibanejad and Chytil and had a power-play assist. The Rangers host the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.

St. Louis Blues: Defenseman Colton Parayko had two goals, one hit and five shots on goal in 28:09 against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. Parayko, who's seeing an elevated offensive role with defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (hand) on injured reserve, has four goals, one on the power play, and 20 SOG in the past seven games. He is a streaming option in standard leagues at least until Pietrangelo returns. The Blues host the Calgary Flames on Sunday.

Vegas Golden Knights: Left wing Max Pacioretty is uncertain for the game against the New York Rangers on Sunday. Pacioretty (undisclosed) did not play Friday against the New Jersey Devils. Left wing Oscar Lindberg replaced Pacioretty on the second line with center Paul Stastny, who returned from a lower-body injury, and right wing Alex Tuch. The Golden Knights will conclude their four-game road trip against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday.

Winnipeg Jets: Defenseman Josh Morrissey had two assists and four shots on goal against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. Morrissey has back-to-back multipoint games and seven points (two goals, five assists), two power-play points and eight SOG in four games since returning Dec. 9 from a lower-body injury. He is skating on the first defense pair with Jacob Trouba and second power play with forward Nikolaj Ehlers, Bryan Little, Mathieu Perreault and defenseman Tyler Myers. With exposure to Winnipeg's elite forwards at even strength, Morrissey is a streaming option and worth adding in most league formats. The Jets host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. 

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