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Grubauer, Vatanen expected to return for Avalanche, Devils; more daily fantasy targets

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

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TUE. NOV. 19

CENTER

Mark Scheifele, WPG ($7,500 at NSH) -- He has five points (three goals, two assists) and 12 shots on goal in his past five games skating mostly on the top line with valuable wings Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine. The Winnipeg Jets have a winnable road matchup against the Nashville Predators, who have allowed 22 goals over their past four games (0-3-1).

LINEUP NOTE: Montreal Canadiens rookie Nick Suzuki  ($3,400) is expected to play on a line with wings Max Domi and Joel Armia in the absence of Jonathan Drouin (wrist surgery; out at least eight weeks). Suzuki has goals in consecutive games and points in three straight.

WING

Sam Reinhart, BUF ($5,600 vs. MIN) -- He has six points (three goals, three assists) and 14 SOG in his past five games skating on the top line with elite center Jack Eichel, who has five goals in his past two games and 13 on the season (T-6th in NHL). Reinhart is worth stacking with Eichel against the Minnesota Wild, who are 3-10-0 on the road.

Kevin Labanc, SJS ($4,500 vs. EDM) -- He's coming off a three-point, six-SOG game against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday and plays on a line with valuable left wing Evander Kane and center Logan Couture, who has had multiple points in four of his past five games. Labanc is also a fixture on the San Jose Sharks' first power play with Kane, Couture, center Tomas Hertl and elite defenseman Brent Burns or Erik Karlsson and provides cheap exposure to the Sharks, who have won six straight games.

DEFENSEMAN

LINEUP NOTE: New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen  ($4,300) is expected to return against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. Prior to Vatanen's injury, he was playing on the first power-play unit with elite left wing Taylor Hall and is worth rostering again as a DFS value pick. Vatanen has eight points (four goals, four assists) in 15 games.

Tucker Poolman, WPG ($3,600 at NSH) -- He provides a contrarian and low-ownership stacking option with Scheifele against the struggling Predators. Poolman quietly has four assists and five blocks in his past five games skating on the top pair with valuable defenseman Josh Morrissey, who leads Winnipeg at the position with 14 points in 19 games.

GOALIE

Philipp Grubauer, COL ($8,000 at CGY) -- He practiced Monday and is expected to return Tuesday after missing the past five games with a lower-body injury. The Colorado Avalanche went 4-1-0 in the absence of Grubauer, who is 6-3-2 with a .915 save percentage in 11 games, and have remained an explosive offense without elite wings Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog. The Calgary Flames are on a four-game winless streak (0-3-1).

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