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Lafreniere moved to Panarin's line for Saturday; more fantasy targets, podcast

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

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SAT. JAN. 16


Mika Zibanejad, NYR ($8,000 vs. NYI) -- The New York Rangers center led them with five shots on goal in their 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday. Zibanejad, who scored the most goals per game (0.72) in the NHL last season, likely won't be held off the score sheet in consecutive games and is worth spending up for in a bounce-back spot against the Islanders on Saturday.


Kailer Yamamoto, EDM ($4,900 vs. MTL) -- The Edmonton Oilers wing had points in each of their back-to-back games (one goal, two assists) against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday and Thursday mostly skating on the second line with elite center Leon Draisaitl. Yamamoto can be stacked with Draisaitl, who has five assists in two games (most points in NHL entering Friday), against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

LINEUP NOTE: Rangers rookie Alexis Lafreniere ($4,800 in FanDuel) is expected to skate at right wing on the second line with elite left wing Artemi Panarin ($8,100) and center Ryan Strome against the Islanders on Saturday. Lafreniere did not score a point, had one shot on goal and played 13:21 on mostly the third line in his NHL debut. Panarin finished tied for third in NHL scoring last season (95 points in 69 games).


Ryan Suter, MIN ($5,200 at LAK) -- The Minnesota Wild defenseman had an assist, one SOG and one blocked shot in their 4-3 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. Suter, who always plays heavy minutes (23:10 in opener), is stackable with rookie wing Kirill Kaprizov ($4,400 in FanDuel), who scored three points (one goal, two assists) and had two SOG in his NHL debut.


Petr Mrazek or James Reimer, CAR ($8,100 at DET) -- Mrazek had a 14-save shutout in the Carolina Hurricanes' 3-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. With the Hurricanes having one of the deepest defenses in the NHL, either goalie would be one of the safest options on the DFS slate for another winnable matchup against the Red Wings on Saturday. Mrazek is 4-1-0 with a .910 save percentage and one shutout in six regular-season games against Detroit, his former team; Reimer is 5-4-2 with a .924 SV% and one shutout in 13 games against the Red Wings.


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