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Fantasy buzz: Ryan activated off injured reserve by Senators

Forward will play alongside Brassard or Duchene; Krejci nearing return for Bruins

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 p.m. ET
DraftKings value picks for Monday

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

Derek Ryan, CAR ($4,000 vs. DAL): Playing mostly in a secondary role with veteran wing Justin Williams, Ryan has at least one point in five of his past six games. Ryan and Williams ($4,600) also play on the same power-play unit, and Ryan has scored five points (two goals, three assists) with two on the power play in seven home games. Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop has been much worse on the road (2-3-0, .888 save percentage) compared to at home (5-1-0, .942 SV%, one shutout).

 
WING

Gemel Smith, DAL ($3,500 at CAR): Playing on the Dallas Stars' top line against the New York Islanders on Friday, Smith scored a goal on his only shot, benefiting from exposure to high-end forwards Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed 21 goals in seven home games this season, making Smith worth drafting along with Benn and/or Radulov in this favorable spot. He has a low floor in DFS, but his high upside on this two-game slate makes him a must-add player for large DFS contests. He also had two assists and 5.5 DraftKings points against the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 4.

Video: NYI@DAL: Smith taps home Radulov's 100th NHL assist

 

DEFENSEMAN

Colton Parayko, STL ($4,300 at CGY): The young defenseman has taken a back seat to early Norris Trophy candidate Alex Pietrangelo with the St. Louis Blues but is due for better goal-scoring results based on his high shot volume. He has no goals on 31 shots over his past 10 games and is 1-for-47 in 18 games this season. He had one assist, one block and four shots on goal for 4.5 DraftKings points against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 25 and is an appealing value play averaging 21:06 per game with 1:48 on the second power-play unit.

 

GOALTENDER

Jake Allen, STL ($7,800 at CGY): He is 3-1-0 following a loss this season, with one of those bounce-back games coming against the Flames on Oct. 25. He stopped 23 of 25 shots faced that night for 5.6 DraftKings points, and is averaging 4.6 DraftKings points per game through 14 games. He will get another start against the Flames on Monday, and has a chance to return value again considering the Flames offense has struggled (2.63 goals per game; T-24th) and the Blues have a positive goal differential on the road (plus-2).

Video: NYI@STL: Allen sprawls to make save on the doorstep

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2:30 p.m.
Krejci practices, could return on Bruins' road trip

Boston Bruins center David Krejci returned to practice Monday and could play during their upcoming four-game road trip. He has missed their past 10 games because of a back injury.

Forwards Brad Marchand and Anders Bjork are not traveling with the team because of undisclosed injuries, but neither has been ruled out for their game against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

Krejci (C, 20 percent owned in Yahoo) has six points (one goal, five assists), four power-play points and is minus-5 in six games this season. The Bruins have been ravaged by injuries to Krejci, Marchand, David Backes and Ryan Spooner and were also without top center Patrice Bergeron, defenseman Torey Krug and goaltender Tuukka Rask because of injuries earlier in the season.

 

1 p.m.
Senators activate Ryan off injured reserve

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan has been activated off injured reserve Monday. He had missed their past eight games because of a broken finger.

Ryan (LW/RW, 25 percent owned in Yahoo) is a worthwhile fantasy pickup in most formats considering he will either re-join previous linemates Derick Brassard and Mark Stone or play on a separate unit with Mike Hoffman and Matt Duchene, who was acquired from the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 5. Ryan, 30, had six assists and was plus-8 in eight games before his injury.

Forward Zack Smith, who played on a line with Duchene and Hoffman in Duchene's debut Friday against the Avalanche, sustained a thumb injury in the game and is expected to miss time.

Ryan put himself back on the fantasy map in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 15 points (six goals, nine assists), five power-play points and 42 shots on goal in 19 games. He is a four-time 30-goal scorer from earlier in his NHL career with the Anaheim Ducks, but was limited to 62 games last regular season because of injury. Prior to last season, he had back-to-back seasons of at least 54 points for Ottawa in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

The Senators are in the midst of a four-day break after the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series and play their next game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. They have a back-to-back set this weekend with a home game against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday and road game against the New York Rangers on Sunday.

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