Welcome to 2016! Start your New Year off on the right foot with a day of NHL action with the Winter Classic and a late night matchup between the Ducks and Canucks. Despite the limited action there are some great players available for your lineups today. Let’s take a look at some of today’s top targets.
Tuukka Rask ($8,000) – Rask is getting the nod in the Winter Classic today and is the top goalie option available on the day. Despite allowing three goals in his last start against the Senators, he still picked up the win and that was the only game in his last 10 starts that he allowed more than two goals against. In that 10 game stretch he is 6-2-2 with a 1.54 GAA and a stellar .948 SV%. He is the most expensive goalie on the day but the limited player pool and his recent great run of productivity makes him a great start today even against a Canadiens team getting Brandon Gallagher back from injury.
P.K. Subban ($5,900) – Even though he is going against Rask, Subban is my top defenseman available today. He has four points in his last six games and has put up points in his last two. He has racked up two assists, four blocked shots and eight shots on goal in those two games and without many other options on the blueline at the moment and is one of the league leaders in assists with 25.
Shea Theodore ($2,500) – Theodore, the Ducks first round pick in 2013, made his NHL debut on Tuesday and recorded a blocked shot and a shot on goal. The Ducks are expecting a lot from the talented puck-mover after seeing a dearth of production from their blueliners to date. In the AHL this season Theodore had 16 points and 51 SOG in 27 games for the San Diego Gulls and he can be expected to inherit a large offensive role early on with the team.
Others to Consider: Torey Krug ($6,000), Zdeno Chara ($5,300), Andrei Markov ($4,300), Hampus Lindholm ($3,600), Alex Edler ($5,100)
Patrice Bergeron ($7,300) – Bergeron has three goals in his last three games and is a point-per-game player in his last 10 games with 10 points. He leads the Bruins in scoring with 35 points in 36 games. He put up a multi-goal effort against the Senators on Tuesday night and this season against the Canadiens he has two goals and an assist in three games.
Daniel Sedin ($6,600) – Sedin continues to be the cog of the offense for the Canucks leading the team in all offensive categories on the season with 16 goals, 21 assists and is tied for ninth in the league in scoring with 37 points. He had a three game point streak snapped earlier this week against the Kings but will have a great chance to get back to his productive ways with a matchup against the Ducks who will probably start Frederik Andersen after starting John Gibson last night against the Oilers.
Brendan Gallagher ($6,100) – The Canadiens offense has sorely missed Gallagher in his absence and his loss can be directly linked to the downturn in production for Pacioretty and Plekanec. Before the injury Gallagher was having the breakout year many were expecting playing on the Habs top line and had posted 19 points (9G, 10A) and 70 SOG in 22 games before hitting IR. In his last 10 games before he got hurt Gallagher had managed nine of his points and 33 SOG and had also added seven blocked shots. Expect him to jump back in early and often against the Bruins today.
Others to Consider: Tomas Plekanec ($5,200), Henrik Sedin ($5,000), Jimmy Hayes ($3,700), Ryan Spooner ($4,400), Max Pacioretty ($7,100), Ryan Getzlaf ($5,800), Rickard Rakell ($3,900).
I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year’s and you enjoy your day today. As always with any questions or comments you can find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey