Yahoo DFS Hockey: Monday Picks
Yahoo DFS Hockey: Monday Picks

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GOALIE

Frederik Andersen, TOR vs. ANH ($29) – He's won three of his past five games, one of which was a 28-save shutout, and the Ducks are coming off a 5-2 loss Saturday in which Ryan Miller was pulled after allowing three goals on seven shots against the Habs. Miller's expected to start with John Gibson injured yet again, and the Leafs have a healthy defense in front of Andersen with Morgan Rielly back in the lineup.

GOALIE TO AVOID

Henrik Lundqvist, NYR at DAL ($31) – He would be posting better numbers if the team in front of him was a little better, and the Stars offense will be tough to stop despite his career .922 save percentage against them. Facing Ben Bishop isn't a very enticing matchup, either, even though scoring goals isn't really the Rangers' problem. The Rangers have just eight wins on the road and Ken Hitchcock has a major advantage on home ice.

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CENTER

Connor McDavid, EDM vs. TB ($31) – The best offensive player in the game is available at the second-highest price, which makes him a bargain. Andrei Vasilevskiy will not be easy to beat but no one can stop McDavid, who has scored two goals and six assists in his past six games. The Oilers have scored seven goals in their last two games, and they've had three days to rest and prepare for their date against the Lightning.

Ryan Johansen, NSH at NYI ($18) – Johansen's notched four apples in his past two games and six in his past five. Losing Filip Forsberg as a wingman will hurt, but Viktor Arvidsson can also be a pretty lethal shooter and prospect Pontus Aberg – who may replace Forsberg on the top line – certainly has the talent to be a top-six winger. Johansen doesn't shoot the puck very often, but it'll be easier to score against the Islanders, whose goaltending has been a headache all season.

CENTERS TO AVOID

Ryan Getzlaf, ANH at TOR ($22) – The Ducks have lost two straight and enter the fourth game of their road trip with their captain stuck in a four-game dry spell. The streaky but talented Ducks are experienced enough to snap out of it sooner rather than later, but the Leafs have played better recently and Rielly is back in the lineup. They're one of the few teams that can match the Ducks' depth down the middle.

Jason Spezza, DAL vs. NYR ($15) – It's time we all came to terms with the fact that Spezza's a depth scorer at this stage of his career. He's sat out as a healthy scratch this season and even though he's registered two assists in his past two games, he's getting fourth-line minutes. He'll have to work his way back up the depth chart for his notoriously demanding coach, and beating Lundqvist won't be easy.

WING

Viktor Arvidsson, NSH at NYI ($20) – With Forsberg sitting out, Arvidsson becomes Johansen's go-to trigger man, giving him a chance to push his scoring streak to three games. Arvidsson certainly has the hot hand lately, scoring four goals in his past five games. He's a high-volume shooter so he can be pretty productive even when he doesn't score, and he could absorb most of the shots Forsberg would have taken.

Rickard Rakell, ANH at TOR ($19) – He's scored four goals and five assists in his past eight games and recently represented the Ducks in his first ever All-Star Game. Rakell is the future of the Ducks with Getzlaf no longer able to carry the burden on offense, and Rakell's wicked shot has been on full display with 10 shots in his past two games. Andersen's shutout streak is over, so there's nothing to be worried about on that front.

Alex Killorn, TB at EDM ($17) – After scoring five points against Calgary and finishing with a plus-2 rating against Vancouver, Killorn was spotted taking turns on the Lightning's first power-play unit during Sunday's skate. The burly two-way winger will likely be a net-front presence, and he's good enough and strong enough to bury a garbage goal every now and then. Seeing ice time with the Lightning's top line and Victor Hedman can't hurt his value.

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WINGS TO AVOID

Anders Lee, NYI vs. NSH ($25) – Lee has gone five games without a goal and scored just twice in 2018. Scorers who aren't very good at playmaking can fall into these kind of quiet stretches, and snapping out of his funk against the Predators is unlikely due to their superior goaltending and defense. The Islanders have fallen out of the playoff race and Lee's lack of production is certainly one reason they're slowly drowning. Lee has an 8.3 shooting percentage in his career against the Preds, which is nearly one-third of his 21.3 shooting percentage this season.

Corey Perry, ANH at TOR ($18) – Perry gets a chance to put on a show in front of his home province crowd, but the shows he tends to put on these days are more irritating than amazing. Perry scored Friday against Montreal but it was just his ninth of the season, and clearly offense is no longer one of his strong suits. Almost half of his points have come on the power play this season, and at even strength he just doesn't shoot the puck often enough anymore.

Chris Kunitz, TB at EDM ($14) – The cagey vet scored against the Canucks on Saturday, but he has just 17 points this season, and without Sidney Crosby making plays for him, Kunitz is at best a third-line checking winger. He's not even close to being one of Tampa's top-five scoring options, and with just 54 shots and 22 blocked shots he doesn't offer up much in terms of peripherals, either.

DEFENSE

P.K. Subban, NSH at NYI ($23) – Subban's playing himself into the Norris Trophy conversation by scoring four goals and three assists in the last six games, giving him 40 points and a plus-13 rating on the season with 119 shots on goal. The Islanders' goaltending has been consistently one of the league's worst this season, and given how often Subban puts the puck on net, odds are that he'll get one through. The reeling Islanders are a big underdog in this matchup, and the Predators depth on defense will play a vital role.

Travis Dermott, TOR vs. ANH ($18) – He's one of the many young Leafs defensemen who can skate and generate offense, and he's earned Mike Babcock's trust after skating over 19 minutes in each of his past three games. Dermott has registered at least one shot on goal in seven straight games, which takes some pressure off Jake Gardiner. Dermott, a second-round pick, has a high offensive ceiling and as noted Miller's recent form in net for the Ducks isn't promising.

DEFENSEMEN TO AVOID

Justin Holl, TOR vs. ANH ($18) – Scoring two goals in his first two NHL games wasn't enough to keep Holl in the lineup upon Rielly's return. The Leafs went 2-0 with nine goals scored and zero allowed in the two games Holl played, and his ability to skate and move the puck makes it easy to see why he may succeed in the NHL. Coming off a 4-1 loss to the Bruins on Saturday without Holl, even if coach Babcock inserts him back into the lineup, there's no guarantee he'll get 16-18 minutes, or even continue his scoring ways.

Esa Lindell, DAL vs. NYR ($17) – He's one of the Stars' most improved players, averaging more than 22 minutes a night with two goals in his past six games and 22 points this season. However, Lindell's more known for his two-way play than his ability to generate offense, so most of his fantasy value is derived from blocking shots… except the Rangers rank 20th in shots per game, giving him fewer opportunities to contribute in that category and lowering his value even further.

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