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2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, November 22nd

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It’s a jam-packed day of hockey, with 12 games on the slate. Let’s look at how to attack it in cash games and GPPs.

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The Positions

Goalie:

Cash Games:

Pekka Rinne – $8,500 – Nashville: Rinne is one of the safest goaltenders on the board tonight, going up against the Florida Panthers at home.

Braden Holtby – $7,900 – Washington: Holtby is basically a lock for a win, but unlike Rinne, he hasn’t shown much shutout potential. Braden comes into tonight with a pedestrian .914 save percentage and a penchant for letting in a soft goal or two.

GPPs:

Reto Berra – $6,200 – Colorado Avalanche: Berra has been a sieve of late, allowing 14 total goals in his last four contests, however Carolina comes into this one with a 2.37 goals per game mark which is 5th worst in the NHL ( ironically Colorado is 4th worst ). However, the Hurricanes are scoring just 2.27 goals per game, while allowing 3.45 goals per game in road games. In fact, according to the play index from hockey-reference, the Hurricanes are just 4-12-5 in road games against Western Conference foes at least two time zones away since the start of 2011-2012 (and two of those wins were against the Winnipeg Jets).

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Defense

Mike Green – $4,800 – Washington Capitals: The Buffalo Sabres have been the league’s worst team this year and have a penalty-kill ranked 23rd in the NHL. That doesn’t sound so bad for a team that’s last in pretty much every imaginable stat, but just a minute…. The Sabres have a home penalty-kill of 87.5% (7th best) and a road penalty-kill of 68.4% (2nd WORST). Green skates on the top power-play unit of the third best unit in the league. In addition, Buffalo has been short-handed the 4th most times in the NHL (78).

Mark Giordano – $6,800 – Calgary Flames: The New Jersey Devils has been short-handed the most times in the NHL (79) and their penalty-kill is pretty bad at just 73.4% (29th in the league). The Flames come into this contest with the 8th best power-play in the NHL.

T.J. Brodie – $4,500 – Calgary Flames: — Recommended for the same reasons as Giordano.

Kris Letang – $6,600 – Pittsburgh Penguins: Letang is averaging 1.8 blocked shots per game over his last 10 games, to go along with his eight points and 41 shots over that span as well. The Penguins sport the league’s best power-play at just over 33%, while the Islanders have the 5th worst penalty-kill.

Honorable Mention: Niklas Kronwall ( $4,400 ) Brent Burns ( $5,600 ), Duncan Keith ( $5,400 ), Dennis Seidenberg ( $3,500 ), Jack Johnson ( $4,200 ), Shea Weber ( $7,000 ), Damon Severson ( $2,700 ), Adam Clendenning ( $2,700 ), John Carlson ( $5,300 )

Cash Game Forward Rankings:

*These are price adjusted*

Center:
  1. Nicklas Backstrom – Washington – $5,600
  2. Henrik Zetterberg – Detroit – $5,700
  3. Claude Giroux – Philadelphia – $8,600
  4. Tyler Seguin – Dallas – $8,100
  5. Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh – $9,000
  6. Ryan Johansen – Columbus – $6,400
  7. Logan Couture – San Jose – $6,200
  8. Jonathan Toews – Chicago – $6,000
  9. Jeff Carter – Los Angeles – $5,300
  10. Riley Sheahan – Detroit – $4,000
Winger:
  1. Alex Ovechkin – Washington – $8,800
  2. Troy Brouwer – – Washington – $4,200
  3. Justin Abdelkader – Detroit – $4,500
  4. Tomas Tatar- Detroit – $5,500
  5. Johan Franzen – Detroit – $5,800
  6. Gustav Nyquist – Detroit – $5,100
  7. Zach Parise – Minnesota – $6,100
  8. Cam Atkinson – Columbus – $5,900
  9. Chris Kunitz – Pittsburgh – $5,400
  10. Max Pacioretty – Montreal – $7,400

Example GPP lineup:

C N. Backstrom 3.4 swap out
C Riley Sheahan 2.1 swap out
W J. Abdelkader 3.3 swap out
W Alex Ovechkin 4.9 swap out
W Tomas Tatar 3.1 swap out
D Niklas Kronwall 2.8 swap out
D Kris Letang 4.2 swap out
G Reto Berra P 2.9 swap out
UTIL Troy Brouwer 2.8

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