Look to Colorado an Avalanche of points in daily Fantasy Wednesday
There are three games in the National Hockey League Wednesday, Jan. 8, with the N.Y. Rangers-Chicago (8:00pm ET) game nationally televised on NBC Sports Network. In Canada, the Montreal-Philadelphia (7:30pm ET) is nationally televised on TSN.
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Steve Mason, G, Philadelphia ($8900 vs MTL): You'll want a strong goaltender on a night that the options are slim, and Mason is the projected starter after G Ray Emery won his start Tuesday. The Habs are starting backup G Peter Budaj ($6400), which is a reason to like Mason. The home team has won five of the past six meetings in this series, and Montreal is just 1-10 in its past 11 trips to the City of Brotherly Love. That's a reason to love Mason. Plus, the Fly Guys have won nine straight at home.
Patrick Sharp, LW, Chicago ($8500 vs NYR): Hopefully we have better luck than yesterday, when the Carolina Hurricanes had their game canceled in Buffalo due to a blizzard. It's awfully cold and snowy everywhere, but the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks 'should' be able to play. And if so, Sharp will be, well, sharp. He has 10 goals over his past 10 games, and a total of 14 points with a plus-12 rating, eight penalty minutes, five hits and three blocked shots. He is averaging a whopping 5.7 Fantasy points per game, helped by two hat tricks over the past six games. There is no reason to believe he is going to slow down.
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Peter Budaj, G, Montreal ($6400 at PHI): Budaj is the projected starter for Wednesday's road game in Philadelphia, but this will take a leap of faith. The Habs are just 3-9 in their past 12 meetings with the Flyers, and, as mentioned above, 1-10 in their past 11 trips to Philadelphia. Still, if you want to save salary on your backstop and load up on skaters, Budaj is likely going to be the cheapest of the six netminders Wednesday.
Nathan MacKinnon, C, Colorado ($7000 vs OTT): MacKinnon, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, has back-to-back two-goal games, and a total of five goals and six points over his past four. Not many have been hotter lately.
Paul Stastny, C, Colorado ($5600 vs OTT): Stastny will be trying to solve former Avalanche G Craig Anderson ($9100) in this solid matchup. Stastny should be up for the challenge. He has a goal and five points with a plus-2 rating and 12.5 total Fantasy points over his past two outings, and two goals with nine points and 3.0 Fantasy points per game over his past 10.
Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, Chicago ($4000 vs NYR): Hjalmarsson is usually known for sacrificing his body, blocking shot after shot. He has 21 blocked shots over his past 10 games, but he has turned it up on the offensive end, too. He has a goal, four assist and a plus-1 rating with six PIM during the solid span. He is averaging 2.4 Fantasy points per game during the 10-game stretch, and he has 89 BS in 45 games this season. He isn't going to score points in bunches like his teammates up front, but rarely, if ever, does he have a negative night.
Erik Johnson, D, Colorado ($5200 vs OTT): Johnson has been sizzling lately at the offensive end, popping in four goals with a total of nine points, 11 hits and 22 blocked shots for an average of 4.1 Fantasy points per game over the past 10. If you want to split hairs, he does have a poor minus-5 rating during the span, but that's about all that's gone wrong.
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