FanDuel NHL Value Plays: Saturday (11/25)
Twenty-two teams are lacing up tonight, and that means 440 options to choose from. Some may seem obvious, some may seem expensive, but the players we’re going to look at are often the difference between winning and losing. Let’s take a look at our value plays today (using all of them would increase your average remaining salary per player from $6,111 to $7,625).
Christian Dvorak (ARI): $4,100 vs. VGK
As I write this I am mulling over an offer from Vegas to play net for them tomorrow. If I decline, it looks as if Maxime Lagace will instead get the nod, he of the 0.873 goals against average. Dvorak centers the second line on the Coyotes, between Max Domi and the recently hot Anthony Duclair (5 points in his last 5 games). Arizona has actually won three of its last four games and this contest has the potential to be a showcase of poor defensive play and even worse goaltending.
Evgeny Dadonov (FLA): $4,500 vs. CHI
Dadonov hasn’t quite had an Artemi Panarin entrance in his first NHL season, but has quietly put up 17 points in his first 21 games. Playing for a team like the Panthers will dull your shine as well, but Evgenii skates on the top line with young superstars Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau and averages about 20 minutes of ice time. Chicago is solid defensively, but Forida’s top line is legit, with a combined 20 goals and 59 points tallied so far this season.
Sam Reinhart (BUF): $4,500 vs. MON
Reinhart is beginning to heat up after a slow start to the season. With five points in his last seven games, he has seen time on the top line in practice and during recent games as Phil Housley juggles his lines in search of a consistent attack. The antidote to a struggling offense is often the Montreal Canadiens, who have surrendered the third most goals in the league. Carey Price is slated to start, but if that is scaring you off consider his level of play this year (3.77 goals against average and 0.877 save percentage).
Mikhail Sergachev (TB): $4,100 vs. PIT
Sergachev may be a trivia question someday, as in “Why did the Canadiens fire their general manager, Marc Bergevin?” Sergachev currently has 14 points in his first 21 games as a member of the Lightning (it just doesn’t sound right to say “as a Lightning”). His offensive output is only two points shy of superstar defenseman Victor Hedman, and Mikhail is already a regular member Tampa’s second power-play unit. If that’s not enough, consider that Tampa Bay currently has scored the most goals in the NHL and Pittsburgh has given up the second most.
Keith Kinkaid (NJ): $7,300 vs. DET
His price tag is about as cheap as you’ll see for a goalie, and Kinkaid is currently the confirmed starter against the Red Wings. The Devils roll into Detroit as a very good road team (7-2-2), while Detroit is a middling 4-3-3 at home. Speaking of middling, the Red Wings offense clocks in at 17th overall and Kinkaid’s stats are pretty solid (3.08 goals against average and 0.905 save percentage).
Sheldon Curtis is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Sheldon, check out his archive.