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NHL Plays: Sunday

Sunday, December 31, 2017


NHL Plays will look at some players to consider adding while building your lineups. Remember to check back on this page later in the day for confirmations on starting goalies and keep an eye on Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for all your fantasy hockey needs.

 

Keep in mind that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 4W, 2D, 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UT).la

 

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Mike Smith G (Calgary) - $7,800 FanDuel, $8,400 DraftKings

 

Smith has given the Flames good goaltending this season. He is 14-13-3 this season with a 2.56 GAA and a .920 save percentage and has had the Flames in most games. The Blackhawks have not been the best team in the NHL this season (far from it) and it looks like a good price to take the Calgary goaltender.

 

Brent Burns D (San Jose) - $7,300 FanDuel, $4,300 DraftKings

 

As poorly as Burns played to start the season, he has been at the other end of the spectrum of late with five goals and 13 points in his last nine games. Burns has his game and mojo back and you should take full advantage. He is on a five game points streak.

 

Andrej Sekera D (Edmonton) - $3,600 FanDuel, $4,300 DraftKings

 

He has been active for only a week as he underwent ACL surgery in May but he had 35 points last season for the Oilers and is now rounding into shape. He has only one assist in four games but should be ready to break out, especially at his price in FanDuel.  

 

John Tavares C (New York Islanders) - $8,800 FanDuel, $6,900 DraftKings

The Islanders are getting amazing production from their top line and it’s led by John Tavares who is tied for second in NHL scoring behind only Nikita Kucherov with linemate Josh Bailey. It should not be the worst move in the world to use the entire line which also includes Anders Lee.

 

Patrik Laine W (Winnipeg) - $7,400 FanDuel, $6,600 DraftKings

 

Laine was promoted to the first line when Mark Scheifele was injured and Blake Wheeler moved from the wing to center. Laine will benefit from the playmaking abilities of Wheeler as he is a sniper when it comes to shooting the puck. Laine had two assists in his first game with Wheeler and Kyle Connor and with 18 goals and 31 points, he is a fine addition to your lineup.

 

Sam Bennett W (Calgary) - $4,500 FanDuel,

 

Bennett got off to a horrible start this season with a goal and two assists in his first 23 games but he has turned his game around of late with four goals and 13 points in the last 15 contests. Bennett is giving the Flames some secondary scoring as the line of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Micheal Ferland have been hot but few other Flames have been. Bennett was taken fourth overall in 2014 so the pedigree is there.

 

Goaltenders        

Toronto (Frederik Andersen) Confirmed @ Vegas (Malcolm Subban) Confirmed

Arizona (Antti Raanta) Confirmed @ Anaheim (John Gibson) Confirmed

Tampa Bay (Andrei Vasilevskiy) Confirmed @ Columbus (Joonas Korpisalo) Confirmed

Winnipeg (Connor Hellebuyck) Confirmed @ Edmonton (Cam Talbot) Confirmed

Pittsburgh (Matt Murray) Confirmed @ Detroit (Jimmy Howard) Confirmed

New York Islanders (Jaroslav Halak) Confirmed @ Colorado (Jonathan Bernier) Confirmed

San Jose (Martin Jones) Confirmed @ Dallas (Ben Bishop) Confirmed

Chicago (Jeff Glass) Confirmed @ Calgary (Mike Smith) Confirmed



Michael Finewax is entering his 13th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.
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