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by chewy 29. December 2011 10:11

Before tuning out for your New Year's celebration, be sure to get in on the NHL fantasy action on Fanduel this weekend.   Saturday's schedule features a healthy 12 contests.  Here's your cheat sheet:



Who's Hot


Evgeni Malkin (PIT) / James Neal / Chris Kunitz

Malkin is unstoppable right now.  11 points in the last 4 games.  He's currently riding an eight game point streak.  His magic is rubbing off on James Neal, who is riding a concurrent streak of his own and is leading the league in goals.  Start Malkin every chance you get.  Kunitz has also ridden the wave with 8 points in his last 5 games.



Brad Marchand (BOS)

Marchand has been a beast in his sophomore season, and it's heated up big time recently.  Including the hat trick / 5-point performance on the 23rd, he has accumulated 11 points in the last 7 games.  He's also a +10 over that span.


Thomas Vanek (BUF)

The streakiness continues for Vanek.  Right now, he's hot again.  On his recent 6 game scoring streak, he has 4 goals and 5 assists.  Surprisingly, he hasn't managed many shots recently.  If he can get the shot totals up, he could make a run at the Rocket Richard.


Michael Ryder (DAL)

4 straight games with a goal at this point.  He has an impressive 8 points over a 6 game scoring streak.


Marion Gaborik (NYR)

The five game goal streak ended on Wednesday, but he did manage four shots on net.  Gaborik has surged to the top of the goal scoring standings, with 7 goals in his last 6 games.  He's one of the streakiest players in the league, so jump on board until this run ceases.


Michael Del Zotto (D-NYR)

Del Zotto went 6 games without a point in mid November.  Since that time, he's been the hottest defenseman in the NHL.  He's averaged a point a game over the last month and sits at +23 on the season.



Alex Burrows (VAN)

Burrows continues to benefit from his sweet spot along side the Twins in Vancouver.  He has 5 goals and 3 assists over his last 7 games for the Cancucks.


Tuomo Ruutu (CAR)

There hasn't been much to get excited about in Carolina this season, so I have to highlight it when it surfaces.  Ruutu has become the defacto offensive leader as of late with Skinner on the shelf and Staal MIA.  He is riding a four game goal streak and has 7 points in his last 6 games.


Tuukka Rask (G-BOS)

It's safe to say that going with Boston's goaltender on any given night is a decent move.  Rask has been even better than Thomas when given the chance.  He's won four straight, while allowing just one goal during that span.



Who's Cold


Brad Richards (NYR)

While Gaborik is soaring along side Stepan, Richards has been sitting back an observing.  He has just one point in 8 games and hasn't shown up on the scoresheet since Dec. 17.  He's getting shots on net and surprisingly has added some PIMs, perhaps out of frustration.


Ryan Getzlaf (ANA)

Getzlaf has been held off the scoresheet in 3 straight games, while going -4 over that stretch.  He hasn't scored a goal in 9 games now.


Rick Nash (COB)

It's probably time to permanently adjust our expectations for Nash, at least until he gets some help or changes uniforms.  The goal scoring glory days seem to have passed him by.  He has just one goal in the past 8 games and has just 24 points on the season.


Dmitry Kulikov (D-FLA)

Kulikov got off to a fantastic start this season, but the Winter weather hasn't been kind.  He hasn't registered a point in 9 games.


Carey Price (G-MON)

In his last five games, Price has gone 1-4 with a 3.65 GAA and .888 save percentage.  Rough start for the new coach.



Who's Hurt


  • Sheldon Souray (D-DAL) - at least he has an excuse for hurting my fantasy lineup now.  He'll be out two weeks with a sprained ankle
  • Kari Lehtonen (G-DAL) - returned to action last night
  • Shea Weber (D-NAS) - is doubtful for tonight (concussion)
  • Simon Gagne (LA) - was placed on the IR with an upper-body injury (concussion?)
  • Stephen Weiss (FLA) - questionable for tonight (upper body)
  • Sean Couturier (PHI) - on IR with a head injury
  • John-Michael Liles (D-BUF) - another concussion victim
  • Dustin Byfuglien (D-WPG) - knee



Value Picks of the Week


Here are some guys currently undervalued on Fanduel that you should cash in on in the short term:


Adam Henrique (C-NJ)

He's not the most prominent rookie in the league, but he's earning his keep on Fanduel right now.  He's averaging 3.1 FPPG and will run you a mere $5,700.  He's averaged over a point a game for the last 15.


Artem Anisimov (C-NYR)

Anisimov is the lucky third wheel on the Gaborik / Stepan line, doing all the scoring for the Rangers lately.  He's priced at just $5,900.


Brad Marchand (LW-BOS) 

See above.  Marchand is one of the hottest players in the league, but is priced modestly at $7,100.


Steve Ott (LW-DAL)

3 FPPG for Ott at just $5,800 in cap hit.  He contributes across the board, including PIMs, making him a steady fantasy option most nights.


Viktor Stalberg (LW-CHI)

Stalberg has been benefitting from a lot of offensive production in Chicago, but his salary on Fanduel remains rock bottom.  He'll run you just $5,900 right now.


Rich Peverley (RW-BOS)

Peverley just hit the injured list, but prior to that, he put up 2 goals and 5 assists in four games.  He's a value at $5,900.



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