The Shot Dude: Apples and Biscuits
In hockey, the puck is also referred to as the biscuit and an assist is also called an apple.
Your favorite Shot Dude is now finished with your hockey slang refresher for the day.
One thing I'll never be finished with is trying to find the best ideas for a winning fantasy lineup.
With ten enticing NHL showdowns on tonight's docket, there is plenty from which to choose. You can check out all of today's matchups with the help of the Bovada data tool on our Home page:
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Now, on to tonight's recommendations:
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary ($8400) ... now leads the Flames in almost every offensive category, thanks to a five-game point streak, and 11 total points in his last 10 games. With 58 points in as many games, and 28 goals on 154 shots this season, Johnny Hockey has guided the Flames to a decent home record of 17-13. Calgary's problem has been their disappointing play on the road, leading to a record of 9-17-3 so far. No worries tonight, as the Flames take home ice against the New York Islanders, a team that has allowed 68 goals in 27 road games this season.
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles ($7300) ... is the Kings' leader in total points with 52 in 58 games. Dude's had a recent surge of 5 goals and 6 apples in his last 10 games. Kopitar has put the puck on net more often lately, with at least four shots in 3 of his last 4 full games played. The Kings have seen their lead in the Pacific Division shrink to two points due to Anaheim's current six-game winning streak. Tonight's tilt in Los Angeles will be a true example of first against worst, as last-place Edmonton visits. The Oilers have allowed the league's most goals with 186 in 61 games this season.
Jaromír Jágr, Florida ($5800) ... has put the biscuit in the basket 3 times in the last 2 games. In fact, his 10 points in as many games has helped the Panthers maintain their lead in the Atlantic Division over cross-state rival Tampa Bay. Dude's 20 goals on 101 shots shows incredible accuracy, and there's nothing wrong with the 43 points he's tallied in 56 games. I really like the Panthers chances to win tonight's home game against Arizona. Not only do the Coyotes have to travel across the country, but they've lost three consecutive games and own a losing road record of 11-15-2.
Ben Hutton, Vancouver ($3700) ... is the point man for the Canucks' deadly top power play these days. This hasn't translated into many goals, but Hutton has registered 16 helpers in 52 games, while seeing an average of almost 19 minutes per game. I think Vancouver's home game with Ottawa will present many man-advantage opportunities for the Nux. This spells bad news for the Senators, the team with the NHL's second-worst penalty kill at a dismal 74.7%.
Morgan Rielly, Toronto ($3500) ... has turned into quite an effective top-line defender for the Leafs. He's pitched in offensively with 25 points in 58 games and has launched 122 shots on goal. Even though Toronto has dropped four straight games, they'll skate home ice in a winnable game against Carolina. The Hurricanes have a losing road record and hold the league's sixth-worst road penalty kill at 76.7%.
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles ($8600) ... has really turned up his play a notch, and we might not seen his price this low again. Quick has won his last two games and only let in two total goals in victories over Calgary and Nashville. This makes him one of only three netminders with 30 wins this season. I'll wager Quick gets another victory tonight when Edmonton comes calling. The Oilers have five consecutive losses and have only seven road victories over the entire season. To make matters worse, Edmonton has scored a league-low 63 goals in 30 road games to date.
Your favorite Shot Dude hopes the skaters you select record some apples and put a few biscuits in net for your fantasy team.
No matter the season, always remember to give it your best shot!
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