The Shot Dude: Breaking Streaks
Streaks are an exciting part of sports and fun to follow.
Like many things in this world, streaks are only alive so long and something always breaks them.
Your favorite Shot Dude has been following a few streaks that I believe will end today. By going against the grain, you can really benefit from the many fantasy players who create their lineups based on streaks continuing.
The NHL has just a four-game slate to entertain us tonight, and you can see the matchups by using the Bovada data tool on our Home page:
Even though it's a small schedule, FanDuel still offers many games from which to choose.
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver ($7700) ... has been quiet in terms of scoring punch lately, only registering 4 points in his last 10 games. Overall, dude's produced 34 points in his first 32 games this season. A decrease in shot frequency is one explanation. Sedin averaged 3.7 shots per game through 33, but just 2.4 in the last 9 times out. I think his quiet streak ends today with a multi-point game. In fact, Sedin will be a major factor in helping Vancouver break Florida's impressive 12-game winning streak. The last time the Panthers lost was a month ago in Boston.
Sean Monahan, Calgary ($7500) ... like Sedin, has just 4 points in his last 10 contests. Dude's registered under two fantasy points in 6 of his last 8 games, as well. I think this drought ends today, with a productive game at home with San José in town. This would also be a great win for the Flames, due to the Sharks excellent road record of 13-6-2. Neither team is on a winning streak; each has won 5 times in their last 10 outings.
Milan Lucic, Los Angeles ($5900) ... started off the season with 21 points in 31 games. Dude's picked up only three points since then. If it weren't for 20 penalty minutes sprinkled in, those last 10 games would've resulted in low or negative fantasy scores. I'll wager this all changes tonight for Lucic when the Kings face Detroit and their four-game winning streak. Even though the Red Wings have compiled 51 points in the standings and a remarkable 11-5-3 road record, Lucic gets on the score sheet.
Aaron Ekblad, Florida ($4900) ... has fired just 16 shots on goal in his last 10 games after the first 32 games saw him shoot 84 times. As a result, dude has just 4 points in those 10 games despite Florida's torrid winning streak. Even though I feel Florida is due for a letdown tonight, Ekblad will register at least a point against Vancouver. The Canucks have been generous enough to allow an average of 2.76 goals per game and have a below-average penalty kill of 79.4%.
Alec Martinez, Los Angeles ($3900) ... didn't register a point and has only averaged one shot per game in his last 6 contests. In Martinez and Lucic, I think the Kings' scoring will come from unexpected sources tonight against Detroit. The Red Wings have been strong defensively, giving up just 47 goals in 19 road games, but their vulnerability lies within their road penalty kill of just 78.7%.
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers ($8700) ... would've liked his 2016 year to start out better than surrendering 9 goals on 74 shots, but no one has the power to re-write history ... yet. Three victories in his last 9 tries are all Lunqvist has claimed, and he'll face Boston, the NHL's fifth-best scoring team, tonight. To make matters worse, the Bruins have already saddled Lundqvist with a 4-3 loss back on 27 November. None of this matters to me, as I see the King adorning his throne with another win.
Your favorite Shot Dude hopes you go streaking to another winning fantasy night.
Just like your favorite skaters, always give it your best shot!
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