The Shot Dude: Double Trouble
Remember the classic Wrigley's Doublemint gum commercials in which people would show up in pairs?
One of the best strategies in daily fantasy NHL is rostering two teammates and scoring double points on the same goal.
Your favorite Shot Dude returns with some double trouble for you. I've got three sets of teammates that will help you win your share of daily fantasy loot.
Teammates from Pittsburgh
Forward Evgeni Malkin ($9100) ... led a team meeting recently and then backed it up by scoring 2 goals and adding 2 assists in the Penguins' last game. This gives 'Geno' 6 goals on 45 shots in 18 games to date. He's scored 4 game-winning goals and assisted on 10 others. This dude's a lead-by-example type! I really like the Pens' chances to score more than a few against Colorado, who's still in the midst of a lonnng road trip. And ...
Forward Phil Kessel ($7900) ... leads this very talented team in shots with 63. Half of Kessel's 6 goals are game-winners. Being Malkin's linemate and top power play cohort is an advantage for Kessel, as it allows them to sucessfully feed off each other. In fact, there's only a 15-second difference between Kessel and Malkin's average ice time per game. Please include them both in your lineup and benefit from either assisting on the other's goal and vice-versa.
Teammates from Minnesota
Forward Jason Zucker ($5300) ... has a surname that's German for sugar, and he's been sweet in Zach Parise's absence, with nearly a point per game in his last ten. No Wild player has more shots than Zucker's 54, and he is now a strong part of the top power play line. His determined play has enabled Minnesota to get off to an encouraging 10-4-3 start. There are only four Western Conference and seven NHL teams that have more points in the standings that the Wild's 23. And ...
Defenseman Ryan Suter ($4300) ... is a steal for this price, based on his ice time alone. Suter averages almost 27.5 minutes each game. Your favorite Shot Dude gets exhausted just thinking about that! Suter does double duty by leading the top defensive pairing and top power play for the Wild. He's registered 6 power play points of the 15 he's accumulated. Zucker and Suter will see Boston's back-up goalie Jonas Gustavsson in net tonight.
Teammates from Montréal
Defenseman Jeff Petry ($4400) ... has been a jack-of-all-trades so far for the Canadiens. Dude's taken 41 shots and skates almost 22 minutes per game. He's the point man for the Habs' second power play unit, which is where his lone game-winning goal was scored. Petry has 2 shorthanded points, 4 power play points, and 6 assists. Petry and his Montréal teammates get a home-ice date with Arizona, who've been outscored 10-4 in their last 2 games. And ...
Goaltender Mike Condon ($8300) ... has a very winnable matchup versus the Coyotes. Not only has Arizona given up 3 goals per game on the road, but Montréal has averaged 3.4 goals at home this year. I think Condon is in line for the victory, even if he is scored on once or twice. In addition, Condon has won 4 of his 6 home ice and 7 of his 10 starts overall.
Your favorite Shot Dude hopes you go to the trouble of including these double duos in your lineups, and it leads to a minty fresh evening of winning.
And remember, in fantasy sports, as in life, you can't score unless you give it your best shot!
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