The Shot Dude: Glitch
Not that this is part of the lost chronicles or anything, but it's good to have my picks on the record.
Because I'm that kind of Shot Dude.
The editors informed me that this item slipped past them on Monday, so they've dutifully gone to the penalty box for it.
And of course, they feel shame.
In the meantime, here's what you missed:
As usual, I spent time studying the numbers on the Bovada data tool located on our Home page as part of my research routine:
The nice folks at FanDuel have many choices for your fantasy fun no matter how many NHL games are played on the ice.
Loui Eriksson, Boston ($4800) ... has become quite a reliable scorer of late with 6 goals in the Bruin's last 8 contests. When you factor in the seven assists that linemate David Krejci has registered in that same span, you can see the advantage of pairing teammates in your fantasy lineup. Play these two scorching players together with confidence tonight at home against Columbus. Not only has this pair combined for 230 shots on goal so far this season, but the Blue Jackets are the NHL's thirdrd most generous defense with 181 goals surrendered in 59 games.
Vladimir Tarasenko, St Louis ($7700) ... has been quiet offensively, which has dropped his price, making it easier to insert him into lineups. It's just a matter of time until he starts lighting up rival netminders again. After all, dude's scored 28 times on 215 shots this season. Tarasenko has shown signs of coming out of this recent slump with a goal and assist in his last game against Arizona. He is best paired with center Jori Lehtera, who was recently promoted to the top line. St Louis has won five games in a row and get home ice against San Jose tonight.
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington ($10,300) ... has potted 10 goals in his last 9 contests. Dude's taken over the goal scoring lead in the NHL with 38 on 292 shots in 55 games. The Capitals host Arizona, a team that is not up to slowing down Ovechkin, but owns the NHL's highest goals allowed average of 3.09 per game. Winger Justin Williams is just the skater to pair with Ovechkin. Williams has recorded 7 points in his last 8 games, and has a salary just cheap enough to allow you to still have enough cap space for some potent defensemen.
Shea Weber, Nashville ($5700) ... has scored 11 of his 15 goals this season on the power play. Weber ranks second in the league among defensemen in this category. Dude has launched 139 shots and produced 36 points for the Predators in 59 games so far. Nashville took their respectable 12-11-6 road record to Montréal. Both teams had won just 4 of their last 10, and the Canadiens have given up 162 goals, just nine more than the Predators in 59 games this season.
Andrei Markov, Montréal ($3900) ... is not a high-volume shooter, with just 80 blasts this season. But, at this low price, you get a d-man who's tallied 30 points in 59 games, and most recently 5 in his last 6. While some have said his age has caught up with him, he still averages almost 23 minutes of ice time per game and played an average of almost 25 minutes in his last three games and got 10 shots on goal. Markov does great work on the Canadiens' power play and will face Nashville, a team that ranks in the NHL's bottom ten in penalty kill at 79.7%.
Jonas Gustavsson, Boston ($6900) ... is tonight's likely starter against Columbus at home in TD Garden. Boston has beaten Columbus twice already this season, including a win back on 23 January in which Gustavsson stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced. Overall, dude's compiled 10 wins and a .913 save percentage in 16 starts to date. The Blue Jackets have been lackluster on the road, scoring just 70 goals while letting in 91 in 30 contests.
Your favorite Shot Dudes hope you get the opportunity to chirp up your fantasy opponent after a winning night.
Goodbye, good luck, and always remember to give it your very best shot!
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