The Shot Dude: Pucks-a-Plenty
Your favorite Shot Dude always enjoys this time of year, with the multitude of hockey games available on television.
Now that the Christmas crunch is behind us, there's a wealth of free time to sit back and enjoy all the dynamic action.
In addition to its usual weekday schedule, NBC Sports is broadcasting weekend games plus the outdoor stadium series games that begin on New Year's Day.
Since there are many places to catch pucks on the tube, why not make a lineup of your favorite players on FanDuel?
I always include their player pricing after each player's name.
On tap are six enticing matches that you can research using the Bovada data tool located on our Home page:
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay ($9400) ... had many fantasy players waiting for him to get on a hot streak. It's officially time to ride him, as he's registered 9 points in his last 10 games. Dude's 4 goals on 15 shots in the last 3 games have been eye-popping. This gives him 16 goals on 96 shots through 36 games this season, surely with many more to come. Tonight, Tampa Bay will skate home ice against Montréal and confirmed starter Mike Condon, who's been struggling to the tune of seven straight losing starts.
Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers ($6300) ... might be even hotter than Stamkos, with eight points in his last 7 contests. It has taken the league's only Norwegian 36 games to match his goal total from last year; dude now has 15 on 62 shots. In fact, his 30 points leads the Rangers, with nine of those coming on the power play. The Blueshirts will face Nashville and most likely Pekka Rinne, who just gave up 3 goals on only 23 shots to Detroit in a losing effort on Saturday night.
Joe Thornton, San Jose ($5400) ... is just as sizzling as the first two skaters listed here, with 7 points in his last 5 games. Dude's averaging 3 shots per game over his last 4, which is quite an increased pace than the 52 shots that have produced 23 points in 34 games. The Sharks look to continue the momentum they gained on Festivus, a 5-3 win against the Kings. They face the Avalanche and recently added Calvin Pickard who has given up four goals on only 25 shots in 2 NHL appearances this season.
John Carlson, Washington ($6500) ... also falls into the category of blistering skaters, with 11 points in his last 10 games. Dude ranks third on the Capitals with 86 shots on goal in 34 games. Although he's only lit the lamp six times, half of those were game winners. Carlson's 21 assists leads Washington, and his 27 total points is good for fifth in the NHL among all blueliners. Washington will take on Buffalo, with Chad Johnson likely starting and bringing his charitable 2.34 goals against average to the party.
Dan Boyle, New York Rangers ($4800) ... has registered 7 points in his last 8 games. This is quite a bounty, considering Boyle has just five points in his first 22 this season. I recommend you ride this streak while it's blazing; I'm especially encouraged by dude's 14 shots in his last 6 games. The top-line power play time Boyle gets is also a plus, which is where he's produced 9 of his points thus far.
Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay ($8900) ... has not only played well this month, but he'll be facing a team that's ice-cold in December. Bishop just notched his sixth win of the month with a 30-save effort against Columbus on Saturday. That gives him 15 wins to go with a nifty .927 save percentage on the year. Bishop will defend home ice against a Montréal club that's now lost six straight contests. This Canadiens team has not only won just two games in December and is only averaging a dismal 1.50 goals a game in that span.
Your favorite Shot Dude sincerely hopes you have enough spare time to assemble a winning lineup and catch some pucks on TV.
Remember that your favorite NHL snipers never score without giving it their best shot!
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