The Shot Dude: Taking One to the Breadbasket
Goalies don't mind a biscuit being put into their breadbasket, because it's the safest save of all.
As long as it doesn't turn into a long rebound, of course, and wind up in the basket.
Your favorite Shot Dude hates when anything is thrown towards his man parts, but then I'm not wearing any padding.
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Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary ($8000) ... has tallied 8 points in his last 6 games, which is only slightly better than the pace he's kept all year. Dude's lit the lamp 27 times on 187 shots, but his 71 points in 71 games are what impress me the most. Gaudreau has become one of the NHL's best young players, and he can go off for your fantasy team on any given night. I think tonight is one of those nights, with Toronto being the victim. He'll most likely add to the three points he has in two career games against the Leafs.
Vincent Trocheck, Florida ($7100) ... has been on a similar run as Gaudreau with 11 points in his last 10 games. Dude's 22 goals on 162 shots have come in 72 games, but his playoff-bound Panthers get scoring from many different sources. Florida will be in New York tonight to take on the Rangers. Despite the Blueshirts' exceptional 23-8-3 home record, I give Florida a great chance to get a victory here. Home or away, the Panthers bring it every night, and these two teams' scoring for the season is only a two-goal difference.
Pierre Parenteau, Toronto ($4800) ... now resides on the Leaf's' second scoring and top power play lines due to all the trading deadline and injury changes Toronto's seen this season. Getting a good fantasy score is sometimes about a player's opportunity and nothing else. Tonight's game against Calgary should produce a good amount of goals, and Parenteau will get his chance to be in the mix. He's grabbed 4 points in his last 3 games and has a solid 13 points in 11 career games against the Flames.
Mark Giordano, Calgary ($6600) ... has blasted 30 shots in his last 7 games and is now up to 188 for this campaign. Dude's produced 10 points in his last 9 games and 48 in 72 games this season. I view Giordano as the top defensive player tonight, so make room for him on your fantasy squad if you can. He has a decent history against Toronto, too, with 9 points in 11 career games against them.
Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia ($5400) ... is the best defensive rookie I've seen play this year. Not only will he stand you up at the blueline, dude's fired his share of pucks at opposing netminders' breadbaskets, as well. Gostisbehere has taken 125 shots in 52 games, resulting in 16 goals. Throw in 23 assists, and with 10 games still remaining to improve on those numbers, you have one hell of a rookie season. The Flyers will fling pucks at the Islanders' Thomas Greiss, who's lost 4 of his last 5 and given up 2.55 goals per game in the process.
Al Montoya, Florida ($7200) ... has been one of the NHL's most reliable netminders in road games this season. Dude has seven victories with a save percentage of .920 and a 2.22 GAA in away games. Tonight, he'll square off against the Rangers, a team that's lost 5 of their last 7 games and is only averaging 2 goals per game in their last 5 outings. I believe his Panther mates will give him good goal support, since the Florida offense has averaged 4 goals a game over their last 7 contests.
Your favorite Shot Dude hopes you stay away from all flying objects and have a winning night in your fantasy games.
Get your 3-5 recommended servings of vegetables, and always give it your best shot!
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