The Shot Dude: Welcome to Spring
Spring has sprung.
At least, that's what the calendar says.
Here in the Midwest, we're in the midst of receiving a 12-inch blanket of snow and the kiddies are off from school as a result.
Never fear, though. No matter what the season, or how it looks outside, your favorite Shot Dude always brings it.
I've pulled out my NHL Doppler, and the forecast for today is winning.
There are 11 games making up today's hefty slate, which you can view with the help of the friendly Bovada data tool on our Home page:
Our friends at FanDuel never take snow days. They bring us the best daily fantasy sports contests to take part in. Don't forget about these competitors when making your team:
Zach Parise, Minnesota ($6600) ... has gone six games without scoring a goal, and that's why I like him tonight. Dude's so active on the ice, he's bound to score sooner rather than later. Even without producing a point, he had a good fantasy day against Chicago last Sunday with 6 shots and 4 penalty minutes. Tonight against Calgary is just the time for Parise to strike. With a two-assist game earlier this season, he now has 17 points in 16 career games against the Flames.
Ryan Johansen, Nashville ($6600) ... has been getting the lion's share of the Preds' scoring lately, with 6 points in his last 4 games. This is a welcome sight for Nashville fans, as dude's been in a nagging slump Johansen. This gives him at least 50 points for the third straight season, and he draws a great matchup at home tonight against Vancouver. The Canucks have lost five consecutive games and have only 3 victories in their last 10. Worse -- and with the Nux, something can always be worse -- the team owns a goal differential of -40 this season.
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit ($6600) ... is Detroit's leader in average points per game. Dude's tallied 43 points in 57 games, including 16 goals on 166 shots. The Red Wings are in a dogfight with Philadelphia for the last playoff spot in the East and have a prime chance to get back on track tonight at home against Montréal. The Canadiens are just the team I'd want to play right now; they're the second most generous team by allowing 121 goals on the road.
Brent Burns, San José ($8000) ... has blasted 41 shots in his last 10 games, giving him 311 in 73 for the Sharks this season. Dude's second in shots among all NHL skaters, and his 65 points rank him just outside the Top 10. His price is steep, but Burns rarely gets a negative fantasy score and most nights pays off his salary with all the shots he takes. The Sharks get home ice tonight against Edmonton. Speaking of generous teams, the Oil has surrendered 3.08 goals on average in 38 road games.
John Klingberg, Dallas ($5600) ... came back from injury five days ago and launched three shots in each game since. This is a good sign, as some players are a bit gunshy after getting back on the ice. The Stars have been riddled with injuries and are happy to have their top sniping d-man back. Klingberg's 146 shots have led to 10 goals and 53 points in 68 games. The Stars square off against Arizona, a team that's given up the third highest goals average at 2.99 per game.
Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota ($8100) ... is looking more and more like the netminder the Wild fans saw last year after the trade with Arizona brought him to Minnesota. Dude's had three straight wins over the Hurricanes, Blackhawks, and Kings, and only let 5 pucks past him on 103 shots! With Calgary coming to town tonight, Dubnyk gets to the chance to improve on some already awesome career numbers against them. He's won 10, with a save of percentage.920 and GAA of 2.27.
Your favorite Shot Dude hopes you avoid this early Spring blizzard, and enjoy a winning fantasy night.
Drive safely out there, and always give it your best shot!
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