The NHL schedule returns to normal this week after the fallout of American Thanksgiving. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday will serve as the league’s busiest nights this week. There are at least nine games on each of those nights. Most fantasy leagues have weekly acquisition limits, and in daily fantasy leagues, you want to maximize the potential production you’re getting out of each of those pickups. This week, that means targeting teams that play on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. I’ve gone over some of the best widely available options below. Good luck!
Anaheim (3 games): Monday, Friday, Sunday
The Ducks play on three of the league’s slower nights this week, starting on Monday with a fantasy-friendly matchup against the Kings. My top recommendation, assuming he’s available in your league, would be Jakob Silfverberg. Available in 67% of Yahoo! leagues, Silfverberg is an integral part of the Ducks offense. He skates on the team’s second line as well as the first power-play unit, while also seeing just under two minutes of shorthanded ice-time per game. Silfverberg’s mediocre shot production caps his upside, but his immense usage makes him worthy of a pickup this week.
Silfverberg’s centre, Adam Henrique, is a decent second option should the former be unavailable. Like his line-mate, Henrique is also a staple of the team’s top power-play unit, but his career-high of 151 shots leaves a lot to be desired. I’m not dedicating a full-time roster spot to him, but he’s a viable streaming option this week. Henrique is currently owned in 17% of Yahoo! leagues. In deeper leagues, Troy Terry is worth a flier this week. His owned percentage sits at 0% despite skating on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell.
Los Angeles (4 games): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
The Kings will kick off the week with tonight’s aforementioned matchup with the Ducks before playing three more games on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. The top-heavy nature of their lineup lends itself to streaming, with plenty of high-usage players being widely available in fantasy leagues. If available, Dustin Brown (38% owned) is the obvious choice here. Brown is stapled to hip of Anze Kopitar at even strength as well as on special teams. He averages just under 19 minutes a night playing a key role on the Kings’ top line and power-play unit. He doesn’t possess the heaviest or most accurate shot in the league, but Brown has a knack for getting the puck on net. If you want to maximize your potential production, getting three games out of a guy that averages 2.5 shots per contest makes a lot of sense.
Should Brown be unavailable, his line-mate Alex Iafallo makes for a decent consolation prize. While his shot production pales in comparison to that of Brown, Iafallo sees nearly identical usage. His ATOI sits at 17:49 with top line and power-play minutes. Available in 99% of Yahoo! leagues, Iafallo has five goals and nine assists in 27 games this season.
New York Rangers (4 games): Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
The Rangers are becoming a mainstay of this post thanks to their unique schedule and overlooked fantasy assets. They have a slew of players hovering around 50% ownership, so let me just start by saying Ryan Strome (54% owned), Chris Kreider (48% owned), Kaapo Kakko (45% owned), and Tony DeAngelo (46% owned) are all viable streaming options this week. Kakko is the only Ranger listed above that isn’t currently on the team’s top power-play unit, but he is skating on the first line with Strome and Artemi Panarin.
Chances are at least one of those players are going to be available in your league, but if not, you can still get decent streaming value out of Pavel Buchnevich (18% owned) and Filip Chytil (5% owned). Buchnevich is skating with Mika Zibanejad on the second line as well as on the second power-play unit. He’s registered five goals and 14 assists in 24 games this season. Chytil is centering the team’s third line with Kreider and Jesper Fast on his wings while also being featured on the second power-play unit. He’s impressed since being recalled from Hartford (AHL), registering eight goals and two assists in 16 games.