Wednesday’s five-game schedule opens with an intriguing matchup of two teams that are correspondingly struggling. The Senators cannot keep their own net puck and the Islanders cannot score. As of January 2, New York sits one notch above the basement (currently held by the Coyotes) with an average of 1.70 goals per game, while Ottawa ranks last in goals allowed (4.50 per game). . Something has to give here. Either Cam Talbot (projected) manages to keep the opposition to a pair or less, or the Islanders’ offense finally breaks out (relatively speaking). Knowing that Sens’ scoring corps hasn’t been terribly productive of late either, Ilya Sorokin (projected) is in a decent enough position to get his first win in 11 days and just his third this month.
Elsewhere, Toronto hosts the other New York team in a highly anticipated matchup that could pit fellow goalkeepers and training partners Ilya Samsonov and Igor Shesterkin against each other. Samsonov, in particular, seems extremely excited to watch his friend from across the court in what appears to be a more modest scoring affair. The cream of the Metropolitan crop takes on their equally impressive Central counterparts when the ‘Canes travel to Dallas. Keep in mind that Frederik Andersen is a perfect 4-0 with a .942 SV% and a 1.75 GAA coming back from a long absence. The schedule concludes with two theoretically wild affairs as the Blue Jackets visit the hot Oilers and the Canucks travel to Seattle, new Vancouver coach and all.
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Favorable Score Matchups
8:00 p.m., Rogers Place
This is the first meeting between a team averaging 5.17 goals per game during a six-game winning streak and another that ranks 30th in goals allowed all season. Oh, and the Blue Jackets have three road wins to show for 2022-23 so far. Just remember, there is no Evander Kane in this contest. The sniper who just returned is away on legal business. As such, I like under-the-radar fantasy asset Ryan McLeod as the third banana in a scoring line with Leon Draisaitl and Zach Hyman. Forward Dylan Holloway is also expected to get another chance in a unit with Connor McDavid.
10 p.m., Climate Pledge Arena, watch live on ESPN+
On October 27, the Canucks and Kraken combined for nine goals as Vancouver ultimately emerged the 5-4 victor. In the second round on December 22, eleven total goals with Seattle once again falling by a single, 6-5. Even if Rick Tocchet manages to bolster his new team’s defense as he promised, there’s a good chance he’ll succeed in that task on Wednesday night. Play your fantasy Canucks, play your fantasy Kraken. Just keep in mind that Jaden Schwartz is expected to leave the home team, and Yanni Gourde and Andre Burakovsky are doubtful.
Mid-tier fantasy forwards
Teuvo Teravainen, Carolina Hurricanes (enrolled in 58.9% of ESPN.com leagues): Tucked away on the top line with Max Pacioretty (sadly) out of the Hurricanes’ equation, Teravainen is returning to the productive asset fantasy managers have grown accustomed to. Averaging over 18 minutes on ice, the 28-year-old has one goal and three assists to show for his last three contests. That’s more good.
Deep League/Daily Fantasy Value Forwards
Sheldon Dries, Vancouver Canucks (0.1%): Skating in a new unit assembled by Tocchet with JT Miller and Conor Garland, the AHL regular scored his sixth of the season and earned five penalty minutes against the Blackhawks on Monday. I also like Jack Studnicka as a sleepy asset alongside Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat, if the youngster can hold his own in that role.
Mid Tier Fantasy Defenses
Deep League Value Defenders/Daily Fantasy
Andrew Peeke, Columbus Blue Jackets (1.9%): In leagues that value shot blocking and hits, and only in those leagues.
Stuart Skinner, Edmonton Oilers (34.2%): Or Jack Campbell (65.0%), the one who ends up starting for the Oilers this time. Columbus’ top line is a concern – both Patrik Laine and Johnny Gaudreau have enjoyed their fair share of success against Edmonton as members of their respective former Canadian clubs – but there isn’t enough scoring depth in the Blue Jackets to worry otherwise. .