06 November 2017 0 Comments Posted By : James Harding

Fantasy buzz: Boeser has huge game for Canucks

All season long, NHL.com's fantasy hockey staff will have you covered with daily lineup news, production trends and injury notes from around the League. We will identify how these developments affect fantasy owners in year-long (Yahoo) and daily (DraftKings) formats.

5 p.m.

Sharks send Labanc to AHL

The San Jose Sharks sent forward Kevin Labanc to their American Hockey League affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda, on Sunday. Labanc (9 percent owned) is dual-eligible on Yahoo as a LW/RW and had been skating for much of the season on the first line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. He had three goals and three assists in his first six games, but had one assist in his past six games.

The Sharks have not indicated who will take Labanc's spot, but forwards Tomas Hertl (21 percent owned) and Joonas Donskoi (2 percent owned) have seen limited time skating on the first line in recent games. Hertl has prior experience skating on that line but Donskoi, who is also dual-eligible LW/RW, has been more productive lately with five points (three goals, two assists) in his past eight games. Fantasy owners of Labanc and DFS players should monitor this situation and should target his replacement as a solid-upside value player.

Low ownership studs of the week

Center Derek Grant has stabilized the Anaheim Ducks' second-line center spot with Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler sidelined with injuries. Grant (less than 1 percent owned in Yahoo) is dual-eligible at C/LW, and he's already set an NHL career-high with eight points (three goals, five assists). Grant has at least a point in seven of his past eight games.

Forward Alex Tuch continued his solid play since being called up by the Vegas Golden Knights. In four games this week Tuch (3 percent owned) had points in three, finishing with two goals, two assists, three power-play points and nine shots on goal. He's skating on the third line and second power-play unit.

Rookie forward Yanni Gourde had a big week for the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring points in all three of his games. Gourde (4 percent owned), who is dual-eligible C/RW on Yahoo, scored a goal in each of the three games; he also had one assist and seven shots on goal. Gourde is skating with Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat on the second line.

Forward Boone Jenner of the Columbus Blue Jackets finally found the scoresheet, with points in each of his three games this week. Jenner had two goals and three assists for his first five points of the season. He is skating on the second line and is seeing an uptick in ice time in his past four games.

High ownership duds of the week

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin ended a two-game pointless streak Saturday against the Boston Bruins with his 11th goal of the season. It was his only point in three games this week to go along with nine shots on goal. Ovechkin (100 percent owned) has been struggling; he has two goals and four assists in his past nine games, with his assists coming in a two-game span.

Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin has been struggling. Panarin had one assist in three games this week; it's his only point in five games since Oct. 27. Fantasy owners should be wary of his limited production but should not look to sell on him unless his offensive struggles continue.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith ended a four-game pointless streak with an assist Saturday against the Minnesota Wild; he figures to see plenty of ice time against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday. Keith (98 percent owned) has struggled offensively in his past five games but has gotten good category coverage for DFS purposes with 12 shots on goal and 12 blocked shots in that span.

2:22 p.m.
DraftKings value picks for Sunday

All season long, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This article includes expensive and value plays and can be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.



Spend up for: John Tavares ($8,100) -- The New York Islanders captain is the reigning NHL First Star of the Week and is playing well enough to back that up. He has three goals, two power-play goals, one assist and 13 shots on goal in his past two games. He has been a fantasy beast of late with 14 points (10 goals, four assists) in his past six games.

Value buy: Artem Anisimov ($4,600) -- He's a four-game point streak after extending it with a power-play goal against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Anisimov is centering the Chicago Blackhawks third line and their first power-play unit. He has a goal in all four games during his streak, including two power-play goals, an assist and 13 shots on goal.


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