While the Kings and Lightnings slip into their rubber pants earlier in the day, members of every other NHL team hit the ice on Thanksgiving Eve in the United States. It’s a busy movie, complete with plenty of pre-holiday drama and exciting storylines.
Will the Devils extend their winning streak to a best-of-14 series against the vengeful Maple Leafs? Can the Flyers rein in a seven-game losing slide in Washington? is the possibility of return Seth Jones Enough to boost the struggling Blackhawks to stardom in the defender’s hometown? (Probably not.) After falling behind the Canadiens the night before, are the Blues ready to extend their new mini-win streak to two games against the Blues? (Again, that would be hard.) And this is just a sample.
So prepare for one of the busiest days in the league calendar – and put your best foot forward in fantasy hockey – before every NHL arena goes dark on Thursday.
Favorable scoring matches
7 p.m., FLA Live Arena, Watch live on ESPN+
While they’re not as perfect on the road as they are at home, the Bruins still look amazingly comfortable and confident winning games away from TD Garden (6-2-0). The only NHL team to have consistently scored more than four goals in a contest since the start of the season, they’ve hit a total of 20 goals in the past four. If B’s can put five times Andrey Vasilevsky – As in Monday’s 5-3 win in Tampa – Patrice Bergeron Co. can toss in the back for a bit Spencer Knight. The Panthers defense is still a work in progress from outside the goal. Play your favorite fictional Bruins, incl Jake Debrusekwhich is sexy and underrated.
10:00 pm, Honda Center, Watch live on ESPN+
After Los Angeles won 5-3 the night before, the Rangers are expected to start Yaroslav, how are you? instead of No. 1 Igor Shesterkin. So far to win the game, the veteran backup has put off a wobbly launch for 2022-23, posting a winless record, 0.883 SV%, and 3.22 GAA. On the other side of the ice, the Ducks are allowing a league-worst 4.30 goals/game in November. The last time the two teams met in mid-October, New York escaped with a 6-4 victory. This is not the smell of a low-key affair to me. I especially like the Rangers ‘babies’. capo cacoAnd the Philip ShettleAnd the Alexis Lafreniere – in this tilt.
10 p.m., ballpark, Watch live on ESPN+
It’s a battle of the league’s ninth-ranked offense (5th in November) versus the 30th-ranked defense; The best power plays against the second worst penalty kick; A team that has been 7-1 in the last eight, in competition with a club that is still trying to achieve consistency in all positions. Proven capable of giving up a bunch of goals on any given night, the Canucks are in danger of doing just that in Colorado on Wednesday. Feature: Avalanche offense.
7 p.m., Nationwide Arena, Watch live on ESPN+
Those two teams combined for 10 goals in a 6-4 Blue Jackets win just last week. Also, the traveling Canadians were coming off a 7-2 beating at the hands of the Sword just 24 hours earlier. Play fancy jackets. Play your imagination Habs. But maybe just off the grid.
Mid-level fantasy strikers
Arturi LikonneColorado Avalanche (listed in 61.4% of ESPN.com leagues): The top line winger is fully back in scoring form. side by side Nathan McKinnon And the Mikko RantanenLeconn is riding a seven-point streak, which includes four goals and four assists. Throw in a bunch of shots, and that works out to a massive 3.0 fantasy point/game average in the ESPN.com standard leagues.
TJ O’SheaWashington Capitals (33.1%): At press time, Oshie is still “maybe” to don the Wednesday suit after losing nearly a month due to a lower-body injury. However, after taking full part in training on Monday, the winger’s healthy return looks promising enough. Set to skate on the scoring line with Evgeny Kuznetsov The higher the power to play with Alex OvechkinOshie’s odds of denting the scoresheet against the Flyers are strong. Just make sure he is, in fact, playing before you cast him into your fantasy lineup.
Deep League / Daily Value Attackers
Blake ColemanCalgary Flames (5.0%): Skating on the front line with Jonathan Huberdeau And the Michael BacklundColeman has a goal, two assists, and an empty net on five shots in the previous two games. I’ll take the former Lightning/Devil as a fictional origin far from the Penguins in not-so-uncommon territory in Pittsburgh.
Blake Coleman scores for the Flyers
Jordan EberleSeattle Kraken (8.0%): On a home warmer with four goals and three assists in five games, the veteran winger has made the most of his impressive stint alongside the center Matty Benears. There is no doubt that Eberle is in a good position to score against him Kapu Kahkonen and visiting sharks in the friendly confines of the Climate Pledge Arena.
Middle class fictional defensemen
Mark GiordanoToronto Maple Leafs (38.5%): In the spirit of forcing a modicum of revenge, the Leafs will do everything they can to prevent the Devils from winning their record 14th straight franchise after a squeaking 3-2 loss last week in overtime. Which adds to my fantasy-driven appreciation for the veteran defenseman, who is expected to see more meaningful minutes on the part-substitution. Morgan Riley (IR) at Toronto’s top power game. Managers looking at the long game should also know that Riley is expected to miss a stretch due to his new knee injury. Plus, Giordano is blocking more shots than usual these days.
Deep League/Daily Fantasy Defensive Value
JJ MoserArizona Coyotes (12.6%): The little Swiss has had an assist in all but one of his past six contests, two of five assists counted with the extra skater. even with Jacob Shekron Back in the defensive fold, Moser scored over 24 minutes in Monday’s tight shootout loss to Nashville.
Jake Oettinger (Expected), Dallas Stars (98.0%): The Blackhawks averaged 1.44 goals/game in November. Oettinger has not allowed more than a pair in each of his last three starts. And it was against the Avalanche and the Panthers and the Islanders.
Logan ThompsonVegas Golden Knights (88.7%): The Senators scored one goal in each of the previous two games, and lost both (which is not surprising). The No. 1 Golden Knights have lost only three of their 13 games over the course of the year, and only once in the last month. Thompson stopped all but four of Ottawa’s 46 shots in his club’s 5–4 victory on November 3. I gently suggest he earns the victory again, this time at home, and hopefully allows less than four. Stop Tim Stozel – Who was awesome – will be key in this effort to defend Vegas.
next to whom Patrick Kane And Seth Jones – if he does indeed return to the ice in Dallas – put the Blackhawks over other options on this date. Collectively, they don’t score much and the stars defend well.