2018 DFS NHL Playbook: November 8
Tom Vecchio pores over all the match-ups and statistics to finalize the NHL DFS Playbook for Thursday's slate.
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E. Dadonov - F
Dadonov set up a pair of goals -- including one on the power play -- in Monday's 7-5 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Having already accrued 25 goals and 38 assists, Dadonov needs only three points in the final six games to establish a new career high in that essential fantasy category. The Russian has already unlocked a personal-best 17 power-play points, and he's being rewarded with more 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone compared to last season's output.
Added 1:05 pm (EST)
B. Burns - D
Burns was blanked on a season-high 10 shot attempts in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Red Wings.
Burns also missed wide of the net four times in the contest, and despite the fact that he didn't even record an assist in the narrow loss, his heavy shot volume still paid major dividends for select DFS players. The 2017 Norris Trophy winner currently leads all NHL defensemen among points with 77 (13 goals, 64 assists) through 76 games.
Added 12:56 pm (EST)
C. Hart - G
Hart will be between the pipes at home versus the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports.
Hart will no doubt be looking for some help from his defensemen, as he faced 40 or more shots in three of his previous four outings. Despite the heavy workload, the youngster allowed a mere eight goals in those contest for a .949 save percentage. A matchup with Toronto's star-studded offense probably won't help the netminder's numbers, as the Leafs are averaging 33 shots (sixth highest in the league) and converting at a rate of 3.57 goals per game (second most).
Added 12:48 pm (EST)
M. Donovan - D
The Predators reassigned Donovan to AHL Milwaukee on Tuesday.
Donovan's demotion indicates Dan Hamhuis (leg) is likely closing in on a return to action. The 28-year-old blueliner will return to a prominent role with Milwaukee, where he's notched 29 points in 55 games this campaign.
Added 12:48 pm (EST)
A. Ladd - F
Coach Lou Lamoriello revealed Tuesday that Ladd (knee) suffered a torn ACL on Sunday and will be sidelined for five months.
Although he's not the player he once was, Ladd had contributed a good deal when healthy this season, notching 11 points, 34 shots on goal and 37 hits while posting a plus-3 rating over 26 games. The news rules him out for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign, so the veteran winger will finish with those numbers.
Added 11:51 am (EST)
P. Mrazek - G
Mrazek will get the starting nod for Tuesday's road tilt with Washington.
Mrazek has been outstanding of late, as he is 8-1-0 with a 1.65 GAA and .945 save percentage. With Curtis McElhinney on top of his game as well, the two netminders will likely continue to split the load. While Mrazek probably has the inside track to the No. 1 job when the postseason starts, assuming the Hurricanes hold on to their wild-card spot, he is far from a lock to be between the pipes for Game 1.
Added 11:37 am (EST)
A. Lee - F
Lee is expected to be re-signed by the Islanders after the season ends, Arthur Staple of the Athletic reports.
Lee has 27 goals and 47 points in 76 games for an offensively challenged Islander team this season. Those numbers are solid when you consider the mediocre talent around him. It seems that Lee and the Islanders are pretty close to an agreement on price and are just working out the other details of his contract such as length.
Added 11:31 am (EST)
N. Juulsen - D
Juulsen (face) returned to practice with AHL Laval on Tuesday on a non-contact basis, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Considering the last we heard Juulsen's career could be in jeopardy, his return to the ice, even without contact, is a major step toward a return. The 2015 first-round pick is dealing with some vision issues, so the Canadiens will certainly allow him all the time necessary for recovery. Consider Juulsen out indefinitely until he takes additional steps in the recovery process.
Added 11:28 am (EST)