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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T. Rask - G
Rask stopped 36 of 37 shots in Friday's 1-0 overtime loss to the Stars.
There wasn't much more Rask could have done to try and collect his fifth win of the season, as he made a number of big saves just to get Boston into overtime. The 31-year-old has been playing better lately after a rough beginning to the campaign, allowing two goals or less in each of his last four starts, and with Jaroslav Halak slowing down it may not be long before Rask regains the full-time starting job in net for the Bruins.
Added 12:28 am (EST)
J. Dickinson - F
Dickinson was the only player to score in Friday's 1-0 overtime win over the Bruins.
Dickinson's overtime tally required a great deal of concentration, as he absolutely flew down the ice to track down the puck after Mattias Janmark's shot attempt was blocked by Tuukka Rask. This was the second game-winning goal in November for Dickinson, as he also had an overtime dagger against the Capitals on Nov. 3.
Added 12:17 am (EST)
C. Gunnarsson - D
Gunnarsson left Friday's game against the Golden Knights with an upper-body injury and will not return, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
The Blues go right back to work Saturday night against the Sharks, so we'll have to see if the club calls up a reinforcement option from AHL San Antonio as the strong hint on whether or not Gunnarsson will be ready for the next contest.
Added 12:07 am (EST)
B. Marchand - F
Marchand accrued 18 penalty minutes in Friday's 1-0 overtime road loss to the Stars.
Arguably the most polarizing player in the entire league, Marchand committed three minor penalties (eight PIM) and also received a 10-minute game misconduct. Hockey fans are accustomed to such antics from Marchand, and his countless fantasy owners can easily look past that due to his ability to consistently eclipse a point-per-game average. Randy Holt, who was a member of the Kings, holds the NHL's all-time record for most penalty minutes in a game with 67 -- he was penalized nine times in a March 11, 1979 contest against the Flyers.
Added Yesterday 11:52 pm (EST)
Miller (shin) returned to Friday night's game against the Blues in the second period after making several trips to the training room due to taking a slap shot to the shin, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Miller is acting the part of a warrior, as he's headed down the tunnel and back several times, seemingly doing everything he can to stay in the game. Granger speculates that the defenseman will receive the day off Saturday for maintenance.
Added Yesterday 11:30 pm (EST)
Miller sustained an apparent shin injury in Friday night's home game against the Blues, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
According to Granger, Miller made several attempts to tough out the injury, but he's back in the dressing room a second time after recording 6:17 of ice time. Another update on the defenseman should surface once the third period is underway.
Added Yesterday 11:22 pm (EST)
R. Elie - F
Elie has only appeared in one of six games for the Sabres in November.
Formerly with the Stars, Elie signed a one-year deal with the Sabres in July. It's interesting that No. 81 has played so sparingly because he's under a one-way deal and will be a restricted free agent next summer -- one would think the Sabres would want to get more out of him, but then again, this team has won four straight games and Elie's primarily been deployed in penalty-killing situations anyway. It's safe to drop the skater who's averaging only 11:14 of ice time and has made just four appearances with Buffalo.
Added Yesterday 11:07 pm (EST)
J. Allen - G
Allen will defend the road net in Friday's game versus the Golden Knights, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
After working in backup duties for three straight games, Allen returned to the crease Wednesday against Chicago and allowed just one goal on 19 shots but still recorded a loss. It was stellar individual production but just the second time in 12 games that Allen yielded fewer than three goals. This could be a good chance to maintain his solid play, as only two teams average fewer goals per game than Vegas (2.53).
Added Yesterday 9:40 pm (EST)