DFS NHL Optimal Lineups: January 8
Tom Vecchio provides you with example lineups for today's NHL DFS slate.
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C. Wilson - F
Wilson scored a power-play goal and added an assist at even strength in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blackhawks.
The veteran winger now has four points (a goal and three helpers) in the last three games. Wilson only has 11 goals and 24 points through 58 games, but his consistent spot on a Colorado power play currently missing both Gabriel Landeskog (upper body) and Mikko Rantanen (undisclosed) -- Wilson saw a team-high 5:34 with the man advantage Saturday -- gives him a chance to stay productive as the Avs push for a playoff spot.
Added 9:35 pm (EST)
A. Kerfoot - F
Kerfoot picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blackhawks.
The second-year forward hadn't found the scoresheet in his last nine games before Saturday's performance. Kerfoot only has 11 goals and 36 points through 71 games on the season, but with the Avs clinging to the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference, they could use someone other than Nathan MacKinnon to step up and supply some offense.
Added 9:28 pm (EST)
P. Grubauer - G
Grubauer stopped 29 of 31 shots in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blackhawks.
He made some huge saves against a desperate Chicago squad to earn his fourth straight win and fifth in sixth starts. Grubauer has seized the starting job for Colorado with a dizzying 1.00 GAA and .968 save percentage over that stretch, a hot streak that has carried the team into the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Added 9:24 pm (EST)
P. Bellemare - F
Bellemare (undisclosed) will sit out of Saturday's game versus the Red Wings, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
He will sit out his second straight game, so Valentin Zykov will bump into the fourth-line center position. Bellemare will look to get healthy for Monday's contest versus the Blues.
Added 9:19 pm (EST)
C. Crawford - G
Crawford turned aside 21 of 24 shots in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Avalanche.
Colorado's final goal was scored into an empty net. After winning five straight starts, Crawford is now 0-2-1 in his last three with a 2.72 GAA and .906 save percentage. The loss was a potentially devastating one for the Blackhawks' slim playoff chances as well, as they now sit six points back of the Avs for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference, with two other teams between them.
Added 9:18 pm (EST)
L. Draisaitl - RW
Draisaitl picked up his 52nd assist of the season in a 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa on Saturday.
Draisaitl has 95 points on the season, which puts him fourth on the scoring list. But he's second only to Alexander Ovechkin on the sniper's list. Draisaitl should hit the century mark soon as he continues to etch his name on the list of the league's elite. #Sizzle
Added 9:16 pm (EST)
K. Sherwood - F
The Ducks recalled Sherwood from AHL San Diego on Saturday.
Sherwood played 46 of the first 47 games of the season with the Ducks, but he has spent 24 games in the minors since Jan. 15. The 23-year-old will get another chance with the big club now, although it's unclear if he'll play Saturday versus the Kings.
Added 9:16 pm (EST)
S. Steel - F
The Ducks recalled Steel from AHL San Diego on Saturday.
Steel has spent the last two weeks in the minors but he'll come back up for Saturday's game versus the Ducks. It won't be clear if he's in the lineup until warmups commence at 10:00 p.m. ET. Fantasy owners shouldn't worry about his availability at this time since the 21-year-old has just four points in 16 NHL games.
Added 9:10 pm (EST)