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2017 NFL DFS Playbook: Week 15
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Brady Skjei Headshot

Skjei delivered two assists, including one on the power play, in the Rangers' 3-2 overtime win over the Bruins.

Skjei has been mired in a sophomore slump, but has recently started to shake off the rust. In fact, he has eight assists in his last 12 games, but that's buried under his 13 points in 33 games. Skjei might be a worthy trade target before his owner realizes his game is improving.
11:03 pm (EST)
Alex Stalock Headshot

Stalock allowed three goals in a 3-2 loss to the Oilers on Saturday. He stopped 26 pucks.

The Oilers have played .500 hockey since Nov. 21, so they're not the pushover they were to start the season. Stalock was solid, although he did allow a shorthanded goal to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The one-time highly-regarded Stalock is now a 30-year-old journeyman back-up, but he does have the talent to keep the Wild in the hunt until Devan Dubnyk returns.
10:57 pm (EST)
Mathew Dumba Headshot

Dumba scored both Minnesota goals in a 3-2 loss to Edmonton on Saturday.

Dumba's game continues its ascension. He has 16 points in 32 games and that puts him on a pace to top 40 points for the first time in his career. Use him well.
10:45 pm (EST)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Headshot

Nugent-Hopkins scored the first shorthanded goal of his career in Saturday's 3-2 win over Minnesota.

It's the Nuge's 13th goal of the season, which puts him on a 32-goal pace. But most importantly, Nugent-Hopkins is killing penalties, a sign that his coach's confidence in his game is high. This season could be RNH's breakout year.
10:41 pm (EST)
Milan Lucic Headshot

Lucic scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Wild.

Don't look now, but Lucic has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his last 10 games. He has also delivered 36 hits in that span. It's taken a while, but the Looch looks to be finally pulling his game together. He's a worthy fantasy play.
10:35 pm (EST)
Jay Bouwmeester Headshot

Bouwmeester (undisclosed) will not join the team for its four-game road trip, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

Coach Mike Yeo left open the possibility that Bouwmeester could meet up with the squad during the back half of the trip, but for now will remain on injured reserve for the time being. The blueliner has been limited to just 10 outings this season due to various maladies and had notched a mere two points in those contests.
10:33 pm (EST)
Cam Talbot Headshot

Talbot returned from injury Saturday and delivered a 29-save, 3-2 win over Minnesota.

He shut down the Wild on four power plays; his only Kryponite was Matt Dumba, who scored both Minny goals. Let's hope that this performance, combined with his time off, has rebooted Talbot's game after such a queasy start to the season. Get him back in your lineup.
10:30 pm (EST)
Jeremy Lamb Headshot

Lamb scored 15 points (4-11 FG, 0-1 3PT, 7-7 FT) to go with five rebounds in 24 minutes during Saturday's 93-91 loss to Portland.

Lamb increased his career-high 14.4 points per game with a bench-leading 15 points against Portland. While it was not the most impressive night from the floor (36.3 percent), the guard made the most of his trips to the free throw line by sinking all seven shots. Lamb is scoring 4.7 more points per game than his previous career-high of 9.7 points set in 2016-17. As a result, Lamb is Charlotte's leading source of offense from the bench by far.
10:25 pm (EST)
Connor Hellebuyck Headshot

Hellebuyck will get the starting nod versus the Blues on Sunday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

With Steve Mason between the pipes for Saturday's clash with St. Louis, it comes as no surprise Hellebuyck will defend the cage for the second half of the back-to-back. The 24-year-old has struggled of late, as he is 1-2-1 with a 3.74 GAA in his four most recent appearances. If the Michigan native continues to give up goals at such a high rate, coach Paul Maurice may give a few more starts to Mason.
10:22 pm (EST)
Nicolas Batum Headshot

Batum scored 23 points (9-17 FG, 5-9 3PT) to go with four rebounds and five assists across 37 minutes in Saturday's 93-91 loss to Portland.

After scoring in the single-digits in four straight games, Batum exploded for a season-high 23 points against Portland. The Charlotte forward was deadly efficient from long range, sinking a season-high five three-pointers on nine attempts. While his breakout performance from beyond the arc was impressive, expectations should be tempered as Batum is still a 26.9 percent three-point shooter on the season. Batum will look to build upon his offensive momentum when Portland takes on New York on Monday.
10:16 pm (EST)
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