The traditional work week kicks off with three NHL games Monday. As you prepare to get back to the ol' 9-to-5, if that's the way you roll, here are some players I recommend for your daily fantasy lineup.
Arizona Coyotes, ARI vs. CHI ($13,900): You may think Iím mad to recommend the Coyotes, but hear me out. For starters, the Blackhawks have lost five in a row and are 2-6-2 in their last 10 contests. Chicago is also mediocre in goals per game, as it ranks 18th in that category. Meanwhile, Antti Raanta is expected to start against his old team, and he has a 2.29 GAA and a .922 save percentage in his last 11 games. Arizona is way cheaper than all the other options, so why not roll the dice?
Leon Draisaitl, EDM vs. FLA ($13,300): The German has been tearing it up recently with 16 points in his last 13 contests. Now he is facing a Florida squad that has a 3.15 team GAA and has allowed 34.7 shots on net per contest. Even if the now-healthy James Reimer returns to net, his numbers (3.04 GAA, .911 save percentage) arenít a deterrent.
Derek Stepan, ARI vs. CHI ($10,400): Stepan has five points over a three-game point streak. The Blackhawks, on the other hand, have struggled in net with Corey Crawford hurt. Anton Forsberg has been the better of their two netminders, and he has a 2.95 GAA and a .910 save percentage. Be it Forsberg or Jeff Glass (3.13 GAA, .905 save percentage), there is no reason for hesitation.
Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA at EDM ($13,500): Huberdeau has averaged 14.61 fantasy points thanks to the fact he has 51 points (18 goals, 33 assists) in 52 games. He's also averaged 3:28 with the extra man, tallying 13 power-play points. That bodes well heading into this matchup, as the Oilers have the league's worst penalty kill.
Yanni Gourde, TAM at TOR ($10,700): Gourde has points in eight of his last nine games for a total of 11 during that span. The Maple Leafs have allowed 33.7 shots on net, which has left Frederik Andersen quite busy this season. That's partially why Andersen has a 3.04 GAA in his last four games despite a .914 save percentage.
Michael Cammalleri, EDM vs. FLA ($7,100): Cammalleri is a name that's a blast from the past, but he has a four-game point streak at the moment. He's also started skating with Edmonton's second line, which improves his fantasy potential. The Panthers have a 3.15 team GAA and have allowed 34.7 shots on net per contest, so at this price Cammalleri is an interesting option.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI vs. CHI ($9,200): Ekman-Larsson's minus-40 rating is horrendous, but that's not pertinent here. What matters is that he has eight goals on 138 shots in 55 game. The Swede has also averaged 3:11 with the extra man, tallying nine power-play points.
Darnell Nurse, EDM vs. FLA ($7,100): Nurse has averaged 11.20 fantasy points per game, which is quite a lot for a player at this price. He already has career highs across the board and has notched six goals on 126 shots in 54 games. In addition to his offensive numbers, he's blocked 101 shots, which could add some fantasy value in a matchup against a Panthers team that tends to play games where both teams notch a ton of shots.