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FantasyDraft NHL: Saturday Picks

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan is a writer of sports, pop culture, and humor articles, a book author, a podcaster, and a fan of all Detroit sports teams.

A lot of sports fans may be looking ahead to Sunday, but don't forget about Saturday. There are 11 NHL games Saturday night, giving you a ton of options for your daily fantasy lineup. To try and make your decisions easier, here are some players that really intrigue me from the action Saturday.

GOALIE

Winnipeg Jets, WPG vs. COL ($16,500):
The Avalanche are a slightly different team on the road than they are at home. Colorado is only 10-11-3 in road games, and the Avalanche have only averaged 28.6 shots on net per contest away from Denver. The Jets, meanwhile, are 18-3-2 at home. Connor Hellebuyck is having a great season for Winnipeg, posting a 2.36 GAA and a .924 save percentage.

CENTER

Vincent Trocheck, FLA vs. DET ($14,700):
Trocheck has been red hot, as he's tallied 10 points in his last eight games. He's been racking up the shots for even longer, having registered 63 shots on net over his last 15 games. The Wings are going to be playing their second game on the road in as many nights, and they will likely be starting Jimmy Howard in this one. Howard has a 4.61 GAA and a .861 save percentage in his last four outings.

Nico Hischier, NJD vs. PIT ($10,100): Hischier, the first-overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, has started 60.4 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone. That's most among New Jersey forwards. The rookie hasn't lit the world on fire like a Connor McDavid or an Auston Matthews, but he does have 31 points in 50 games. The Penguins are on the road for the second night of a back-to-back for this one, and Pittsburgh has a 3.73 team GAA on zero days of rest.

WING

Alexander Radulov, DAL vs. MIN ($14,300):
The Wild has been shockingly bad on the road. Away from Minnesota, they have a 3.56 team GAA and they've given up 34.1 shots on goal per game. To make the matchup even more enticing, Minnesota is going to be playing the second night of a back-to-back. Radulov already has 20 goals in 52 games, and he's tallied 15 power-play points as well.

Alexander Steen, STL at BUF ($12,200): Steen may only have 11 goals on the season, but seven of them have come in his last 11 contests. He still only has a 9.6 shooting percentage, so overall his puck luck has hardly been abundant. The Sabres have a 3.31 team GAA, bottom five in the NHL, and they also have a .898 team save percentage. Buffalo also has the 24th-ranked penalty kill, and Steen has averaged 3:03 per game with the extra man.

Yanni Gourde, TAM at VAN ($8,400): Gourde has been an under-the-radar rookie playing along all the firepower on the Lightning. The French Canadian has 17 goals and 18 assists in 51 games, and he has five points in his last five tilts. Vancouver has a 3.16 team GAA, and it has the 25th-ranked penalty kill to boot.

DEFENSEMEN

Jake Muzzin, LOS vs. ARI ($10,300):
Since returning from injury, Muzzin has six points in his last seven games. In fact, his last outing was the first time he failed to register a point since his return. Don't be surprised if Muzzin's scoring drought only lasts one contest. The Coyotes have a 3.37 team GAA, second worst in the league.

Esa Lindell, DAL vs. MIN ($8,400): Lindell has averaged career highs in minutes (22:00) and power-play minutes (1:42) per game. The Finn has done pretty well with that ice time, as he's tallied 22 points in 52 games, including six goals on 103 shots. As previously noted, the Wild have been terrible on the road (3.56 team GAA) and will be on the second night of a back-to-back as well. At this price, Lindell is quite intriguing given this matchup.

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