Wednesday Fantasy Hockey Previews
The NHL rundown examines Wednesday Fantasy Hockey matchups (Enter contest) to get you ready for your live drafts.
Bruins vs Capitals
Less than 24 hours after wrapping up their three-game road trip with a tough loss, the league-leading Washington Capitals return to the comforts of home against the Boston Bruins. Washington took an early lead Tuesday before allowing three straight goals en route to a 3-2 setback against the New York Islanders that concluded a 1-2-0 trek.
The Capitals have been playing extremely well at the Verizon Center, however, winning all seven of their contests there in January and going 8-0-1 since dropping a 2-1 decision to Montreal on December 17. While Washington looks to extend its home winning streak, Boston is aiming for its fourth consecutive overall victory after posting a 4-3 triumph at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. All-Star Brad Marchand recorded his third straight two-point performance with a pair of assists to raise his team-leading point total to 51 as the Bruins halted a three-game road slide (0-2-1) during which they scored one goal on two occasions. Nicklas Backstrom, who notched an assist Tuesday, scored at 1:36 of overtime on December 7 as Washington registered a 4-3 home victory over Boston after squandering a three-goal lead.
Wild vs Flames
The Calgary Flames hope a winning goal last Thursday and a trip to All-Star weekend will be the springboard Johnny Gaudreau needs to provide the team a big boost in the final 30 contests of the season. Johnny “Hockey” snapped an 11-game goal-scoring drought last game. He’ll try to extend this into a streak versus the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Wild.
Gaudreau’s overtime winner in a 3-2 triumph at Ottawa gave him 11 goals on the season, and allowed his team to snapped a four-game losing streak. He produced four points during the All-Star 3-on-3 tournament on Sunday. Minnesota is coming off a 5-2 victory at Edmonton on Tuesday as Mikael Granlund notched an assist to extend his point streak to a franchise record-tying 10 games. All-Star Devan Dubnyk (27-8-3, 1.88 goals-against average, .936 save percentage) watched backup Darcy Kuemper make 41 saves against the Oilers but is expected to be back in net.
Avalanche vs Kings
The Los Angeles Kings attempt to extend their winning streak to four games when they face the Colorado Avalanche. Los Angeles wrapped up a 3-2-0 trek on Tuesday with its third straight victory, a 3-2 triumph at Arizona, and heads back out on the road for four more contests following its meeting with Colorado.
Captain Anze Kopitar has been thriving in 2017, collecting 14 points in 12 games since the beginning of the calendar year after a one-goal, two-assist performance against the Coyotes. The league-worst Avalanche once again failed to reach the 30-point mark for the season on Tuesday as they suffered their season-high eighth consecutive loss (0-7-1) with a 5-1 setback at Anaheim. Colorado, which also has dropped six straight on the road (0-5-1), has scored an NHL-low 94 goals and has netted more than two tallies just once in its last 13 contests. The Avalanche had a solid offensive showing in their first meeting with Los Angeles this campaign, however, as defenseman Patrick Wiercioch recorded a goal and an assist in a 4-1 home victory November 15.