Poolers: Players to target for February 26 matches
Every day, NHL.com’s team of hockey pool experts provides an overview of the different rosters that will be playing each other and identifies some players who could stand out and find success.
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Cole CaufieldMTL (vs OTT) – The Montreal Canadiens right winger has amassed 10 points, including six goals, and 20 shots in seven games since the arrival of Martin St-Louis behind the bench. He has collected at least one point in four straight games. His trio, which he completes with Nick Suzuki and Josh Andersonis running at full steam, and it’s worth picking two or three of those players against the Senators, who are 1-4-1 in their last six home games.
Video: TOR@MTL: Anderson feeds Caufield on a climb
Andre BurakovskyCOLLAR (vs. VGK) – The Avalanche left winger recently earned a promotion to the first line, and he took the opportunity to amass a goal and two assists in two games, he who had been shut out during his five previous games. With trio partners like Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, it can produce at any time. The Avalanche face the Vegas Golden Knights, who are without their number one goaltender, Robin Lehnerand playing their second game in 24 hours after losing 3-1 to the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.
Morgan RiellyTOR (vs. DET) – The Maple Leafs snapped a nasty three-game losing streak by beating the Wild on Thursday and could add a second tonight as they take on the Detroit Red Wings, who are giving up average 4.00 goals per game for two weeks. Alex Nedeljkovic should be Detroit’s starter, having an .859 save percentage in his last eight starts. The Maple Leafs players are therefore to be targeted, starting with Rielly, who is of all offensive actions. It can be paired with Auston Matthews (3-2-5 in his last two meetings) since the two play together on the power play.
Jeremy SwaymanBOS (vs. SJS) – The Boston Bruins goaltender is 3-0-1 with a .968 save percentage and one shutout in his last four starts, including an impressive win against the Colorado Avalanche , Monday, during which he made 28 saves on 29 shots. Swayman and his teammates have a game up against the San Jose Sharks, who are 1-3-4 in their last eight games and have the ninth-worst goal-scoring average in the NHL this season (2. 67).