Poolers: Players to target for games on December 6


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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FORWARDERS

Mikey Eyssimont, Winnipeg Jets – An energetic player who has had some offensive success in the American League, Eyssimont will have the chance to start Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers on a line completed by Pierre-Luc Dubois and Kyle Connor. Eyssimont has earned the trust of his coach Rick Bowness, and if he can’t add points to his record, he who has amassed a goal and two assists in 10 games so far this season, he should benefit the increase in his playing time to make a good contribution in the peripheral categories. He has fired 10 shots in his last four games and is averaging nearly two hits per game.

Dawson MercerNew Jersey Devils- Since Mercer was paired with Jack Hughes and Erik Haula tied five games ago, Mercer had five points (one goal, four assists) and 13 shots. His performance could go to another level, since he was also transferred to the first wave of the power play four games ago, and he took the opportunity to get his first point on the power play since October. Against the Blackhawks, who have one of the league’s worst records in goals against per game (25th, 3.58) and shorthanded performance (24th, 74.7 percent), Mercer and his linemates could continue their momentum.

DEFENDER

Ryan PulockNew York Islanders – Pulock may be on the second wave of the Islanders’ massive offense, but that hasn’t stopped him from picking up five points, including two on the power play, in his last five games. He also blocked nine shots during that streak. The Islanders will face the worst shorthanded team in the NHL, the St. Louis Blues, with a yield of just 65.5 percent. It’s even worse in the past seven games, when the Blues allowed their opponents one goal on 50.0 percent of their power plays, as well as 5.29 goals per game. A great opportunity for Pulock and the Islanders to treat themselves to an offensive feast.

GUARDIAN

Cam TalbotOttawa Senators – Talbot has been giving the Senators a chance to win every time he’s been in goal for the past two weeks. In his last five starts, he is 3-2-0, but with a stellar .930 save percentage and 2.19 goals-against average. He will face the Los Angeles Kings, who will call on the goaltender Phoenix Copley, for whom it will be only the second NHL start since the 2018-19 season. Talbot could also count on a good cushion from his teammates, since Los Angeles has allowed 19 goals in its last four games (1-1-2).



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