Poolers: Players to target for games on January 22

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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Pavel ZachaBOS (vs SJS) – Zacha will try to get at least one point in a fourth game in a row, a sequence during which he has accumulated five points (three goals, two assists). The 25-year-old Czech enjoys an optimal deployment on the Boston Bruins’ second line alongside David Krejci (six assists in three games) and David Pastrnak (second top scorer in the NHL with 35 goals). Zacha is just six points off his personal best in the NHL (36 in 70 games in 2021-22 with the New Jersey Devils), except this time he hit the 30-point plateau (eight goals , 22 assists) in 45 games this season.

Video: BOS@NYR: Zacha deflects Krejci’s shot

Adrian KempeLAK (vs CHI) – Kempe had five points (three goals, two assists), including four on the power play, and fired 17 shots in the last four games. Kempe is employed on the first wave of the Los Angeles Kings’ massive offense with Kevin Fiala, Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty. Since the start of January, the Kings have the NHL’s second-best power play performance (30.8 percent). They will visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, who have the ninth worst shorthanded performance in the NHL (74.8) this season.

Video: LAK@NSH: Kempe completes a great game piece


Matt GrzelcykBOS (vs SJS) – Grzelcyk is doing well with six points (two goals, four assists) in his last six games and he plays on the first pair of defensemen with Charlie McAvoy. The Bruins are tied for first in the NHL in goals-per-game average (3.80) and will host the San Jose Sharks, who are the league’s fourth-worst team in goals-against average per game (3.72). It might smile on Grzelcyk, who has only been claimed in 22 percent of leagues on Fantrax.


Adin HillVGK (vs ARI) – The Vegas Golden Knights played on Saturday and entrusted the start to Logan Thompson in a 6-2 win over the Washington Capitals, so it’s a safe bet Hill will be in goal against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. The 26-year-old goalie didn’t break anything in his last start, allowing three goals on 25 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, but he had done well in his previous start with 38 saves in a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on January 12. Hill is 10-4-1 with a 2.65 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in 17 games (16 starts) this season and will face a team that has been shut out in its last two parts. The Golden Knights are also excellent on opposing rinks this season with a 15-3-2 record.

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