Poolers: Players to target for games on January 28
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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David PastrnakBOS (vs. FLA) – Your workhorse tonight, the one that will cost you dearly, but which should pay off? David Pastrnak. Everything leans towards the forward, who has amassed 12 points, including five goals, in his last seven games. The Bruins suffered a loss in their last outing, and you can be sure they’ll want to bounce back as they’re yet to drop two straight this season. They face the Florida Panthers, the team that has allowed the most goals per game in the NHL for two weeks. The Panthers are without their top two goalies and should send Alex Lyons in front of the net. In addition, Florida was in action on Friday, while the Bostonians will be rested. The evening could be profitable for the attackers of Boston.
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Nick SchmaltzARI (vs. ANA) – Schmaltz is on a hot streak with seven points in his last three games, including a hat trick against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. He finds himself on the first line of the Coyotes as well as on the first wave of power play. Coyotes players are rarely recommended for poolers, but tonight they face the Anaheim Ducks, the team with the worst goals-against-average in the NHL this season. Schmaltz is an interesting and cheaper bet than the vast majority of first-line players in action tonight.
Kris LetangPIT (vs SJS) – Letang has played two games since returning to action, and he took the opportunity to pick up four points, all in one game, Jan. 24 against the Panthers. The Penguins meet the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, who have lost their last four games and seven of eight. In addition, the Sharks have the third worst goals-against average in two weeks in the NHL, and they have the 24th worst penalty kill during this period. Letang, who is on the Penguins’ first line and first power play, could have a good night.
Andrei VasilevskiyTBL (vs. LAK) – Despite being one of the best at his position in the NHL, Vasilevskiy is only the ninth costliest goalie tonight on FanDuel. It’s time to take advantage, especially since the Lightning have won seven of their last nine outings. The Lightning face the Los Angeles Kings, who are having a tougher run with a 3-3-0 record in their last six games, in which they are 23rd in goals scored and 26th in most conceded. In addition, the Kings were in action Friday, while the Tampa Bay players will be rested.