Poolers: Players to target for January 2 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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Michael AmadioVGK (vs COL) – Amadio will look for at least one point in a seventh straight game when the Vegas Golden Knights visit the Colorado Avalanche. During that streak, the 26-year-old has eight points (four goals, four assists) with a plus-1 differential and 20 shots. Coach Bruce Cassidy employs him on the left of Chandler Stephenson and of Mark Stone on the first line at 5-on-5, which explains much of his recent success. Colorado has allowed four or more goals in each of its last three meetings, so it’s a good time to bet on Amadio, especially since he’s only been claimed in nine percent of the leagues on Fantrax.

Video: VGK@LAK: Amadio equalizes with a powerful shot in AN


Tony DeAngeloPHI (vs. ANA) – DeAngelo has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last four games, a production that ranks him second among all NHL defensemen this streak, behind Erik Karlsson (11). The 27-year-old has had some ups and downs this season, with 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 32 games so far, but the Philadelphia Flyers have had a bit more offensive punch lately , as they have scored three or more goals in eight of their most recent 12 encounters. Against the Anaheim Ducks, the worst defense in the NHL (4.11 goals against per game), it’s a safe bet that DeAngelo will blacken the scoresheet on Monday. Anaheim has the third-worst penalty kill in the NHL (70.1 percent), and DeAngelo is riding the first wave of the Flyers’ power play.

Video: PHI@SJS: DeAngelo gives Flyers victory


Logan ThompsonVGK (vs COL) – Thompson’s peripheral stats haven’t been particularly stellar in five games – 2.63 goals-against average and .904 save percentage – but the Golden Knights goalie still went 3-1-1 in this sequence. Thompson will face an Avalanche who have lost their last three games (0-2-1) and who have allowed a lot of goals recently. Thompson and the Golden Knights have excelled on opposing rinks since the start of the season – Vegas is 14-3-2 – so they could have the upper hand over the Avalanche, who have nine wins in 18 games at the Ball Arena ( 9-6-3).

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