Tuesday November 25th, 2014

Play our new daily fantasy hockey game!

If you haven't tried our new daily Hockey Throwdown fantasy game, check it out. The link in the tile will take you to the game page where you can set up a head-to-head challenge with a friend, an enemy, the cable guy, the vicar, me ... basically anyone. Pick three players on three different NHL teams who you think will surpass their projected totals in such categories as wins, saves and goals-against average for goalies; and goals, assists, plus-minus, PIM and shots on goal for forwards and defensemen. Your team earns points based on live game stats. Highest score wins.

Each weekday, I'll offer my three picks for that night's action. To help you prepare, here are the players that I think are primed to have a big night:

Forward: Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks (hosting Flames, 10 p.m. EST; SNW, SNF, PRIME)

Getzlaf would be a safe bet against this line (0.4 G, 0.7 A, 0.2 +/-, 0.5 PIM, 2.6 SOG, 0.3 PPP) on most nights. Against the Flames at the Honda Center? It's nearly a statistical sure thing. The Flames have dropped 18 straight since they last won in Anaheim more than a decade ago, and Getzlaf has played a huge role in keeping them down, scoring six goals and 21 points in their past 13 meetings at the Pond.

Defense: Jack Johnson, Blue Jackets (hosting Jets, 7 p.m. EST; TSN-3; FS-O)

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Maybe coming clean about his financial issues was what Johnson needed to get his game back on track. The hard-shooting defenseman has four points in his past five games, including his first goal of the season, and is doing a nice job of getting the puck to the net more consistently (10 shots in his past five games). Facing a Jets team that allowed four goals in three of its past four, Johnson's line (0.1 G, 0.4 A, -0.1 +/-, 0.4 PIM, 1.6 SOG, 0.3 PPP) looks beatable.

Goalie: Brian Elliott, Blues (hosting Senators, 8 p.m. EST; RDS, TSN5, FS-MW)

I try to steer clear of the heavy favorites, but compared to the night's other matchups I really like Elliott's chances to beat his line (0.8 W, 1.7 GA, 24.0 SV, 0.1 SO). St. Louis' 1A has allowed two or fewer in five straight, including a 24-save performance against these same Senators on Saturday night in Ottawa.

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