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Each weekday, I'll be offering 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:
Sure, he had his six-game scoring streak snapped in Wednesday's win over Philadelphia, but with points in 10 of 12 November games it's clear that Tatar is in the zone. With Riley Sheahan and Justin Abdelkader doing all the dirty work, he's free to find open space and make things happen with those magical hands. And with Pavel Datsyuk back in the lineup and playing on a different line than Henrik Zetterberg, Tatar's unit should face an easy defensive matchup. The numbers he needs to top: 0.3 G, 0.2 A, 0.1 +/-, 0.3 PIM, 2.5 SOG, 0.1 PPP.
Since FanNation has yet to wake up to the greatness of John Klingberg, let's go off the board here and take Ehrhoff. He hasn't delivered the offense we'd expected of him coming into this season, but he's scored in two of his past four games and he's up against a Carolina team that does less to control the puck than Bumpus does his hounds. Given the light expectations of his line, (0.1 G, 0.3 A, -0.2 +/-, 0.4 PIM, 1.7 SOG, 0.1 PPP) we like him to exceed them.
As if going up against the league's worst offense wasn't appealing enough, Price comes into this one off a brilliant 33-save effort against the Bruins last Saturday. His line (0.6 W, 2.0 GA, 25.6 SV, 0.1 SO) doesn't leave much room for error, especially in the saves category considering how few shots Buffalo tends to generate. Still, he's the safest play of the night.