If you haven't tried our daily Hockey 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. You can play for free or wager anywhere from $1 to $500.
Each day, I offer up three picks that I think are primed to have a big night. Here are tonight's best bets:
He may be the highest ranked forward in tonight's action (0.6 G, 0.5 A, 0.4 +/-, 0.4 PIM, 4.0 SOG, 0.2 PPP), but how do you lay off a guy who has been this hot? The league's leading scorer has found the back of the net in each of his past four games and has nine goals in nine December contests thanks to a volume-shooting approach that's seen him average almost five shots per night. The only tough hit might be penalty minutes—he hasn't had so much as a minor in 16 games. Probably a good idea to overlook that “blemish” and go with the man.
This might be the bargain of the night. Zidlicky has the lowest projections among blueliners (0.1 G, 0.4 A, 0.6 PIM, 2.0 SOG, 0.3 PPP) despite scoring in each of his past two games (1-2-3). It doesn't hurt his stock that he's like to face Craig Anderson. Ottawa's keeper has allowed fewer than three goals just once in his last 10 starts. More of a flyer than Seguin, but well worth a play.
Goalie: Ryan Miller, Canucks (hosting Stars, 10 p.m.;EST; SN, FS-SW+)
Not much to like about tonight's crop of goalies with every one of them either struggling, sick or not expected to start. Hold your nose, grab Miller and hope for the best (0.4 W, 2.6 GA, 24.2 SV).