NHL | Must-Haves | 1/9/17

Jeff Carter (DK: $7,200 FD: $7,600): Carter’s Kings will host the Stars tonight, and Los Angeles is currently the heaviest favorite on this small 4-game slate. Dallas’ defense has been an adventure all season and now their penalty kill is among the league’s worst after allowing two power play goals in each of their last three contests, killing only two of eight in that span. They’re giving up 8.98 goals/60 minutes in all shorthanded situations, a mark that ranks them 28th in the NHL. Carter has tallied 22 goals on the year, 2nd in the league behind only Sidney Crosby, with seven of those coming on the power play. With Carter, you also get fairly dependable SOG production, as his 127 shots on net put him inside the top 15 in the NHL. The Stars will also likely be without Jamie Benn again tonight, which is a blow to their depth as well as their ability to control possession. Los Angeles should get plenty of scoring chances in this one, and Carter is the most desirable Kings player to own tonight.
Jacob Trouba (DK: $4,800 FD: $4,900): After a lengthy contract dispute, Jacob Trouba missed almost the first month of the season, not playing his first game until November 11th. Even still, he’s on pace for a career high in points and assists as his offensive game is starting to find itself. He’s seen an especially notable surge in the past two weeks, with a six-game stretch in which he’s tallied one goal and six assists, having never played less than 23 minutes in any of those games. Trouba has also accumulated 20 shots on goal and 14 blocked shots during that span. That’s a promising trend in which he’s gaining a huge chunk of his value from shot events alone, given his relatively cheap price tag, which comes in under $5,000 on both sites. Calgary’s defense has improved somewhat, but they’re still 18th in the league in terms of expected goals against/60 minutes. The main thing to consider here is that Trouba is currently providing production that’s worth more than his salary, and on a short slate with limited choices on the blue line, he should be the first defenseman that you plug into your lineups.

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