Marian Gaborik Can Help You In The Weeks Ahead

by Adam Daly-Frey on December 8, 2017


All fantasy owners need help in the short term AND the long term. The Looking Ahead feature identifies one player to plug into lineups in the short term, a second to invest in for the long term, a third to bench for the coming week, and a fourth who will struggle to meet expectations for some time. All players discussed are selected based on their upcoming schedule. Stats in this article updated through December 8thth      

The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)

Marian Gaborik, RW, Los Angeles (Available in 81 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – Since returning to the Kings, Gaborik has put up 4G-2A in six games and is getting key minutes on the first power play unit. He’s shooting at an unsustainably high rate (20% on 20SOG), but he’s a double-digit career shooter (12.7%) and has been moved up to the first Kings line at even strength in games Los Angeles is trailing.


The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)

Nick Bjugstad, RW, Florida (Available in 96 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – It turns out that it’s Nick Bjugstad and not Denis Malgin that gets the prime spot on the first Panthers line, which is a huge boon to Bjugstad’s scoring potential going forward. Since getting moved to that line, Bjugstad has already scored twice – firing 11 shots on goal – and gotten prime minutes. Even when Evgeni Dadonov returns, Bjugstad’s been very solid on a second line with Vincent Trocheck: 22SOG, 2G, 1A while single-handedly pushing Florida’s second line into positive possession numbers.


The Odd Man Out (His short-term value is cause for concern)

Alex Galchenyuk, LW, Montreal (Owned in 40 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – The young scoring threat out of Montreal has been a let-down this season, falling down the depth chart below Phillip Danault, Jonathan Drouin and Tomas Plekanec at centre, and below Charles Hudon, Andrew Shaw, et. al on the wing. He’s seeing only 15 minutes per game, collects almost no peripheral stats, and only has 16 points and is -9 through 30 games. With Montreal barely playing over the next two weeks, Galchenyuk can be shelved.


The Anchors (They’ll do nothing but disappoint even over the long haul)

Brent Seabrook, D, Chicago (Owned in 62 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – Seabrook has been incredibly disappointing for the Blackhawks this season from a possession point-of-view, but he also has struggled at putting points on the board while losing ice time. Seabrook is still seeing 20 minutes of ice time a game, but that’s the lowest number he’s seen since his rookie season, and he’s only put up 1G-8A through 28 games. Seabrook still has value in leagues that reward peripheral stats, as he picks up hits and blocks, but he’s droppable in every other format.


Love ‘Em (These squads are sure to pay dividends in the coming days)

Florida – Although Sasha Barkov just got injured and his status is up in the air, the Panthers still have a relatively strong schedule upcoming and the Panthers’ studs should be rolled out with impunity. The Cats see Colorado twice, Arizona, Detroit and Chicago – although all but one game are on the road – which bodes well for a strong offensive team.

Minnesota – With the return of Ch-ahlie Coyle, the Wild finally have an optimal top-six (although missing Zach Parise), and have a stretch of games that should be relatively simple to get the puck in the net. That starts with a game in Anaheim – the worst team in terms of shots allowed – and also features games against Ottawa, Chicago and Edmonton.

Columbus – Columbus is another team that’s recently figured out their optimal lineup, although John Tortorella could change it at any moment, and a great stretch of seven games upcoming as well. They get to face New Jersey, Arizona, Edmonton and Toronto as the highlights.


Leave ‘Em (These squads will leave fantasy owners sorely disappointed in the short term)

Montreal – Somehow the Habs only have four games during this period, although the four games are all relatively easy. They have a five-day break between home games against Edmonton and New Jersey but do finish off the period with road games at Ottawa and Vancouver who both struggle at home.

Philadelphia – The Flyers don’t play again until December 12th, but they do have five straight home games after their lay-off. Four of the five are nice matchups with the fifth coming against a tough Kings team, but just on lack of volume the Flyers can safely be ignored.

Los Angeles – Los Angeles has gone cold on the power play lately – just three PPG in their last 10 games on 26 chances – and have a hard road trip for most of this stretch. They’ll see Carolina at home before going on the road up the East Coast, including a back-to-back against the Rangers and Islanders.

December 8th to December 14th

Best Bets

CHI 4.3575 – Away WPG – Home BUF ARI FLA

FLA 4.3425 – Away DET CHI COL- Home COL

STL 4.295 – Away DET – Home BUF TBL ANH

CBJ 4.2 – Away NJD – Home ARI EDM NYI

WSH 4.105 – Away NYI BOS- Home NYR COL

Steer Clear

MTL 2.1 – Home EDM NJD

PHI 2.205 – Home TOR BUF

ARI 2.8075 – Away CBJ CHI – Home TBL

SJS 2.8875 – Away CGY- Home OTT MIN

CAR 2.8975 – Away LAK ANH VGK

December 9th to December 15th

Best Bets

TOR 4.7975 – Away PIT PHI MIN DET- Home EDM

FLA 4.3425 – Away DET CHI COL – Home COL

STL 4.295 – Away DET – Home BUF TBL ANH


DAL 4.11 – Away NYR NYI NJD- Home VGK

Steer Clear

ANH 2.0525 – Away STL – Home CAR

MTL 2.1 – Home EDM NJD

PHI 2.205 – Home TOR BUF

ARI 2.8075 – Away CBJ CHI – Home TBL

OTT 2.945 – Away SJS BUF – Home NYR

December 10th to December 16th

Best Bets

STL 4.305 – Home BUF TBL ANH WPG

WSH 4.105 – Away NYI BOS – Home COL ANH

BUF 4.095 – Away STL PHI – Home OTT CAR

MIN 4.0525 – Away SJS – Home CGY TOR EDM

CAR 3.98 – Away ANH VGK BUF – Home CBJ

Steer Clear

VGK 2.0475 – Home CAR PIT

CGY 2.8025 – Away MIN – Home SJS NSH

ANH 2.8125 – Away STL WSH- Home CAR

LAK 2.85 – Away NJD NYR NYI

NJD 2.85 – Away MTL – Home LAK DAL

December 11th to December 17th

Best Bets

WPG 4.31 – Away STL – Home VAN CHI STL

FLA 4.275 – Away DET CHI COL VGK

STL 4.1475 – Away WPG- Home TBL ANH WPG

WSH 4.105 – Away NYI BOS – Home COL ANH

MIN 4.1 – Away CHI- Home CGY TOR EDM

Steer Clear

EDM 2.6125 – Away CBJ MIN – Home NSH

MTL 2.005 – Away OTT – Home NJD

ANH 2.8125 – Away STL WSH – Home CAR

SJS 2.1375 – Away CGY VAN

LAK 2.85 – Away NJD NYR NYI

December 12th to December 18th

Best Bets


MIN 4.1 – Away CHI – Home CGY TOR EDM

CBJ 3.995 – Away CAR BOS- Home EDM NYI

STL 4.1475 – Away WPG – Home TBL ANH WPG

CGY 3.9425 – Away MIN VAN – Home SJS NSH

Steer Clear

MTL 2.005 – Away OTT – Home NJD

DET 2.1 – Home BOS TOR

ANH 2.7075 – Away STL WSH NJD

NYR 2.7975 – Away OTT BOS – Home LAK

NYI 2.8025 – Away CBJ – Home DAL LAK

December 13th to December 19th

Best Bets

BOS 4.8675 – Away DET BUF- Home WSH NYR CBJ

NSH 4.1425 – Away VAN EDM CGY – Home WPG

VAN 4.0425 – Home NSH SJS CGY MTL

NYI 4.01 – Away CBJ – Home DAL LAK DET

WPG 3.9525 – Away STL NSH- Home CHI STL

Steer Clear

EDM 2.8025 – Away MIN – Home NSH SJS

OTT 2.835 – Home NYR MTL MIN

CAR 2.8875 – Away BUF TOR- Home CBJ

LAK 2.8975 – Away NYR NYI PHI

WSH 2.8975 – Away BOS DAL- Home ANH

December 14th to December 20th

Best Bets

PHI 4.3575 – Home BUF DAL LAK DET

CGY 4.185 – Away VAN – Home SJS NSH STL

STL 4.095 – Away WPG CGY- Home ANH WPG

CBJ 4.0475 – Away CAR BOS – Home NYI TOR

WPG 3.9525 – Away STL NSH – Home CHI STL

Steer Clear

CHI 1.89 – Away WPG – Home MIN

EDM 2.8025 – Away MIN – Home NSH SJS

DAL 2.8825 – Away NJD PHI – Home WSH

CAR 2.8875 – Away BUF TOR – Home CBJ

NYR 2.8925 – Away BOS – Home LAK ANH