We’re back with one more Washington Capitals pregame article for the fantasy hockey players. Make sure you include these following players in your fantasy lineup tonight.
Dylan Strome: We just wrote about Strome not too long ago as the player to watch tonight. Sean Allen said this about the Caps center in his fantasy preview this week on ESPN.com:
"He’s still skating with Alex Ovechkin and still on the top power-play unit, even if the scoring pace has slowed down a bit. Take advantage of the two games to start the week, including one against the Sharks."
Darcy Kuemper: Tonight’s starting goalie looks to build off his big win last Wednesday. Allen added in his same article:
"There doesn’t look like a lot of good places to go for goaltender help off the wire to start the week. Kuemper does have a tasty potential matchup on Monday against the Sharks. But don’t accidentally leave him in against the Kings, who have kept opposition goaltenders to an average fantasy score below zero this season."
"Three of the best teams in terms of goaltending, the Bruins, Rangers, and Golden Knights, all play Monday. They provide six goalies that have all played quite well. However, I’m leaping over all that high-level netminding to land on a matchup that is just too good to pass up. The Sharks have only managed 1.62 goals and 24.5 shots on net per game. They are also last in GAA. Kuemper has a .915 save percentage over the last five seasons. Even if he’s had a down, injury-hampered year thus far, I think the opportunity here is enticing to say the least."
Tom Wilson: With nine points through 17 games and an 8.7 shooting percentage, Wilson makes an impact on the top line. His last two games saw him put up 11 shots on target. If he can score tonight like he did last time against the Sharks, he could be a difference maker. San Jose allows 37.0 shots on goal per game and a 4.14 goals against average as a team.
John Carlson: While the Caps defense is known for shutting it down, Carlson is the one player on the blue line with offensive upside. The veteran has 11 lints in 17 games despite having just one goal on 40 shots on target. Despite a 2.5 shooting percentage, it should improve against a struggling Sharks team that could be deliberately trying to tank.
The game starts at 10:30 p.m. on the east coast on Monumental Sports Network. Get that coffee!