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FANTASY RANKINGS: Top 200
TUE. OCT. 26
Drew O’Connor, PIT (vs. TBL) — The Pittsburgh Penguins rookie has scored five points (three goals, two assists) in four games with 11 shots on goal and three blocks. O’Connor has been skating on a line with wings Jason Zucker and Danton Heinen, who has scored five points (three goals, two assists) in five games with 10 SOG. O’Connor can form an unconventional stack with Heinen against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who will be on the second of back-to-back games.
Conor Garland, VAN (vs. MIN) — The Vancouver Canucks wing is on a six-game point streak totaling eight points (three goals, five assists) with 10 SOG. Garland is skating 17:16 per game mostly on a line with forwards Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson and can be stacked with Horvat, who has scored three goals in his past three games, against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.
Sami Niku, MTL (at SEA) — The Montreal Canadiens defenseman had two assists, one on the power play, in his season debut, a win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. The Canadiens have started slow in fantasy, but Niku brings sneaky value with even-strength exposure to wing Jonathan Drouin, who is having a bounce-back season with five points (two goals, three assists) in six games.
James Reimer, SJS (at NSH) — The San Jose Sharks goalie has a .980 save percentage (50 saves on 51 shots faced) in his first two appearances (1-0-0) this season and is expected to start in a favorable spot at the Nashville Predators (2-4-0) on Tuesday. He and Adin Hill, along with a bounce-back start from defenseman Erik Karlsson, have contributed to San Jose being one of the biggest surprises in the NHL two weeks into the season.
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