Squad Up Daily NHL Fantasy Dose: The Centennial Classic isn’t the only game in town

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Here is a look at the Squad Up daily NHL fantasy picture for Sunday, Jan. 1 (all advanced stats are at 5-on-5 and courtesy of Corsica.Hockey) :

Triple Threat

  • C Evgeny Kuznetsov (53K), LW Alex Ovechkin (79K) and RW T.J. Oshie (48K), Capitals (vs. Senators): The Capitals scored six goals against the Devils on Saturday in a balanced effort that saw all but five skaters register a point. Ovechkin and Oshie each had a goal and an assist, while Kuznetsov mustered one helper. Ottawa G Mike Condon has fared worse on the road this season, holding a .897 save percentage and a .290 GAA.
  • C Rickard Rakell (43K), RW Corey Perry (67K) and D Cam Fowler (46K), Ducks (vs. Flyers): Rakell leads Anaheim with 16 goals in just 27 games and plays on the first line alongside Perry and Antoine Vermette (who's also classified as a center). Fowler joins the duo on the power play, where he's recorded 11 of his 22 total points. The Flyers have the fourth-worst even strength save percentage and allow the fifth-most goals per game overall, making them a prime target as they conclude a four-game road trip.

Goalie Breakdown

  • TARGET: Braden Holtby (91K), Capitals (vs. Senators): The price is right with Holtby, who was given a game off on Saturday. He holds a 10-5-1 record at home this season, with a 1.81 GAA through 16 starts at the Verizon Center. He's a safe choice who should receive enough offensive support for a win.
  • FADE: Petr Mrazek (94K), Red Wings (at Maple Leafs): Mrazek may be the only Red Wings goaltender listed in Squad Up, but he's not even a lock to play in the Centennial Classic. Undrafted rookie Jared Coreau has won both of his starts since a late-December recall and seems likely to get the nod in goal once again. Mrazek has struggled to a .896 save percentage and a 3.11 GAA in 21 games.
  • CONTRARIAN: Frederik Andersen (107K), Maple Leafs (vs. Red Wings): Andersen had a seat on the bench in his last outdoor game, in 2014 with Anaheim, but he will get a chance to extend his personal three-start win streak as a Maple Leaf in the Centennial Classic. Detroit holds the sixth-lowest mark in expected goals for per 60 minutes, while Andersen was stellar in December, posting a .948 save percentage and a 1.66 GAA.

Bargain Plays

  • RW Anthony Mantha (34K), Red Wings (at Maple Leafs): Riding shotgun alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar on Detroit's top line, Mantha is in the midst of a five-game point streak (three goals, three assists). Despite Andersen's strong form, Mantha is inexpensive enough to gamble on, as Toronto allows the fifth-most scoring chances against per 60 minutes.
  • D Dmitry Orlov (26K), Capitals (vs. Senators): Featuring on Washington's second power play unit, Orlov has recorded an assist in six of his last eight games. He offers low-priced exposure to the Capitals' potent attack, and his solid shot, block and hit totals help his Squad Up appeal.

Top Fades

  • C Ryan Getzlaf (82K), Ducks (vs. Flyers): The priciest player at his position, Getzlaf has just one point (a goal) in his last five games, and has recorded seven multi-point efforts through 35 contests. Playing with Nick Ritchie (29K) and Ondrej Kase (unlisted) at even strength hurts his ability to produce; 15 of Getzlaf's 29 points have come via the power play, where he features alongside more talented teammates.
  • LW Jakub Voracek (71K), Flyers (at Ducks): Another player who may struggle to justify his salary, Voracek has three assists in his last eight games. In terms of expected goals allowed per 60 minutes, the Ducks are the seventh-stingiest team in the league. While the Flyers rank seventh in goals per game, they've been shut out in two of their last three outings, all of which have been on the road.

Contrarian Options

  • LW Thomas Vanek (58K), Red Wings (at Maple Leafs): Vanek's price may raise some eyebrows, but he's been worth it of late, producing three goals, seven assists and 44 shots in 13 December games. He enters the Centennial Classic having scored in two straight contests, and, as mentioned earlier, the Maple Leafs allow the fifth-most scoring chances against per 60 minutes.
  • C Nazem Kadri (54K), Maple Leafs (vs. Red Wings): Toronto has a whopping seven center-eligible players jockeying for a single place in a Squad Up lineup, and it's safe to say rookie Auston Matthews (70K) will be the most popular choice. Kadri has three goals in his last five games, averaging 3.8 shots per contest, so he's far from a poor option in his own right.

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