The slate was short and sweet in the National Hockey League on Friday night, and the result of each game was a bit surprising. The underdog cashed in each of the five games on the NHL slate. It was also a low-scoring night on the NHL, as four of the five games went 'under', if you're into that type thing. That means the big fantasy splashes were very few and far between. Goaltenders ruled the night across most of the NHL, as only the Montreal-Washington game and Boston-Toronto games saw more than five total goals. Let's get started!
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Boston Bruins 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Brad Marchand seems to enjoy facing the Maple Leafs. Of course, what player donning the black and gold are fearful of the Leafs? Marchand went for two goals and a plus-1 rating, giving him three goals and five points in three meetings with Toronto this season.
Charlie Coyle posted a goal and an assist, as he tries to snap back on track after a slow start to his season. He has posted a goal and four points in his current three-game point streak. It isn't much, but it is a start. The solid offense was enough support for Tuukka Rask, who allowed two goals on 31 shots as the B's doubled up the Leafs. He moved to 8-2-2 with a 2.14 goals-against average and .927 save percentage, snapping a personal 0-2-1 skid.
For the Leafs, Frederik Andersen was dinged for three goals on 33 shots in a loss, falling to 9-4-3 with a 2.80 GAA and .912 save percentage. The highlight of the night was Auston Matthews, as usual, as he netted his 14th of the season, giving him three goals and 11 points over his six-game point streak. The lowlight of the night was Trevor Moore leaving with a shoulder injury. Head coach Mike Babcock said after the game that Moore would not travel with the team during its upcoming road trip start today in Pittsburgh. Kasimir Kaskisuo is scheduled to make his NHL debut in between the pipes in that one.
New Jersey Devils 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 1
It was a low-scoring battle in Newark, with Mackenzie Blackwood outdueling Matt Murray as both goaltenders shined. Blackwood allowed just one goal on 39 shots, and the only one he let through was off the stick of Jack Johnson, who lit the lamp for the first time this season. Blackwood moved to 6-4-3 with a 2.78 GAA and .903 save percentage. Look for Mac to take a backseat to Cory Schneider on Saturday.
As far as Murray is concerned, he allowed just two total goals to Blake Coleman and Travis Zajac, but he was unable to secure the victory. He slips to 10-3-2 with a 2.37 GAA and .913 save percentage. The Pens are back in action against the Leafs, and Tristan Jarry is expected to be in the crease in a battle of backups against Kaskisuo.
Montreal Canadiens 5, Washington Capitals 2
The Habs were the big fantasy winners of the night, posting five total goals in a road win. Four of those goals came in the second period after a scoreless first period. Phillip Danault got it started, while Shea Weber, Jordan Weal and Nick Suzuki joined the part in the four-goal second. Danault finished the night with two assists, too, giving him 14 points through 18 games. He has emerged as a legit fantasy option in most pools.
Tomas Tatar also got on the board for the Habs, going for a goal with four points and a plus-3 rating, and he added a pair of hits. He has at least one point in seven of the past nine outings, posting four goals and 12 points during the span. That was more than enough offense for Carey Price, who allowed just two goals on 28 shots. Price is now 10-4-2 with a 2.61 GAA and .917 save percentage.
For the losing side, backup Ilya Samsonov was dinged for the four goals on 39 shots, slipping to 5-2-1 with a 2.71 GAA and .912 save percentage. He'll be back to the bench as Braden Holtby tries to negotiate the B's in Boston on Saturday.
Alex Ovechkin posted a power-play goal, joining Evgeny Kuznetsov on the scoresheet. Ovie's goal was his 14th of the season, giving him three goals and six points in seven games in the month of November.
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Columbus Blue Jackets 3, St. Louis Blues 2 (OT)
Joonas Korpisalo picked up the road victory in overtime against the defending champs, besting Jake Allen in a close game. Korpisalo stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced, improving to 7-7-1 with a 3.04 GAA and .897 save percentage. Zach Werenski netted the game-winning tally in overtime to send the home fans away in a good mood.
Pierre-Luc Dubois and Vladislav Gavrikov picked up goals in the victory. Gavrikov's goal was his first of the season, so he can mostly be avoided from a fantasy perspective. Dubois, however, is a must-start in plenty of pools. He finished with a plus-2 rating, and he now has seven goals and 12 points overall. If he could turn around his minus-4 rating and get back into the black he'd be even more valuable.
Allen allowed three goals on 39 shots to slip to 3-1-1 with a 3.19 GAA and .893 save percentage as he fights for crumbs behind Jordan Binnington. Mackenzie MacEachern got on the board with this second. After a scoreless October, he has posted two goals and four points in seven November contests.
Ottawa Senators 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1
In another low-scoring outing, it was Anders Nilsson outscoring Carter Hart in a battle in Canada's capital city. Tyler Pitlick scored his first of the season, providing the only offense for the visitors. Andy Andreoff picked up an assist and a plus-1 rating for his first NHL point since Feb. 19, 2018 when he was donning a Los Angeles Kings sweater.
For the Sens, Filip Chlapik and Tyler Ennis were able to bet Hart. Ennis posted the power-play goal with a minus-1 rating while taking a team-high four shots on goal. Chlapik's goal actually stood up as the game-winning tally, his first in the NHL. That was all Anders Nilsson needed, as he is now 5-4-1 with a 2.76 GAA and .925 save percentage. He has won four of his past five starts to please fantasy owners in deeper pools and those rolling the dice on his low salary in DFS.