Bold fantasy prediction for each team in second half of 2018-19

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Bold fantasy prediction for each team in second half of 2018-19

NHL.com provides a bold yet feasible fantasy hockey prediction for each of the 31 NHL teams in the second half of 2018-19. These projections (based on statistics entering Jan. 10, 2019) should be taken with a grain of salt but also used as inspiration to think creatively in fantasy trades, especially in terms of potential line combinations and production. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy.

 

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Anaheim Ducks: Right wing Ondrej Kase (11 goals through 26 games) will overcome his early injury absence to lead the Ducks with at least 30 goals.

Arizona Coyotes: Right wing Conor Garland (eight points in first 16 games) will keep his top-six role and finish second on the Coyotes in points per game behind linemate Alex Galchenyuk.

Boston Bruins: Despite missing 27 games with multiple injuries, defenseman Charlie McAvoy (11 points through 17 games) will finish with at least 45 points.

Buffalo Sabres: Forward Tage Thompson will play on the Sabres’ top line for the rest of the season and finish fourth among their forwards in scoring with at least 40 points.

Video: FLA@BUF: Thompson goes five-hole on Luongo

Carolina Hurricanes: Wing Andrei Svechnikov (11 goals through 43 games) will finish the season with at least 30 goals and eclipse center Elias Pettersson (22 through 38 games) for the rookie lead.

Columbus Blue Jackets: Forward Nick Foligno will be one of five players in the NHL to finish with at least 25 goals and 150 hits.

Chicago Blackhawks: Forward Dylan Strome (14 points through first 22 games with Chicago) will be one of two Blackhawks to finish with at least a point per game with linemate Patrick Kane.

Calgary Flames: Goalie David Rittich (16 wins, .921 save percentage through 26 games) will emerge as a the full-time starter down the stretch, finishing with at least 30 wins and among the top five fantasy goalies.

Colorado Avalanche: Forward J.T. Compher (10 goals in 28 games) will be one of four Avalanche skaters to finish with at least 25 goals, joining Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen.

Video: COL@VGK: Compher tips in a PPG at the side of the net

Dallas Stars: Defenseman Miro Heiskanen (nine goals through 45 games) will finish third among rookie skaters with at least 16 goals behind forwards Pettersson and Svechnikov.

Detroit Red Wings: Forwards Dylan Larkin (41 points through 45 games) and Gustav Nyquist (37 in 45 games) will each finish with at least a point per game.

Edmonton Oilers: Rookie defenseman Caleb Jones (four points through first 12 NHL games) will lead Oilers defensemen in points over the final 38 games of the season with at least 20.

Florida Panthers: Wing Frank Vatrano (12 goals through 41 games) will finish second on the Panthers in goals behind Mike Hoffman with at least 25.

Video: FLA@BUF: Vatrano beats Ullmark on odd-man rush

Los Angeles Kings: Defenseman Jake Muzzin will finish with the same number of points as teammate Drew Doughty with an NHL career-high 43.

Minnesota Wild: Left wing Zach Parise (39 points in 42 games) will remain healthy for the rest of the season and reach 70 points for the first time since 2009-10.

Montreal Canadiens: Despite missing the first 24 games, defenseman Shea Weber (six goals in 21 games) will lead the position in goals with 20.

New Jersey Devils: Center Nico Hischier (29 points in 39 games) will finish with more points than left wing Taylor Hall (37 points in 33 games) and lead the Devils in scoring with at least 65.

Nashville Predators: Defenseman Mattias Ekholm (34 points through 45 games) will not only lead Predators defensemen in scoring but also finish third in the NHL at the position with at least 60 behind Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson.

Video: NSH@CBJ: Ekholm ties it on astounding effort

New York Islanders: Three Islanders forwards, Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee and Brock Nelson, will each finish with at least 30 goals.

New York Rangers: Left wing Chris Kreider will finish among the NHL’s top 10 with at least 35 goals.

Ottawa Senators: Wing Ryan Dzingel (17 goals through 43 games) will finish with more goals than Mark Stone and Matt Duchene to lead the Senators in the category.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Right wing Phil Kessel (47 points through 43 games) will become the first Penguins player other than Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to lead them in scoring since 2005-06.

Philadelphia Flyers: Left wing James van Riemsdyk (seven goals through 28 games) will lead Flyers forwards in goals (currently eight behind leader Sean Couturier).

Video: DET@PHI: van Riemsdyk tips home Giroux’s wrister

San Jose Sharks: Forward Joonas Donskoi will finish second on the Sharks in goals behind Joe Pavelski with 30, ahead of Timo Meier, Logan Couture and Evander Kane. Donskoi’s linemate Tomas Hertl will lead Sharks forwards in points with at least 70.

St. Louis Blues: Right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (12 goals through 41 games) will bounce back to finish among the NHL’s top five in goals with at least 25 over the Blues’ final 40 games.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Forward J.T. Miller (26 points through 38 games) will become a permanent fixture on a line with either Steven Stamkos or Nikita Kucherov and produce at least a point per game upon returning from injury in the second half.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Right wing Mitchell Marner (57 points through 43 games) will be one of three players to score more than 100 points, joining Kucherov and Connor McDavid.

Video: MIN@TOR: Marner cashes in off a feed from Tavares

Vancouver Canucks: Left wing Sven Baertschi (0.69 points per game through 16 games) will finish second on the Canucks in points per game behind rookie center Elias Pettersson (1.11 through 38 games). 

Vegas Golden Knights: Despite missing 13 games, left wing Max Pacioretty (12 goals through 34 games) will lead the Golden Knights in goals with at least 30.

Winnipeg Jets: Defenseman Josh Morrissey (25 points through 41 games) will finish ahead of Dustin Byfuglien to lead Jets defensemen in points with at least 50.

Washington Capitals: Right wing Tom Wilson (22 points through 24 games) will be one of four Capitals forwards to score a point per game or better in at least 60 games played.

NHL.com fantasy editors Pete Jensen and Rob Reese contributed to this list

 

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