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Friday 15th Dec 2017

With a small four-game serving tonight, the options are fewer, but there are still some players who have been heating it up lately in this blustery Midwest winter. Washington hosting the Boston Bruins is the headliner of the four games, but Ottawa at San Jose should equal some DFS success, along with the Minnesota Wild heading into Toronto.

Charlie Coyle ($5400, Minnesota Wild): Three games ago, Head Coach Bruce Boudreau laid into his top line of Coyle, Zach Parise and Eric Staal. Charlie has answered the call with four goals over his last five games, including two on Sunday night against the Stanley Cup Champion Penguins. Facing the Maple Leafs, who are on a two-game skid but are 8-3 at home thus far, this game could be a multi-goal scoring bonanza for the Wild. Minnesota is first in goals against while the Leafs are 25th, which means the Wild should score a few.

Auston Matthews ($7300, Toronto Maple Leafs): No this is not a contradiction from my prior pick. Matthews has been scorching of late with five goals in Toronto's last five games. While the Wild are first in goals against, they are 4-3-3 in their last ten and 5-5-4 on the road thus far. Matthews starts on the Leafs second line and first power play unit and is a must-start tonight.

Mike Hoffman ($6300, Ottawa Senators): Another player with five goals over his last five games along with eight points for the Sens, Hoffman, after a slow start, has been out of control of late. Hoffman is on Ottawa’s first power play unit, which is middle of the road at 17th in the league, against the Sharks' 11th best penalty kill. But it’s going to be even strength that matters in this tilt. With the Sharks tied for first with Edmonton in the Pacific and Ottawa in second in the Metro, this game should be a close one regardless of the score, but I’m counting on Hoffman to keep the points coming.

You can always reach me @PolkaPat.

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