Anders Nilsson, Senators continue to surprise

Dan Dobish
Rotoworld

We had just two total games on the National Hockey League ice Friday night, and the scores were identical with the home team winning each game. Some nights are better than others, but there was plenty to like about the two games from a fantasy perspective. While the games were each under results, as far as Vegas is concerned, we saw decent fantasy production for the two winning goaltenders as well as those who like to do a little prospecting for long-term dynasty pools. The future is now in certain NHL cities. Let's get started!

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Ottawa Senators 4, New York Rangers 1

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The Senators were able to win for the second time in three tries against the Rangers this season, as they continue to be a tough and surprising out. How many prognosticators or gamblers would have figured the Sens would have one more point in the standings at this point of the season than the defending President's Trophy winners, the Tampa Bay Lightning?

Anders Nilsson has been a major reason for the revival in Canada's capital city, especially in the month of November. He allowed just one goal on 31 shots in Friday's win, moving to 6-1-0 with a 2.13 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in seven starts in November. He has emerged as a legitimate No. 2 fantasy netminder in most pools.

Thomas Chabot opened the scoring in the first minute, beating Henrik Lundqvist. He also added an assist with a plus-2 rating and five shots on goal. It was his first goal since Oct. 17, but he does have a goal and four point across the past four outings.

Logan Brown, the team's first-round pick from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, picked up a power-play goal, his first in the NHL. The 21-year-old from Raleigh, N.C. was good for a goal and three points over his past four outings to emerge as a solid option in deeper seasonal pools and long-term keeper leagues.

Tyler Ennis and Anthony Duclair also picked up insurance goals after Brown's game-winning tally. Duclair's goal came on the power play, as he now has four goals and five points over the past four games. Jean-Gabriel Pageau picked up two helpers, and he now has 10 goals and three assists in 12 games in November.

Jacob Trouba posted his second goal of the season, the only offensive support for Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers' starter was dogged for four goals on 39 shots, slipping to 1-3-1 with a 3.92 GAA and .883 save percentage in the past five games, allowing four or more goals in four of the contests. Not good.

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Pittsburgh Penguins 4, New Jersey 1

Tristan Jarry got the starting nod in Friday's game and he finally received some much-needed offensive support, too. He allowed just one goal on 37 shots to earn his third win in six decisions. While he is 3-3-0 overall, he has an impressive 1.80 GAA.

Dominik Kahun stayed hot with his sixth goal of the season, and he now has two goals and five points with a plus-4 rating over the past four outings. Jake Guentzel also is red-hot, as he posted his 11th goal of the season. It stood up as the game-winning tally, too. Threes are wild for Guentzel lately, as he has three goals, three assists and a plus-3 rating across the past four outings.

Jared McCann registered his eighth goal of the season with a plus-1 rating, giving him five goals, 10 points and a plus-11 rating over the past 11 outings dating back to Oct. 29. He has emerged as a strong fantasy option in pools of 12 or more teams and as a mid-tier play in DFS.

John Marino was the other goal scorer, as he continues to be productive. He posted his second of the season, and he has three assists with a plus-6 rating in his current four-game point run. Brandon Tanev added a helper, and he has at least one point in three of the past four. Evgeni Malkin posted a helper, too, and he has two goals and seven points with plus-3 rating during the four-game run.

Mackenzie Blackwood was snowed under for four goals on 36 shots in Friday's loss, and he was yanked early in the third period. It wasn't all his fault, as he was hung out to dry more often than not. Louis Domingue came on and stopped all five of the shots he faced in his team debut.

The only goal was from Taylor Hall, posting a power-play marker on helpers from Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri. It was Hall's first time lighting the lamp since Nov. 1, and his first goal on home ice since Dec. 20, 2018.

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