Last night’s lineup cashed pretty easily despite the Maple Leafs’ 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets. That being said, the lineup had more than enough firepower to overcome the Leafs’ output and finish in a top position. Aleksander Barkov had three points and 43.2 fantasy points, and linemate Jonathan Huberdeau earned 23.2 with two points of his own. Brent Burns also finished the night with two points and earned 24.8 fantasy points; Brandon Dubinsky chipped in an assist. Featured player Jordan Weal did not connect but had a very strong game with six shots on goal and several prime scoring chances; he was good enough to earn a spot in tonight’s lineup.
Today’s lineup features Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, who has seven points on his current four-game point streak.
Benn has seven goals in past nine games
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Ottawa @ New Jersey – 7:00pm EST
NY Rangers @ NY Islanders – 7:00pm EST
Winnipeg @ Pittsburgh – 7:00pm EST
Colorado @ Buffalo – 7:30pm EST
Vancouver @ St. Louis – 7:30pm EST
Dallas @ Minnesota – 8:00pm EST
Philadelphia @ Edmonton – 9:00pm EST
Arizona @ Los Angeles – 10:30pm EST
OTT: Mike Condon (confirmed) vs. NJD: Cory Schneider (confirmed)
NYR: Henrik Lundqvist (confirmed) vs. NYI: Thomas Greiss (confirmed)
WPG: Connor Hellebuyck (confirmed) vs. PIT: Marc-Andre Fleury (confirmed)
COL: Calvin Pickard (confirmed) vs. BUF: Robin Lehner (confirmed)
VAN: Jacob Markstrom (confirmed) vs. STL: Jake Allen (confirmed)
DAL: Kari Lehtonen (LIKELY) vs. MIN: Darcy Kuemper (confirmed)
PHI: Michal Neuvirth (confirmed) vs. EDM: Cam Talbot (confirmed)
ARI: Mike Smith (confirmed) vs. LAK: Peter Budaj (LIKELY)
2/16 NHL Lineup
Anze Kopitar ($6,500) – vs. Arizona Coyotes
This is the first time Anze Kopitar has made this lineup all season. Most of that has to do with the down year he has been having. That being said, his inclusion tonight is based on his particular match-up tonight against the Arizona Coyotes. Kopitar has faced the Coyotes twice so far this year and has five points, including one goal and four assists, in those contests. He only has six goals and 32 points in 49 games this season, which just might be the biggest surprise of the year, but he has played well against Arizona and draws a favorable match-up at home tonight. Kopitar doesn’t have a point in his past three games but is priced to reflect his recent struggles, which is yet another reason he might be worth the risk tonight. He plays on Los Angeles’ top line and top power-play unit.
Kevin Hayes ($5,700) – vs. New York Islanders
Kevin Hayes is having a career season with 15 goals and 42 points in 51 games. He is centering the Rangers’ third line between J.T. Miller and Michael Grabner, a trio that has been money of late. Hayes, who plays on the second power-play unit, has points in four straight games, including two goals and seven points, and nine points in his past six games. He has averaged 18.3 fantasy points per game over his past six contests.
My Next Pick
Connor McDavid ($8,600): Connor McDavid has been waiting for tonight’s game since December 8. Much has been made of the feud between McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning. Regardless of the truth or where you stand, McDavid is sure to be fired up tonight, which is a good sign from a fantasy perspective. He will likely face Steve Mason in net, which should only help McDavid add to his league-leading 63 points.
Also Consider: Sidney Crosby ($8,800), Tyler Seguin ($8,600), Jack Eichel ($7,200), Leon Draisaitl ($6,700), Ryan O’Reilly ($6,000)
Jamie Benn ($8,500) – vs. Minnesota Wild
Jamie Benn is facing a tough Minnesota opponent tonight but has been too good of late to resist. The Stars’ captain has points in four straight games and goals in three out of his past four, scoring a total of seven points in that span. Benn has seven goals and 14 points in his past ten games. He plays on Dallas’ first line and first power-play unit. Benn has three points in four games against the Wild this season.
Mikael Granlund ($7,100) – vs. Dallas Stars
Truthfully, it can be tough choosing an offensive representative from the Minnesota Wild. Minny’s offense has been strong all year, but the team has been rolling three lines in recent games, making it tough to predict which line will be hot on any given night. Jason Pominville ($5,500) has been the most reliable forward in recent games, but Granlund is the pick tonight. That’s based mainly on his previous performances against Dallas this season. Specifically, Granlund has six points (one goal, five assists) in four contests against the Stars. Granlund plays on the Wild’s second line and second power-play unit; he has 11 points in his past 10 games.
J.T. Miller ($6.200) – vs. New York Islanders
J.T. Miller is having a career season with 46 points through 56 games. He is on a particularly hot stretch at the moment, however, with points in seven straight games and in 10 out of his past 11. He has two goals and 11 points in his past seven games, averaging 19.1 fantasy points per game in that stretch. Miller skates on New York’s third line and second power-play unit.
Jordan Weal ($3,000) – vs. Edmonton Oilers
Jordan Weal, once again, is somewhat of a throwaway option at $3,000. However, he provided solid value last night with six shots on goal, good enough for 9.6 fantasy points. There’s no way to know if he’ll repeat that level of fantasy production, but he was certainly one of the two best Flyers on the ice for the entirety of last night’s game in Calgary (Nick Cousins was Philly’s strongest player). The Flyers take on the Oilers tonight in what is surely going to be a contentious atmosphere. The kid could come up big for a Flyers offense that is gasping for air.
My Next Pick
Kyle Okposo ($6,300): Kyle Okposo is currently on a seven-game point streak during which he has accumulated three goals and four assists. A point-per-game pace doesn’t make him a stud fantasy option, but consistency is king, especially when it comes to cash contests. He plays on Buffalo’s top line with Ryan O’Reilly, who will host his former team.
Also Consider: Phil Kessel ($7,400), Blake Wheeler ($7,300), Taylor Hall ($6,800), Jason Pominville ($5,500), Anders Lee ($5,500), Radim Vrbata ($5,500), Jaden Schwartz ($5,500), Patrick Maroon ($5,000), Zack Smith ($4,700), Kenny Agostino ($3,200)
Nick Leddy ($4,900) – vs. New York Rangers
Nick Leddy hasn’t been overly consistent in recent games, with points in only two out of his last five games. That being said, there’s always a chance he’ll have a big game. He does have two points in two games against the Rangers already this season. Leddy plays on the Islanders’ top power-play unit.
Jacob Trouba ($4,800) – vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Jacob Trouba, on the other hand, has been very consistent from a fantasy perspective. Even if he doesn’t tally a point in every game, he generally makes up for it with peripheral stats. Specifically, he has earned at least eight fantasy points in 11 out of his past 12 games and at least 11.2 fantasy points in 10 out of his past 12 games. He has averaged just shy of 17 fantasy points per game over his past 12 games. Trouba plays on Winnipeg’s first power-play unit.
My Next Pick
Kris Letang ($7,200): Kris Letang has points in back-to-back games and in five out of his past six games. He has averaged 17.3 fantasy points per game over his last six contests.
Also Consider: Erik Karlsson ($7,000), Rasmus Ristolainen ($5,100), Oscar Klefbom ($4,800), Johnny Boychuk ($4,700), Alexander Edler ($4,400), Brady Skjei ($4,000)
Jake Allen ($8,200) – vs. Vancouver Canucks
Jake Allen has won his past three games in a row, averaging 34.4 fantasy points per game. The Blues are on a five-game winning streak after Carter Hutton earned a shutout last night. St. Louis is favored tonight at home against the Canucks.
My Next Pick
Robin Lehner ($7,900): Robin Lehner and the Sabres are heavy favorites against the league-worst Colorado Avalanche tonight, making him an appealing option, especially given his price tag.
Also Consider: Devan Dubnyk ($9,600), Matt Murray ($9,300), Cam Talbot ($8,700), Peter Budaj ($8,500)
- C1: Anze Kopitar ($6,500)
- C2: Kevin Hayes ($5,700)
- W1: Jamie Benn ($8,500)
- W2: Mikael Granlund ($7,100)
- W3: J.T. Miller ($6,200)
- W4: Jordan Weal ($3,000)
- D1: Nick Leddy ($4,900)
- D2: Jacob Trouba ($4,800)
- G1: Jake Allen ($8,200)
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