There are 10 games on tonight’s slate, which features two teams in the second half of back-to-back’s: New Jersey and Carolina. Both teams are coming off losses; the Devils were shut out by the Capitals, while the Hurricanes took a beating in the form of an 8-1 loss to Winnipeg. ICYMI, the Tampa Bay Lightning officially clinched a playoff berth last night when Montreal lost in regulation.
TOR @ EDM – 7:00pm EST
PHI @ NYI – 7:00pm EST
OTT @ BOS – 7:00pm EST
NJD @ NYR – 7:00pm EST
PIT @ CBJ – 7:00pm EST
DET @ TBL – 7:00pm EST
LAK @ ARI – 8:00pm EST
CAR @ NSH – 8:00pm EST
CHI @ DAL – 8:00pm EST
VGK @ VAN – 10:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: One of last night’s main FanDuel lines cashed easily, the other was a bubble but still cashed in most 50/50’s. That being said, it was a very rough fantasy night. Fortunately, even though there were a lot of players that had incredibly disappointing nights, they were incredibly popular plays because of the matchups and because it was a smaller slate. For example, Sebastian Aho was in a great spot against a Jets team that has been giving up a lot of goals. He had goals in four straight and points in six straight heading into last night’s game, but he managed just one shot for 1.6 FanDuel fantasy points. The good thing was that his ownership was in the 70’s in almost all of my cash contests, so his miserable night didn’t turn out to be too harmful. The same was true of the players on Minnesota’s top line, particularly Jason Zucker and Ryan Donato. Zucker’s ownership was in the 40-range as he was coming off a hat-trick performance (plus, MIN1 has been on fire over the last eight games), but he also contributed just 1.6 FD FP (though he had several shots taken away from him, which seems to keep happening). Donato’s ownership was in the 70’s; he at least had three shots and a block (he, too, had shots taken away) for 6.4 FD FP. The top line had a ton of chances, especially Donato, but they were either unable to hit the net, unable to connect or they were stonewalled by goaltender Sam Montembault, who had a fantastic game.
Alex Ovechkin had another goal stopped on the goal line as he and the Capitals struggled to beat the lowly New Jersey Devils. Washington’s power play was abysmal, especially during nearly two minutes of a 5-on-3; Ovi finished the night with 8 FD FP (at incredibly high ownership). Nicklas Backstrom continued his stellar play against the Devils with a power-play goal and four shots, good for 18.9 FD FP. However, Tom Wilson put up a goose egg, which was the main reason that that lineup didn’t cash across the board. I added him in at the last minute, which proved to be a mistake, but I was concerned about having just one member of the Capitals’ top line while also fading John Carlson. I felt fine about fading Carlson but should have stuck to the original lineup, which was the other main cash line posted in chat. That line had Jonathan Huberdeau in as the fourth winger instead of Wilson, which was a remarkably significant difference. Huberdeau scored a goal and three assists as he and Aleksander Barkov combined for nine points; Huberdeau finished the game with 41.3 FD FP.
On the back end, Brett Pesce earned just 4.8 FD FP but both Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers found the scoresheet. Trouba tallied a power-play assist and five shots for 16.5 FD FP, while Myers managed an assist, two shots and a block for 12.8 FD FP in Winnipeg’s blowout win over Carolina. Blake Wheeler, who was highlighted in yesterday’s post, scored a goal and an assist for 22.1 FD FP, but the Jets got production from throughout the lineup, limiting his output. Lastly, Braden Holtby recorded a 25-save shutout against the Devils. He was by far the Capitals’ best player, though Lars Eller had an outstanding game as well (of course, one game after he was in my FanDuel and DraftKings lineups…). That being said, Holtby came away with 40 FD FP, which was a huge boost.
Most of the same players were used for the DraftKings line, which cashed. However, Jared Spurgeon was one of the defensemen (unless you opted to go with the suggested alternative of Trouba at $4,800). Spurgeon earned just 1.5 DK FP with one shot and one block, while Trouba picked up 4.5 DK FP. Troy Terry, who was the punt play in the utility spot, had another strong game, extending his point streak to three games as he recorded a goal and two assists for 7.5 DK FP. Holtby’s shutout was good for 10 DK FP.
(The stats below are from both of last night’s lineups.)
FanDuel Play: Patrice Bergeron ($8,300)
Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins have a favorable matchup against the Senators. While the Senators have played much better than people give them credit for, Boston is still a heavy favorite and has had great success against Ottawa this season. Specifically, Bergeron has four goals and seven points in two games against the Sens this season. While he still doesn’t have David Pastrnak on his wing, Bergeron and Brad Marchand have continued to be a formidable duo, and tonight should be no exception. Bergeron has points in five straight games, scoring four goals and six points in that stretch. His ceiling hasn’t been as high as Marchand’s, though he still provides a stable floor with plenty of upside.
DraftKings Play: Leon Draisaitl ($6,600)
Leon Draisaitl was moved off Connor McDavid’s wing and actually didn’t have a great game the other night against Vancouver. Plus, tonight’s matchup will be more difficult with the Maple Leafs in town, especially since Nazem Kadri may return to the lineup. That being said, Draisaitl has been one of the most consistent forwards for the last several weeks, recording at least a point in 12 straight games. He has seven goals and 16 points in his last 10 games, including a goal and 4.5 DraftKings fantasy points against the Maple Leafs when these teams met in Toronto in late February. Draisaitl skates on the Oilers’ second line and first power-play unit. However, check pre-game line rushes in case Ken Hitchcock decides to switch things up once again.
FanDuel: Sidney Crosby ($9,500), Tyler Seguin ($7,700), Sean Couturier ($7,500), David Krejci ($6,000), Bo Horvat ($5,600), Nazem Kadri ($5,100)*, Anthony Cirelli ($4,200), Brad Richardson ($3,600), Jean-Gabriel Pageau ($3,500)
DraftKings: Patrice Bergeron ($7,900), Sidney Crosby ($7,800), Tyler Seguin ($7,200), Evgeni Malkin ($7,000), Sean Couturier ($6,900), Mika Zibanejad ($6,500), David Krejci ($5,700), Nazem Kadri ($4,300)*, Artem Anisimov ($4,000), Anthony Cirelli ($3,900), William Nylander ($3,800), Nolan Patrick ($3,500), Jordan Staal ($3,500), Jean-Gabriel Pageau ($3,400), Scott Laughton ($2,900)
*Could return to lineup tonight.
FanDuel Play: Alexander Radulov ($6,000)
Alexander Radulov is coming off a hat-trick performance in which he earned 48.8 FanDuel fantasy points thanks to three goals, five shots and three blocks. It was an impressive response to being benched for disciplinary reasons, and while it’s very unlikely he’ll replicate that effort, Radulov has been one of the more consistent mid-range wingers all season. He and the Stars have a favorable matchup against a Blackhawks team that has given up 3.28 5-on-5 goals per 60 minutes since Feb. 1. He skates on the team’s top line and top power-play unit and has points in five out of his last six games. He also has one goal and three points as well as eight shots in two games against Chicago this season.
DraftKings Steal: Zack Kassian ($2,900)
Zack Kassian has goals in four straight games and skates on the Oilers’ top line at even strength, offering exposure to Connor McDavid at an extremely reasonable price point. Though Kassian managed just one block when these teams met in Toronto five games ago, he has been excellent since and is a free play on DraftKings given his sub-$3,000 price tag.
Value Play: Jared McCann (FD: $4,500; DK: $4,200)
Update: Dominik Simon will be on PIT 1 tonight, NOT McCann
A top value option on both sites tonight is Pittsburgh’s Jared McCann, who has been excellent since moving up to the Penguins’ top line with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel. The Penguins and Blue Jackets will square off for the third time in six games, which is certainly rare. However, while Columbus may snap out of it and decide to show up tonight, the Blue Jackets are in a tail spin, and Pittsburgh has beaten them handily twice in the last five games. McCann scored two goals when these teams met in Columbus at the end of February, and he added an assist, three shots and a block in the rematch in Pittsburgh two nights ago. McCann does not see time on the power play but is a solid value play nevertheless.
FanDuel: Nikita Kucherov ($9,200), Patrick Kane ($9,100), Brad Marchand ($8,900), Mitch Marner ($8,300), Leon Draisaitl ($8,300), Jake Voracek ($7,700), Jake Guentzel ($7,700), Jake DeBrusk ($6,200)*, Max Pacioretty ($6,000)**, Mikael Granlund ($5,400), Craig Smith ($4,600), Andreas Johnsson ($4,500), Oskar Lindblom ($4,500), Anthony Duclair ($3,600), Sam Gagner ($3,400), Josh Archibald ($3,300), Michael Grabner ($3,000)
DraftKings: Patrick Kane ($8,000), Nikita Kucherov ($7,800), Brad Marchand ($7,600), Mitch Marner ($7,100), Jake Guentzel ($6,900), Jake Voracek ($6,100), Max Pacioretty ($6,100)**, Jake DeBrusk ($5,600)*, Anders Lee ($5,500), Jamie Benn ($5,500), Oskar Lindblom ($4,700), Andreas Johnsson ($4,500), Clayton Keller ($4,500), Brady Tkachuk ($4,400), Pavel Buchnevich ($4,100), Vladislav Namestnikov ($3,500), Michael Grabner ($3,500), Lawson Crouse ($3,200), Anthony Duclair ($2,800), Brendan Lemieux ($2,700)
*Questionable for tonight’s game
**Has 4G in 3GP against VAN this season
FanDuel Play: Alex Edler ($4,400)
Alex Edler has produced monster performances in back-to-back games, scoring two goals and registering a combined 11 shots and nine blocks, good for an average of 28 FanDuel fantasy points per game. In four games since returning to the Canucks’ lineup, Edler has recorded two goals, 12 shots and 19 blocks, including one shot and five blocks against the Knights when these teams met in Vegas a few games ago. Edler skates on Vancouver’s top power-play unit and continues to be extremely underpriced on FanDuel. However, there are other similarly-priced players that make for great cash plays as well tonight, many of which are listed below.
DraftKings Value Play: Ron Hainsey ($3,500)
Ron Hainsey has points in four out of his last five games, scoring one goal and four points in that time. He does not skate on the power play but has provided surprising value in recent games, including 3.5 DraftKings fantasy points with an assist, one shot and two blocks against the Oilers when these teams met in Toronto at the end of February. He has earned 6, 3, 3, 2 and 3.5 DraftKings fantasy points in his last five games, respectively.
FanDuel: Morgan Rielly ($6,600), John Klingberg ($6,200), Darnell Nurse ($5,400), Nate Schmidt ($5,100), Justin Schultz ($4,500), Shea Theodore ($4,400), Travis Sanheim ($4,400), Oscar Klefbom ($4,300), Mikhail Sergachev ($4,000), Jakob Chychrun ($3,900), Colin Miller ($3,700), Dan Girardi ($3,600), Jason Demers ($3,500), Alex Biega ($3,500)
DraftKings: Morgan Rielly ($6,200), Roman Josi ($6,100), John Klingberg ($6,000), Victor Hedman ($5,900), Torey Krug ($5,800), Justin Schultz ($4,800), Jake Muzzin ($4,500), Travis Sanheim ($4,200), Jason Demers ($2,500)
Goalies will be discussed in chat once additional starters have been confirmed. Louis Domingue ($8,200), Matt Murray (DK: $7,800), Darcy Kuemper (DK: $8,000) and Marc-Andre Fleury (FD: $8,200; DK: $8,000) seem to be decent options at first glance, but official recommendations will be made in chat.
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