There are just three games on tonight’s slate after a busy Tuesday schedule. The playoff picture is getting clearer every day, though there are still a few teams battling for the final slots. That being said, two of the six teams in action tonight will be competing in the postseason, and one of those teams has already locked up the first seed in the Western Conference. So the only team truly playing for something tonight is St. Louis, though that doesn’t mean the Blackhawks won’t try to spoil the evening.
OTT @ NYR – 7:00pm EST
STL @ CHI – 8:00pm EST
CGY @ ANA – 10:30pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night was a solid night for the cores on both sites. Nathan MacKinnon scored a power-play goal on four shots for 18.9 FanDuel and 5 DraftKings fantasy points, while Gabriel Landeskog picked up two assists and two shots for 19.7 FD and 5 DK FP. Alexander Radulov had a huge night, scoring two goals and two assists on four shots for 47.4 FD and 12 DK FP, while Tyler Seguin tallied two assists, one shot and one block for 19.7 FD and 5 DK FP. Viktor Arvidsson recorded an assist and three shots for 3.5 DK FP, while Craig Smith managed a goal on three shots for 4.5 DK FP. Alexander Kerfoot scored two goals on four shots for 30.4 FD and 8 DK FP. Oliver Bjorkstrand extended his goal streak with a power-play goal and five shots in Columbus’ 6-2 loss against the Bruins; he came away with 20.5 FD and 5.5 DK FP. I also mentioned that I was going to play at least one player from Detroit’s top line, though I highlighted all three of those skaters in yesterday’s article. I used a few in FD cash lineups and used the whole line in GPP’s. Dylan Larkin collected three assists, one shot and two blocks for 29.3 FD and 7.5 DK FP, while Tyler Bertuzzi had yet another three-point game, scoring two goals and an assist on five shots for 40.5 FD and 10.5 DK FP. Anthony Mantha scored Detroit’s other two goals, registering six shots and two blocks for a total of 35.2 FD and 9.5 DK FP. In net, Anton Khudobin, Semyon Varlamov and Pekka Rinne came away with wins, as expected. While Darcy Kuemper was certainly a disappointment since he didn’t face many shots, got hurt and failed to get the win, he had very high ownership on FanDuel, which softened the blow. It was supposed to be Jonathan Quick in net for Los Angeles, which was partly why I had Kuemper slightly above Khudobin on FanDuel (I played Khudobin on DK), but Jack Campbell ended up getting the nod, which was unfortunate. He made 49 saves in a 3-1 win, putting a significant dent in Arizona’s playoff hopes.
Ryan O’Reilly (FD: $6,700; DK: $7,000) and the St. Louis Blues will take on the rival Blackhawks in Chicago tonight. O’Reilly enters tonight’s game with points in five straight, a stretch during which he has collected one goal and five points. He has one goal and six points in four games against Chicago this season. O’Reilly centers the Blues’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 14.3 FanDuel and 3.9 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season. This could turn out to be a high-scoring game, as Blues vs. Blackhawks matchups often do; if that ends up being the case, O’Reilly should have a hand in a chunk of it. Plus, since the Blackhawks have reunited Kane and Toews on the top line, it’ll be even more imperative to have at least one member of STL 1 in your cash lineups tonight.
Sam Steel (FD: $4,000; DK: $3,500) will center Anaheim’s top line between Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell tonight, making him a solid value option at the center position. Steel was held to one shot and one block when these teams met in Calgary a few games ago, but he has points in four out of his last five games, recording three goals and six points in that stretch. He’s set to skate on the team’s top power-play unit, so there’s a good chance he’ll be involved offensively if the Ducks can get something going against what likely will be a depleted Flames roster.
FanDuel: Jonathan Toews ($7,500), Mika Zibanejad ($7,100), Dylan Strome ($4,700), Derek Ryan ($4,600), Mark Jankowski ($3,300)
DraftKings: Jonathan Toews ($7,200), Mika Zibanejad ($6,700), Dylan Strome ($4,200), Colin White ($3,500), Derek Ryan ($3,300), Mark Jankowski ($3,200), Oscar Lindberg ($3,000), Brett Howden ($2,900)
Vladimir Tarasenko (FD: $7,700; DK: $7,300) could very well be the highest-owned winger in cash contests on tonight’s slate. He skates on the Blues’ top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 15.2 FanDuel and 4.2 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season. He has four goals and five points in four games against the Blackhawks this year. Tarasenko has been hit or miss in recent games, but tonight’s matchup should be a favorable one. These matchups are often 5-4 games, but Chicago has reunited the Caggiula-Toews-Kane line, which means tonight’s game could be even more wide-open than usual. That line was successful offensively and atrocious defensively, managing a 14.22 High-Danger Corsi For per 60 but surrendering 17.19 HDCF/60 at the same time earlier this season. That could lead to big fantasy performances from players on both top lines, making Tarasenko a solid cash option.
It also means Patrick Kane (FD: $8,700; DK: $7,700) could have the bounce-back performance we have been waiting for. He has four goals and seven points in four games against St. Louis this season, and while he’s been very quiet of late, he always presents massive upside and could easily put up big numbers tonight.
Brady Tkachuk (FD: $6,000; DK: $5,600) and the Ottawa Senators will visit Madison Square Garden tonight to take on the Rangers. Ottawa has had its fair share of struggles, but the team has been generating chances and scoring goals. Tkachuk is having an exceptional rookie campaign, especially considering all that the Senators have dealt with this season; he currently sits at 21 goals and 43 points on the year, and there’s a good chance he will add to that tonight. Though the Rangers have been a much better home team this season, the roster is pretty thin, so there’s definitely room for Tkachuk to produce. He skates on the Sens’ second line and first power-play unit and enters tonight’s game with points in three straight games and in four out of his last five games, scoring four goals and six points in that stretch. Another Ottawa winger that could have a decent night is Anthony Duclair (FD: $4,300; DK: $4,100), who has hit value in four games in a row as well as in eight of his last nine games.
Strangely enough, James Neal (FD: $4,200; DK: $3,400) is actually a solid cash play tonight. He will finish without 20 goals for the first time in his career but is starting to heat up at the right time. Calgary resting a lot of its players has given Neal a chance to really step up and produce heading into the postseason, and he has done just that. He has points in three straight games, scoring two goals and an assist and averaging 19.4 FanDuel and 5.2 DraftKings fantasy points per game in that stretch. Neal skates on Calgary’s second line and first power-play unit; he scored a goal on four shots the other night against Anaheim.
FanDuel: Rickard Rakell ($6,400), Brayden Schenn ($5,800), David Perron ($5,700), Chris Kreider ($5,500), Austin Czarnik ($3,900), Andrew Mangiapane ($3,600), Brian Gibbons ($3,600), Garnet Hathaway ($3,500)
DraftKings: Rickard Rakell ($6,100), David Perron ($5,400), Brayden Schenn ($5,000), Andrew Mangiapane ($2,800), Garnet Hathaway ($2,700), Brian Gibbons ($2,600), Austin Czarnik ($2,500)
Erik Gustafsson (FD: $6,300; DK: $6,000) and Alex Pietrangelo (FD: $6,200; DK: $5,800) are the two elite options on tonight’s slate (assuming Mark Giordano is out of the lineup again for Calgary). Gustafsson has points in three straight games, scoring one goal and six points in that stretch, while Pietrangelo has been held off the scoresheet over the last three games. That being said, Pietrangelo has one goal and three points as well as six shots and 13 blocks in four games against Chicago this season, while Gustafsson has two assists, four shots and seven blocks in four games against the Blues. Both skate on the top power-play unit for their respective teams. Considering the recent production, if you want a Blues defenseman but don’t want to pay up for Pietrangelo, you could go with Colton Parayko (FD: $4,600; DK: $4,700) or Vince Dunn (FD: $3,900; DK: $4,200), who are both more affordable on both sites.
Thomas Chabot (FD: $5,200; DK: $5,400) is also in play in cash games tonight. He skates on Ottawa’s top power-play unit, though he’s been held off the scoresheet in back-to-back games.
Rasmus Andersson (FD: $4,000; DK: $3,500) quietly has points in three straight games, tallying an assist, five shots and three blocks in his last three games for an average of 12.3 FanDuel and 3.3 DraftKings fantasy points per game. Assuming Calgary rests its top four defensemen again, Andersson likely will play on the Flames’ top power-play unit tonight.
FanDuel: Mark Giordano ($7,200)–DTD?, Brent Seabrook ($4,500), Dylan DeMelo ($3,900), Tony DeAngelo ($3,800), Cody Ceci ($3,600), John Gilmour ($3,500)
DraftKings: Mark Giordano ($6,500)–DTD?, Brent Seabrook ($4,600), Tony DeAngelo ($4,400), Dylan DeMelo ($3,700), John Gilmour ($3,500)
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