There are just three games on tonight’s slate on the second-to-last day of the regular season. Anaheim is the only team in the NHL that will finish up its regular-season campaign tonight, as the other 30 will be in action tomorrow. Only two of the six teams on tonight’s schedule have something to play for: Columbus and Dallas. A win of any kind would clinch a playoff berth for the Blue Jackets, as they’d hold the tiebreaker against Montreal. The Stars don’t need to win (as evidenced by the fact that multiple “star” players are being rested), but Dallas needs just one point in its final two games to secure the first wildcard slot in the Western Conference. That being said, it’s the final home game of the season for the Blackhawks and Rangers, which, theoretically, could be a source of motivation.
CBJ @ NYR – 7:00pm EST
DAL @ CHI – 8:30pm EST
LAK @ ANA – 10:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: It wasn’t a great night for the core last night, especially compared to recent results, though Nathan MacKinnon and Victor Olofsson found the scoresheet, as did every member of the Blues’ top power-play unit. Many other players highlighted in yesterday’s article and recommended in the core post were also able to pick up points. MacKinnon tallied an assist on the game-winning overtime goal, finishing the night with an assist and six shots for 17.6 FanDuel and 5 DraftKings fantasy points. Gabriel Landeskog and Alexander Kerfoot were held without a point in a tight matchup, though both had A+ chances, some of which were in front of a yawning cage. Detroit’s top line also had a quiet night, especially once assists were taken away on the Red Wings’ only goal of the night. The late news that Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang were going to be in the lineup for Pittsburgh made Detroit a tougher play, though it was still disappointing that the red-hot line was shut out. Tyler Bertuzzi recorded just four shots for 6.4 FD and 2 DK FP. Olofsson had a strong game as Buffalo finally came alive offensively. He scored a power-play goal and an assist and added five shots for 28.5 FD and 7.5 DK FP. All five members of St. Louis’ top power-play unit had at least a point in a 7-3 win against the Flyers. Ryan O’Reilly, Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn, David Perron and Alex Pietrangelo combined for 10 points on the night, so any member of that unit would have been a solid addition to any lineup.
Tyler Seguin (FD: 8,200; DK: $7,600) has points in seven out of his last eight games, scoring four goals and 12 points in that stretch. He skates on Dallas’ first line and first power-play unit and has three points in three games against Chicago this season.
Jonathan Toews (FD: $7,600; DK: $7,200) will be on the other side of the matchup, and he’ll look to add to his 79-point campaign in Chicago’s final home game of the season. Toews has goals in back-to-back games and has five points in his last four games. He skates on Chicago’s top line and top power-play unit but has just one goal on nine shots in three games against the Stars this season.
Sam Steel (FD: $4,200; DK: $3,900) continues to be a solid value option. The Ducks have a chance to end what has been a horrendous season on a bit of a high note as tonight is the final game of their 2018-19 campaign. Steel quietly (not so quietly if you’ve followed these articles/chat) has points in five out of his last six games, recording four goals and seven points in that stretch. Steel is centering the team’s top line line between Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg, who have been the best forwards on the team for quite some time. He’s also getting time on the top power-play unit, making him a great points/$ option on tonight’s slate.
FanDuel: Matt Duchene ($6,300), Ryan Getzlaf ($5,900), Roope Hintz ($4,400)
DraftKings: Matt Duchene ($6,500), Ryan Getzlaf ($6,100), Roope Hintz ($3,800)
Alexander Radulov (FD: $7,300; DK: $7,800) is having a great season, and he would definitely make the short list if I were handing out fantasy awards. He skates on the Stars’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 16.8 FanDuel and 4.6 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season. Radulov has goals in four straight games and points in six straight. He has collected five goals and 10 points as well as 19 shots and three blocks in that stretch, good for an average of 23 FanDuel and 6 DraftKings fantasy points per game. The Russian winger has two goals and four points on 11 shots in three games against Chicago this season.
On the other side of that matchup, Patrick Kane (FD: $8,800; DK: $7,700) will be motivated to end the year on a high note. For a long time, Kane was a must-start in NHL DFS, but his production has definitely trailed off over the last few weeks. However, with the Stars resting several of their top stars, Kane will have a chance to finish strong in the last home game of the season for a disappointed Blackhawks squad that made a real push but ultimately fell short of a playoff berth. So while Kane hasn’t been spectacular of late, the upside is there, and he could certainly have high ownership in cash contests tonight, especially since it’s such a small slate.
Oliver Bjorkstrand (FD: $4,800; DK: $4,400) has goals in six straight games, scoring a total of seven goals on 30 shots in that span. He skates on Columbus’ third line and second power-play unit and has been averaging just 13 minutes of ice time in recent contests. However, he’s been getting the job done, and it’s hard not to highlight his recent production. Plus, Bjorkstrand has one goal and three points in three games against the Rangers this season, which doesn’t hurt.
FanDuel: Artemi Panarin ($7,700), Cam Atkinson ($7,100), Rickard Rakell ($6,700), Josh Anderson ($5,400), Boone Jenner ($4,300), Jason Dickinson ($3,700), Drake Caggiula ($3,500)
DraftKings: Cam Atkinson ($7,300), Rickard Rakell ($6,400), Artemi Panarin ($6,100), Pavel Buchnevich ($4,600), Boone Jenner ($4,500), Drake Caggiula ($3,500), Jason Dickinson ($3,200)
Erik Gustafsson (FD: $6,200; DK: $6,000) saw his three-game point streak come to an end the other night against St. Louis, and tonight’s matchup will be even more difficult as the Blackhawks host a stingy Stars team. However, it’s Chicago’s last home game of the year, Dallas is resting several of its top players and Gustafsson has been solid over the last portion of the season. He tends to provide a safe floor through peripheral stat coverage and often finds his way onto the scoresheet. Gustafsson has one goal and three points as well as five shots and five blocks in three games against Dallas this season; he skates on the Hawks’ top power-play unit.
There are several value options, and a few may become more appealing later today depending on line combinations/injury news, but one player who is cheap on both sites is David Savard (FD: $3,700; DK: $3,700). Savard does not skate on the power play but often hits value. He’s coming off a few rough performances, so there’s definitely risk in this play. However, you get what you pay for, and the upside is certainly there. If you’re playing on FanDuel, also consider Esa Lindell at $3,800 (he’s priced up on DraftKings).
FanDuel: Seth Jones ($6,200), John Klingberg ($6,000), Zach Werenski ($5,300), Duncan Keith ($5,100), Brent Seabrook ($4,400), Miro Heiskanen ($4,400), Esa Lindell ($3,700), Tony DeAngelo ($3,700)
DraftKings: Seth Jones ($5,900), John Klingberg ($5,800), Zack Werenski ($5,000), Duncan Keith ($4,600), Brent Seabrook ($4,500), Miro Heiskanen ($4,400)
Sergei Bobrovsky (FD: $9,300; DK: $8,200) and the Blue Jackets are two points away from clinching a playoff berth. Bob has been much better in recent games, though he had a tough game the other night against Boston. That being said, he had given up no more than two goals in five straight prior to the loss to Boston. He picked up a win against the Rangers earlier this season, though he gave up five goals in the process. New York has been struggling to score, so he could be in a good spot tonight, though he’s overpriced on FanDuel.
There are other options, however. One is Anton Khudobin (FD: $8,100; DK: $8,000), who has played very well down the stretch. Khudobin is 3-0-1 in his last four games and is 1-1 against Chicago this season. He has given up two or fewer goals in eight out of his last 10 games.
Additional options will be discussed in chat once other starters have been confirmed.
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