There are just three games on tonight’s slate, though five out of the six teams in action are in the second half of back-to-back’s. Colorado and Chicago will finish up a back-to-back home-and-home after the Avalanche took home a 4-2 win yesterday in Denver. All three games on the main slate and all five games on today’s schedule have significant playoff implications, so the unpredictability could very well continue in today’s contests.
MTL @ CAR – 7:00pm EST
COL @ CHI – 8:00pm EST
CBJ @ VAN – 10:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs pulled another Toronto stunt by failing to score more than one goal against one of the worst road teams in the NHL. It was the John Tavares line that was responsible for the only goal of the game, while Matthews had a very quiet night overall, recording just four shots for 6.4 fantasy points; however, as expected, he was the chalkiest play on the slate. Fortunately, Patrice Bergeron came through yet again with a strong multi-point performance. He scored a goal and an assist and added six shots for 29.6 FP in a 7-3 win against the Panthers, which helped Boston clinch a playoff berth. Reilly Smith also panned out as he netted a short-handed goal and 17.2 FP. However, Vegas’ performance was the biggest surprise of the night. The team came out flat from the get-go and put forth an uninspired effort, suffering a 3-2 overtime loss. It was just Vegas’ second loss in the last 12 games, and it also meant that Malcolm Subban failed to attain the win bonus. He was left out to dry, though, as Smith committed a terrible turnover right in front of the crease in overtime, leaving Subban with just 9.6 FP. On the back end, Alex Edler did what Alex Edler does best: provide a solid floor and then some. He recorded a power-play assist and added two shots and three blocks for 16.5 FP, while Shea Weber managed an assist, five shots and three blocks for 20.8 FP. I used two punt wingers, one of which was highlighted in yesterday’s post; I have no problem going up against my goalie in cash contests, especially since shutouts are a rare breed in today’s NHL. Therefore, at least Taro Hirose was able to get a piece of one of the Red Wings’ goals as he recorded an assist and two shots for 11.2 FP. Alexander Radulov tallied an assist, three shots and a block for 14.4 FP in another Dallas loss. Aleksander Barkov, William Karlsson and Paul Stastny all had wildly disappointing efforts, as did Jonathan Huberdeau. David Perron and Ryan Donato were also extremely unproductive, though Dustin Brown managed an assist and two shots for 11.2 FP. Carey Price came away with a win, but it wasn’t pretty; he gave up four goals on 27 shots for 14.4 FP in Montreal’s 7-4 win.
Note: A lot of top recommendations will depend on which goalies start tonight; since five out of six teams played yesterday, goalie confirmations may not come out until later today. Therefore, make sure to join us in the FTA+ discord chat for the most up-to-date advice.
Nathan MacKinnon (FD: $8,600; DK: $7,600) and Jonathan Toews (FD: $7,600; DK: $7,200) will do everything in their power to will their team to a win in today’s all-important matchup in the Central Division playoff race. Toews has points in three straight games, including the goal he scored yesterday against the Avs. He has earned 16.8, 19.2 and 18.9 FanDuel and 5, 5.5 and 4.5 DraftKings fantasy points per game during his current three-game point streak and is averaging 15.2 FD and 4.1 DK fantasy points per game this season. MacKinnon has been held off the scoresheet for three straight games but has registered 19 shots on goal in that span; he has registered a total of 39 shots in his last six games, good for an average of 6.5 per game, which gives him a solid floor. He’s averaging 19.7 FD and 5.4 DK fantasy points per game this season.
Jordan Staal (FD: $4,900; DK: $4,300) has scored a goal and an assist in back-to-back games and has goals in three out of his last four games. He has earned 28, 23.2, 4.8, 16.8 and 8 FD and 2.5, 4.5, 1.5, 6 and 7.5 DK fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. Staal skates on Carolina’s second line and second power-play unit.
Also consider: Sebastian Aho (FD: $7,200; DK: $6,800), Elias Pettersson (FD: $6,900; DK: $6,300), Max Domi (FD: $6,400; DK: $5,700), Bo Horvat (FD: $6,300; DK: $6,500)
Brendan Gallagher (FD: $7,100; DK: $6,200) is coming off a massive performance in which he scored two goals and an assist on nine shots for a whopping 48 FD and 13 DK fantasy points. He skates on Montreal’s first line and second power-play unit and is averaging 13.7 FD and 3.8 DK fantasy points per game this season. Gallagher has one goal and eight shots in two games against Carolina this season, and he could have a particularly strong matchup if Curtis McElhinney is in net for the Hurricanes. Though CAR 2 has done a nice job shutting down the opposition, Gallagher is the kind of player who can score against anyone, so he may end up being a strong play on tonight’s slate. There could be several strong options on the other side of that matchup, but that could depend on whether Carey Price will be in net for the second night in a row. He didn’t have a great game last night, but this is a critical game as both teams are vying for a wildcard slot in the Eastern Conference.
Josh Anderson (FD: $5,100; DK: $5,300) skates on Columbus’ second line and second power-play unit but has been one of the team’s top forwards for several weeks. He has two goals and six points in his last five games and has recorded 18 shots in that span. Anderson offers a solid floor and should avoid the Bo Horvat matchup, making him a solid option on tonight’s slate, especially if Thatcher Demko is in net for the Canucks.
Andrei Svechnikov (FD: $3,900; DK: $4,300) picked up his second point in two games last night against the Wild, scoring a goal on four shots for 18.4 FD and 5 DK fantasy points. He skates on Carolina’s second line and first power-play unit and has four goals and six points in his last six games. He has averaged 16 FD and 4.3 DK fantasy points per game in that stretch.
Colin Wilson (FD: $3,100; DK: $3,500) could be an under-the-radar play on tonight’s slate as he quietly has points in three straight games, including a goal and an assist in yesterday’s game against the Blackhawks. He skates on Colorado’s third line but took shifts with the first, second and third lines in yesterday’s game. Wilson generally skates on the second power-play unit but did not see any time on the man advantage in yesterday’s game. He has one goal and four points during his current three-game point streak, earning an average of 15.9 FD and 4.2 DK fantasy points per game in that stretch.
Also consider: Patrick Kane (FD: $9,000; DK: $7,700), Brock Boeser (FD: $7,400; DK: $6,500), Teuvo Teravainen (FD: $6,200; DK: $5,400), Nino Niederreiter (FD: $6,100; DK: $5,800), Justin Williams (FD: $5,300; DK: $5,200), Andrew Shaw (FD: $5,100; DK: $4,900), J.T. Compher (FD: $4,800; DK: $4,600), Tanner Pearson (FD: $3,800; DK: $3,600), Alexander Kerfoot (FD: $3,400; DK: $3,400), Loui Eriksson (DK: $3,300), Derick Brassard (DK: $2,900), Jordan Weal (DK: $2,600)
Erik Gustafsson (FD: $5,800; DK: $5,800) has goals in three straight games and points in five out of his last six games, scoring three goals and five points in that stretch. He skates on Chicago’s top power-play unit. Gustafsson scored a goal on four shots and added two blocks yesterday in Colorado, coming away with 21.6 FD and 6 DK fantasy points.
Alex Edler (FD ONLY: $5,400) has seen another increase in price but still remains underpriced on FanDuel. He tallied an assist, two shots and three blocks for 16.5 FD fantasy points last night against Calgary, giving him points in three straight games. Edler has earned at least 8 FD fantasy points in all 11 games he’s played in since returning to the Canucks’ lineup after a lengthy absence due to injury. He skates on the Canucks’ top power-play unit and is averaging 13.9 FD fantasy points per game this season. He has earned 16.5, 31.4, 28.5, 8, 8, 12.8, 8, 26.4, 29.6, 9.6 and 8 FD fantasy points in his last 11 games, respectively.
David Savard (FD: $3,600; DK: $3,800) has exceeded value in four straight games, scoring two goals and an assist and adding eight shots and six blocks in that time, good for an average of 14.4 FD and 4 DK fantasy points per game. Savard does not skate on the power play but has been a productive punt in recent contests.
Also consider: Tyson Barrie (FD: $6,300; DK: $5,900), Dougie Hamilton (DK: $5,200), Seth Jones (FD: $5,900; DK: $5,700), Shea Weber (FD: $5,800; DK: $6,000), Erik Johnson (FD: $4,100; DK: $4,400), Alex Biega (FD: $3,900), Samuel Girard (FD: $3,700; DK: $3,300), Brett Pesce (FD: $3,700; DK: $4,200)
Since none of the goalies were confirmed at the time of publish, goalies will be discussed in chat closer to lock.
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