There are five games on tonight’s slate, which locks at 5:00pm EST. Carolina, Columbus, Buffalo, Boston and San Jose are skating in the second half of back-to-back sets. The playoff picture is becoming much more clear as we approach the end of the regular season. The Carolina-Pittsburgh game has massive playoff implications, as does the Minnesota-Arizona game. Columbus is also in dire need of two points against Buffalo. The Calgary-San Jose game is important, but not in the same way since both teams have clinched playoff berths and will finish first and second in the Pacific Division.
MIN @ ARI – 5:00pm EST
CAR @ PIT – 5:00pm EST
CBJ @ BUF – 6:00pm EST
BOS @ DET – 7:30pm EST
CGY @ SJS – 8:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night’s core did not have a great night, though enough of the other recommended/highlighted players had strong games, which should have made it relatively easy to cash on both sites. Nikita Kucherov scored a power-play goal and added three shots and a block for 18.9 FanDuel and 5 DraftKings fantasy points. J.T. Miller had an even better game, scoring a goal and a power-play assist for 23.9 FD and 6 DK FP. The Oilers were held to just one goal in a 5-1 loss to the Ducks, so while both Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid were chalky plays, neither managed to contribute. They combined for just five shots on goal. Auston Matthews scored a power-play goal on seven shots for 23.7 FD and 6.5 DK FP, while William Nylander recorded seven shots for 11.2 FD and 3.5 DK FP. Vladimir Tarasenko was held to just four shots and a block for 2.5 DK FP, which was certainly a disappointing output, especially considering he’s had so much success against New Jersey throughout his career. Though Thomas Chabot managed just 6.4 FD FP with two shots and two blocks, both Brady Tkachuk and Anthony Duclair had strong games. Tkachuk tallied two assists and four shots for 22.9 FD and 6 DK FP, while Duclair scored two goals and an assist on three shots for 37.3 FD and 9.6 DK FP. Alexander Radulov scored a goal on five shots for 21.6 FD and 6 DK FP, and Victor Olofsson scored a power-play goal and added four shots and two blocks for 22.1 FD FP. Alex Ovechkin scored two goals on eight shots for 37.3 FD and 10 DK FP. On the back end, Victor Hedman got hurt during the game and did not return for the second period, while Alex Edler tallied four shots and three blocks for 11.2 FD FP. David Savard scored yet again, coming away with 16.8 FD FP and 4.5 DK FP. In net, Robin Lehner earned 32.8 FD and 8.2 DK FP with 31 saves and a win. Jake Allen also secured a 3-2 overtime win, coming away with 24 FD FP, though Mikko Koskinen was not so fortunate in a 5-1 loss to the Ducks.
I was asked to include two full FanDuel lineups in the post, so below is another line I played (though the core players are not in this one since it was more of a hybrid line with higher risk). However, every player in the lineup was either highlighted in yesterday’s article or recommended in chat.
Patrice Bergeron (FD: $8,400; DK: $7,600) and the Boston Bruins will look to rebound from a 4-1 loss yesterday against Florida. Though the Bruins have clinched a spot in the playoffs, they could use a few more points to ensure they’ll have home-ice advantage in the first round. Today’s game is certainly a winnable matchup, so look for Boston to bounce back even though Jimmy Howard is 2-0-0 against the Bruins this season. Bergeron skates on the team’s high-powered top line and top power-play unit; he saw his six-game point streak come to an end yesterday, though he had six goals and 12 points in his previous six contests. Bergeron tallied three assists in a game against Detroit earlier this year; he is averaging 19 FanDuel and 5.2 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season.
Dylan Larkin (FD: $7,300; DK: $6,700) will have a tough matchup taking on the Bruins’ top line, but he’s been so good in recent games that it’s hard to overlook him or Detroit’s top line in general. Larkin has goals in three straight games and points in four straight, scoring four goals and six points in that stretch. He has recorded 20 shots on goal in just his last two games and is averaging 16.4 FanDuel and 4.5 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season. Larkin has two goals and 15 shots in three games against the Bruins this season.
Tomas Hertl (FD: $6,600; DK: $6,500) scored a goal last night against Vegas, extending his goal streak to three games. He has three goals and five points in his last three games, good for an average of 24.6 FanDuel and 6.5 DraftKings fantasy points per contest. He skates on the Sharks’ second line and first power-play unit and has two goals and five points in three games against the Flames this season.
FanDuel: Sean Monahan ($7,400), Logan Couture ($7,300), Matt Duchene ($6,400), Andreas Athanasiou ($5,700)
DraftKings: Sidney Crosby ($7,300), Sean Monahan ($6,300), Matt Duchene ($6,100), Logan Couture ($6,000), Andreas Athanasiou ($5,500), Joe Thornton ($4,500), Derek Ryan ($3,200)
Brad Marchand (FD: $8,600; DK: $7,700) and David Pastrnak (FD: $8,400; DK: $7,900) make up the rest of the Bruins’ top line, which has been very difficult to contain (NOTE: Make sure to check the NHL News in chat for updated information about Boston’s lineup). Prior to yesterday’s game, Marchand had three goals and 10 points in his previous four games, while Pastrnak had five goals and 11 points in that same span. It’ll be necessary to have at least one member from this line in cash contests tonight (especially on FanDuel). That being said, Boston’s top line and Detroit’s top line arguably could (somewhat) cancel each other out, but it would be surprising to see BOS 1 held off the scoresheet two games in a row.
Anthony Mantha (FD: $5,100; DK: $5,100) and Tyler Bertuzzi (FD: $4,400; DK: $3,800) make up the rest of DET 1, and both have been very productive in recent games. Mantha has more talent and a higher ceiling in general, though Bertuzzi has been the more productive of the two. Bertuzzi has three goals and seven points in his last three games, good for an average of 28.7 FanDuel and 7.5 DraftKings fantasy points per game. It will be tough for Detroit’s top line to go up against BOS 1, though this line offers full-game correlation since all three skate on the Red Wings’ top power-play unit. Bertuzzi has two goals and an assist in three games against Boston, while Mantha has zero points, five shots and one block in three games against the B’s (though he likely was not skating on the top line with Larkin at the time). However, Mantha has two goals and seven points during his current four-game point streak.
You can also consider Taro Hirose (FD: $3,300; DK: $2,800) despite the fact that he put up a goose egg the other night. Hirose skates on the team’s second line with Andreas Athanasiou, which could very well have an easier matchup assuming DET 1 hard-matches against BOS 1. Hirose had assists in five straight games before getting shut out completely the other night against New Jersey. He is averaging 9.3 FanDuel and 2.5 DraftKings fantasy points per game.
Oliver Bjorkstrand (FD: $4,300; DK: $3,900) quietly has goals in four straight games and in five out of his last six games, scoring a total of six goals in six games for an average of 18.8 FanDuel and 5.1 DraftKings fantasy points per contest. He skates on Columbus’ third line and second power-play unit.
Victor Olofsson (FD: $3,200) remains a fantastic value play on FanDuel, and he may even be worth his $4,200 price tag on DraftKings given how productive he has been thus far in his NHL career. Olofsson has one goal and one assist as well as nine shots and two blocks in two NHL games, good for an average of 19 FanDuel and 5.3 DraftKings fantasy points per game. He skates on Buffalo’s first line and first power-play unit, and while the Sabres will face a desperate Blue Jackets team, both teams are skating in the second half of back-to-back sets, and Olofsson should have even higher ownership tonight (especially on FanDuel), minimizing some of the risk.
FanDuel: Johnny Gaudreau ($8,300), Jake Guentzel ($7,900), Artemi Panarin ($7,600), Cam Atkinson ($7,000), Evander Kane ($6,700), Zach Parise ($6,600), Matthew Tkachuk ($6,500), Teuvo Teravainen ($6,400), Timo Meier ($5,900), Jake DeBrusk ($5,700), Nino Niederreiter ($5,700), Gustav Nyquist ($5,400), Justin Williams ($5,400), Kevin Labanc ($5,200), Marcus Johansson ($4,300), Andrei Svechnikov ($4,300), Ryan Donato ($3,700)
DraftKings: Johnny Gaudreau ($7,300), Matthew Tkachuk ($7,100), Cam Atkinson ($6,900), Jake Guentzel ($6,700), Timo Meier ($6,500), Zach Parise ($6,400), Evander Kane ($5,900), Artemi Panarin ($5,700), Teuvo Teravainen ($5,500), Gustav Nyquist ($5,400), Justin Williams ($5,300), Nino Niederreiter ($5,200), Jake DeBrusk ($5,100), Marcus Johansson ($4,600), Boone Jenner ($4,400), Kevin Labanc ($4,300), Lukas Radil ($2,600)
Mark Giordano (FD: $7,200; DK: $6,600) has three goals and nine points as well as 36 shots and nine blocks in his last 10 games, good for an average of 17.6 FanDuel and 5 DraftKings fantasy points per game. He skates on Calgary’s first power-play unit and is averaging 16.4 FanDuel and 4.6 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season. Giordano has earned at least 11.2 FanDuel and 3.5 DraftKings fantasy points per game in 10 straight contests, and the last time he earned fewer than 8 FanDuel/2.5 DraftKings fantasy points was 17 games ago. He has provided a very steady and reliable floor, and he presents plenty of upside as the Flames take on the Sharks, who snapped a seven-game losing streak last night with a difficult matchup against Vegas.
Dougie Hamilton (FD: $6,000; DK: $5,800) has earned at least 8 FanDuel and 2.5 DraftKings fantasy points in eight straight games, averaging 15.2 FanDuel and 4.3 DraftKings fantasy points per game in that stretch. He skates on Carolina’s second power-play unit and had a huge game the last time these teams met (though it was in CAR), tallying an assist, seven shots and two blocks for 22.4 FanDuel and 6.7 DraftKings fantasy points. Tonight could be a tough matchup, though, so it might not be worth spending up (though he likely won’t have high ownership like Giordano, Brent Burns, Torey Krug, etc.).
David Savard (FD: $3,700; DK: $3,500) remains one of my favorite value plays, and he’s somehow getting cheaper on DraftKings despite the fact that he keeps performing well. Savard scored a goal and earned 16.8 FanDuel and 4.5 DraftKings fantasy points last night against Nashville. While he does not see time on the power play, Savard has goals in back-to-back games and has averaged 13.4 FanDuel and 3.8 DraftKings fantasy points per game over his last eight contests.
FanDuel: Brent Burns ($7,300), Torey Krug ($6,400), Seth Jones ($5,900), Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,600), Justin Faulk ($5,500), Charlie McAvoy ($4,700), Jared Spurgeon ($4,700), Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,300), Danny DeKeyser ($4,200), Travis Hamonic ($4,200), Brett Pesce ($3,900)
DraftKings: Brent Burns ($6,400), Seth Jones ($6,100), Torey Krug ($5,800), Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,600), Charlie McAvoy ($4,700), Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,400), Jared Spurgeon ($4,200), Danny DeKeyser ($3,700), Brandon Carlo ($3,000), Jason Demers ($2,600), Greg Pateryn ($2,500)
At first glance, Matt Murray (FD: $8,900; DK: $8,200) and Jaroslav Halak (FD: $8,500; DK: $8,300) seem like decent options, but goalies will be discussed in chat once starters have been confirmed.
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