There are eight games on tonight’s slate, which includes some key matchups that will go a long way towards deciding which teams make the playoffs and which ones hit the golf course. The Caps and Canes will finish up their home-and-home in Raleigh, and the Habs and Blue Jackets will square off in a vital game for both teams’ playoff chances. However, unlike the last several nights, there are a bunch of meaningless games as far as the playoffs are concerned, so those matchups could open up a bit. Back by popular demand (just kidding..got two requests for it), today’s schedule will be color-coded based on playoff status. Also, as requested, there are more options listed in the “Also consider” sections for each position.
NOTE: Today’s post explores options at each position, though core plays and top overall recommendations will be discussed in chat.
WSH @ CAR – 7:00pm EST
MTL @ CBJ – 7:00pm EST
DET @ BUF – 7:00pm EST
FLA @ OTT – 7:30pm EST
NYI @ WPG – 8:00pm EST
DAL @ EDM – 9:00pm EST
LAK @ VAN – 10:00pm EST
CHI @ SJS – 10:30pm EST
Out of playoff picture
Playing for playoff positioning
Fighting for playoff spot
In do-or-die mode
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Patrice Bergeron and the rest of Boston’s top line had a big game as expected, though it was David Pastrnak who had the massive performance with three goals and two assists for 61.5 FanDuel and 17 DraftKings fantasy points. Bergeron scored a goal and an assist for 24.8 FD and 6 DK FP (with the highest FD ownership), and Brad Marchand recorded three power-play assists for 25.5 FD and 6 DK FP. Auston Matthews also had a big game, scoring a goal and an assist on six shots for 32.8 FD and 9 DK FP, while William Nylander, who was a DK lock, managed a goal on seven shots for 23.2 FD and 6.5 DK FP. Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov found the scoresheet as well; Seguin tallied a power-play assist, four shots and two blocks for 18.1 FD and 5 DK FP, while Radulov scored a power-play goal and added three shots and a block for 18.9 FD and 5 DK FP. Alexander Kerfoot, who was a FanDuel value lock, tallied a power-play assist, one shot and one block for 11.7 FD and 3 DK FP.
Seven out of eight of the recommended stacks had solid nights, with TOR 1 being the only one held off the scoresheet. BOS 1, TOR 2, DAL 1/PP1, PHI 1, COL 1, BOS 2 and NYR PP1 all picked up multiple points.
As expected, Jaroslav Halak was the chalk goalie of the night but gave up several goals, though I played Philipp Grubauer on FanDuel and Ben Bishop on DraftKings. Bishop exited the game with an injury after making 20 saves and did not get credit for the win, leaving him with just 4 DK FP, which was disappointing, especially considering his $7,100 price tag. However, Halak ended up with 4 DK FP as well, so at least he kept pace with the more expensive Bruins netminder. Philipp Grubauer secured another win, making 34 saves on 37 shots and walking away with 27.2 FD and 6.8 DK FP.
As for other players highlighted in yesterday’s post, Morgan Rielly put up a surprising goose-egg performance despite the fact that the Maple Leafs and Flyers combined for eight goals and 86 shots. John Gilmour had a quiet night as well, though he made it possible to accommodate the stud forwards with his $3,500 price tag on FanDuel and $3,100 price tag on DraftKings. He came away with just one shot and one block for 3.2 FD and 1 DK FP.
Connor McDavid (FD: $9,400; DK: $7,900) will have a tough matchup against a Dallas team that is playing very strong defense these days, though the Stars will be in the second half of a back-to-back. McDavid is coming off a four-point performance and has goals in three straight games (3G, 7P) and points in 15 out of his last 16 games, scoring eight goals and 22 points in that stretch. He skates on Edmonton’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 20.5 FanDuel and 5.4 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season. He was held to four shots and one block in one game against Dallas earlier this season. If you’re looking for cheaper exposure to Edmonton, consider Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (FD: $6,700; DK: $6,200), who is coming off a hat-trick performance in which he scored three goals in the first period, finishing the game with 46.1 FanDuel and 13.5 DraftKings fantasy points. He skates on the Oilers’ second line and first power-play unit but has not scored a point in two games against the Stars this season.
Tyler Seguin (FD: $8,400; DK: $7,300) will be on the other end of the matchup, and he is playing some of his best hockey of the year. He has points in five straight games, collecting four goals and nine points as well as 31 shots and three blocks in that span. He has recorded 43 shots in his last seven games, good for an average of 6.2 per game. He skates on the Stars’ first line and first power-play unit and has eight shots and zero points in two games against the Oilers this season.
Aleksander Barkov (FD: $8,100; DK: $7,700) should have plenty of ownership tonight as he and the Panthers take on the Senators. Though Ottawa has been playing very well of late, the Panthers have a good shot at finding the scoresheet in tonight’s contest. Barkov was disappointed the Panthers did not make the playoffs this season, so he could be ready to go tonight. He’s had a few quiet games of late but always has the potential for a monster game, as you know if you’ve been following these articles over the last few months. Barkov skates on Florida’s first line and first power-play unit; he is averaging 16.3 FanDuel and 4.4 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season, and he has four goals and five points in three games against the Sens this season.
Andreas Athanasiou (FD: $5,800; DK: $5,500) has points in back-to-back games and in four out of his last five games, scoring five goals and seven points in that stretch. He skates on Detroit’s second line and first power-play unit.
FanDuel: Jonathan Toews ($7,400), Dylan Larkin ($7,100), Sebastian Aho ($7,000), Elias Pettersson ($6,700), Tomas Hertl ($6,400), Bo Horvat ($6,200), Vincent Trocheck ($5,700), Jean-Gabriel Pageau ($3,400)
DraftKings: Sebastian Aho ($7,100), Elias Pettersson ($6,600), Dylan Larkin ($5,900), Brock Nelson ($5,300), Vincent Trocheck ($5,200), Anze Kopitar ($5,100), Jordan Staal ($4,500), Joe Thornton ($4,100), Jean-Gabriel Pageau ($3,800), Colin White ($3,800), Oscar Lindberg ($3,600), Roope Hintz ($3,300)
Alex Ovechkin (FD: $9,200; DK: $8,000) picked up goal No. 49 of the season the other night against the Hurricanes, recording five shots and earning 28 FanDuel and 7.5 DraftKings fantasy points in the winning effort. He has points in back-to-back games and in seven out of his last eight games, scoring three goals and nine points in that span. Ovechkin skates on Washington’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 19.2 FanDuel and 5.3 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season. He has four goals and six points in three games against Carolina this year.
Leon Draisaitl (FD: $8,700; DK: $7,500) is getting mighty expensive on FanDuel, though it probably has something to do with his career-high 46 goals and 99 points. Draisaitl is coming off a hat-trick performance in which he earned 52 FanDuel and 15 DraftKings fantasy points, and he has points in three straight games. However, unlike Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Draisaitl has actually found the scoresheet against Dallas this season, recording two assists in two games against the Stars. That’s still not impressive production, especially for the price, but Draisaitl has been solid and is always worth considering.
Alexander Radulov ($6,800) skates on Dallas’ second line and first power-play unit and now has points in three straight games and in five out of his last six, collecting three goals and eight points in that time. He is averaging 16.3 FanDuel and 4.5 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season but has one assist, five shots and two blocks in two games against the Oilers this season. Clearly, these games have been low-scoring, and most of Dallas’ games have been low-scoring of late. However, it’s possible this one could open up a bit; either way, we can discuss in chat whether it’s a game worth targeting because of the low projected goal total.
Kyle Connor (FD: $6,500; DK: $6,000) has scored at least a goal and an assist in back-to-back games and in four out of his last five, recording a total of six goals and 10 points as well as 18 shots in his last five games. That’s good for an average of 26.9 FanDuel and 7.3 DraftKings fantasy points per game. Connor skates on Winnipeg’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 13.3 FanDuel and 3.6 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season.
Taro Hirose (FD: $3,000; DK: $2,600) has played in four games this season and has tallied an assist in every one of them. He has four assists, four shots and two blocks in four games, good for an average of 10.4 FanDuel and 2.8 DraftKings fantasy points per game. He has been skating on Detroit’s second line and second power-play unit, though that might change if Anthony Mantha is unable to play tonight.
FanDuel: Jonathan Huberdeau ($7,600), Brock Boeser ($7,200), Mike Hoffman ($6,400), Timo Meier ($5,800), Evgenii Dadonov ($5,600), Brady Tkachuk ($5,600), Nino Niederreiter ($5,500), Justin Williams ($5,200), Anthony Mantha ($4,900), Andrei Svechnikov ($4,300), Alex Chiasson ($4,100), Anthony Duclair ($3,900), Jayce Hawryluk ($3,600), Alex Nylander ($3,400)
DraftKings: Patrick Kane ($7,900), Jonathan Huberdeau ($7,000), Brock Boeser ($6,700), Mike Hoffman ($6,500), Brendan Gallagher ($6,400), Brady Tkachuk ($5,600), Nino Niederreiter ($5,400), Patrik Laine ($5,300), Dustin Brown ($5,200), Justin Williams ($5,100), Tomas Tatar ($5,100), Anthony Mantha ($5,000), Andrei Svechnikov ($4,400), Tyler Toffoli ($3,700), Anthony Duclair ($3,600), Tanner Pearson ($3,500), Zack Kassian ($3,200), Jayce Hawryluk ($2,600), Joseph Gambardella ($2,500)
Alex Edler (FD: $5,500, DK: $6,100) is a better play on FanDuel, though his price tag is steadily rising as his play continues to be strong. He skates on Vancouver’s top power-play unit and has four goals and 10 points in 13 games since returning to the lineup at the end of February. Edler has registered 32 shots and 41 blocks in that span, good for 5.6 shots+blocks per game. He is averaging 13.9 FanDuel and 4 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season.
Thomas Chabot (FD: $4,700; DK: $6,000) is also a better play on FanDuel, though he’s a strong play on both sites tonight given how well he has played. He has points in three straight games, recording four assists, eight shots and six blocks in that stretch. Chabot is averaging 14.3 FanDuel and 4 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season. He skates on Ottawa’s second power-play unit and has been getting 25+ minutes of ice time per game.
FanDuel: Erik Gustafsson ($6,100), Seth Jones ($5,800), Jacob Trouba ($5,600), Rasmus Dahlin ($4,600), Brent Seabrook ($4,400), Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,300), Dylan DeMelo ($4,100), Nick Leddy ($3,900), Jeff Petry ($3,800), David Savard ($3,700), Alec Martinez ($3,700), Brett Pesce ($3,700), Christian Wolanin ($3,500)
DraftKings: Brent Burns ($6,600), Erik Gustafsson ($5,900), Seth Jones ($5,800), Keith Yandle ($5,500), Jacob Trouba ($5,500), Dougie Hamilton ($5,400), Brent Seabrook ($5,300), Rasmus Dahlin ($4,600), Alec Martinez ($4,000), David Savard ($3,700), Tyler Myers ($3,600), Nick Leddy ($3,400), Troy Stecher ($3,300), Adam Larsson ($3,200), Sean Walker ($3,200)
As usual, goalies will be discussed in chat closer to lock once starters have been confirmed.
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