There are just three days remaining in the 2018-19 regular season. Tonight’s slate presents 12 matchups, several of which have significant playoff implications. Washington can clinch the Metropolitan Division with a win of any kind tonight; a Capitals loss and an Islanders win would bring New York within one point of the division lead, which would make their matchup on Saturday a fight for all the marbles. Pittsburgh cannot win the division but will have a chance to leapfrog the Islanders in the standings; alternatively, Pittsburgh could drop in the standings since Carolina and Columbus aren’t too far behind. Tampa Bay, Boston and Toronto are locked in as the 1, 2 and 3 seeds from the Atlantic Division. Carolina and Montreal are in do-or-die territory, so those teams certainly will be motivated. In the Western Conference, the Central Division is wide open and there for the taking. Winnipeg, Nashville and St. Louis all have a chance to win the division, so those teams have something to play for. Lastly, Colorado needs one point to clinch a playoff berth.
NJD @ CAR – 7:00pm EST
TBL @ TOR – 7:00pm EST
MTL @ WSH – 7:00pm EST
OTT @ BUF – 7:00pm EST
DET @ PIT – 7:00pm EST
NYI @ FLA – 7:00pm EST
VAN @ NSH – 8:00pm EST
BOS @ MIN – 8:00pm EST
PHI @ STL – 8:00pm EST
WPG @ COL – 9:00pm EST
SJS @ EDM – 9:00pm EST
ARI @ VGK – 10:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Ryan O’Reilly had a relatively quiet night with just four shots for 6.4 FanDuel and 2 DraftKings fantasy points, though his ownership was high on both sites. That being said, Vladimir Tarasenko had a strong game; he scored a goal and an assist and added four shots for 28.5 FD and 7.5 DK FP. Brady Tkachuk also had a big night with a goal and an assist (both on the power play) for 25.8 FD and 6.5 DK FP.
Nathan MacKinnon (FD: $8,800; DK: $7,600) hasn’t been putting up huge fantasy numbers but has been producing on a consistent basis. He has points in five straight games, scoring three goals and six points for an average of 18.5 FanDuel and 4.9 DraftKings fantasy points per game. MacKinnon skates on Colorado’s top line and top power-play unit and has four points in four games against Winnipeg this season.
Patrice Bergeron (FD: $8,300; DK: $7,500) will not have Brad Marchand in the lineup tonight but will still have a favorable matchup against Alex Stalock and a Wild team that has been eliminated from playoff contention. Bergeron has points in eight out of his last nine games and scored a goal and two assists against the Wild earlier this season.
Dylan Larkin (FD: $7,500; DK: $7,000) and the Detroit Red Wings will finish up their home-and-home against the Penguins tonight in Pittsburgh. Larkin and his linemates have been exceptional in recent games, so it’s hard to ignore this line even on a huge slate. Larkin tallied three assists for 29.3 FanDuel and 7.5 DraftKings fantasy points when these teams met in Detroit the other night. The assists extended his point streak to six games, during which time he has collected five goals and 11 points. He skates on the Red Wings’ top line and top power-play unit and has scored at least a point in both games against the Penguins this season. Andreas Athanasiou (FD: $5,600; DK: $5,500) also has points in both games against Pittsburgh this season; he enters tonight’s game with points in three straight and in five out of his last six.
Ryan O’Reilly (FD: $6,800; DK: $6,800) had a quiet night last night but has a favorable matchup tonight against the struggling Flyers. He skates on the Blues’ top line and top power-play unit and has points in five out of his last six games. O’Reilly tallied two assists in a game against Philadelphia earlier this year, and he’s averaging 14.2 FanDuel and 3.9 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season.
Tomas Hertl (FD: $6,400; DK: $6,700) has points in five straight games, scoring three goals and seven points in that stretch. He skates on San Jose’s second line and first power-play unit and has two goals and six points in four games against the Oilers this season.
FanDuel: Connor McDavid ($9,200), Auston Matthews ($8,300), Aleksander Barkov ($7,900), Jack Eichel ($7,400), Logan Couture ($7,200), William Karlsson ($6,600), Paul Stastny ($5,700), Colin White ($4,400)
DraftKings: Connor McDavid ($7,700), Jack Eichel ($7,200), Auston Matthews ($7,200), Leon Draisaitl ($7,100), Sebastian Aho ($6,700), Aleksander Barkov ($6,500), William Karlsson ($5,800), Mathew Barzal ($5,400), Brock Nelson ($5,300), Paul Stastny ($5,100), Joe Thornton ($4,100), Phillip Danault ($4,000), Colin White ($3,700), Charlie Coyle ($3,700)
Nikita Kucherov (FD: $9,300; DK: $7,700) and Alex Ovechkin (FD: $9,000; DK: $7,800) are in play once again tonight. It might not be worth spending up for them, but they’re both capable of putting up huge numbers. Ovechkin and the Capitals have a lot to play for, which isn’t true of Tampa Bay, but both are high-powered options that have slate-breaking potential.
Vladimir Tarasenko (FD: $7,700; DK: $7,300) scored a goal and an assist last night and will look to extend his point streak to three games tonight against the Flyers. St. Louis can still move up in the division standings, so tonight’s game is a significant one for the Blues. They will have to go up against former Blues goaltender Brian Elliott, but the Flyers are not playing good hockey these days and surrender plenty of chances, putting Tank in a solid spot.
Gabriel Landeskog (FD: $7,600; DK: $7,200) has four goals and five points in four games against Winnipeg this season, and he has points in three straight games, scoring one goal and five points in that stretch. Landeskog could be back on Colorado’s first line tonight, and he plays on the first power-play unit. He has earned at least 11.2 FanDuel and 3.5 DraftKings fantasy points in eight straight games.
Anthony Mantha (FD: $6,100; DK: $5,800) and Tyler Bertuzzi (FD: $5,400; DK: $4,500) are in play once again tonight. Mantha has five goals and seven points in his last two games and seven goals and 14 points during his current six-game point streak. Bertuzzi has recorded three points in four straight games, and he has five goals and 13 points during his current five-game point streak. Both players skate on Detroit’s top line and top power-play unit, and both picked up multiple points the other night against Pittsburgh. This line has been firing on all cylinders.
Brady Tkachuk (FD: $6,000; DK: $5,600) has points in four straight games and in five out of his last six games, recording five goals and eight points as well as 26 shots and three blocks in that stretch, good for an average of 22.1 FanDuel and 5.9 DraftKings fantasy points per game. He skates on Ottawa’s second line and first power-play unit and will have a solid matchup tonight against the Sabres.
Alexander Kerfoot (FD: $4,600; DK: $3,900) has points in six straight games, scoring four goals and eight points in that stretch. He skates on Colorado’s top line and top power-play unit, and while he hasn’t had much success against Winnipeg this season, he has been on fire of late.
Ryan Donato (FD: $3,600; DK: $4,200) has a lot to play for tonight since he’ll get to square off against the team that traded him at the deadline. He’s had great success since getting shipped to the Wild, and he’s provided a solid floor on most nights. The Bruins will be resting quite a few players tonight, and while the Wild are no longer pushing for a playoff spot, Donato could have a solid game, especially for the price. He only has one point in his last five games but has hit value in four of those games through peripheral stat coverage, making him an appealing value option, especially on FanDuel.
FanDuel: Leon Draisaitl ($8,300), David Pastrnak ($8,200), Jonathan Huberdeau ($7,700), Evgenii Dadonov ($6,200), Reilly Smith ($5,900), Jake DeBrusk ($5,800), Brayden Schenn ($5,800), Timo Meier ($5,800), David Perron ($5,700), Nino Niederreiter ($5,600), Justin Williams ($5,400), Miles Wood ($3,700), Victor Olofsson ($3,500), Taro Hirose ($3,500)
DraftKings: David Pastrnak ($7,600), Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,800), Viktor Arvidsson ($6,600), Brendan Gallagher ($6,200), Joe Pavelski ($6,100), Evgenii Dadonov ($5,900), Justin Williams ($5,400), Nino Niederreiter ($5,400), Tomas Tatar ($5,200), David Perron ($5,200), Brayden Schenn ($5,100), Jake DeBrusk ($5,100), Max Pacioretty ($5,000), William Nylander ($4,200), Kevin Labanc ($4,200), Marcus Johansson ($4,000), Tanner Pearson ($3,100), Taro Hirose ($3,000), Zack Kassian ($3,000), Zach Senyshyn ($2,500)
Tyson Barrie (FD: $6,600; DK: $6,400) has been lethal for Colorado in recent games, and he’s a top target on tonight’s slate. Barrie skates on the team’s top power-play unit, and while he’s certainly expensive, he’s been worth the money of late. Colorado needs one point to clinch a playoff berth, and the team’s power play is explosive. Winnipeg has been very inconsistent, so this is a good spot for the Avs.
Alex Pietrangelo (FD: $6,000; DK: $5,900), on the other hand, hasn’t been worth the money in a lot of cases, but he and the Blues are still in the midst of a tight playoff battle with the other teams in the Central Division. Tonight’s game is very important for St. Louis, and it’s completely meaningless for the Flyers, who have been awful. Yes, Brian Elliott will face off against his former team, but there’s no reason to expect the Blues will not win this game, and it’s unlikely to be a low-scoring affair.
P.K. Subban (FD: $5,600; DK: $5,100) is an affordable option on tonight’s slate, and he’s been productive in recent games. He has points in three straight, scoring two goals and five points while adding 12 shots and six blocks in that stretch. He skates on Nashville’s top power-play unit.
Thomas Chabot (FD: $5,200; DK: $5,600) tallied an assist, three shots and two blocks last night for 16.5 FanDuel and 4.5 DraftKings fantasy points. He skates on Ottawa’s top power-play unit and has five assists in three games against the Sabres this season.
If you need a true punt on defense tonight, consider Jason Demers (FD: $3,500; DK: $2,900). Demers has hit value in three straight games, picking up two assists, seven shots and four blocks in that time. He does not see time on Arizona’s power play but should provide a decent floor, especially for the price.
FanDuel: Dougie Hamilton ($6,200), Roman Josi ($6,100), Alex Edler ($5,500), Mikhail Sergachev ($4,500), Colton Parayko ($4,500), Jeff Petry ($4,300), Jaccob Slavin ($4,100), Vince Dunn ($3,800), Mike Matheson ($3,700)
DraftKings: Roman Josi ($6,300), Dougie Hamilton ($5,800), Mikhail Sergachev ($4,400), Vince Dunn ($4,100), Devon Toews ($3,400), Brandon Carlo ($2,900)
Petr Mrazek (FD: $8,200; DK: $8,200) has the easiest matchup on tonight’s slate as the Hurricanes host the Devils, who have been one of the worst road teams all year. Carolina needs the win tonight, and while the Devils have been known to play the spoiler this year, this one seems pretty cut and dried.
Jordan Binnington (FD: $8,800; DK: $8,200) also has a favorable matchup against the Flyers. He’ll have to go up against former Blues netminder Brian Elliott, but the Blues are heavy favorites tonight. Binnington has been exceptional down the stretch and has won six out of his last seven starts.
Additional cash options as well as GPP plays will be discussed in chat once more starters have been confirmed.
FanDuel: Pekka Rinne ($8,500)
DraftKings: Pekka Rinne ($8,300), Phillip Grubauer ($7,500)
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