We have a more manageable seven-game slate on tap tonight in the NHL. Teams skating in the second half of back-to-back’s include Florida, Buffalo and Los Angeles. None of the teams in action tonight will play tomorrow.
CAR @ WSH – 7:00pm EST
NYI @ CBJ – 7:00pm EST
FLA @ MTL – 7:30pm EST
BUF @ OTT – 7:30pm EST
LAK @ EDM – 9:00pm EST
ANA @ VAN – 10:00pm EST
CHI @ ARI – 10:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Matthew Tkachuk was a massive disappointment last night with his surprising goose-egg performance, though his ownership helped make up for his awful night. Mark Giordano also underperformed as the Flames were shut out by the lowly Kings, but he at least recorded 11.2 FanDuel and 3.5 DraftKings fantasy points with six shots and a block. Patrice Bergeron came through once again, tallying two assists, two shots and two blocks for 22.9 FD and 6 DK fantasy points (both Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak ended up being solid DK plays as well). Taro Hirose continues to be a top value option as he recorded an assist yet again last night, coming away with an assist and a block for 9.6 FD and 2.5 DK fantasy points.
In terms of other players highlighted in yesterday’s post, Auston Matthews had a pretty quiet night but was the chalkier of the two Toronto centers (even though John Tavares had a huge four-goal game), earning 13.3 FD fantasy points. Tyler Seguin scored two goals, while Aleksander Barkov tallied an assist for just 8 FD and 2 DK fantasy points. Andreas Athanasiou had another solid game, scoring a goal on six shots for 21.6 FD and 6 DK fantasy points. Alexander Radulov tallied two assists and three shots for 21.3 FD and 5.5 DK fantasy points, while Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals. David Perron and Gustav Nyquist were held to minimal fantasy contributions, as was Patrick Maroon in a very tightly-checked game between the Blues and Knights. Jordan Binnington and Ben Bishop picked up wins, as did Matt Murray, while Mike Smith and Connor Hellebuyck came up short.
Surprisingly, DraftKings has two centers on tonight’s slate priced above $8,000, one of which is Connor McDavid (FD: $9,200; DK: $8,300). McDavid hasn’t done particularly well against the Kings this season, but Los Angeles will be in the second half of a back-to-back, and there aren’t too many games when McDavid is held off the scoresheet. He has points in back-to-back games and in 14 out of his last 15 games, scoring seven goals and 26 points in that stretch. He skates on Edmonton’s top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 20.2 FanDuel and 5.4 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season. He has been reunited with Leon Draisaitl on the top line, so this line could do some damage.
There’s no doubt that Jack Eichel (FD: $8,200; DK: $8,200) will have high ownership tonight given his favorable matchup against Ottawa. Though Craig Anderson and the Senators have enjoyed playing spoilers in recent games, Buffalo will be heavily favored, and Anderson has given up between 3-5 goals in seven straight starts. Though Eichel was a major disappointment against Toronto the other day, he should be able to find the scoresheet; just keep in mind that he just hasn’t been a dependable DFS play for a while and could come up short once again. Therefore, he will not make my final lineup.
Jonathan Toews (FD: $7,600; DK: $7,400) is centering the Blackhawks’ top line between Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat, putting him in a great spot to succeed tonight on the road in Arizona. Though the Coyotes have one of the better PK’s in the NHL, they have stumbled in recent games and could be susceptible to such a fire line. Toews has eight points in his last 10 games and three points in two games against Arizona this season.
Even though he hasn’t been overly productive in his last few games, and even though he has an incredibly difficult matchup tonight on the road in Montreal in the second half of a back-to-back, I cannot seem to leave Aleksander Barkov (FD: $8,300; DK: $7,800) out of the equation. In all likelihood, I’m leaving FLA 1 for GPP’s tonight, but it’s hard not to mention someone who has been quite dominant down the stretch. Plus, sometimes players come through even in the toughest of matchups, so I just can’t rule him out. But I won’t be playing him tonight.
Having said that, there are other options, such as Barkov’s teammate in Vincent Trocheck (FD: $5,400; DK: $4,900), who is much more affordable but who also should have a much easier matchup on the road. Trocheck has points in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four games, and he’s recorded 11 shots and three blocks in his last two games. He skates on Florida’s second line and second power-play unit, though with Carey Price on the other side of the ice, Florida might be a risky cash play in general. Trocheck is the better play, though.
If the Capitals and Hurricanes were in Carolina, then Sebastian Aho (FD: $7,100; DK: $7,100) would be near the top of my list. He tends to play well against the Caps, but he hasn’t been very reliable in recent games and has better numbers on home ice. So while he’s still worth considering, I am leaning more towards going back to Jordan Staal (FD: $5,200; DK: $4,500), who is more affordable and who has been a lot more consistent in recent games. Staal enters tonight’s game with points in three straight, recording two goals and five points as well as 10 shots and two blocks in that span. He skates on Carolina’s second line and second power-play unit. I’m likely fading Carolina tonight, though Staal is cheap on DraftKings and decent on FanDuel.
If Ryan Getzlaf remains out for the Ducks, then Sam Steel (FD: $3,400; DK: $2,500) becomes a very strong value option at the center position. He has points in back-to-back games and is skating on the Ducks’ top line with Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg, making him a solid punt play, especially as a min. price option on DraftKings.
Also consider: Leon Draisaitl (DK: $7,700), Elias Pettersson (FD: $6,900; DK: $6,700), Bo Horvat (FD: $6,300), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (FD: $6,400; DK: $6,100), Adam Henrique (FD: $4,800; DK: $4,000), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (FD: $3,600; DK: $3,800), Christian Dvorak (FD: $3,500; DK: $3,500), Colin White (DK: $3,700), Jeff Carter (DK: $3,500)
Alex Ovechkin (FD: $9,100; DK: $8,200) is always a top cash play given his floor and ceiling. His price is jacked up on both sites despite his relatively inconsistent production of late, but Ovechkin is the kind of player who can easily break a slate given his incredible talent. The Capitals-Hurricanes games tend to be high-scoring, though both teams need the points, which means this one could be a tight-checking, playoff-like battle. Either way, it’s hard to go wrong with Ovechkin in cash. For the games that he doesn’t do much, his price tag is a killer; however, the ownership often outweighs that issue, which makes him a worthwhile splurge. He skates on the team’s top line and top power-play unit and is two goals shy of 50 on the season. He is averaging 19.1 FD and 5.3 DK fantasy points per game this season, collecting nine points and 42 shots in his last 10 games. He has three goals and an assist in two games against the Hurricanes this season, scoring a hat trick in the first performance and tallying an assist on four shots in the second. Ovechkin has points in six out of his last seven games.
Leon Draisaitl (FD: $8,200) has had a few uninspired DFS performances in recent games but remains one of the most consistent cash players in the league. He has 43 goals and 95 points in 75 games this season, good for an average of 17.5 FD fantasy points per game (4.7 DK, though he’s a center on DK). He skates on the Oilers’ first line and first power-play unit.
Brendan Gallagher (FD: $7,500; DK: $6,600) is a bit expensive on FanDuel but is a solid play once again tonight, especially against a Panthers team skating in the second half of a back-to-back. Gallagher has points in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four games, and he has recorded 20 shots in his last four games. He skates on Montreal’s top line and second power-play unit.
While he may not pose much of a threat on a nightly basis, it’s worth noting that Dustin Brown (FD: $6,500; DK: $5,100) has points in all three games against the Oilers this season, recording a total of four goals and five points in three games against Edmonton. He skates on Los Angeles’ top line and top power-play unit but is a much better play on DraftKings given the $1,400 in savings. Brown saw a four-game point streak come to an end last night in Calgary, but he has had much better luck against the other Alberta hockey club.
Jeff Skinner (FD: $6,300; DK: $5,900) has been held off the scoresheet in four straight games and in eight out of his last nine games, which is shocking considering how frequently he was lighting the lamp earlier this season. However, he has registered 11 shots in his last two games, and tonight’s favorable matchup could be just the thing he needs to get back to his scoring ways. He skates on Buffalo’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 14.1 FD and 3.9 DK fantasy points per game this season; Skinner has three goals and an assist in two games against Ottawa this year, but Buffalo is not a team I’m targeting based on how they’ve played.
Josh Anderson (FD: $5,500; DK: $5,000) is one of my favorite wingers on the slate despite the matchup against a stingy Islanders team. Anderson skates on Columbus’ second line and second power-play unit but is coming off a game in which he scored two goals and an assist for 36.8 FD and 9.5 DK fantasy points. He has 10 points and 38 shots in his last 10 games but has been unable to record a point in three games against the Islanders this season.
There are several other strong winger options on tonight’s slate that may make it into my final cash lines. Join us in the FTA+ discord chat for my other top plays.
Also consider: Patrick Kane (FD: $8,800; DK: $8,300), Jonathan Huberdeau (FD: $7,600; DK: $6,800), Mike Hoffman (FD: $6,400; DK: $6,300), Rickard Rakell (FD: $6,300; DK: $5,600), Jakob Silfverberg (FD: $6,000; DK: $4,900), Brady Tkachuk (FD: $5,700; DK: $5,800), Justin Williams (FD: $5,200; DK: $5,200), Zack Kassian (DK lock: $3,000)
Shea Weber (FD: $6,200; DK: $6,300) has a goal and three points in three games against the Panthers this season, and he’s averaging 13.4 FD and 3.8 DK fantasy points per game this year. He skates on Montreal’s top power-play unit and offers a solid floor through peripheral stat coverage. He has four goals and eight points as well as 44 shots and 21 blocks in his last 10 games and presents solid upside in tonight’s matchup.
For the first time in 12 games, Alex Edler (FD: $5,300) failed to earn at least 8 FD fantasy points the other night against Columbus in a 5-0 loss. That being said, he remains a solid floor play given his FanDuel price tag. He has nine points as well as 26 shots and 40 blocks in his last 12 games, good for an average of 5.5 shots+blocks and 16 FD fantasy points per game. He skates on Vancouver’s top power-play unit and is averaging 13.7 fantasy points per game this season.
Dylan DeMelo (FD: $4,100; DK: $3,700) enters tonight’s game with points in four straight games, scoring one goal and six points while registering nine shots and 10 blocks in that stretch. He skates on Ottawa’s second power-play unit and has a goal and an assist as well as three shots in two games against Buffalo this season. Update: Thomas Chabot (FD: $4,700) is way too cheap on FanDuel and is a borderline lock in FanDuel cash contests.
Also consider: Erik Gustafsson (FD: $5,900; DK: $5,900), Rasmus Dahlin (FD: $4,600; DK: $4,400), Cam Fowler (FD: $4,500; DK: $4,200), David Savard (FD: $3,600; DK: $3,600), Sean Walker (FD: $3,500; DK: $3,000), Nick Leddy (DK: $3,100)
Carey Price (FD: $9,200; DK: $8,000) and Mikko Koskinen (FD: $7,800; DK: $7,900) seem to be the top cash plays on the slate, but goalie options (including GPP plays) will be discussed in chat once additional starters have been confirmed.
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