There are just four games on tonight’s slate, which features zero teams skating in the second half of a back-to-back set. The Stars play tomorrow night as well, though I would expect Ben Bishop will get the nod tonight considering this could be a possible first-round playoff preview.
TOR @ PHI – 7:00pm EST
NYR @ BOS – 7:30pm EST
DAL @ CGY – 9:30pm EST
VGK @ COL – 10:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Connor McDavid scored a goal and three assists and added two shots and two blocks for 42.9 FanDuel and 11 DraftKings fantasy points, while Leon Draisaitl scored a hat trick on five shots and added an assist for 52 FD and 15 DK fantasy points. Zack Kassian scored a goal and earned 4.5 DK fantasy points. Shea Weber and Brendan Gallagher had relatively quiet nights considering Montreal put up six goals, though the offense was somewhat spread out (the MTL 1 stack had a big night, though). Even so, both players found the scoresheet as Weber recorded an assist, four shots and a block for 16 FD fantasy points and Gallagher managed an assist and two shots for 3 DK fantasy points. Dylan DeMelo had a quiet night with just 2 DK fantasy points, though Thomas Chabot came through on FanDuel with two assists, three shots and a block for 22.9 FD fantasy points. Alex Edler scored a goal on six shots and added a block for 23.2 FD fantasy points. Sam Steel was the biggest surprise of the night as he scored his first career hat trick, finishing the night with 40.8 FD and 12 DK fantasy points at incredibly low ownership on both sites. Carey Price and Mikko Koskinen came away victorious, earning 34.4 FD/8.6 DK fantasy points and 23.2 FD/7.8 DK fantasy points, respectively (Koskinen also tallied an assist).
Below are the results from my main FanDuel cash line, including the value of each player based on production and salary. The only player in the lineup that was not highlighted in yesterday’s article or specifically discussed in chat was Alex Nylander, though he was one of the FanDuel value options listed in the core entry.
John Tavares (FD: $8,500; DK: $7,100) is coming off a four-goal performance, but Auston Matthews (FD: $8,600; DK: $7,200) is generally the Toronto center I prefer in cash games, especially considering he scored two goals on eight shots the last time these teams played. However, I don’t expect there to be 13 goals in tonight’s contest, so there’s a chance I may fade both centers in favor of a few other elite options. I will evaluate Matthews/Tavares in chat later today before making a final decision, though.
One of those elite options I mentioned is Patrice Bergeron (FD: $8,300; DK: $7,200), who continues to be a reliable fantasy play night after night. He has points in five straight games, scoring five goals and 10 points in that stretch. Bergeron skates on Boston’s top line and top power-play unit and has two points in two games against the Rangers this season. The thing about this matchup, however, is that Henrik Lundqvist often comes away victorious in Boston. However, the Bruins are playing at such an elite level, and the Rangers’ roster is so depleted, that it would take an awful lot for Hank to come out on top. But even if he does, I think Bergeron will have at least a point or two when all is said and done. Bergeron is averaging 19.2 FanDuel and 5.3 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season.
Tyler Seguin (FD: $8,200; DK: $6,400) is another tempting play on tonight’s star-studded slate. Seguin is coming off a two-goal performance, and the Stars seem to finally be playing up to their potential. He skates on Dallas’ first line and first power-play unit and enters tonight’s game with goals in three straight games and points in four straight, collecting four goals and eight points in that stretch. His shot volume provides a solid floor; in fact, he’s registered 39 shots in his last six games, good for 6.5 per game. Seguin has a goal and two assists in two games against Calgary this season, and he’s particularly affordable on DraftKings at just $6,400.
FanDuel: Nathan MacKinnon ($8,600), Sean Couturier ($7,700), William Karlsson ($6,700), Paul Stastny ($5,600)
DraftKings: Nathan MacKinnon ($7,000), Sean Couturier ($6,600), William Karlsson ($5,500), Paul Stastny ($4,800), David Krejci ($4,600), Charlie Coyle ($3,800), Derek Ryan ($3,200), Roope Hintz ($3,100), Noel Acciari ($2,600), Filip Chytil ($2,500)
Brad Marchand (FD: $8,500; DK: $7,200) and David Pastrnak (FD: $7,800; DK: $7,100) have a favorable matchup at home against the Rangers, who are one of the worst road teams in the NHL. The Rangers have been a tricky team to gauge, however, so tonight’s matchup is not quite the slam dunk it appears to be. That being said, Boston’s top line has been on fire since the return of David Pastrnak, and not much can stand in its way. I will have at least one member of this line in every cash lineup I play tonight. Marchand has 17 points in his last 10 games and three points in two games against the Rangers this season; he is averaging 17.3 FanDuel and 4.6 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season. Pastrnak was held off the scoresheet in his first game back in the lineup but has recorded at least a point in every game since, scoring two goals and six points in his last three games. He is averaging 18.4 FanDuel and 5 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season and has a goal and an assist in two games against New York.
Alexander Radulov (FD: $6,600; DK: $6,400) is one of the safest cash plays in NHL DFS because of the reliable floor he provides. He no longer skates with Tyler Seguin or Jamie Benn at even strength, though all three are on the Stars’ top power-play unit, and it’s more than likely they’ll get some even-strength shifts together as well. Radulov will avoid the CGY 2 matchup and has points in back-to-back games and in four out of his last five games, picking up two goals and seven points as well as 19 shots and five blocks in that span. He is averaging 16.3 FanDuel and 4.5 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season; fortunately, DraftKings lowered his price substantially, so he’s affordable across the industry tonight. Dallas has a potentially difficult matchup against a talented Flames team, but Radulov is the kind of player I rarely think twice about when I throw him in my cash lines.
William Nylander (FD: $5,200; DK: $3,900), Zach Hyman (FD: $5,000; DK: $4,500) and Andreas Johnsson (FD: $4,600; DK: $4,400) are all solid options on tonight’s four-game slate. Nylander and Johnsson skate on Toronto’s second line with Auston Matthews, while Hyman plays with John Tavares on the Maple Leafs’ top line. Hyman is coming off a three-point performance and has goals in three straight games. He does not see time on either power-play unit, however. Nylander and Johnsson both skate on the team’s second power-play unit. Nylander has points in two out of his last three games (three assists); he tallied two assists and four shots for 22.9 FanDuel and 6 DraftKings fantasy points when these teams met in Toronto just under two weeks ago. He has nine points in his last 10 games. Johnsson, on the other hand, has six points in his last 10 games and tallied an assist and three shots for 12.8 FanDuel and 3.5 DraftKings fantasy points in the recent matchup against the Flyers.
Alexander Kerfoot (FD: $3,400; DK: $3,700) is an easy way to get some exposure to Nathan MacKinnon, who will take on a Knights team that has lost two games in a row after going 10-1-0 in 11 games since acquiring Mark Stone. Kerfoot skates on Colorado’s top line and top power-play unit and has points in back-to-back games, scoring a goal and two assists in that time. He has hit value in three straight games after registering five shots and a block against Dallas.
FanDuel: Jonathan Marchessault ($7,000), Matthew Tkachuk ($6,900), James van Riemsdyk ($6,600), Pavel Buchnevich ($5,000), Alex Tuch ($4,200), Charlie Coyle ($4,000)
DraftKings: Matthew Tkachuk ($6,600), Claude Giroux ($6,500), Mark Stone ($6,300), Jake Voracek ($6,200), James van Riemsdyk ($6,100), Jonathan Marchessault ($6,000), Jamie Benn ($5,600), Jake DeBrusk ($4,500), Pavel Buchnevich ($4,000), Danton Heinen ($3,400), Mattias Janmark ($2,500)
Morgan Rielly (FD: $6,400; DK: $6,000) had a few off nights but has come back with strong performances in back-to-back games, recording two assists, 10 shots and six blocks in that time. The Flyers have the worst Corsi Against per 60 rate in the NHL since Feb. 1 (66.62), which means Toronto will have plenty of chances to produce tonight. Rielly skates on the Maple Leafs’ top power-play unit and is averaging 15.2 FanDuel and 4.2 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season.
John Gilmour (FD: $3,500; DK: $3,100) is a solid punt option on both sites. He has yet to record a point this season but has managed six shots and 11 blocks in three games, good for an average of 9.1 FanDuel and 2.8 DraftKings fantasy points per game.
FanDuel: Tyson Barrie ($6,300), Shea Theodore ($4,700), Erik Johnson ($4,100), Tony DeAngelo ($3,700)
DraftKings: Mark Giordano ($6,200), Tyson Barrie ($5,800), Torey Krug ($4,800), Shea Theodore ($4,300)
Goalies will be discussed in chat closer to lock once additional starters have been confirmed. That being said, Philipp Grubauer (FD: $8,300; DK: $7,100) has been on fire of late, giving up no more than two goals in each of his last 10 appearances in which he played at least 30 minutes. The Avalanche are clinging to their playoff hopes, and Vegas was shut out the last time the Knights were in Colorado. Also, Ben Bishop (FD: $9,200; DK: $7,100) will be an appealing GPP option given how well he has played in recent games.
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