There are 10 games on tonight’s slate, with the Blues, Devils, Predators, Golden Knights and Ducks skating in the second half of back-to-back sets.
BUF @ NYI – 7:00pm EST
TOR @ OTT – 7:00pm EST
WSH @ TBL – 7:00pm EST
STL @ NJD – 7:00pm EST
MTL @ WPG – 7:00pm EST
CBJ @ NSH – 8:00pm EST
VGK @ SJS – 9:00pm EST
DAL @ VAN – 10:00pm EST
ANA @ EDM – 10:00pm EST
CHI @ LAK – 10:30pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Dylan Larkin had another big game, scoring a goal and an assist on eight shots for 32.8 FanDuel and 9 DraftKings fantasy points. The rest of DET 1 had solid games as well; Anthony Mantha tallied an assist and three shots for 12.8 FD and 3.5 DK FP, while Tyler Bertuzzi scored a goal and two assists and came away with 34.4 FD and 9 DK FP. Unfortunately, Taro Hirose was held off the scoresheet completely, ending a five-game point streak with his goose-egg performance. Mark Giordano scored a goal on four shots for 18.4 FD and 5 DK FP. STL 1 had a solid game as well, as did COL 1. Calgary was a little all over the place, and the team changed up the line combinations during the contest; however, it worked out on both sites having just Giordano. In net, Mike Smith came away with 24.8 FD FP, while Philipp Grubauer earned 37.6 FD and 9.4 DK FP. Jordan Binnington suffered a 4-2 loss to the Rangers.
There are a ton of strong plays on tonight’s slate with 20 teams in action. Today’s post will highlight some of those top options, but there are plenty of other strong plays for tonight’s contests.
Connor McDavid (FD: $9,400; DK: $8,000) is always a strong option, especially since he’ll take on a Ducks team in the second half of a back-to-back. Auston Matthews (FD: $8,700; DK: $8,200) is another option who is almost always in play; the Senators put up a strong effort the last time these teams met in Ottawa, though Matthews recorded an assist and nine shots on goal, which was a solid output.
One player who has not been featured much at all this season but who has been playing very well of late is Steven Stamkos (FD: $8,600; DK: $7,600), who has goals in five straight games and in six out of his last seven; however, the one game in which he did not score a goal was the home matchup against the Capitals. Even so, Stamkos has been on fire since that game, scoring a total of six goals and 12 points in his last five. He skates on Tampa Bay’s top line and top power-play unit.
Tyler Seguin (FD: $8,300; DK: $7,800) is someone who has been featured in most posts of late, and he’s in the mix once again tonight. He was held to just one assist and one shot the other night against Edmonton, though Dallas was very much outplayed. Seguin generally offers a solid floor with plenty of shots on goal, so that was definitely uncharacteristic. That being said, he should see plenty of ice time tonight, and Dallas needs to continue to get points as the Avalanche chase them in the standings.
If you’re looking for more of a mid-range play, Ryan O’Reilly (FD: $6,500; DK: $5,800) now has points in three straight games, collecting a goal and two assists as well as 11 shots and three blocks in that time. He skates on St. Louis’ first line and first power-play unit and will have a favorable matchup against a struggling Devils club.
Paul Stastny (FD: $5,700; DK: $5,400) scored two goals last night and came incredibly close to a third with a few seconds left in the game; that gives him four points in his last two games, though Vegas’ second line looks to be back to normal with Max Pacioretty back in the picture. Stastny also scored a goal the last time these teams met in San Jose.
FanDuel: John Tavares ($8,400), Jonathan Toews ($7,600), Logan Couture ($7,300), William Karlsson ($6,700), Tomas Hertl ($6,600), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($6,600), Anthony Cirelli ($4,600), Jean-Gabriel Pageau ($3,300)
DraftKings: John Tavares ($8,100), Jonathan Toews ($7,000), Tomas Hertl ($6,600), Logan Couture ($6,300), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($6,000), William Karlsson ($5,600), Anze Kopitar ($5,200), Joe Thornton ($4,400), Anthony Cirelli ($3,900), Phillip Danault ($3,900), Sam Steel ($3,400), Casey Mittelstadt ($3,100)
Nikita Kucherov (FD: $9,300; DK: $7,500) and Alex Ovechkin (FD: $9,100; DK: $7,900) are both appealing options, especially since they’ve had recent success in these matchups. Kucherov is obviously the safer option considering his body of work this season, for while Braden Holtby is playing very well of late, it’s difficult to contain Tampa Bay, especially on the power play. That’s where Kucherov does a lot of his damage, and it’s possible we could see more of the same tonight. Ovechkin has been less productive but has had two strong games against the Lightning, combining for two goals and an assist as well as 18 shots on goal. Yes, 18. Both are elite options and both are worth considering every time they’re on the slate; with the size of the slate tonight, ownership shouldn’t be an issue, but I would expect Kucherov will have much higher ownership across the industry. It’s likely Ovechkin will be very low-owned and used more in GPP formats.
Leon Draisaitl (FD: $8,700; DK: $7,800) continues to produce and has eclipsed the 100-point mark for the first time in his young career. He’s having an incredible season, and he and McDavid are always a dynamic duo capable of putting up multiple points apiece. Draisaitl is a lot easier to accommodate on DraftKings, but he’s always a solid cash play, especially on home ice against a tired club.
Vladimir Tarasenko (FD: $8,100; DK: $6,800) is a much better play on DraftKings than he is on FanDuel given the pricing, but he’s coming off a solid performance in which he scored a goal on six shots. He skates on the Blues’ first line and first power-play unit. David Perron (FD: $5,900; DK: $5,100) is another play I always keep in mind. I played him on both sites last night, and he got back on the scoresheet with a goal on five shots for 20 FanDuel and 5.5 DraftKings fantasy points. He won’t have ownership in cash contests tonight, though.
Unfortunately, FanDuel has raised Alexander Radulov’s price tag to the dreaded $7,000 threshold, which for whatever reason seems so much more expensive than $6,800. Obviously, that’s not overly rational when you consider that it’s just $200 (he’s still $7,300 on DraftKings), but it’s still somewhat disappointing. That being said, it should come as no surprise that Radulov is on my radar, as he has been all year (especially in recent games). He hasn’t been shooting as much lately but is always a threat for a goal and is never a bad cash play. Dallas is on an impressive winning streak, and I don’t see that ending tonight in Vancouver.
Another player who has seen a price increase on FanDuel is Brady Tkachuk (FD: $6,000; DK: $5,600), who is coming off another strong performance in which he scored a goal and recorded an incredible 12 shots on goal. He was held off the scoresheet the last time the Maple Leafs were in town, which is somewhat concerning, but he’s always worth a look given his recent play. He’s set to face Garret Sparks, who gave up six goals in the last matchup. Also, though it will depend on the Senators’ line combinations, another less expensive option is Anthony Duclair FD: $4,000; DK: $3,600), who scored a goal against the Leafs and who has hit value in six out of his last seven games. His game log is worth checking out, and he likely won’t draw much ownership at all.
He’ll have a tough matchup on the road against the Islanders, but Victor Olofsson is also an appealing play on FanDuel given his $3,200 price tag. Assuming he skates on the top line and top power-play unit with Jack Eichel, Olofsson could be a solid value option with potential for at least 10 (FanDuel) fantasy points. He tallied an assist and five shots in his NHL debut the other night.
J.T. Miller (FD: $4,600; DK: $3,400) has points in five straight games and in six out of his last seven, tallying seven assists, 11 shots and three blocks in that stretch. He skates on Tampa Bay’s first line and first power-play unit, offering exposure to most of Tampa’s top six. He’s a solid value option on DraftKings for the price, especially if you don’t want to spend up on Stamkos or Kucherov.
FanDuel: Mark Stone ($7,700), Jonathan Marchessault ($7,100 )*, Reilly Smith ($6,600)**, Brayden Schenn ($5,900), Timo Meier ($5,900), Max Pacioretty ($5,800), Gustav Nyquist ($5,400), Andrew Shaw ($5,400), William Nylander ($5,300), Kevin Labanc ($5,200), Blake Coleman ($4,200), Miles Wood ($3,800), Max Veronneau ($3,400)
DraftKings: Mark Stone ($7,000), Jonathan Marchessault ($6,500)*, Brendan Gallagher ($6,200), Reilly Smith ($6,200)**, Rickard Rakell ($5,900), Jamie Benn ($5,800), Artemi Panarin ($5,500), Dustin Brown ($5,500), Patrik Laine ($5,400), Gustav Nyquist ($5,400), Tomas Tatar ($5,200), Andrew Shaw ($5,000), Brayden Schenn ($4,700), William Nylander ($4,300), Kevin Labanc ($4,300), Brett Connolly ($4,100), Alex Killorn ($3,800), Zack Kassian ($3,300)
*2G,2A @ SJS on 3/18
**1G,3A @ SJS on 3/18
Victor Hedman (FD: $6,600; DK: $6,000) has points in eight out of his last nine games, scoring three goals and 12 points in that stretch. He skates on Tampa Bay’s first power-play unit and managed a goal and two assists as well as four shots and a block in two games against the Capitals over the last few weeks. Washington’s John Carlson (FD: $6,500; DK: $6,200) put up comparable numbers in the two recent games between these clubs, but he hasn’t been as consistent in general.
Alex Edler (FD: $5,600; DK: $6,100) stands out once again, though there are plenty of strong options on the back end tonight, especially at much more favorable price tags. But despite the fact that Edler’s price tag is rising and that he has a difficult matchup tonight against the Stars, he has been so consistent that it’s always worth highlighting him. He has goals in back-to-back games and has earned at least 8 FanDuel and 2.5 DraftKings fantasy points in 13 out of his last 14 games. It’s important to note, however, that Edler has zero points, four shots and six blocks in two games against the Stars this year. However, he has been great and he has been reliable; sometimes it’s worth the extra $ for the reliability factor.
Thomas Chabot (FD: $5,000; DK: $6,000) had an underwhelming performance the other night but has a favorable matchup once again tonight as the Senators host the struggling Maple Leafs. The Sens had no trouble with Toronto when these teams recently met in Ottawa, and that was without Chabot in the lineup. He’s always a strong floor play and presents legitimate upside. He has points in four straight games and is usually good for at least a few shots and a few blocks.
Despite the tough matchup, David Savard (FD: $3,700; DK: $3,600) continues to be one of my favorite value plays on the blue line. He has goals in two out of his last four games and has earned at least 8 FanDuel and 2.5 DraftKings fantasy points in six out of his last seven games.
FanDuel: Morgan Rielly ($6,300), Erik Gustafsson ($6,200), Shea Weber ($6,200), Seth Jones ($5,900), Jacob Trouba ($5,600), Ryan McDonagh ($5,000), Miro Heiskanen ($4,500), Shea Theodore ($4,400), Brent Seabrook ($4,400), Ryan Pulock ($4,300), Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,300), Jeff Petry ($3,900), Vince Dunn ($3,800), Devon Toews ($3,500)
DraftKings: Shea Weber ($6,300), Morgan Rielly ($6,200), Erik Gustafsson ($5,900), Seth Jones ($5,800), Jacob Trouba ($5,400), Ryan McDonagh ($5,000), Miro Heiskanen ($4,100), Vince Dunn ($3,900), Tyler Myers ($3,800), Brett Kulak ($3,600), Nick Leddy ($3,500), Devon Toews ($3,500), Mikhail Sergachev ($3,300), Nathan Beaulieu ($2,700), Quinn Hughes ($2,700)
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