There are 10 games on tonight’s slate, with the Sabres, Red Wings and Penguins skating in the second half of back-to-backs. Today’s post highlights only some of the available options for a slate that features 360 skaters. However, additional cash options at various price points are recommended for each position.
CBJ @ WSH – 7:00pm EST
COL @ MTL – 7:00pm EST
BOS @ TOR – 7:00pm EST
TBL @ BUF – 7:00pm EST
DET @ MIN – 8:00pm EST
VGK @ CHI – 8:30pm EST
STL @ DAL – 9:00pm EST
ARI @ EDM – 10:00pm EST
OTT @ SJS – 10:00pm EST
PIT @ LAK – 10:30pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Perhaps the most surprising aspect of last night’s slate was the fact that Johnny Gaudreau failed to register a single shot on goal for the entire game. He managed a power-play assist on an empty-net goal at the end of the third period but was otherwise shut down. The same was true of his linemates, who all combined on the empty-netter but failed to do much of anything throughout the game. While Mark Giordano scored a goal and earned 15.2 fantasy points, it was a relatively quiet night for the blueliner; part of that was because Calgary did not have a power play until late in the third, but it was still a pretty underwhelming performance for the $6,400 rearguard. Aside from Giordano’s goal, however, it was Calgary’s second line that did most of the damage, which meant that Mikael Backlund found the scoresheet as well. He was limited to an assist and three shots for 12.8 FP, though that was solid value for his $5,300 price tag. After all, Mark Scheifele managed just 11.2 FP and cost $2,300 more. Fortunately, Scheifele’s linemates took care of business, which meant that Kyle Connor had another strong game; he came away with a goal and two assists and 32.8 FP. Jeff Skinner scored a goal against his former team, but he wasn’t the only one who capitalized on a revenge scenario as Daniel Sprong scored a goal on the Penguins and earned 20 FP. Plus, Marcus Pettersson, who continues to be a fantastic value play, tallied an assist and earned 16 FP in his return to Anaheim. Justin Williams extended his point streak with a goal and 15.2 FP, though Andreas Athanasiou, who carried the same $4,700 price tag, managed just four shots in a 4-2 loss to the Jets. Similarly, Denis Malgin managed just three. Bryan Rust did a little better with five shots for 8 FP, but it was his linemate that stole the show; Jake Guentzel scored a hat trick on seven shots for an impressive 47.7 FP, helping the Penguins in a comeback win against the Ducks. In net, Laurent Brossoit and David Rittich came away victorious; Brossoit made 33 saves and earned 30.4 FP, while Rittich stopped 24 of 27 shots for 19.2 FP. Matt Murray also earned a win on the night, though he was fortunate his team stormed back from a 3-0 deficit to help him escape with a 7-4 win and 12.8 FP.
ELITE PLAY: Connor McDavid ($9,000)
Though there are several prime center options on tonight’s slate, Connor McDavid has a particularly favorable matchup, especially since he scored two goals and an assist against the Coyotes when these teams met in Arizona at the beginning of the month. McDavid and Leon Draisaitl played well together when they were reunited the other night, combining for five points, and they did the same in Arizona. McDavid is averaging 20.9 fantasy points per game this season and is always in play.
Also consider: Nathan MacKinnon ($9,000), Patrice Bergeron ($8,600), Brayden Point ($8,000), Tyler Seguin ($7,800)
MID-RANGE PLAY: Tomas Hertl ($5,600)
Tomas Hertl is skating on one of the hottest lines in the league, one that I will continue to write about as it continues to produce: SJS3. Hertl is coming off a two-point performance in which he earned 29.6 fantasy points, and he has points in three straight games and in seven out of his last nine. He’s averaging 13.8 fantasy points per game and skates on San Jose’s top power-play unit, offering exposure to players on all three lines for the Sharks.
Also consider: Max Domi ($5,800), Alex Galchenyuk ($5,500)
VALUE PLAY: Chris Tierney ($4,600)
Chris Tierney will return to San Jose for the first time since getting dealt this offseason. He enters tonight’s game with points in three straight games, recording two goals and five points in that stretch. With Matt Duchene back in Ottawa and the recent injury to Colin White, Tierney figures to play an even larger role with the Senators. His exact placement in the lineup won’t be determined until after time of publish, but he makes for an interesting value play if you’re not spending up at center.
Also consider: Artem Anisimov ($4,300), Jesperi Kotkaniemi ($4,300), Jean-Gabriel Pageau ($4,200), Evan Rodrigues ($3,500)
ELITE PLAY: Jake Guentzel ($7,600)
Jake Guentzel exploded for a hat trick and 47.7 fantasy points last night in Anaheim. This, in combination with his promotion to the Penguins’ top power-play unit in place of the injured Patric Hornqvist, could make him a popular play on tonight’s slate. But regardless of his ownership, Guentzel has points in five straight games and offers exposure to Pittsburgh’s four biggest stars (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang), making him a solid choice among the elite wingers. He has recorded five goals and eight points as well as 13 shots and four blocks during his current five-game point streak, and he managed an assist and four shots for 14.4 fantasy points when these teams played in Pittsburgh in mid-December.
There are several other top choices on tonight’s slate, including Boston wingers David Pastrnak ($8,300) and Brad Marchand ($8,200), who have scored a combined 15 points in three games against Toronto this season. Only one of those three meetings took place in Toronto, but Pastrnak and Marchand combined for four points even without Patrice Bergeron in the lineup.
Also consider: Nikita Kucherov ($9,300), Alex Ovechkin ($8,600), Mikko Rantanen ($7,900), Jeff Skinner ($7,100), Leon Draisaitl ($7,100)
MID-RANGE PLAY: Alexander Radulov ($6,700)
The Dallas Stars are coming off a hard-fought 2-1 road loss to the Flyers but will have a chance to bounce back as they host the Blues. These teams just met in St. Louis a few days ago; Alexander Radulov tallied two assists and two blocks for 19.7 fantasy points in the effort. Though he was held without a shot on goal in St. Louis, Radulov was all over the ice in the Stars’ next game (even if he was only credited with four shots). He has been very productive in recent games, recording one goal and eight points during a four-game point streak that was snapped in Philadelphia. Radulov skates on the Stars’ first line and first power-play unit.
Obviously, SJS 3 is a top target for me once again tonight. Though Anders Nilsson has been very stingy over the last few games, this line has been virtually unstoppable. Evander Kane has five goals and 11 points as well as 30 shots during his current seven-game point streak, and Joonas Donskoi has scored eight goals and 10 points in his last eight games.
One player who hasn’t been highlighted in a while but who happens to have a favorable matchup tonight is Brendan Gallagher. Gallagher and the Canadiens will host the Avalanche, who have been having significant issues with goaltending and overall team defense. Gallagher could exploit those issues, especially considering he gets top-six minutes as well as time on Montreal’s top power-play unit. Gallagher has goals in back-to-back games and scored a goal when these teams met in Colorado earlier this season.
Also consider: Gabriel Landeskog ($6,700), Alex DeBrincat ($5,900), T.J. Oshie ($5,300), Tom Wilson ($5,000), Dylan Strome ($4,800)
VALUE PLAY: Brandon Pirri ($3,500)
Brandon Pirri continues to put up points for the Golden Knights, and it appears he has done enough to stay with the big club beyond his 10-game limit. Pirri has points in four straight games, collecting three goals and six points on 15 shots in that time. He has a total of seven goals and 11 points in nine games this season and is averaging 18.7 fantasy points per game. Pirri skates on Vegas’ second line and sees time on the man advantage as well; he will face the team that drafted him as the Knights take on the Blackhawks.
There is a ton of value at the winger position on tonight’s slate, so I will likely play at least a few lines with three value wingers. Some of them are in compelling revenge games, such as Tanner Pearson and Mikkel Boedker, and some of them have become staples in my lines (i.e., Conor Garland).
Also consider: Jakub Vrana ($4,500), Tanner Pearson ($4,500), Jason Zucker ($4,300), Alex Chiasson ($4,300), Mikkel Boedker ($3,900), Andreas Johnsson ($3,600), Richard Panik ($3,600), Jordan Greenway ($3,600)–Derek called this the other night, Vinnie Hinostroza ($3,500), Conor Garland ($3,400), Rudolfs Balcers ($3,000), Joel Armia ($3,000), Carl Hagelin ($3,000)
ELITE PLAY: Erik Karlsson ($7,800)
Erik Karlsson will get his second crack at his former team as the Sharks host the Senators. Ottawa is coming off back-to-back wins after losing eight straight games, but Karlsson will be eager to get on the scoresheet tonight, something he was unable to do when these teams met in Ottawa at the beginning of December. Karlsson skates on San Jose’s top power-play unit and had points in 14 straight games prior to be helding off the scoresheet the other night in Vegas. He still has eight assists in his last four games and managed 24 assists over a 14-game point streak. He did his best to find twine in Ottawa, recording nine shots and one block for 16 fantasy points. The fact that he’s been heating up of late should help him get the job done tonight.
Also consider: Brent Burns ($7,600), Torey Krug ($6,400), John Klingberg ($6,100), Seth Jones ($5,800)
Mid-Range options: Jeff Petry ($5,000), Erik Gustafsson ($4,900), Darnell Nurse ($4,700)
VALUE PLAY: Marcus Pettersson ($3,500)
Marcus Pettersson came through once again last night with a great value performance, recording 16 fantasy points thanks to an assist, three shots and two blocks. He now has points in five straight games, earning 16, 16, 9.6, 14.9 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. Pettersson skates on Pittsburgh’s second power-play unit.
Alec Martinez is extremely underpriced on FanDuel since he just returned from an injury that kept him out of action for over a month. He’s someone who generally provides a solid floor through peripheral stat coverage and can certainly grab an assist here and there. Martinez didn’t make his way onto the second power-play unit in his first game back, though that’s certainly a possibility moving forward. He recorded three shots and four blocks for 11.2 fantasy points in his first game back.
Also consider: Rasmus Dahlin ($4,300), Erik Johnson ($4,300), Jake Muzzin ($4,200), Mikhail Sergachev ($3,800)–if he plays, Dylan DeMelo ($3,700), Jakob Chychrun ($3,600)
ELITE PLAY: Devan Dubnyk ($8,800)
Devan Dubnyk has won each of his last four starts, earning 24.8, 45.6, 19.2 and 30.4 fantasy points, respectively. He and the Wild will host a Red Wings team that played last night, and while Minnesota’s offense has been inconsistent in recent games, Dubnyk is playing well. That being said, Jimmy Howard has an impressive record against the Wild throughout his career, while Dubnyk’s career numbers against Detroit are not pretty. In the end, Dubnyk should have relatively low ownership compared to some other goalies on the slate, so he may not be the best cash choice. However, that’s a decision that will have to be made once more goalies have been confirmed.
Also consider: Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,500), Marc-Andre Fleury ($9,200), Braden Holtby ($8,700), Ben Bishop ($8,500), Martin Jones ($8,500), Jaroslav Halak ($8,200), Anders Nilsson ($7,500)–deep GPP
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