Surprisingly, tonight presents another reasonable seven-game slate that features just two teams skating in the second half of a back-to-back: the Maple Leafs and Islanders. As far as narrative is concerned, the biggest game of the night is the Islanders vs. Capitals game as Barry Trotz returns to Washington for the first time since winning a Stanley Cup with the Capitals in June. The Islanders are on quite a roll with wins in 10 out of their last 12 games, whereas the Capitals find themselves in the midst of a three-game losing streak, going 0-2-1 in that stretch.
MTL @ CBJ – 7:00pm EST
TOR @ FLA – 7:00pm EST
OTT @ CAR – 7:30pm EST
NYI @ WSH – 7:30pm EST
DET @ CGY – 9:00pm EST
PIT @ ARI – 9:00pm EST
BUF @ VAN – 10:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night’s main lineup cashed (the risky alternate did not), though there were a few rough spots. For one thing, Mathew Barzal had a terrible night, recording just one shot on goal. He didn’t even end up having solid ownership, which made it even more disappointing (Brock Nelson was the better play as he earned 11.7 FP). Mattias Ekholm also had an off night, contributing just 4.8 fantasy points with three shots on goal in a game in which the Predators were largely outplayed. However, the one person who did manage to score for Nashville was Viktor Arvidsson, who finished the night with 20 FP. Patrick Kane also found the scoresheet but had an overall underwhelming night, earning just 16.5 FP with a power-play assist and five shots on goal. Mika Zibanejad and the entire top line for the Rangers came through with flying colors, however; Zibanejad had a goal disallowed but still finished the game with a goal and added two shots and three blocks for 20 FP, while Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello combined for 48 FP. Blake Coleman ended up with just 6.4 FP, though Brandon Saad scored a power-play goal for 15.7 FP. Pontus Aberg was held off the scoresheet as the Ducks shut out the Wild to end a 12-game losing streak. Aberg had a 29 percent ownership rate and still had a decent return of 4.8 FP for his $3,100 price tag. Fortunately, Tony DeAngelo proved to be a strong value play as he chipped in three shots and four blocks for 11.2 FP, which was an excellent return on his minimum price tag (Scott Mayfield also managed 11.2 FP). DeAngelo assisted on Zibanejad’s disallowed goal, so that would have given him an extra 8 FP. In net, Robin Lehner made 16 saves and earned 20.8 FP at a surprisingly low ownership rate of under 10 percent. Most people went with Alex Stalock, who gave up three goals on eight shots before getting pulled, finishing with – 8 FP. As for other players highlighted in the article, David Krejci and Bryan Little extended their point streaks, and Peter Cehlarik earned a point for the second straight game (though he was only available on DraftKings). David Perron extended his impressive point streak with an assist against Boston, while the Nashville value centers as well as Mikhail Sergachev and Kyle Connor did not pan out.
Sebastian Aho ($6,600) has five goals in his last two home games and could see high ownership tonight with the Ottawa Senators in town. Though Anders Nilsson has played very well, Carolina defeated the Sens in Ottawa when these teams played earlier this month. Aho managed two assists and 19.7 fantasy points in that game. He skates on Carolina’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 16.5 fantasy points per game this season.
Another popular option could be Pierre-Luc DuBois ($6,100), who centers Columbus’ top line and top power-play unit. Carey Price has given up a total of two goals in his last two starts but might not be able to suppress the Blue Jackets’ high-powered top line. DuBois has points in four straight games, scoring a goal and five points in that span; he also recorded 16 shots and four blocks in that four-game stretch, giving him an average of 19.25 fantasy points per game.
Matt Duchene ($7,100) had a huge three-point game the other night, though one could argue he was especially motivated to produce against his former team. That being said, Duchene has goals in four straight games and points in five straight (despite missing three games in the middle of that streak), scoring a total of five goals and eight points on 20 shots in that stretch. He skates on Ottawa’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 16.4 fantasy points per game this season.
Though the top two centers for Toronto and Pittsburgh are elite options on the board, there are two other centers I prefer given their more consistent production. Sean Monahan ($7,800) has been fairly reliable with points in eight out of his last nine games, and he skates on one of the hotter lines in the NHL with Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm. Also, Jack Eichel ($7,300) is starting to heat up again and is always a threat for a multi-point night, especially if Bo Horvat may miss tonight’s contest for the Canucks.
Also consider: Evgeni Malkin ($8,400), John Tavares ($8,100), Mathew Barzal ($6,900), Dylan Larkin ($6,900)–though tough matchup against CGY 2, Nicklas Backstrom ($6,300), Max Domi ($5,800), Mikael Backlund ($5,600), Brock Nelson ($5,400), Chris Tierney ($4,900), Boone Jenner ($4,400)
Johnny Gaudreau ($8,900) continues to produce. He now has points in nine straight games and in 12 out of his last 13, netting 13 goals and 26 points in that stretch. Gaudreau skates on Calgary’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 19.7 fantasy points per game this season.
Matthew Tkachuk ($6,900) has been scoring as well, though, finding the scoresheet in six straight games with six goals and eight points in that stretch. He skates on the Flames’ second line and first power-play unit.
Artemi Panarin ($7,900) and Cam Atkinson ($7,400) skate with Pierre-Luc DuBois on Columbus’ top line and top power-play unit, and both enter tonight’s game on scoring streaks. Panarin has five goals and seven points during his current four-game point streak, while Atkinson has goals in three straight and points in four straight. Both will have a tough matchup assuming Carey Price brings his A game, but both have been reliable in recent games.
Alex Ovechkin ($8,600) is always on the table; he scored a goal against the Islanders earlier this season and has points in four straight games. Jake Guentzel ($7,700) was on quite a tear before a disappointing performance in Pittsburgh’s most recent game. However, he scored five goals in the two games before that to cap off a six-game point streak during which he collected seven goals and 10 points. Mitch Marner ($8,300) also continues to produce; he has goals in four straight and has been particularly effective against Florida this season, scoring three goals and five points in two games. A (somewhat) under-the-radar play is Ryan Dzingel ($6,400), though his price tag is a bit steep; he has points in three straight and in seven out of his last eight games, tallying six goals and 10 points in that span.
For value, there are a few options that stand out. The first should be no surprise as he continues to be featured in these articles; that’s because Conor Garland ($3,900) continues to hit value and has been effective in recent games. He’s gone pointless in back-to-back games but still managed four shots and two blocks the other night against San Jose. Garland has six goals in his last six games. Also of note is Brady Tkachuk ($4,000), who is way too cheap considering he skates on Ottawa’s first line and first power-play unit. Tkachuk scored a goal the other night against Colorado and has points in two out of his last three games. Saku Maenalanen ($3,300) has goals in back-to-back games, scoring three total for an average of 23.6 fantasy points. However, he may be out of the lineup now that Carolina has acquired Nino Niederreiter from the Minnesota Wild. Markus Granlund ($3,500) has points in two straight games, so he could be an alternative at a similar price point.
Also consider: Jeff Skinner ($7,200), Elias Lindholm ($7,200), Mark Stone ($6,100), Anders Lee ($6,500), Sam Reinhart ($6,300), Teuvo Teravainen ($5,900), Jordan Eberle ($5,700), Alex Galchenyuk ($5,500), Tom Wilson ($5,000), Micheal Ferland ($4,800), Michael Frolik ($4,400), Josh Anderson ($4,300), Frank Vatrano ($5,200), Andreas Johnsson ($4,100)
Mark Giordano ($6,600) continues to be a top play despite the fact that he managed just 13.3 fantasy points the other night. He skates on Calgary’s top power-play unit and has points in five straight and in eight out of his last nine games, scoring three goals and 12 points in that time. He is averaging 16.9 fantasy points per game.
Thomas Chabot ($5,500) had a great first game back after missing several weeks of action, recording an assist, five shots and a block for 17.6 fantasy points. He skates on Ottawa’s first power-play unit and is averaging 16.4 fantasy points per game this season. Another Senators defenseman that has been producing of late is Cody Ceci ($4,200), though he doesn’t have much upside. However, Ceci has earned 17.6, 8, 16, 12.8, 4.8, 14.4 and 9.6 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively.
Rasmus Dahlin ($4,800), however, does have upside, and he’s starting to turn up the heat with points in five straight games, recording one goal and six points as well as 16 shots and six blocks in that time. Dahlin skates on Buffalo’s top power-play unit.
Another affordable option who had roughly a 70 percent ownership rate the other night is Alex Edler ($4,200). He had a disappointing game with just 6.4 fantasy points but often provides a solid floor through peripheral stat coverage. Edler skates on Vancouver’s first power-play unit.
Also consider: Kris Letang ($6,800), Zach Werenski ($5,500), Jordie Benn ($4,000), Michal Kempny ($3,900), Jakob Chychrun ($3,800), Ben Hutton ($3,800), Scott Mayfield ($3,700), Marcus Pettersson ($3,700), David Savard ($3,600)
Joonas Korpisalo ($7,800) will have a tough matchup against Carey Price, but he could see high ownership in cash contests given his recent play and affordable price tag. The other matchups will depend on goalie confirmations, so cash goalies will be discussed in chat later today.
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