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There are four games on tonight’s slate; the Devils are the only team skating in the second half of a back-to-back.
NYR @ BUF – 7:00pm EST
EDM @ CAR – 7:30pm EST
NJD @ MIN – 8:30pm EST
BOS @ ANA – 10:30pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night’s line cashed. Patrick Kane came through with a solid performance, scoring a goal and two assists on three shots for 32.8 fantasy points. Unfortunately, it was a relatively quiet night for the second line, though Dylan Strome at least chipped in three shots and two blocks for eight fantasy points. It was a surprisingly off night for Winnipeg, who managed just one goal and got very little from the top line, which had had tremendous success against Colorado earlier this season. Mark Scheifele managed just one shot and two blocks for 4.8 FP, though his ownership made up for the rough contribution. It was also a surprisingly down game for Evander Kane, who recorded just two shots for 3.2 FP. Fortunately, Kevin Labanc scored the Sharks’ only goal; he finished the game with two shots and 15.2 FP. With the news about Ondrej Palat suiting up for the Lightning, there were several potential pivots recommended in cash, including replacing J.T. Miller with one of Anthony Mantha (if you had played Jordan Binnington in net), Brady Tkachuk, Josh Leivo or Robert Thomas; the other choice was to go with Andrew Shaw and Conor Garland instead, though Labanc was one of the featured value options in yesterday’s post. I ended up going with Tkachuk, though FanDuel did not save my change (that line would have finished with a 143.8). That being said, Tkachuk had a big game for the Sens, potting a goal no six shots for 23.2 FP. Mantha and Thomas also found the scoresheet, earning 12.8 and 10.1 FP, respectively. Shaw recorded an assist and a shot for 9.6 FP, while Garland earned 6.4 FP with three shots and a block. On the back end, Alex Pietrangelo wasn’t able to extend his goal-scoring streak but did record four shots and three blocks for 11.2 FP, and Jakub Chychrun hit value with three shots and two blocks for eight fantasy points. There were two goalies recommended in the final cash lineup: Jordan Binnington and Cam Ward. Ironically, both goalies came away with 36.8 FP. Binnington made 21 saves in a 4-0 shutout, while Ward gave up two goals but still made 41 saves in a 5-2 win against the Devils.
Top play — Patrice Bergeron ($8,400)
Patrice Bergeron ($8,400) should be the chalky center on the slate, and for good reason. He’s a strong play on tonight’s slate, and his price tag has actually dropped on FanDuel. Boston’s top line has been firing on all cylinders in recent games. Today’s game is a very favorable matchup despite not being on home ice, though the Anaheim Ducks’ newest netminder, Kevin Boyle, notched a 35-save shutout against the Canucks the other night. That being said, Bergeron should have plenty of chances to find the scoresheet. He enters tonight’s game with points in five straight games and in nine out of his last 10, scoring six goals and 14 points in that time. Bergeron is averaging 19.6 fantasy points per game and is a great play on tonight’s four-game slate.
However, from a points/$ perspective, Mika Zibanejad ($7,600) is another guy I want to try to include in my cash line tonight (unless I go with a value play like Evan Rodrigues at $3,700). Zibanejad has been very reliable of late, picking up three goals in his last two games, five goals in his last five games and 13 goals in his last 11 games, collecting a total of 17 points in that stretch. Zibanejad skates on the Rangers’ top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 16 fantasy points per game this season. However, he has earned 27.7, 18.4, 3.2, 20, 28, 19.7 and 53 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively. He has a favorable matchup against Buffalo, and he’s generally involved when the Rangers’ offense gets something on the board. I like his chances of picking up a point tonight.
Sebastian Aho ($7,300) is another appealing play on tonight’s slate, especially in a favorable matchup against the Oilers. These teams squared off in Edmonton Jan. 20, and it was a high-scoring affair that saw both teams combine for 11 goals. There’s no way to know if the floodgates will be open once again tonight, but it’s safe to say that Edmonton hasn’t been shutting teams down, and Carolina is one of the best possession teams in the NHL, averaging 66 Corsi For per 60, which ranks first in the league. Aho skates on the Canes’ first line and first power-play unit and picked up three assists in the Jan. 20 meeting, earning 30.4 fantasy points in the 7-4 effort. He is averaging 16.5 fantasy points per game this season and has points in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four games. He hasn’t been putting up massive numbers, but Carolina’s top line is worth targeting tonight, and Aho is at the center of that (pun intended).
Additional options are listed below.
Also consider: Connor McDavid ($8,600), Jack Eichel ($8,000), David Krejci ($5,100)*, Pavel Zacha ($4,100), Evan Rodrigues ($3,700), Travis Zajac ($3,700), Joel Eriksson Ek ($3,600)**, Lucas Wallmark ($3,500)***
*Points in 3 out of last 4 games (3G, 2A); skates on BOS 2, PP2
**Points in 3 out of last 4 games (2G, 1A); earned 20 FP in 2/9 meeting @ NJ
***Scored 2G, 1A (38.9 FP) in 1/20 meeting @ EDM; skates on CAR 2, PP2
Top play — Danton Heinen ($4,100)
There isn’t a better play on tonight’s slate when it comes to points/$ value than Danton Heinen ($4,100). Heinen skates on Boston’s top line and top power-play unit and is coming off a huge game in which he scored a goal and two assists for 33.3 fantasy points. While it’s certainly possible he won’t replicate that effort, he’s in a great position in a favorable matchup and should have very high ownership in FanDuel cash contests. He has three goals and six points in his last four games, averaging 21.1 fantasy points per game in that time. Brad Marchand ($8,700) is also a strong option, but Heinen’s price tag makes him an easy play on FanDuel (he has seen a huge price increase on DraftKings). Marchand has been on fire of late and will see his fair share of ownership as well; he has at least a goal and an assist in three straight games and has collected three goals and 12 points during his current five-game point streak. Marchand is averaging 16.8 fantasy points per game but has averaged 25.6 fantasy points per game in his last five (all multi-point efforts).
Zach Parise ($6,800) will face off against his former team for the second time in under a week. He skates on Minnesota’s top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 15.4 fantasy points per game this season. Parise has points in three straight games and in five out of his last six games, tallying three goals and five points as well as 21 shots and three blocks in that stretch. Parise scored a power-play goal on five shots for 22.1 fantasy points in the Feb. 9 meeting in New Jersey, and the Devils are even more susceptible on the road (plus, they played last night). Parise is an affordable option on tonight’s slate that generally provides a safe floor through shot volume, and there’s a good chance he’ll find the scoresheet again tonight.
Mats Zuccarello ($6,200) skates with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider on New York’s top line and top power-play unit, and he has been very productive in recent games. Zuccarello has four assists in his last two games, and he’s managed five goals and 19 points in his last 12 games, earning 24.5, 20.8, 4.8, 11.2, 14.4, 20, 29.3, 22.9, 23.2, 28.2, 33.6 and 13.6 fantasy points in his last 12 games, respectively.
These are just a few of the many strong winger options on tonight’s slate.
There are also additional solid value wingers, many of which are listed below. However, ranking them will depend on line combinations not available at the time of publish, so value plays will be discussed in chat once that information is available.
Also consider: Leon Draisaitl ($8,000), Teuvo Teravainen ($6,600), Chris Kreider ($6,400), Nino Niederreiter ($6,000), Jake DeBrusk ($4,800), Micheal Ferland ($4,600), Marcus Johansson ($4,000), Jason Pominville ($3,700), Luke Kunin ($3,700), Zack Kassian ($3,700), Andrei Svechnikov ($3,600), Jesper Bratt ($3,400), Peter Cehlarik ($3,300)
Top play — Jared Spurgeon ($5,800)
Jared Spurgeon ($5,800) has earned at least eight fantasy points in nine straight games, recording four goals and eight points as well as 21 shots and 22 blocks in that stretch. He skates on Minnesota’s second power-play unit and recorded four shots and four blocks for 12.8 fantasy points when these teams met in New Jersey last week. Spurgeon is coming off a three-point performance in which he scored a goal and two assists and earned 34.9 fantasy points; while repeating that level of production is unlikely, he has been a consistent floor play and could be a strong cash option with the struggling Devils on the road and in the second half of a back-to-back.
Value play — Dougie Hamilton ($4,900)
Dougie Hamilton ($4,900) often goes overlooked but has provided solid value of late. He skates on Carolina’s second power-play unit and has points in back-to-back games. He was held to just 6.4 fantasy points when these teams met in Edmonton a few weeks ago, but he has been a solid value play in recent games and could come through once again tonight against the Oilers, who continue to struggle. That being said, there are safer floor plays, such as Andy Greene ($3,900). If you want a min. price option, consider Michael Del Zotto ($3,500), who is now skating on the top pairing for Anaheim. He blocked five shots the other night against Vancouver and affords you more flexibility throughout the lineup. I also really like Rasmus Ristolainen ($5,100) for cash once again tonight.
Also consider: Torey Krug ($6,400), Darnell Nurse ($5,600), Ryan Suter ($5,200), Rasmus Ristolainen ($5,100), Oscar Klefbom ($4,300)
We will discuss goalies in chat more once additional confirmations have been announced. However, it’ll likely come down to Jaroslav Halak ($8,400) and Devan Dubnyk ($8,300) since they have the favorable matchups and will be popular cash plays on FanDuel tonight.
Also consider: Curtis McElhinney ($8,000), Kevin Boyle ($7,300)–GPP
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