There are eight games on tonight’s slate as we officially enter the final full month of the regular season. Teams skating in the second half of back-to-back games include the Flyers, Islanders and Golden Knights.
NOTE: Recommendations could change throughout the day depending on starting goalie confirmations, line changes, news updates, etc. Join us in chat for the most up-to-date plays.
PHI @ NJD – 7:00pm EST
PIT @ BUF – 7:00pm EST
WSH @ NYI – 7:00pm EST
MTL @ NYR – 7:00pm EST
STL @ CAR – 7:30pm EST
NSH @ WPG – 8:00pm EST
VGK @ ANA – 10:00pm EST
COL @ SJS – 10:30pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night’s lineup cashed in some contests but fell short in others on a frustrating night. As I wrote in chat, I played Aleksander Barkov, who came through with a goal and an assist for 24.8 fantasy points. However, Derek Stepan suffered an injury and left the game in the third period; plus, Brad Richardson scored four goals, so there was no room for Stepan or Josh Archibald to get anything going (though Archibald was simply a min. price punt play). Paul Stastny scored a goal and an assist for 21.6 FP, though Max Pacioretty had a rough night, hitting the post twice, having a goal not count because the play was offside and having shots taken away from him (for a reason I cannot figure out). He also arguably should have earned an assist on Stastny’s goal. Cam Atkinson and Leon Draisaitl both had quiet nights, earning 9.6 and 11.2 FP at $7,300 and $8,300, respectively, which was definitely an issue (though Atkinson’s ownership softened the blow). John Tavares recorded five shots but did not find the scoresheet in his return to Long Island, though Connor McDavid scored a goal on six shots and added a block for 23.2 FP. Both defensemen had decent nights, especially Alex Biega, who was my top value play for the second night in a row. He tallied two assists and 19.2 FP, while Darnell Nurse recorded an assist, one shot and two blocks for 12.8 FP. Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves in a 5-2 win, coming away with 33.6 FP.
Jack Eichel ($8,200) has points in six straight games and in 12 out of his last 13 games, scoring six goals and 16 points in that stretch. The top line of Eichel, Jeff Skinner and Sam Reinhart has been reunited ahead of tonight’s game against a Penguins team that is depleted on the blue line and that has been generous with chances against, maintaining a 62.38 Corsi Against per 60 on the road in February. Eichel scored a goal and an assist on six shots against the Penguins earlier this season.
Max Domi ($6,300) is a bit pricey but is coming off a massive five-point game and has points in five out of his last six games, scoring five goals and 10 points in that stretch. He skates on Montreal’s second line and first power-play unit. He has a point in both games against the Rangers this season and is averaging 13.3 fantasy points per game this year.
Paul Stastny ($5,300) extended his point streak to three games with two points last night against Florida. He now has one goal and five points in his last three games and is loving life with linemates Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone. The trio will take on an Anaheim team that has recently limited high-danger chances against (despite going 3-7-0 in its last 10 games) but is still susceptible to giving up goals. Stastny is especially affordable on DraftKings at $4,900.
For value, Jordan Staal ($4,300) could be worth a look, though he’s less appealing if Jordan Binnington gets the nod for St. Louis. Staal has four points in two games since re-joining the lineup. He skates on the Hurricanes’ second line and second power-play unit. Staal is just $3,600 on DraftKings, as is Nolan Patrick, who has points in three straight games, skates on the Flyers’ top line and who often plays well against Nico Hischier, the only player taken higher than him in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Valtteri Filppula is just $2,800 on DraftKings; he has points in three straight games and one goal in two games against Washington this season.
Also consider: Sidney Crosby ($9,000), Nathan MacKinnon ($8,100), Sean Couturier ($7,300), Logan Couture ($7,100), Ryan O’Reilly ($6,700), Tomas Hertl ($6,200), Brock Nelson ($5,500), Nico Hischier ($5,400), Nolan Patrick ($4,900), Kevin Hayes ($4,900), Valtteri Filppula ($3,900), Kevin Rooney ($3,100)
Alex Ovechkin ($8,900) and the Washington Capitals have a tough matchup on the road against the Islanders, though the Isles competed in an emotional game against John Tavares and the Maple Leafs last night, so it’s possible Washington could have an edge tonight. That being said, it’s still a meaningful game for the Islanders considering it’s Barry Trotz’s former team. Plus, you never know which Capitals team is going to show up on a given night. Putting that aside, Ovechkin has points in seven straight games and in 11 out of his last 12, scoring seven goals and 17 points in that stretch. He skates on the Capitals’ top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 19.7 fantasy points per game this season. Tom Wilson ($4,900) offers exposure to Ovechkin at a much cheaper price; he has points in three out of his last four games, netting three goals and five points in that time.
Another winger in a difficult matchup but with plenty of upside is Patrik Laine ($6,900), who will face the Nashville Predators on home ice tonight after a stunning loss to the Wild in Winnipeg’s last outing. Laine appears to still be on the top line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler, though that could change before tonight’s game. Laine is one of the streakiest scorers in the league, but when he’s hot he is scorching. He has goals in three straight games and points in four straight, scoring four goals and six points in that span. He tallied an assist on six shots and added a block for 19.2 fantasy points when these teams played in Nashville in mid-January. Laine is in the midst of a difficult season but could also be in the midst of one of his insane scoring runs, which would be a pity to miss out on.
Jake Voracek ($7,600) is a better play on DraftKings, where he is just $6,300, though he’s a strong option to consider across the industry on tonight’s slate. He has goals in three straight games, scoring three goals and six points on six shots in that stretch for an average of 29.4 fantasy points and 7.8 DK fantasy points per game. He skates on Philadelphia’s second line and first power-play unit and has one goal and four points in three games against the Devils this season.
For value, Jimmy Vesey ($4,100) has scored a goal and an assist in three straight games, earning 26.4, 23.2 and 21.6 fantasy points, respectively, and he has points in five out of his last seven games. He skates on the Rangers’ top line and second power-play unit now that Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes are out of the picture. While he, too, has a tough matchup at home against Carey Price and the Canadiens, it’s possible this game could be a high-scoring one, in which case Vesey should have a hand in some of New York’s offense.
Also consider: Vladimir Tarasenko ($8,500), Evander Kane ($7,200), Gabriel Landeskog ($7,100), Mikko Rantanen ($6,900), Teuvo Teravainen ($6,500), Anders Lee ($6,100), Reilly Smith ($5,800), Sam Reinhart ($5,600), Timo Meier ($5,200), Oskar Lindblom ($4,700), Andrew Shaw ($4,600), Wayne Simmonds ($4,400), Brett Connolly ($4,100), Zach Aston-Reese ($3,700), Daniel Sprong ($3,600), Carl Hagelin ($3,200), Andrew Ladd ($3,100)
Brent Burns ($7,400) scored a goal and three assists against the Avalanche the last time these teams played, though Colorado has been much better of late. That being said, San Jose will look to get back on track after a few rough games. Burns is very expensive and hasn’t been worth his price tag of late but is always capable of a monster performance, which puts him in play once again tonight. He skates on the Sharks’ first power-play unit and is averaging 18.2 fantasy points per game this season, though he has points in just one out of his last three games.
Rasmus Dahlin ($4,500) has been very impressive in recent games and remains on Buffalo’s top power-play unit. He has points in four straight games, recording two goals and five points as well as 13 shots and two blocks in that time.
There are many other strong value options on tonight’s slate, however, including Travis Sanheim ($4,300), who has goals in back-to-back games and points in three straight games as well as points in five out of his last six games. Sanheim skates on the Flyers’ second power-play unit and has earned 28.8, 16.8, 11.2, 1.6, 17.6, 12.8, 9.6 and 22.4 fantasy points in his last eight games, respectively.
Shea Theodore ($4,100) is a strong narrative play as he squares off against his former team. That being said, he’s coming off one of his best games of the season in which he tallied two assists, seven shots and scored the game-winning goal in the shootout, so narrative is not the only reason for his inclusion in today’s post.
Tony DeAngelo ($4,000) extended his point streak to eight games with an assist against the Lightning the other night. DeAngelo plays on the Rangers’ second power-play unit and has picked up nine assists, 13 shots and 12 blocks in his last nine games.
There are plenty of min. price punt plays on the back end tonight, but one interesting option is Tim Heed ($3,500), who has points in each of his last three appearances. He could draw back into the lineup tonight with Erik Karlsson on the shelf for at least a week.
Also consider: John Carlson ($6,500), Alex Pietrangelo ($6,000), Jacob Trouba ($4,800), Ryan Pulock ($4,600), Andy Greene ($3,700), Devon Toews ($3,600), Jon Merrill ($3,600), Brady Skjei ($3,600), Ryan Graves ($3,500), Neal Pionk ($3,500), Sami Vatanen ($3,500)
Goalies will be discussed in chat once additional confirmations have been revealed. At first glance I am leaning towards Marc-Andre Fleury ($7,900) against the Ducks. On DraftKings, it’s tough to beat Jordan Binnington at just $7,500, but he may not be starting.
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