There are four games on today’s slate, which locks at 3:00pm EST because of the holiday. A couple of notes: Ryan Johansen is still out of the lineup for Nashville for one more game due to a suspension. Paul Stastny did not participate in Vegas’ practice yesterday, though it may have just been a maintenance day. Also, David Perron was not expected to travel with the Blues for their upcoming road trip to California, so he’ll likely remain out through the All-Star Game break and bye week. Erik Karlsson was a late scratch for the Sharks the other night; it’s unclear if he’ll be ready to suit up today in Florida.
NSH @ COL – 3:00pm EST
STL @ LAK – 4:00pm EST
MIN @ VGK – 6:00pm EST
SJS @ FLA – 7:00pm EST
Nathan MacKinnon ($8,600): MacKinnon and his linemates should be very popular on today’s four-game slate despite the fact that the Avalanche often struggle against Nashville. But MacKinnon and his linemates continue to be dominant, and it’s hard for any team to shut them down completely. MacKinnon has points in back-to-back games after going through a very rare two-game pointless streak. He has points in 10 out of his last 12 games, collecting six goals and 15 points in that stretch; he is averaging 21.9 fantasy points per game and has three points in two games against the Predators this season.
Ryan O’Reilly ($6,700): O’Reilly has points in four straight games and in 11 out of his last 13. He skates on St. Louis’ first line and first power-play unit. O’Reilly has an average of 14.9 fantasy points per game this season and plays between 20-24 minutes a night in all situations. He and the Blues will take on an inconsistent Kings team that has gone 3-5-1 in nine games in January. Interestingly, however, he has been held without a point in three straight games against Los Angeles going back to last year.
Vincent Trocheck ($5,500): FanDuel may have raised Trocheck’s price from $3,000, but he’s still very much underpriced for what he brings to the table. He has been back in Florida’s lineup for just two games and already has a goal and two assists as well as six shots and two blocks, earning an average of 20.65 fantasy points per game. He skates on Florida’s second line and second power-play unit; while San Jose has played very well of late, the Sharks surrendered six goals in their last game, and Trocheck often provides value through peripheral stat coverage anyway.
Also consider: Tomas Hertl ($6,400), Paul Stastny ($6,000), Carl Soderberg ($5,000), Nick Bonino ($4,600), Victor Rask ($3,500)
Mikko Rantanen ($7,800)/Gabriel Landeskog ($7,700): Like Nathan MacKinnon, the Colorado wingers will be popular on today’s slate, and for good reason. The line is one of the most explosive in the NHL, and it’s rare for these guys to be held off the scoresheet. Nashville often plays very well against the Avs, but both Predators goalies have given up a lot of goals in recent starts. Rantanen suffered an injury over the weekend but is set to play in this afternoon’s game; he is averaging 19.3 fantasy points per game and has three goals and five points in his last three games as well as 23 goals and 73 points in 48 games this season. Landeskog has had a few off games of late and no longer offers the advantage of a discount since he’s just $100 cheaper than Rantanen, but he can be just as dominant as MacKinnon and Rantanen. Landeskog has been racking up the fantasy points thanks to shot volume, and he’s rarely left out of the action when it comes to Colorado’s production. He has five goals and nine points in his last seven games and is averaging 18.3 fantasy points per game this season.
Evander Kane ($7,000): Kane has six points in just his last three games and is coming off a multi-point performance, his second in three games, in which he scored two goals on five shots for 32.5 fantasy points. Kane skates on San Jose’s third line and second power-play unit but has been the Sharks’ most consistent scorer in recent games. He has eight goals and 16 points as well as 44 shots in his last 10 games.
Alex Tuch ($5,800): Tuch hasn’t been as productive in recent games as he was earlier this season, but he offers a steady floor, earning at least eight fantasy points in 11 straight games. He skates on Vegas’ second line and first power-play unit and will be particularly motivated tonight against his former team, especially since Minnesota essentially gave him away for free during the 2017 expansion draft. Tuch is averaging 13.8 fantasy points per game this season and is coming off a very strong performance despite the fact that he only managed an assist and three shots for 12.8 fantasy points. However, he had multiple breakaways and was involved in countless chances in Vegas’ 7-3 win over the Penguins. The Knights have only won one out of four games against the Wild, though that win came at the beginning of this season.
Brandon Pirri ($4,300): Pirri is another option from the Golden Knights despite the fact that he has seen another price increase since his last game. However, he’s still relatively inexpensive considering his production and consistency this season, and he continues to be a chalky play in FanDuel cash contests. He skates on Vegas’ top line (which has been less productive than the second line for most of the year), though he helped Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson break out of a slump the other night as they scored a combined four goals against the Penguins. Pirri has earned a point in 10 out of 12 games this season and is averaging 17.3 fantasy points per game.
Frank Vatrano ($4,600): Though many of Florida’s wingers have much higher ceilings, Vatrano has been surprisingly productive in recent games. He has goals in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four games, and he has recorded four goals and five points as well as 22 shots and five blocks in his last six games. He skates on the Panthers’ first line and second power-play unit, offering exposure to both of Florida’s top two lines.
Also consider: Viktor Arvidsson ($7,600), Jonathan Marchessault ($7,500)*, Zach Parise ($7,100), Colton Sissons ($3,900), Pontus Aberg ($3,200)
*Scored a hat trick the other night and has recorded 20 shots in his last four games
Roman Josi ($6,500): Nashville has one of the best blue lines in the NHL, which makes it difficult to choose a Predators defenseman in DFS. While Mattias Ekholm ($5,500) had been my Pred of choice, he has had a few off games of late (three out of his last four) and is therefore a risky cash play. Josi, on the other hand, is very consistent, earning at least 8 fantasy points in 14 straight games. He skates on Nashville’s first power-play unit and is averaging 14.5 fantasy points per game this season. He has two assists and 12 shots in two games against the Avalanche this year.
Tyson Barrie ($6,200): Barrie skates on Colorado’s top power-play unit and offers correlation with COL 1. He has points in three straight and is coming off a three-assist performance in which he earned 27.7 fantasy points. Barrie has earned at least a point in eight out of his last 10 games, scoring a total of one goal and 13 points in that stretch.
Carl Gunnarsson ($3,800): Gunnarsson is generally not a DFS target, but the Swedish defenseman has points in five straight games, making him a solid value option on today’s slate. He has scored two goals and five points in his last five games, earning 20, 18.4, 14.8, 16 and 8 fantasy points, respectively.
Also consider: Brent Burns ($7,500), Erik Karlsson ($7,200)–DTD, Mattias Ekholm ($5,500), Alex Pietrangelo ($5,100), Aaron Ekblad ($4,500), Jake Muzzin ($4,500), Brenden Dillon ($3,900), Justin Braun ($3,500), Colin Miller ($3,500), Alec Martinez ($3,500)
Goalies will be discussed in chat this afternoon once confirmations are available.
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